We cruised for about 3 days, On buses the rest of the time. Be cautious if cruising is a desire. We unpacked 3 times. Our Cruise started at a hotel in Budapest (Corinthia for Fri Night) rather than a Longship. Lots of bus rides between docked house boats. What a joke for a cruise.
If you want a bus tour through the Danube towns then this is for you. Viking Management knows all of this so they have seemingly stepped up the advertising to booked their ships years in advance.
Viking does take care of you but things are deceiving as there it n0t much of a cruise due to "low water levels" but the levels have been low for months and they send you an email the night before you depart like it is new news. They say they hold out hope for rain but it would take a hurricane to make a difference.
Viking is not doing themselves any favors. Apparently the Danube cruise is the one most first time customers take (including us). But a quick non scientific survey of people that we talked to will not be giving any more river cruise business to Viking after this one as it is sold as a river cruise but really a bus tour with a boat ride here and there.
There is no reason to pay for a balcony, suite, etc. cause you all get the same hotel room and bus ride.
Fri - Nov 6 -Arrival and check-in to Corinthia Hotel. Nice Hotel but not the cruise ship. Buffet style meals that were adequate but not a sit down dinner on the cruise ship. We were invited to a walking city tour but viking ran out of listening devices so we could not hear a thing. It turned out to not matter since we got the same info on the bus the next day.
Sat Nov 7 - Bus Tour of Budapest with a couple of stops. then 4 hr bus ride to the ship with arrival at about 6 PM at Vienna. (another arrival and check-in). Dinner and intro to ship staff.
Sun Nov 8 - Bus ride/tour around Vienna, Walking Tour of city center and some free time. Dinner on the boat. Boat left dock at 11:00 PM or so for the first time on a moving boat.
Mon Nov 9 - Cruise through the gorge at about 0830, boat scraping the bottom. We arrived at Melk at 1000 or so and later learned that the Captain thought the water too low for subsequent trips. The group after us was bused to the gorge. Quick mid after noon tour at Melk with return to boat and departure later that evening for a couple hours of river cruising at night.
Nov 10 Tues - Packed up, disembarked, got on bus for two hour ride to Passau, afternoon walking city tour of Passau and 2 hr bus ride to Regensburg to embark another boat in same cabin number. Had dinner aboard docked boat in harbor.
Nov 11 - Weds - Walking Tour and free time in Regensburg (The boat stayed docked). Boat left at or shortly after lunch for our first day time river cruise (other than the 0830 gorge passage for 1 hr). We thought finally, some river cruising, only to learn that the rest of the journey was through a series of constructed locks.
Nov 12 - Thurs AM - arrived in Nuremberg, free time in town for ~2 hrs, and optional afternoon WW2 tour (the best part of the entire trip)
Nov 13 - disembark and go to the airport (boat did not move much)
Long Ships were the Viking Tor and Viking Var (on one eve of Nov 7 to morning of Nov 9) other from evening of Nov 9 to morning of Nov 13.
Specific Dining is difficult to review as we ate in the Hotel, a couple of restaurants, and two different ships. All the meals not on the ships were either buffet style or if we sat down in the restaurants it was the same meal for everyone. We traveled as a group (ship passengers of about 200) and ate together for the entire time. All the staff at all the venues were accommodating, polite, and mostly responsive to a group of passengers that thought they would be on 1 boat for the duration.
In short, what a joke of a cruise.
Will only review two port stops as the others ranged from OK to non-impressive (they were all of churches). Regensburg was an unexpected surprise and worth seeing. Lots of history, architecture, and a complete med eveil town undisturbed by any of the wars.