This was our first Viking cruise, but NOT our first river cruise (we did Avalon on the Rhine in 2013). In my opinion, Viking compares very poorly to Avalon for a variety of reasons: the cabins on the Tor are smaller, the staff was far less friendly (other than one waiter and Sorin the Program Director, he was funny!), the food was mediocre at best, very limited variety especially with lunch. Tours seemed disorganized. Information was lacking, especially with limited overhead announcements. The sundeck was closed down for a majority of the time. The same wines were offered every day, other than when they FINALLY gave us something different on the last day.
We also were among those that had to be bussed to another port as the Tor could not sail through at Passau. So we were disappointed that we had to re-pack everything, bus to the next port, unpack again, etc. We didn't really lose any tour time, but the 2nd ship the Viking Var was FAR worse than the Tor. Staff on the Var were really not friendly at all. We were told there was Wifi access in every cabin, yet our cabin 212 had NO wifi on the Var, forcing me to have to go down to the lobby and use that, and that even was slow. The first night on the Var we were fed the very SAME meal we had the night before on the Tor.
Our group of 4 couples were very disappointed with Viking. While I will "never say never", I have no desire to sail Viking ever again until less maybe if it was totally free (unlikely). Avalon is FAR better with food, staff, and organization!
Clean but tight quarters. Shower door seemed to missing a gasket and often flooded the floor.
It was okay, but felt we missed some sights we were told we would see on the Buda side. Seemed rushed at the end.View All 353 City Tour Reviews
Bus tour then walking tour towards St Stevens church. Our guide was nice enough, but his English was a bit limited.View All 169 City Tour Reviews
Great guide "Ute"! Began with a bus tour, then boat ride on the Danube Narrows, then the Melk Abbey tour, then bus to a biergarten and back to the ship. The Melk Abbey is quite beautiful!View All 182 Melk Abbey Reviews
WWII tour of the Zeppelin fields, Dokumentation Center museum, and Nuremberg Courtroom 600 was excellent! Great guide Alex!
Took a taxi to the church for an organ concert; had high expectations for the concert, but the music was dark, Gothic, and disappointing. Great lunch at a German restaurant! Shopping afterward was okay, nothing exciting.
Lots of construction near the waterfront where we docked. Opted to stay on the ship.