2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The itineraries and destinations were all places that I wanted to see. One of the highlights is actually one of the more simple things though- the scenic cruising days that we would spend on the sun deck sailing past castle after castle in ... Read More
The itineraries and destinations were all places that I wanted to see. One of the highlights is actually one of the more simple things though- the scenic cruising days that we would spend on the sun deck sailing past castle after castle in the warm sunshine. Everyone that worked on the ship was amazing and had my name memorized which was awesome. I miss them very much! Don't get me started on the food. I was so spoilt! It was often difficult to choose from the options on the menu because they all sounded good. We loved the complimentary coffee/hot chocolate and cookie station. We often helped ourselves to a nice hot chocolate and cookie then would go back to the room and watch episode after episode of Downton Abbey on the very nice flatscreen tv's. Nicer than the tv in my house! As was the heated floor in the bathroom. I might have enjoyed myself too much. Made a lot of friends. Unforgettable trip. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Another great cruise by Viking... Met some wonderful friends, dined 3 times a day with our new friends from USA & Australia. Meals were exceptional, staff were attentive, loved going to dining room. Excursions were great, ... Read More
Another great cruise by Viking... Met some wonderful friends, dined 3 times a day with our new friends from USA & Australia. Meals were exceptional, staff were attentive, loved going to dining room. Excursions were great, added excursions even better. Thanks to our guides, not one disappointment. Our Cruise Director, David was amazing. He appeared everywhere, never needed to look for him, but there was never a reason to worry as everything was so well organized. Captain Marcel was very sociable. Always around to talk with. One day of grey weather out of 13 days, rather fortunate. Made cruise a delight. Lounge entertainment was great. Bar tenders were so good, always there to help out. Experienced a possible transfer by bus, but it didn't happen. We stayed on the same ship although water levels were low. Must of been magic. Thanks crew... Already booked for another cruise next year... Thanks Viking... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
This is not a fan fair cruise, like you would get on the Giant overloaded 3500 people Cruise Ships. The good thing is that Viking does not advertise it as that. They are advertising a relaxing, do as you please and enjoy with option that ... Read More
This is not a fan fair cruise, like you would get on the Giant overloaded 3500 people Cruise Ships. The good thing is that Viking does not advertise it as that. They are advertising a relaxing, do as you please and enjoy with option that you can or not take. The Cruise line can not control when the Water is high and they have to close the upper deck, just like big ships can't control hurricanes or bad weather that comes up. So get used to it. The ship has Room for up to 180 guest, they have a crew of 60, so every guest is well taken care of by the second day the staff will know your name and your likes and dislikes.that is not necessarily the case with a crew of a 1000 on the big ships . The food is excellent, with a mix of food for all cultures likes, served in the main dining room or in the Veranda lounge, again the attention to details by the Staff is second to non they all do multiple jobs in order for you to enjoy this relaxing getaway, plus free beer and wine during the assigned dinning hours. You will not get that on the giant Bucket ships, you're one of many, just a number. Are the rooms on the smaller side, yes but not any different then the big ships or some overpriced Hotels as far as that goes. No this is not a cruise for kids, take them on the big ships where there is plenty for them to do and experience. So get of your horse and enjoy the world of river cruising. As a side note I have been on 25 cruises around the world and the river cruising is the best way to relax and enjoy. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my Thoughts. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
The river cruise allows one to see Europe, both the small villages and large cities without having to spend every night in a different hotel and hours on a bus without anything to do other than sit. River cruising is intimate and relaxing. ... Read More
The river cruise allows one to see Europe, both the small villages and large cities without having to spend every night in a different hotel and hours on a bus without anything to do other than sit. River cruising is intimate and relaxing. I would have liked the top deck to be open more but with the locks and bridges that was not possible. The on ship entertainment was nice, the food and service in the dining room was topnotch. The daily tours were informative and the tour guides had a good command of the English language, were always knowledgeable and eager to share with us their area knowledge of the area. I liked that there was always a tour group that went at a slower pace for the individuals who were not able to physically keep up, there were quite a few people with walking aids on the trip and they were treated the same as the other guests and had the same opportunities for the tours as the others due to having the slower paced group. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I always kidding with friends anyone book a river cruise and I will join them I got the call come join us and we did! This was the best itinerary covered all the ports we wanted. Took a day or two to understand this was different kind of ... Read More
I always kidding with friends anyone book a river cruise and I will join them I got the call come join us and we did! This was the best itinerary covered all the ports we wanted. Took a day or two to understand this was different kind of trip. All the planning is done- you just enjoy! Embarkation was super easy we had Viking air & were met at the airport and take to the ship. Our cabin was ready for us and nice surprise. We had a quick snack upstairs and off to explore the city with the local guide from Viking. We learned that you must follow the times for meals or not eat. there is no anytime buffet but there were cookies and hot drinks. Most of the local guides were good and we learned a lot. visited many churches on our own. One thing we sis realize was that we were in certain towns on Sunday and that on those days nothing was open. I would make sure that next time not to spend a Sunday in Cologne. we took the optional Rothenburg ob der Tauber tour and it was the best! Highly recommend! We also did the tour with Ship Chief to the marketplace so much fun!. German night on the ship was amazing! We were told that the river was very low and we would be portaging around but We were lucky not to have to change ships to the Ve half way thu. Our Cruise Director David was always where you need him. We would stay after the tours in the city and then have to find the meeting place for bus back to the ship and He was there very time to assure us we were in the right place. Debarking from the ship was easy but Budapest airport not so much. terrible long lines to check in-- the flight was late which didn't give us much time to connect in Amsterdam. Next time I would ask for more connection time. I would definitely book again with Viking! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first river cruise as we had previously enjoyed four ocean cruises with another cruise line. The itinerary of this cruise really appealed to us and it didn't disappoint. We chose not to use Viking air and booked our own ... Read More
This was our first river cruise as we had previously enjoyed four ocean cruises with another cruise line. The itinerary of this cruise really appealed to us and it didn't disappoint. We chose not to use Viking air and booked our own air from IAD to Budapest flying KLM, it was a direct flight and we were impressed with their service. We also chose not to book with Viking for our pre and post travel hotels. Embarkation was smooth and we were immediately impressed with the service. Shout out to David, Chef Joey, Alan the maitre de, Dylon(sp) the bar tender and Stephan one of the many outstanding servers. I was impressed with all the tours and how smoothly everything ran. The only negative was we had purchased a cabin with a balcony and really couldn't use it due to the way Viking docks at most ports. I called customer service today and they issues us a credit, class organization. The cabin was much smaller than on the ocean lines, but comfortable, clean and plenty of storage room for the 15 day cruise. Loved the heated floors in the bathroom. The food was much better than on the ocean cruises and this includes the speciality dining. We enjoyed the guest lectures, the entertainers they brought on board as well as the father/daughter duo that sang in the lounge. We had 185 people on board but it seemed like even fewer than that given the outstanding service. We are already looking to book another cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We have just returned from our Viking Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest, with 2 additional days each in Amsterdam and Prague.. We departed on September 5, 2017 and returned on the 25th. This was a celebration of our 50th ... Read More
We have just returned from our Viking Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest, with 2 additional days each in Amsterdam and Prague.. We departed on September 5, 2017 and returned on the 25th. This was a celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary We chose Viking because of their fine reputation and ship size. There were 186 passengers with a ship staff of 52. Most passengers are aged 45+ and the ships, tours, and staff are designed for that age group. From the first day to the last, this trip was nothing short of magnificent. From our arrival in Amsterdam to our departure from Prague the Viking staff was there to assist us and attend to our needs and comfort. Viking exudes “attention to detail.” At all stages of this trip our luggage was handled in an expeditious manner, whether from arriving at the airport, to the Hilton (Amsterdam), to the ship, to the Corinthia (Prague), to the airport . Not one problem. We could write a book on the ship and staff but, suffice to say, it could not fully describe this great experience. Nothing was overlooked. The staff could not do enough for each and every guest. Breakfast a morning joy. Lunch was a daily treat. Evening dinner was a delightful culinary experience. Prior to dinner, we enjoyed time in the lounge. Just about any beverage you would ask for was available (suggestion - purchase the drink package). In addition, there was always some special treat being served. Every evening there was a briefing on the next days activities, that evenings dinner choices, and post-dinner activities. There were a number of interesting programs and lectures which were offered to the guests Side-tours: many are included and many are at additional cost. We did both and were completely satisfied with Viking’s professional guides. Lots of walking so wear comfortable shoes. Important – the tours are designed from easy to somewhat strenuous so read the tour descriptions carefully. Weather – nature is in charge. This may sound minor, but Viking supplies great umbrellas. Clothing – We made the error of bringing way too much. We discovered that 95% of the men and women wore jeans or other comfortable garb. There were no formal evenings. Finally, repeat all the above. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
A friend took the same river cruise earlier in 2017 and told us about his great experience so we decided to take the same cruise. We were glad we did. the ship, crew, dinning, entertainment, service and accommodations were super. Better ... Read More
A friend took the same river cruise earlier in 2017 and told us about his great experience so we decided to take the same cruise. We were glad we did. the ship, crew, dinning, entertainment, service and accommodations were super. Better than we could have imagined. Entertainment on board was great. The ports and excursions were spectacular. We added some additional excursions after our trip began. The only drawback we encountered was that some guides did not want to be filmed. I'm a videographer and two of the guides on our trip did not wish to be on camera (they didn't same why). However, they did not have a problem with other guests in our group using the cell phone to shoot video. There problem seemed to be that I was using a professional 4k camera. Except for the one drawback with the use of a video camera, everything else was great. My wife and I are currently looking over Viking Cruises for this year. Since my wife is still working, finding a cruise date when she gets her vacation is a challenge. We have told many of our friends about our Viking River Cruise and several have expressed their interest in taking a Viking Cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
My husband, my sister-in-law and her husband and I, chose the Grand European River Cruise so that we could see ports the way the ancient merchants did. My travel companions had all been to Europe before, and saw places that they'd ... Read More
My husband, my sister-in-law and her husband and I, chose the Grand European River Cruise so that we could see ports the way the ancient merchants did. My travel companions had all been to Europe before, and saw places that they'd never been as well as a few they were delighted to visit again. Viking Cruises gave me my first European experience, and I was entranced by the beauty of Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Layers of history were peeled aside at each town and city by friendly tour guides, creating a desire in all of us to learn more. Traveling by cruise ship was an unexpected delight. It was freeing to visit so many places without dragging our luggage to each one. After a long day of exploration, we were absolutely pampered by Viking staff with delicious gourmet meals and a glass of wine. We could relax with new friends, entertained by the excellent "Jazz Bites" duo, or retire to our attractive stateroom, kept fresh and clean daily. Luxury accommodations, served meals, and having someone do the itinerary planning for you are all wonderful things, but without a stellar staff, such as we had aboard the Viking Gefjon, none of that would matter! Thank you Attila, Zeljko, Dejan, Stanislava, Marvin, Alan, Petar, among so many others, for making my first trip to Europe so memorable! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We truly enjoyed our cruise but were very glad we brought along three things: a deck of cards, raincoats, and our dear friends. The ship, staff, and food is all great. The itinerary was fine. The problem we had was at just over 50 ... Read More
We truly enjoyed our cruise but were very glad we brought along three things: a deck of cards, raincoats, and our dear friends. The ship, staff, and food is all great. The itinerary was fine. The problem we had was at just over 50 years old we were the second and third youngest on the ship (a daughter who went with her parents beat us for youngest). By far. This meant that all excursions were with a more “senior” group-lots of bathroom stops and endless questions. Please, please, please Viking-have an app for each city so that not everyone has to be in groups. This is not difficult nor expensive technology! This also meant meals and entertainment was always with “seniors”. Believe me when I say by 9pm (no typo) the ship was asleep! We got to know the excellent bartenders. They could not have gone out of their way, been more professional, or more fun. Besides the tulips they were the highlight! We had ordered the beverage package (order before you leave US or it is more expensive) so the bar tenders knew us well. There was nothing they wouldn’t get us-even at dinner they brought wine “they thought we would like better and enjoy”. Terrific. Unfortunately, we were not docked in downtown Amsterdam. We were about 15 min away in at a very industrial dock. So much for the view from our veranda! However, this also was a hassle for us because we like to do things on our own (a huge shock to the crew who could not believe we would rent bikes, see the tulips, go to dinner, go to Belgium all on our own). This meant cabs or taking the shuttle bus offered. Not convenient but it is in your brochure literature- not that that makes you feel better when spending so much money on a cruise. We were there for peak tulips. They were fantastic! We know we were very lucky. We also decided since tulips have a kind of their own we would arrive in Amsterdam early with the pre cruise package at the Hilton near the museums. We also planned it so we would be there for the tulip parade (trust me when I say it is quaint and nice but the Rose Bowl has nothing to ever worry about. We were glad we went but could have missed it and not been sad. It is quite small by US standards. Think garbage trucks and delivery trucks with flowers on them. Four or five great floats and the rest ...well, let’s just say it is nothing I would plan a vacation around. We rented bikes outside Kuekenhoff and it was a breeze and lots of fun). We were VERY glad we had seen the ore our cruise. We saw them on a picture perfect day (go as early as you can as it gets very, very crowded. I think we saw a thousand buses...not kidding) and took tons of pictures. On the day we saw them with our cruise it was cloudy, rainy, and the flowers were just a tad past peak. We felt quite smart for our planning and quite sad for the people on our cruise! We used Uber to get to the gardens and I think it was 35 Euros for the four of us (don’t try getting back by Uber after the big aparade....trust me when I tell you it took hours- luckily, there was a pub ). We thought the entertainment on the ship that was local and brought on board was really, really good. Unfortunately, the nightly entertainment wasn’t the best. Sweet couple but again-sang songs for those of the crowd that were 75 plus. We played cards. A lot! Food was quite good. Interesting and varied. They tried local food and wine as much as possible. I appreciated that. My husband loved going to the battlefields (I went to the Kroller Muller and ended it) and thouhgt the local guides excellent. We loved Hoorn, learning about the levies, home stay (we brought a small gift-do as our hosts were delighted), tulip fields, biking, guy who made wooden shoes and the farm visit, music, wine, cheese, chocolate, All in all, we really liked the cruise. Our weather could have been better but it was April in the Netherlands. We have talked with others that have done Viking cruises And they all say to try again. They also say that this cruise tends to skew “older”. Even Viking says that. Yes, yes it does! The thing is-you don’t go far on these river cruises. You can drive in a short amount of time. With that in mind it is the service, views, food, etc that matter. Unfortunately for us, we really couldn’t use our Veranda (I wouldn’t bother except that we were on the same floor as everything which was great) and only went on the top deck once. I guess my only other pet Viking peave is the tipping. For the love of Goodness Viking-just pay your guides a little more and do away with tipping. It is most annoying! I’d rather my cruise be $50 more and not to have to worry about bringing Euros to tip the tour guides. Plus, it is very awkward as some people tip and others don’t. Ok one more thing....Viking likes to cruise at nigh because then their guests have longer in port. Which is true. However, when you dream of your Viking cruise after seeing thousands of tv commercials you do think you’ll have more time relaxing on the ship as it motors along. You don’t really on this cruise. And the ports are very industrial. Not the quaint town ports you dream about either. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
The trip was called Tulips and Windmills and included much more. My wife was more interested in the tulips and I was more interested in the windmills and technology. However the historical sights we visited were of great interest to both ... Read More
The trip was called Tulips and Windmills and included much more. My wife was more interested in the tulips and I was more interested in the windmills and technology. However the historical sights we visited were of great interest to both of us. It was a good mix of tours and times to rest and relax. There was some WWII history and some medieval history in the mix. The tour guides were excellent. They were knowledgeable and interacted well. It was always comfortable and friendly. The meals and menu selections were excellent. The chef specials at dinner were excellent as were the wine choices. Dessert was always tasty. We enjoyed the fact that dinner was casual plus but not dress up. It was the right mix for a trip that featured tours and walking in the morning and either an afternoon trip or relaxing in the afternoon. One of the best parts was the people we met. It seemed like everyone we met shipboard was friendly and engaging. A great part of that was the crew who was so pleasant that you could not help but feel that you were all welcome. In discussion one of them mentioned that he had started with another cruise line and had worked his way up to get to being a Viking member. There was pride in the company. The cruise director, Kane Davies, was extremely competent and had the knack of making everyone feel that they were important. We'd love to have him again and we are saving up for another cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Our friends were booked on this cruise, they told us about it and we joined them. The trip was just fantastic. The tours were great, the food was fantastic. I gained a few pounds... lol. The staff was so personable. It was like being at ... Read More
Our friends were booked on this cruise, they told us about it and we joined them. The trip was just fantastic. The tours were great, the food was fantastic. I gained a few pounds... lol. The staff was so personable. It was like being at a B&B. The service was second to none. I would highly recommend Viking to anyone . We liked it so much we already booked another river cruise next year for our 30th wedding anniversary. The thing we like most about this cruise was the size. It was nice and small. We weren’t a number. The staff always addressed us by name. We went on the Tulip and Windmills cruise. The gardens were stunning. We even had the opportunity to visit a home . That was wonderful. We thought our cruise director was just wonderful. She really made this trip. If one decides to book a Viking cruise you won’t be disappointed . Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise from friends referrals and we corroborated their comments by taken the cruise. We are very happy with the experience and we also would recommend it to our friends and family. The excursions were very well guided ... Read More
We chose this cruise from friends referrals and we corroborated their comments by taken the cruise. We are very happy with the experience and we also would recommend it to our friends and family. The excursions were very well guided and planned to perfection, on all the details and guides very well informed. Your on board crew members, were very good trained and that was reflected in their professionalism. The cabins are very comfortable and with plenty of space for comfort. Dining was excellent and the culinary aspects superb. Entertaining was very good and your PR lady well trained to conduct such job. We expect to sail in other cruise very soon and definitely will be on Viking Cruises. To finish the embarkation and disembarkation well planned and as a consequence very smooth. Again the crew members were outstanding. Before the cruise we explore the city of Amsterdam for two days and we were very much impressed with the buildings and and the environment in general. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We decided to take this cruise because our experience on our trip through Russia was so positive. On that cruise we were a group of 6 and here just my husband and I . It was a very different experience. The most remarkable was meeting ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise because our experience on our trip through Russia was so positive. On that cruise we were a group of 6 and here just my husband and I . It was a very different experience. The most remarkable was meeting another couple who got married the same date we did, December 14, 1968. Never before had we found that. The ship is rather comfortable but when the upper deck is closed for 5 days, it curtails the possibility of pleasant outdoors accommodations. Smokers in Europe are a problem. On board, they were very unpleasant to have around. If you went outside to enjoy the view and the weather, there always was someone ruining the air by the smell of their smoke. The shore excursions were mostly a pleasure. Most guides were excellent but not all. If we could comment about them at the end of the day, our recollection could be much more accurate. The upholstery in the gathering lounge is not real leather and I found myself stuck to the furniture anytime it was hot. All in all, we signed up for another cruise in the future so we were not unhappy:) Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
The cruise was very enjoyable - staff of the ship was top notch. State rooms were clean, well designed with great attention to detail. Service was excellent. Food was good. We really enjoyed our wait staff. They were friendly, helpful and ... Read More
The cruise was very enjoyable - staff of the ship was top notch. State rooms were clean, well designed with great attention to detail. Service was excellent. Food was good. We really enjoyed our wait staff. They were friendly, helpful and all-around wonderful. Shore excursions were well organized and the local guides were, for the most part, interesting and well informed. We felt rushed at some locations such as busy museums and palaces. There was no time to stop and admire displays as the guides were rushing everyone through. The audio equipment worked well but some guides were a bit hard to understand. The biggest disappointment was no reliable WiFi on the ship. Viking should not advertise having it as it almost never worked. They really need to fix it or set the expectations correctly. The only way to get online was to find places with WiFi during port stops which wasn't always easy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We have wanted to do a european river cruise for a very long time. The Budapest to Amsterdam cruise fit many of the countries we wanted to see. Viking picked us up at the Budapest airport and bussed us to the boat, no muss, no fuss. We ... Read More
We have wanted to do a european river cruise for a very long time. The Budapest to Amsterdam cruise fit many of the countries we wanted to see. Viking picked us up at the Budapest airport and bussed us to the boat, no muss, no fuss. We found our cabin decorated in what I call Swedish modern, sleek and pleasing. We both loved the bathroom, the heated floor was well beyond what we expected. There are two eateries on board: the main dining room and the Aqauvit “cafe” at the bow of the boat. We ended up eating all breakfasts and most lunches at Aquavit because it was like eating at a sidwalk cafe except the sidwalk was the river. We could eat while watching, hearing, and smelling the surrounding countryside slide by. The main dining room was a great meeting place for dinner. The large tables resulted in seatings of groups of people that started the meals as strangers and ended up as friends. Most nights the main dining room offered aregional menu in addition to the standard menu. The Regional menu offered a chance to try local cuisine that would never be available at home. In most cases it was a pleasant surprise. The on board entertainment was uniformly excellent. The two person lounge combo was thoroughly professional and had a breathtakingly broad repetoire. Viking brought in opera singers and a glassblower for unexpected types of entertainment. There were frequent historical seminars, usually as preludes for the next day’s excursions which greatly helped understand the history behind the excursion. When we booked this cruise we were aware that the Viking river cruises were ranked number one. We quickly found out why. Everyone we encountered from the Captain, to our room Steward, to the restaurant and bar serving staff, to the deckhands, were always pleasant, always had a smile, and always tried their utmost to be helpful. The crew made this a gold star cruise. The shore excursions added the local touch that we were looking for. The tour guides hired by Viking were all local residents that had deep knowlege of the subject of the tour they were leading. Each of them had their own personal spin on the subject of their tour, which kept the tours from feeling “canned”. As a consequence, just about every tour contained information that would be hard to find in a history book. Fifteen days, five countries, sixty eight locks traversed, fourteen hundred pictures taken, a million smiles. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We travelled on Viking 3 years ago and our friends have heard all the stories. 2 of them asked if we wanted to go again with them from Budapest to Amsterdam and there was no hesitation, we accepted. Our only problem was getting to ... Read More
We travelled on Viking 3 years ago and our friends have heard all the stories. 2 of them asked if we wanted to go again with them from Budapest to Amsterdam and there was no hesitation, we accepted. Our only problem was getting to Budapest, we were delayed leaving by 2 hours due to weather, and so missed our connection but we were rebooked on 2 new connections and arrived only 4 hours later than scheduled, though our luggage didn’t make it. No problem, the front desk was on it, I was on it from another angle and by morning we had our bags. The crew was fantastic. They got us robes, slippers, and toiletries as we didn’t know if/when the bags would show up. They also threw in free laundry while the bags were missing, though we didn’t need it in the end. Viking cabins are small, even the “larger” cabins, but that's OK because you are not in there except to sleep, change clothes, and shower. The lounge and sun deck are where most time is spent when on board and are more than adequate for the 190 or so guests on a full cruise. We had 178 on ours, which included a crew from Discovery Channel doing a show on our ship, to be aired in the fall. We were on the top deck of rooms and had a balcony, barely wide enough for a chair but still useable. We tried to sit at the same table every night or close by so that our wait staff could get to know us, and they did. Always friendly, efficient, and eager to get something for us. The food was very good and reasonable portions, though our chef tended to make dry cakes and other baked desserts. A fellow passenger mentioned it to him and he ignored her, blamed it on the recipes, yeah right. The bartenders in the lounge were also excellent. The waiters in the lounge were mixed. One lady and one guy were good but the others were hit or miss, frequently miss. Get to know your bartenders, you might find free wine/beer times with lunch and dinner get extended a bit and if you get them to join in late night dancing, they can be really fun and generous on your next pour of a drink at the bar. I usually don’t go for a lot of the entertainment, but it wasn’t bad and several local entertainers were brought on to give us local tastes in music or activities. There was a free walking tour included at every stop, which we found adequate. Our friends did some extra excursions that they enjoyed, but one of them was 4 hours each way on a bus so it was a long day for them whereas we relaxed after our walk and enjoyed the scenery and the quiet. We booked the trip a year in advance, and did get a more expensive room, but it was worth it. Breaking it down to a daily cost and remembering that our air fare was included, it wasn't that bad for a 2 week cruise that included excursions, food and some drinks, travel to each port, and hotel all on 1 ship. We each got a $100 voucher for another cruise, which turns into a $200 on board credit when we use it. No expiration date, transferable or refundable. You can’t go wrong. Also, nobody under 18 on board, so it's quieter than some cruises we have been on. My favorite? Cruising the Wachau Valley and the Rhine with all the castles, almost a new castle around every curve on the Rhine. DW Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
My partner was a "newbie" and not sure that he would like a cruise. So, our friends and I suggested a Viking River Cruise and it proved to be an excellent introduction to the cruising experience. The cruise itself is a premium ... Read More
My partner was a "newbie" and not sure that he would like a cruise. So, our friends and I suggested a Viking River Cruise and it proved to be an excellent introduction to the cruising experience. The cruise itself is a premium experience. We sailed from Budapest to Amsterdam and everything conspired to make it a memorable trip, including the weather. The cities along the route were all interesting and the included excursions were well-passed and staffed by locals who knew their locations intimately. The ship was top-notch, with excellent dining choices and pleasant on-board entertainment. One highlight was the cruise through the Wachau Valley of the Rhine where, for 4.5 hours, we sailed past many river towns and hilltop fortresses and castles with a delightful intermittent commentary by the program director. My partner is now ready to try a sea cruise, though he still wants to stay close to land. So, we're considering a North Sea cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Heard that Viking was an excellent cruise line. The ship, crew, food, and excursions were even better than we expected. Treatment by the Captain and crew was wonderful. They made us feel very special. We cannot say enough about ... Read More
Heard that Viking was an excellent cruise line. The ship, crew, food, and excursions were even better than we expected. Treatment by the Captain and crew was wonderful. They made us feel very special. We cannot say enough about our delightful cruise. I have told everyone I know how exceptional Viking Cruise Line is. Our meals were delicious. Each evening our Chef would describe the special entrees and desserts. The servers were all polite and very personable. Our Captain always spoke to us and we felt very safe knowing that he was in charge of the ship. The excursions were wonderful, very special and different. We learned so much about the areas we visited. We were able to take our time and never felt rushed. Our program director was a delight. We all met every evening and she would tell us about our plans for the next day. The entertainment was great. Again I cannot say how wonderful the crew and staff were. We have no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We had heard from our neighbors and friends about their fantastic experience with Viking River cruises and had been on our ever expanding bucket list for "to do" things. We finally did it in June of 2018. It was a 15 day Cruise ... Read More
We had heard from our neighbors and friends about their fantastic experience with Viking River cruises and had been on our ever expanding bucket list for "to do" things. We finally did it in June of 2018. It was a 15 day Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. It turns out that the cruise turned out to be better than our extremely high expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality, service, and the worry free cruise. The crew was fantastic. It felt like we were with our loving and caring extended family. The included excursions were more than we would have asked for. It was convenient and educational having not to worry about what to do and what it is going to cost. The food was exceptional with compliments of wine and beer. We are taking another Viking Cruise on Dec 13 to Cuba & Panama, and one in May of next year. We love Viking Cruises; they meet and exceed our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was a dream come true bucket list trip that we were fortunate to be able to do with good friends. We were NOT disappointed. The ship was lovely. The staff-delightful. Program Director Wez was a delight! So helpful and fun and ... Read More
This was a dream come true bucket list trip that we were fortunate to be able to do with good friends. We were NOT disappointed. The ship was lovely. The staff-delightful. Program Director Wez was a delight! So helpful and fun and talented. Food very good (Chef Jan should have his own cooking show!!!). Special meal representing each port was great fun. Our head waiter, Normandy, was so attentive. Loved being able to have a quiet continental breakfast out on deck too. That was a great option. Ports and tours perfect. Evening special entertainment events were really enjoyable. The day tour guides were so knowledgeable! Would have liked more narration on areas we were cruising past while on board though. And were not happy with tipping being requested (and somewhat pushed by front desk staff) with special envelopes rather than included in the overall price of the cruise. Accommodations and assistance with our add-on in Amsterdam were great. So glad we did that! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I highly recommend this trip. We are actually looking at doing it again but in the opposite direction. We were in the lowest level on the boat and the rooms were fantastic. Good sized closets, excellent shower, fridge, television and ... Read More
I highly recommend this trip. We are actually looking at doing it again but in the opposite direction. We were in the lowest level on the boat and the rooms were fantastic. Good sized closets, excellent shower, fridge, television and comfortable beds. Also very nice shower products (leave your toiletries at home) Viking is very organized from the time you embark to disembark. I would look on the television every morning to view the menus for the day so I could toss around what I was going to order as many days it was hard to chose and everything sounded so good. Chef Jan would come to the lounge every evening before dinner and give the chefs recommendations and explain how the food was prepared. Chef Jan also had a sense of humor. The lounge had music every happy hour and then again at 9:00 pm for dancing. they would change the themes nightly from Country and Western, Classical, and Rock and Roll etc. There was always something to do in the afternoons after our daily tour. There was an afternoon English tea one day and another the Chef demonstrated on how to make strudel. The waiters in the dining room and the lounge were excellent. They quickly learned your tastes to be able to recommend a wine. We purchased the Silver Spirits package in our own currency and it was well worth it. The shore excursions are well managed and there was never any line ups to wait in.We met lots of very nice people and we now have new friends. Another great thing about this trip is there are no children allowed. Viking is there to great you at the airport to take you to your hotel or boat and there at the end for your return home. My only complaint is that I gained weight due to the great food. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We totally enjoyed our experience from the beginning to end. Thanks in large part to the crew and our amazing Cruise Director Wez. He was funny, well organized, creative, and attentive. Amazed someone so young handles the older ... Read More
We totally enjoyed our experience from the beginning to end. Thanks in large part to the crew and our amazing Cruise Director Wez. He was funny, well organized, creative, and attentive. Amazed someone so young handles the older cruisers with such ease. The Captain and his entire crew were gracious, warm, and friendly. They were obviously good at what they do. It was apparent that they all enjoyed what they do and too great pride in their service of the passengers, our safety and comfort, and in keeping the ship in excellent condition. The food was plentiful, loved the variety, and was always well prepared. Our Executive Chef Jan, was hysterically funny, as well as a great leader for his crew. So many of the servers were above and beyond in their service as well as engaging and funny. Meal times were a delight! The shore excursions were well planned with local guides that provided fun little insights and most were humorous and helpful. The ship was gorgeous, well maintained, clean, and bright and cheery. Our stateroom was well laid out even though it was a bit small. We had a small balcony which we enjoyed relaxing on many times. The cabin and bathroom were very clean and they were cleaned and refreshed 2 times each day. A big part of our enjoyment was the group of fellow passengers. We met some wonderful people that have become friends and we’ve had fun times nice we returned back to the United States. It was worth the money and we’ve booked a Viking Ocean Cruise in 2019! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
On our first Viking Cruise we had Viking make all our flight arrangements and this worked with out flaw, perfect, easy, zero problems. Yes I did check to see if I could get better connections, and cheaper fares on my own, I could not. ... Read More
On our first Viking Cruise we had Viking make all our flight arrangements and this worked with out flaw, perfect, easy, zero problems. Yes I did check to see if I could get better connections, and cheaper fares on my own, I could not. Using Viking Air is the way to go. As a yacht captain, I can see well past any ship board facade, and it is clear to me Viking is the clear stand out in European river cruises. This conclusion is after 3 cruises with Viking and the opportunity to view other river cruise operators close up (as in rafted up alongside). What makes Viking stand out? The largest fleet, this allows Viking to accommodate their passengers when things go wrong, such as low/high water, mechanical failures, by having enough long ships to substitute ships and not have to cancel the entire voyage. Viking has the newest ships and built to a very high standard. The interiors are well appointed in a modern tasteful fashion. The staterooms are very nice, and the heated bathroom floor is one of my favorite things. The dining, I personally am pretty easy to please in this department. but I'll give a 1-5 rating, 5 being the best. Menu 5 Presentation 5 Taste 3.5-4.0 There are no "5's" on board any ships (fresh vs refer/frozen) Waitstaff 6 best in the business, (remembered my name by second day). Honestly I am amazed how well the food service operates, seamlessly serving 200+ people in less than 90 minutes. Among the ship board activities I really enjoyed the "Port Talk" and there were some fun night time games in the lounge ( I did win a bottle of champagne, for coming in last place in the trivia game one night). Not going to candy coat some of the ports, I understand first hand how the preferred dockage/berth may not always be available, and that there will be times multiple ships will have to "raft up" (obscuring your stateroom view) to make port. That is just the way it is, in certain cases you may have pass through other ships to go ashore. The up side for me was that passing through other non Viking river boats assured me that I had made the best choice going with Viking. The shore excursions, only wish we could do them all. We did have one tour guide that was not ready for prime time, but one bad apple does not spoil the bunch. We traveled as husband and wife, no children and toured Italy and Greece after our cruise. As of now we are planing to do a Viking river cruise every year. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
Hang up you clothes..fed and wine Top quality. Not worth paying extra for a cabin with balcony as most travel is done at night . Organisation was superb many thanks to our program director Kane Davies..a wonderful guy..must have worked ... Read More
Hang up you clothes..fed and wine Top quality. Not worth paying extra for a cabin with balcony as most travel is done at night . Organisation was superb many thanks to our program director Kane Davies..a wonderful guy..must have worked 24 hrs a day. Wish they had spent more time at main places. Prefer coach tours...see a lot more as you travel in the day..get used to packing your bag every day or so but you get used to it and only use clothes each day so you keep packing to a minimum. Food not as flash on coach tours and wine and beer not included but half the price for a month. Will stick with coach tours. Food available was superb...plus wine and beer...tended to stay with menu food as very nice and smaller portions. Comfort and information on the boat was excellent. A very comfortable cruisy trip and met a lot of very nice people. Read Less
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