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Viking Vili Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for Viking Vili to Europe
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cfrance44
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Stateroom

SUMMARY

This was our first river cruise after 25+ ocean cruises and we had heard nothing but good things about Viking. Our river cruise wound up being about 1/3 European bus tour and while I can not fault Viking for low river levels, I can fault them for misleading information in their sales pitches (upper deck of the ship closed to passengers for 5 of the 14 days??? Really???) and how they handled the itinerary changes due to low water levels – MAXIMUM passenger inconvenience; minimal cost to Viking (more on that later). Additionally, trying to get a refund for ANYTHING you pay for in advance is NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE – nothing is refundable. We do a lot of ocean cruising on anywhere from $200 to $350 per day per couple. We expected a lot more at the premium cost of this river cruise other than walking tours with local volunteers (yes, that's right, the tours generally do not cost Viking one dime other than transportation costs when necessary), no reasonable snacks between meals, and a zero refund policy. Bottom line, we decided we are definitely not river cruise people but we did have enjoyable moments on this premium river cruise.

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Response from VikingS, Community Team

Thank you, cfrance44, for taking the time to share your experience with us. We appreciate your understanding of Europe’s water levels and the patience you've shown while we navigate the...

Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom

Cabins are small but functional. Between 25+ ocean cruises and this river cruise, these cabins are MUCH smaller than anything else we've experienced. Reasonably quiet and bed was firm enough for my back.

Port Reviews

Amsterdam

LOVE the energy of this city! If I was only younger... Great walkable city to tour on one's own.

Budapest

This city is very walkable, especially in the Buda side which is mostly flat. Wife and I did 35,000 steps in 32 total hours spent in the city. Always felt safe and enjoyed our time there. Highlight of our 14 day river cruise.

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