• Cheers to 25 years: Celebrate with Us!
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More

Viking Atla Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
151 reviews

Buyer Beware..not so Romantic Danube bus cruise

Review for Viking Atla to Europe River
User Avatar
jtjs
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

Rating by category

Cabin
Dining
Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Aug 2018
Cabin: Veranda Stateroom

I wanted to try a river cruise as I don't want to sail the ocean. It looked like so much fun. I wanted to see Europe from the water. In most of the commercials we would see the huge building in Budapest with the red roofs. I wanted to go there and see that. We saw it from a bus ride through Buda and Pest. We slept on a boat docked on the Danube near the Chain bridge. It was beautiful and magical. The next morning we took a bus tour around Budapest and then took a 3+ hour bus ride to Vienna.

This would be wonderful trip turned out to be a huge disappointment. We met lots of new people who all felt like we did. This is not what we were sold, not what we expected or what we paid for. The water level was low on the Danube but it had been all summer. Viking didn't let us know until days before we were to embark that levels were low. They did not give us the option to cancel our trip. We were on 3 ships in 7 days and traveled half the river by bus and the other half at night with the exception of one afternoon and one late evening. We upgraded to a Veranda room so we could enjoy the river from there but that was a waste of money. What a major disappointment. It wasn't relaxing. We couldn't unpack and kick back. We were on the go all the time. We had to get up early and put our bags in the hallway to be ready for the next ship change.. Not much of a vacation.

The food was ok. The ships were clean. We saw some beautiful and interesting sites. The staff did their best to make the trip pleasant. They seemed understaffed on the last ship and not as attentive however. We'd get our disappointing news in the evening about what the next day would bring.

Response from ValerieP, Community Team

Thank you, jtjs, for taking the time to share your recent Viking experience with the cruising community. We recognize that you are one of the many affected by the itinerary changes...

Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom

Cabin B

The room was clean. There was always a bottle of water provided. The Atla gave us 2 bottles. The Jarl gave us one. I'm a big water drinker so I noticed that. Turn down service was nice. Housekeeping was good. Toilets weren't always flushing tho.

6 Helpful Votes

Find a Viking Atla Cruise from $2,179

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

We have updated the Cruise Critic Privacy and Cookie Statement effective on October 1, 2020. Please click here for more information.