99 Viking River Viking Astrild Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because it was affordable with free air and the destinations were of interest to us. We were not disappointed with anything. Our cruise director, captain, all other staff and especially our food director strived to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was affordable with free air and the destinations were of interest to us. We were not disappointed with anything. Our cruise director, captain, all other staff and especially our food director strived to meet our every need. We were treated with respect and felt very well taken care of. I had dietary requirements and our food director seemed to go out of his way to meet my every need with a cheerful and helpful attitude. No staff on this trip were unkind or unhelpful. Everyone did an excellent job in serving us. I felt pampered and fulfilling our needs were always the staffs number one goal. The water level on the Elbe just happened to rise which made our trip even more enjoyable since we didn’t need to ride a bus to each of our destinations. We will definitely consider another River Cruise and ocean cruise using our discount Viking graciously gave us because of the uncertainty of the low water level. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have been on other river cruises with other vendors. We heard that Viking was the best and wanted to see Berlin and Poland so we thought we would give Viking a try. We agree it's the best although also the most expensive. The ... Read More
We have been on other river cruises with other vendors. We heard that Viking was the best and wanted to see Berlin and Poland so we thought we would give Viking a try. We agree it's the best although also the most expensive. The service and accommodations were the best. Our tour director and ship director were extremely organized, helpful and had a great sense of humor. We have already booked another cruise with Viking and are looking forward to it. The shore excursions were extremely well done. The local guides were informative, interesting, and professional. The only shore excursion that did not live up to our expectations was the Prague at Night we were disappointed that we didn't book the folk dinner instead. We also loved every aspect of the extended post tour of Poland, accommodations, excursions, etc. A minor disappointment was the food, although abundant and the service outstanding, was not exceptional. The servers were very congenial and made us look forward to our next meal to be able to talk with them. Several other guests remarked that the other Viking ships food was much better. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our second Viking cruise. Our first was the Grand European which was 21 days including extra days in Amsterdam and Budapest. We really like the cruise portion of this trip. The changing hotels got old quickly but we understood ... Read More
This was our second Viking cruise. Our first was the Grand European which was 21 days including extra days in Amsterdam and Budapest. We really like the cruise portion of this trip. The changing hotels got old quickly but we understood up from that we would be moving around. We like not having to pack up our bags every day and get up early to have them out in the hotel hall. The ship was smaller than the long boats but offered everything the other boats offered. The food was excellent. The staff was very helpful. The included tours were very informative and well worth the time and cost. We extended our precruise time in Berlin which we very much enjoyed learning about the historical and cultural history of this city. We visited the museums and we were especially impressed with the Pergamon museum. We were also fortunate to be here during the Night of Lights celebrating the fall of the wall. Really fun time. Viking also had extra post cruise excursions which we took advantage of. We went to Krakow and loved this charming city. As we like history, we took a trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Pretty sobering site. We ended our cruise in Warsaw. Worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The Elbe River cruise was originally intended to use one boat for the entire trip. But, about two weeks from embarkation we were advised by Viking that the water level of the river was too low and we may have to do some of the trip via bus ... Read More
The Elbe River cruise was originally intended to use one boat for the entire trip. But, about two weeks from embarkation we were advised by Viking that the water level of the river was too low and we may have to do some of the trip via bus and use two different boats. When we arrived at the hotel and had our first group meeting with Simon, the Cruise Director, he advised us that not only was there enough water for us to sail the entire trip on the Astrild, Viking had agreed to also allow us to use the 50% discount they had given us two week earlier to our next cruise. We arrived at the boat and was met by a crew that left very positive impressions. I have very significant dietary restrictions that if violated and I don't catch it, I would likely end up with a medical emergency. Everyone from Simon down to the Chef had been briefed on the issues. The Chef and the Head Steward were very attentive to the details, prepared meals that complied with the restrictions AND were filled with flavor ()I'm not used to that). Then the tours took on a uniqueness that I had never experienced despite all of the cruises I had done on other cruise lines. I actually learned something from the tour guides because we had time to talk in depth about some of the most poignant historical architecture, paintings and other art work, and events. Simon also arranged something highly unusual that I had not experienced before. At one of the stops in the former East Germany, one of the highly educated, experienced tour guides agreed to surprise the Astrild passengers later after dinner. Astrid (so similar to the boat!) went well beyond the norm and dressed in period costume, partnered with some musician friends, and involved the passengers in a kind of interactive play that allowed the more open-minded, creative thinkers to imagine ourselves attending a personal performance/party given by the local monarch of the period. She and her friends were completely amazing. So, yes, Viking....no...the people who are part of the Viking family do literally put their heart and soul into these trips. I was sooo lucky to have made several new friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first cruise ever and we chose a river cruise because of the smaller number of people on the cruise. Unfortunately, the water was too low for the cruise to occur. However the staff did their best to take us by bus to all of ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and we chose a river cruise because of the smaller number of people on the cruise. Unfortunately, the water was too low for the cruise to occur. However the staff did their best to take us by bus to all of our destinations. Also added several additional experiences to make up for the loss of cruising. All in all, the experience was good but my average rating is based upon an act of nature rather than the actions of the staff. The towns and other destinations chosen by Viking River cruises for us to visit were very good in the introduction by staff of each destination was quite good. If it weren’t for the low water on the river, I would’ve given this experience a much higher rating. Overall, our experience was good and we plan to cruise again with the Viking River cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I chose this cruise as my great grandparents came from Saxony and I wanted to view the lay of the land from the water by cruising down the Elbe. Unfortunately drought and the resulting low water levels did not allow for cruising and we ... Read More
I chose this cruise as my great grandparents came from Saxony and I wanted to view the lay of the land from the water by cruising down the Elbe. Unfortunately drought and the resulting low water levels did not allow for cruising and we were bused from site to site while overnighting on the riverboats. Naturally this was extremely disappointing to us, but when life gives you lemons then you make lemonade... On the plus side, the crew tried very hard to accommodate us, although much of our onboard ship time turned into bus time in order to reach the prearranged tour stops on our itinerary. Another plus was that over half of the passengers opted out of the trip two weeks out when they were told that they would not be sailing.... Hence my husband and I only shared the the boat with fifth-one fellow cruisers. Meal options were limited to breakfast and dinner as we were always off the ship at lunchtime. We opted for the lighter breakfast option in the lounge on second, although full breakfasts were served daily in the dinning room on first. Dinner was served nightly on the first deck with table seating for groups of four or six. Small groups tended to gather in the lounge area prior to dinner and again following dinner where alcohol was available for purchase and instrumental and vocal entertainment was provided. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
we chose the cruise as we had not been on the Elbe River. We knew that there had been problems with low water in 2018 but we thought July would be okay, but it was not. A week before the cruise we were told that we would board another ... Read More
we chose the cruise as we had not been on the Elbe River. We knew that there had been problems with low water in 2018 but we thought July would be okay, but it was not. A week before the cruise we were told that we would board another cruise boat & be bused to another one down river for the remainder of our tour. We could have cancelled the tour but decided to go with it anyway. There were about 35 passengers onboard which made for an intimate experience. I recommend to not book a cruise past May. The Elbe is a wild river with no locks to hold water so cruises are dependent on the amount of rain. Food was mostly good with sparking wine at breakfast. We will receive a 50% voucher for a future cruise to compensate us for the non cruise experience. The ship is smaller than others with only 2 levels . I spoke to a couple were not notified that the boat would not move until they arrived at the ship. Viking was sending email to my travel companion but not me. When I asked that I receive emails I was rudely informed that it was not possible! I did not see an elevator. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our tenth Viking trip and one of our best if not the best. We chose this trip because we had not been to central Germany, including Berlin, and it afforded us a post cruse extension to Poland. The shore excursions were ... Read More
This was our tenth Viking trip and one of our best if not the best. We chose this trip because we had not been to central Germany, including Berlin, and it afforded us a post cruse extension to Poland. The shore excursions were terrific. One of the guests opined that the trip was equal to a graduate history class and I agree. The on ship activities were great as well the dining and beverages. The meals were prepared for the regions in which we traveled. The wines were also tailored for the local areas. The ship’s officers and crew were excellent. We believe the Hotel Manager and Cruse Director were outstanding and could not have been better. The only issue is that future cruses cannot match this experience. We are now in the process of selecting our next Viking trip. Our booking number was: xxxxxxx. I ask Viking to contact us if they are interested in further commentary. Thank you Viking Thank you for the opportunity to provide this rating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and I have been on one previous Viking cruise and loved it. This cruise on the Astrild did not disappoint us. We had a wonderful time. We traveled with friends and had many opportunities to visit with them, as well as meet ... Read More
My husband and I have been on one previous Viking cruise and loved it. This cruise on the Astrild did not disappoint us. We had a wonderful time. We traveled with friends and had many opportunities to visit with them, as well as meet fellow travelers. There were many activities in which to participate on board. Our shore excursions were very well organized and met the different ability levels of different passengers, The crew was excellent and very attentive. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. The food was absolutely fabulous at every meal! The chef had a set menu every night as well as featuring local cuisine. Our cabin was very spacious and very comfortable. Routines for disembarking were very easy and were explained very well. The shore excursions were fun and informative. In addition, Viking offered many interesting optional excursions. There were many passengers who had been on more than 5 Viking cruises. I would definitely go on another one! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this route because we are interested in Reformation history, medieval architecture, and we had been on Danube, Rhine, Rhone, and Main. Astrild is smaller (94 guests) than other Viking longboats but has all the same amenities in ... Read More
We chose this route because we are interested in Reformation history, medieval architecture, and we had been on Danube, Rhine, Rhone, and Main. Astrild is smaller (94 guests) than other Viking longboats but has all the same amenities in suites, dining room, lounge, etc. The balcony (rooms on the right side; rooms on the left have French doors and a rail but no place to sit) is actually useful on this route because the schedule means that you are frequently cruising in day light so can relax in the deckchairs and enjoy the pastoral views. Smokers gather at the rear rooftop so chose a room mid-ship or front to avoid the smoke smells. I liked the undemanding approach to tours - you head to the bus without any loud announcements, participate in just how much you want to, and there's always a more robust option with extra walking, etc. We were delighted with several surprises like Matt cruise director, leading us on an evening stroll through Torgue after dinner one night. This historic itinerary is filled with several over night stops allowing for time off the ship on your own in the evenings. The ship is always docked in a town. Guides are very knowledgeable and often have personal/family connections to the stormy history from the wars. Evening entertainment frequently included music and dancing although there was no dance floor aboard. Food was presented well and was fine but not shockingly yummy. 2 things that were a miss for us was the lack of a somalia (true! a couple bar tenders but no one who had been trained in wines to assist guests. Secondly, a silly practice of not serving tea in a pot. They had tea pots and when pressed would get one for you but not without being ugly about the request. A little thing that had a big negative impact on a lot of Brits, Aussies and Canucks! **The post-cruise trip to Poland was fantastic. I wish I could remember the director's name. She was so good. A former teacher, she passed out maps while she shared details of what we were going to see. And gave us treats from little towns and even a vodka tasting on board! She was very organized and friendly. What a treat. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The drought affected the Elbe river so the ship did not move. The crew was excellent, though. The food was very good, way above average. The tours including Worliz & Fredrich the Great, Wittenberg & Martin Luther’s history ( ... Read More
The drought affected the Elbe river so the ship did not move. The crew was excellent, though. The food was very good, way above average. The tours including Worliz & Fredrich the Great, Wittenberg & Martin Luther’s history ( although guide Stephanie was poorly engaged and lacked enthusiasm), Meissen and the porcelain factory, and Dresden’s various museums and churches were outstanding. Prague was beautiful and the tours were nice. The excessive heat made it difficult for all involved, however the weather was not controllable. We wish to thank the staff and crew of Viking for making a difficult trip fun and enjoyable despite the heat and unnavigable waters of the Elbe river. I have been recommending this trip to others already, even considering the heat and low water preventing the movement of the boats. Devin Kennedy was a blessing. He was extremely helpful and totally engaged with the guests. His outstanding effort was above the chart. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have taken many Viking river cruises. Unfortunately this was the non cruise cruise as the Elbe did not have enough water to allow the ships to navigate the river. Therefore we were bussed everywhere and there was zero cruising. If you ... Read More
We have taken many Viking river cruises. Unfortunately this was the non cruise cruise as the Elbe did not have enough water to allow the ships to navigate the river. Therefore we were bussed everywhere and there was zero cruising. If you take this route ask what months are best to give the chance of water in the river as apparently this happens quite a bit around the time we took the cruise. Other than that the places we visited were interesting but it would have been much better to have seen them from the river versus through a bus window. The staff tried to do as much as they could to make this a good experience but that was difficult given the circumstances. Viking did not notify us of the situation until two days before embarkation. Not good for us as we were already in Europe so no chance to defer. They then offered a very small amount of compensation for the cruise. Finally senses prevailed and they gave us a credit for half of the cruise value. The only issue was it had to be used within a year of the cruise date. I would have made that two years as people already had booked 2019 cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
It was our second river cruise with Viking, we were happy with our previous cruise in France. This time was a big disappointment. As previous review stated the problem was low water level on Elbe. We understand that the water levels in ... Read More
It was our second river cruise with Viking, we were happy with our previous cruise in France. This time was a big disappointment. As previous review stated the problem was low water level on Elbe. We understand that the water levels in Elbe are out of Viking control, but we are greatly disappointed in the way Viking handled the situation: - The company totally lacked honesty and transparency. Low water warning was removed from the website, making us believe that conditions are adequate for our sailing. Even upon arrival our cruise director Liz in all the long talks never honestly said that we were not going to sail. - The company failed to give us an option to cancel the trip with the full refund, while knowing full well that the cruising part cannot be implemented. Very deceiving of Viking. - Due to spending several hours on the bus every day (the part that we were looking to avoid when selecting our cruise package) all our city tours were cut short. For example, instead of the full day we had only two and a half hours in Dresden. - The ship swap and changing the crew, packing and unpacking, living out of the suitcases the entire trip are the factors that made it difficult for us to relax on this trip. If we wanted a bus tour we could have booked a much nicer and cheaper one where we would not be stuck in Wittenberg for 3 days. Viking did not even try to make it up to us in any way, no additional perks like free drinks or extra tour… nothing to make us feel better. Hotel in Prague is very far from center, however there is a shuttle during most of the day. Still would be much more convenient to stay closer to Old Town. Intercontinental in Berlin was great. We spent only 2 nights on Astrild. Service and food was good, boat is lovely, beds comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The main problem was that there was insufficient water in the Elbe to cruise. Viking knew this well in advance and should have given us the opportunity to cancel and receive a refund. They also changed hotels after they confirmed our ... Read More
The main problem was that there was insufficient water in the Elbe to cruise. Viking knew this well in advance and should have given us the opportunity to cancel and receive a refund. They also changed hotels after they confirmed our booking. Instead of the Marriott in downtown Prague, it was changed to the Corinthia in the suburbs. Not a good hotel and had to get the metro to go into Prague. Had to bus from Czech Republic to Germany to board the boat due to low water levels. Spent 4 hours total cruising the river. The rest of the time we were bussed everywhere. We had to pack and were bussed to the termination point of the cruise to transfer to the sister ship as that was stuck in the port. No compensation from Viking. they didn't even offer to comp drinks. This was our trial of Viking for future ocean and river cruising. Thy failed miserably. It was not Viking's fault that the river levels were low but they took our money KNOWING that they were not going to provide a river cruise. If we wanted a bus tour of Europe we would have booked one. Viking will never have us again as customers and I would advise people to be very wary. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had not been on a Viking Cruise prior to this trip and had always been told how marvelous they are. I can now fully understand the comments. Never having been in Berlin we were looking forward to seeing the city of such important ... Read More
We had not been on a Viking Cruise prior to this trip and had always been told how marvelous they are. I can now fully understand the comments. Never having been in Berlin we were looking forward to seeing the city of such important parts of history. Our tour guide had lived behind the Berlin Wall. Her stories became a tremendous lesson of perseverance of life as she shared of her family before, during and after the wall came down. History previously read became alive in most excursions in Berlin and other cities. This was the smallest Viking ship, but lacked nothing. The service was wonderful and no details were left out. The food was delicious and much more than needed, but oh so enjoyable around a table with strangers who became friends. A highlight of the ship was to be in the wheelhouse to talk with the captain and learn details of this smallest ship and bits of information of the river and why the ship was the smallest in the Viking line. Our visits in other ports and tours were educational, fulfilling, beautiful and not to be forgotten. It was wonderful to stand in Martin Luther’s home and be in churches and buildings which carried importantance in the history of the Reformation. Having a history buff as a tour director helped prepare us for all we would see and experience. The stories of triumphs and the stories of suffering were shared in each stop. The beauty of architecture and the beauty of people. All imprinted in the memory. We have already booked a cruise for May of this year and the next year. Such a joy! Thank you Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
So many people had recommended taking a Viking cruise and now I know why! I can't think of anything that would have made this trip more enjoyable . . . From the embarkation to the disembarkation hotel rooms everything was wonderful! ... Read More
So many people had recommended taking a Viking cruise and now I know why! I can't think of anything that would have made this trip more enjoyable . . . From the embarkation to the disembarkation hotel rooms everything was wonderful! The accommodations on board were VERY nice - comfy bed & pillows and I loved having my morning coffee on my veranda. The food was delicious and the wine served with the meals was wonderful. Loved that the did a German night so we could sample all sorts of German fare complete with beer and a band! Our waiters and waitresses were very attentive and I was given special attention by the chef due to my lactose intolerance. The tours were informative & I like how there are at least 2 if not 3 different tours for each port depending on how much you wanted to walk or ride. What a wonderful way to learn about history!! The scenery on the Elbe was magnificent and with the smaller river, the scenery on both shores was so close. I booked another Viking tour as soon as I got home! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I picked this cruise over the others because of my schedule. I booked rather late and availability on other itineraries were limited. However I do not regret the choice at all. Booking process was simple and straight forward. There were ... Read More
I picked this cruise over the others because of my schedule. I booked rather late and availability on other itineraries were limited. However I do not regret the choice at all. Booking process was simple and straight forward. There were constant email communication and reminders from Viking. Documents were well prepared (and if I may say, a bit extravagant) and delivered to our home (unlike other cruise lines). Flights were scheduled with plenty of time for lay over. The pre and post hotels were modern and conveniently located. Embarkation (and disembarkation) was quick and easy.The ship is rather new and well kept. It is smaller than rest of the fleet. The atmosphere was therefore more intimate. Food was excellent as always (this was not my 1st Viking cruise). Staff were friendly and courteous. Service was outstanding. Excursions and enrichment activities were well planned and informative. The ports of call are rich in history. Overall it was an excellent adventure. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The trip offered 2 nights in Berlin and 2 nights in Prague. I wanted to see those cities combined with a river cruise. The Elbe River is not a commercial waterway like the Rhine and offered an almost private cruise of the countryside. The ... Read More
The trip offered 2 nights in Berlin and 2 nights in Prague. I wanted to see those cities combined with a river cruise. The Elbe River is not a commercial waterway like the Rhine and offered an almost private cruise of the countryside. The cruise was very relaxing as well as informative of the cities we visited. The river depth was low and we could not make the last port. But that really only translated into a longer bus ride to Prague which was scenic. Overall I’d recommend this cruise for people wanting to visit Berlin and Prague as well as visiting the cities along the river. The side trips available were also attractive - many people went on to Krakow and Warsaw. I’m Berlin there was a 4 hour river tour through Berlin that was interesting to see the city from the water view perspective. Chef Oliver excelled as he prepared local foods as we moved along the river. His personality is infectious- you feel like he’s cooking for a family get together rather than a cruise. He is an asset beyond his pay. He is the type of person that makes your clients to want to cruise with Viking again! Sergio and Jamie were outstanding. Jamie went way out of his way to show guest the sites. One day in Prague he walked 6 of us to restaurant for lunch that offered real local cuisine. We would not have found this place on our own and the restaurant experience was fantastic. I did compliment Sergio on his staff because they all attentive to the cruisers. Our housekeeping person (his name escapy me) was over the top as exceeding our needs. Just little things like finding an extra blanket or water it was like he was pulling it out of his back pocket. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This is our 3rd Viking river cruise and it's just as good as the first! This was the Elegant Elbe package and it lived up to Viking standards. The couple of days are in Berlin then you are bussed to the ship on the Elbe. The Elbe ... Read More
This is our 3rd Viking river cruise and it's just as good as the first! This was the Elegant Elbe package and it lived up to Viking standards. The couple of days are in Berlin then you are bussed to the ship on the Elbe. The Elbe is a natural river with no locks so it's a bit shallow and we did run out of water to sail in by Dresden, just one port shy of our goal. Nonetheless, Viking maintained their high standards and took care of everything. The Elbe ship is a smaller version of the regular Viking river ship but is every bit as comfortable and luxurious as the bigger ones. The cabins are exactly the same as the bigger river ships, there is just less of them. I believe the capacity is 95 guests. The rest of the ship layout is the same as the bigger ships with the lounge and dinning room being a bit smaller but definitely the right size for the amount of people on the ship. Viking has revised their menu scheme this year to include more local flavors than before and it proved popular with the guests we spoke to during the cruise. As always, regardless of the dish, Viking culinary standards are very high and it was a treat to eat dinner and lunch on the ship each day. The shore excursions are well thought out and precisely planned. You have plenty of time to wander about and the busses used by Viking are top notch. Our favorite was the town walking tour of Torgau after dinner one night. Very relaxing, quaint little town. As usual with Viking, the crew from top to bottom was incredibly helpful, friendly and provided for our every need. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My 3rd Viking River Cruise. Just booked a Viking Ocean cruise to Australia/Tasmania/New Zealand for Jan 20, 2020. I must have liked the cruise from Prague to Budapest if I'm booking another so soon. I'm not crazy about ... Read More
My 3rd Viking River Cruise. Just booked a Viking Ocean cruise to Australia/Tasmania/New Zealand for Jan 20, 2020. I must have liked the cruise from Prague to Budapest if I'm booking another so soon. I'm not crazy about the size of the rooms, but we spend very little time acually in the room. The greatest plus on these cruises is the crew. There is nothing they won't do to make your experience excellent. The bar and wait staff work very hard and make a point to remember names and likes/dislikes. There are no broadway shows or casinos, but there is plenty to keep you busy. Everyone finds another couple onboard that you have something in common with... By the second day, you will recognize at least half the passengers and will "pair up" with one or more other couples. Most passengers are quite financially stable and most are retired. You'll have a lot in common with most if you can afford these cruises. The meals are excellent. They are not stingy with beer or wine during meals and the bar has an excellent selection of fine wines; many from the country you're traveling through. Our cabin steward was excellent and we always felt safe on board and during the daily tours. You should at least try one cruise, maybe a modest cabin and up your choices on your 2nd cruise. I really believe that you'll have fun and enjoy the people you'll meet. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We choose the Elegant Elbe because of the cities we would see, the days before and after in Prague and Berlin, and also because we wanted to see this part of Europe. Since we had already had one Viking River Cruise, we knew we wanted to ... Read More
We choose the Elegant Elbe because of the cities we would see, the days before and after in Prague and Berlin, and also because we wanted to see this part of Europe. Since we had already had one Viking River Cruise, we knew we wanted to cruise with them again...our first trip, two years ago was also amazing. One of the best things about cruising with Viking are the friendships we made on the trip. The meals were delicious--loved the many choices, too. At mealtimes, there was plenty of time to get acquainted with others on the boat. It was nice not having seating assignments, and also having the choice of where to eat...we enjoyed having breakfast on the Acquivet Terrace and watching the scenery as we ate. The crew members on the ship were also very accommodating---everyone made sure that all we having a good, but safe time, too. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
we picked this cruise to end up the celebration of my 65th birthday. Unfortunately March 5th is not a prime time to go to Europe. I will never book a Europe trip this early in the season. ours was the first for the season on the Elb and ... Read More
we picked this cruise to end up the celebration of my 65th birthday. Unfortunately March 5th is not a prime time to go to Europe. I will never book a Europe trip this early in the season. ours was the first for the season on the Elb and your could still see ice floating in parts! Most of the amenities aboard the Astrild were top notch. the glaring detractor and ruination of the cruise was the bedding. unbelievable discomfort. The mattress cover had pieces of cloth sewn all over it to create a "pillowing effect" it was more like a cratering effect. could not sleep first night and complained next morning to a very uncaring staff. was told " all beds are the same,we cannot get you a new mattress." so asked around and got many more passengers to agree on the crummy bedding,to no avail. the chambermaid tried putting two mattress covers on and that made it twice as bad. Finally my spouse and I stripped the bed to the mattress and I tried it without any cover. still miserable. this was the deal breaker for me as I have cruised with Viking on prior occasions including the Grand Tour and Bordeaux. Both of which had wonderful bedding. The Elb is a quaint more narrow river with one or two memorable spots. The weather was horrible. Freezing rain and snow. Cold that bit right through you. Prague was the worst,really really cold. think twice before booking this cruise. Do not do it on the cusp season! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this itinerary because besides Prague, we had not been to any of the other places and had heard good things about it. The cruise itself was good, did not get to spend much time in any of the places we visited while on the boat and ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because besides Prague, we had not been to any of the other places and had heard good things about it. The cruise itself was good, did not get to spend much time in any of the places we visited while on the boat and would have liked to have had a bit more free time on shore after the excursions. We have traveled on 2 other prior cruises with Viking and absolutely loved everything about it. This go, the food was sub-par, we were told they ran out of certain foods, like the steak on the everyday menu and would not be getting anymore. Service in the dining room was mostly non-existent, if you were served one glass or wine, beer or soda, no more was offered unless you tracked them down, or did as I did and walked over to the shelf and poured my own. For those who travel with Viking, you know how attentive the service is normally. I believe the staff in the dining room had checked out since this was the last cruise of the season. Our cabin was spotless and very comfortable, I did miss the heated tile floor, but the young lady that took care of our floor was just wonderful and very kind. The reception area was also wonderful, very friendly. Really liked the captain, he was very social the entire cruise. The excursions were absolutely fabulous. We were very impressed with the majority of them. We will be going on another cruise with Viking, just hoping to not have a repeat of the not that great of food. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Chose this cruise from a Viking email with a great price. Everything was excellent except the return home. Our flight was late getting to Frankfurt and our flight to Philadelphia left us. We had to wait several hours for a flight to ... Read More
Chose this cruise from a Viking email with a great price. Everything was excellent except the return home. Our flight was late getting to Frankfurt and our flight to Philadelphia left us. We had to wait several hours for a flight to Washington and then another flight to Philadelphia. The overall quality of the cruise however was excellent. The ship and cabins were very lovely and cozy. The included shore excursions were excellent. The entertainment in the lounges was very good. The optional tours in each port were well thought out and very well run. We explored Berlin before we departed and loved that city. The service on the ship was excellent including being interviewed and welcomed by one of the officers interested in marketing the cruise to African-Americans and how did we find out about it The dining room experience and wine tastings were a nice exploration. I even bought a case of one of the wines when I returned home! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise never having been to these parts of Europe. Our parents had done many Viking cruises and always gave them high scores. Every detail was covered and it was nice to be so well taken care of in every aspect. The food ... Read More
We chose this cruise never having been to these parts of Europe. Our parents had done many Viking cruises and always gave them high scores. Every detail was covered and it was nice to be so well taken care of in every aspect. The food aboard was truly excellent with plenty of choices. Staff was genuinely gracious and knowledgeable. The guides on shore tours were so willing to share their passion for their places and often included little interesting tidbits to enhance the experiences. Shipboard entertainment was fun and definitely created friendships among passengers. I would go on a Viking River Cruise again. I'm not one for the large cruise ships so this was perfect. I was impressed that provisions were always made for passengers with special needs or diminished ability to walk or climb especially at Bad Schandu where there was a lot of stairs. The exercise was invigorating after indulging in the breakfast buffet! Lovely to be greeted at the airport by the Viking Cruise staff in signature red jackets. They have really covered all the details from start to finish. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Viking Astrild Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 2.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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