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Viking Atla Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Best Holiday Ever

Viking Atla Cruise Review by Avro

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony

We selected this cruise after taking advice that the Danube was a great first time river cruise and had heard good things from other Viking customers. The cruise began the day of my 65th birthday and we spent a night in Nuremberg before the cruise embarkation. Everything went smoothly. The Cabin was good and the Crew very friendly and helfpul. The initial briefing was good and afterward we had a superb dinner. The Chef was Carlito and he and his staff did a fine job all week. Meals were served at the table and I much preferred this to the Buffet service you often find on cruises where there is a temptation to eat too much. Waiters and waitresses were prompt and efficient. There was a regular menu, special menus for the day and a regional menu which we opted for most of the time. Beer and wine were free at Lunch and Dinner. The cooking was of a high standard.

About 70% of the passengers were from the US with perhaps 15% from the UK and another 10% from Canada. We were in a very select group from Europe. Everyone was friendly. Most people seemed to fall into the 55 - 75 age group and mostly couples. Entertainment was provided in the lounge in the evening, but we are not lounge sorts of people. I heard that the entertainment was good. Not any fitness facilities, but the daily walks provided exercise.

The boat went from Nuremberg to Regensburg, Passau, Krems, Vienna and Budapest. A tour was included at each stop and there were optional tours at various prices. The tour director was Mario and he did a very good job with a briefing and often a talk on a particular topic before dinner each evening. The tour guides were good and you had a radio with an earphone for the tours. Mobility within this age group can vary a lot and after the first day we had different designated groups: easy, regular and enhanced for the tours. Stops on the walking tours usually had seating which was appreciated. You only had to walk about 15 minutes before a stop and comfort breaks were arranged. We visited Nuremberg, Regensburg, Krems, Vienna and Budapest. For us the best days were at Nuremberg and Budapest and the tour of Gottweig Abbey in Austria although all were good. On the evening in Budapest we had a special cruise to see Budapest at night. Beautiful

We took the 2 night extension in Budapest and it was well worth it. We stayed at the Hilton on Castle Hill. The room was superb with a fantastic view of Pest. We visited several museums, the Great Synagogue and the Parliament buildings. When booking places make sure that the staff know you are an EU citizen as they will assume your are American and not entitled to EU discounts.

All in all a great holiday. The Viking experience and attention to detail is fantastic. We would take a Viking River Cruise again, but next year we will head for a Viking Ocean Cruise. We particularly liked the inclusive nature of the holiday with a tour included each day as well as beer and wine at lunch and dinner. At the end of the trip the only extras we had to pay were the gratuities for the crew and a few euros for laundry. Highly Recommended.

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Cabin Review

French Balcony

Can’t remember the Cabin number, but it was about 4 doors down from Reception. The Cabin was well appointed with a large screen TV. There were a selection of films and TV series available, but it would have been nice to have a DVD player too. The bed was spacious and very comfortable. We were not prepared for the large number of 110 volt plugs, had we been, we would have brought some adapters (we live on the continent). Storage spaces more than adequate. Nice shower and toilet and good quality soaps and conditioners provided. The cabin was attended to twice a day and everything was kept immaculately clean.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Lovely historic clean city. Compact with lots to see. Especially good were the parts that dealt with the time leading up to WW2 and the aftermath. Great architecture too.


Nice buildings and lots of history here. Guided tour was always very informative. Churches were beautiful.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

We went to the organ concert here. Beautiful cathedral and the concert was good.

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I actually got off at one of the first stops and visited the Museum of Fine Arts. Superb paintings.

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The Castle District

Good trip around Castle Hill with Mathias Church and Fishermens Bastion.

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Excellent tour, make sure you tell the Viking Staff if you are an EU citizen, you get a discount!

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