We booked this cruise in the midst of the Pandemic and were glad when we were able to travel! While our embarkation date was the day Lufthansa Airlines suffered a major strike and dozens of fellow passengers arrived 1-2-3 days late and many others lost luggage (on multiple airlines), from the time we reached the ship, almost all was lovely. We took the northbound route with an extension in Prague.
This was our second Viking River Cruise, and we found similarly good service, a variety of excellent food, and attentive staff as before the Pandemic. I felt Viking spoiled us too early by serving Roast Chateaubriand Bernaise on the second night - it was delicious. Other than trying out more desserts than we're accustomed to eating, we managed to not gain weight over the week... or we walked it all off in Prague!
We participated in all of the included excursions and added just few others. The night tour of Budapest was an easy introduction for our thoroughly jet-lagged group; the included morning panoramic tour was good, also. Both had excellent local guides.
Recommend the French Balcony for the Budapest - Regensburg section of the Danube. At most ports we docked along-side another Viking ship... sometimes 3-deep. So who wants to sit on their balcony to look directly into someone else's cabin? There was only one scenic sailing day, and that was best spent on the top deck!
Embarkation point for our cruise. Budapest offers lovely and historic architecture and has made efforts to refresh and revitalize its beauty for tourism. Local political climate is best monitored. Easy access to the city from our mooring.
Lovely location and easy access from mooring.
The river is about 2 miles from St. Stephen's Cathedral, so likely you'll want to take the metro system in if on your own. But the metro, bus/tram system works well.