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26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This is our first river cruise after about 15 ocean cruises and it is an experience we are definitely repeating. We booked with Gate1 Australia and the service has been great from start to finish. The ship takes about 155 passengers, ... Read More
This is our first river cruise after about 15 ocean cruises and it is an experience we are definitely repeating. We booked with Gate1 Australia and the service has been great from start to finish. The ship takes about 155 passengers, there was only 112 on our cruise with 52 Aussies, and do we know how to party. The ship, although not new, has been continuously refurbished so it feels really fresh. We had cabin 225 with a French balcony, although not hugh, was very comfortable, the bathroom is more spacious and usable than many ocean cruises that I've been on. The food was consistently delicious, thank you Chef Dirk.. Wine and beer are served with dinner each night, so we have the pleasure of sampling some very fine regional wine. The crew also helped to make it a more memorable experience, nothing is too much trouble. Special mention to Receptionist Genona, we went on board the day before our embarkment to make sure of the location, she spoke to us briefly giving us the info we wanted. Imagine our surprise when we embarked the next day that she remembered our names and cabin number and took care of our baggages for us. The included excursions were all well orgainsed with excellent tour guides that are all extremely professional and knowledgeable, although it did become a bit of ABC (another bloody castle/cathedral) in the end, they all did an excellent job looking after us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We wanted to see Europe as "hassle-free" as possible. This is a great way to do it. We did the pre-cruise package in Amsterdam and the post-cruise package in Lucerne. We booked our flights through Viking as well. Viking ... Read More
We wanted to see Europe as "hassle-free" as possible. This is a great way to do it. We did the pre-cruise package in Amsterdam and the post-cruise package in Lucerne. We booked our flights through Viking as well. Viking arranged all the transfers. Viking were great hosts, they took care of everything. No worries! What more could you ask for? We saw some great parts of Europe. While doing the cruise part of the adventure, you have the luxury of taking a floating hotel room and a restaurant with you. No packing & unpacking for a week! We dressed casual. There were no "formal nights" and we enjoyed the fact there were less than 200 paying passengers. The service could not have been better. The ship was clean and the cabin was the right size. Ships crew were warm and welcoming. There were free excursions every day. (walking tours) The food was excellent and the wait staff was very attentive. I highly recommend going to Lucurne. The hotel Viking uses is very close to "Old Town" which is the center of action. This was the very best vacation my wife and I have ever had. We plan doing it again in 2019 on the Danube. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
First cruise and first time in France - LOVED this trip!!!! It was amazing and everything was fantastic - the ship/cabin was comfortable; the food was extremely good and I didn't even gain weight with all the food that was provided - ... Read More
First cruise and first time in France - LOVED this trip!!!! It was amazing and everything was fantastic - the ship/cabin was comfortable; the food was extremely good and I didn't even gain weight with all the food that was provided - loved all the excursions as they were a great way to get to know the area and cannot wait to go back and further explore Northern France. The staff was great about answering questions, and making the trip such a fabulous memory. I would strongly recommend Viking especially if you want to experience from a high level and travel abroad feeling safe. Everything was comfortable and enjoyable. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and cannot thank the Viking crew for all they did to make such a memorable excursion. I would definitely do this form of travel again as it was a perfect way to see and experience so many things about the country we were in - from history to present. Unforgettable!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Viking provided outstanding customer service from the time we were met at the airport in Amsterdam to the time we checked in at the airport for departure in Prague. The ship was the latest in convenience. The cabin was a nice size, ... Read More
Viking provided outstanding customer service from the time we were met at the airport in Amsterdam to the time we checked in at the airport for departure in Prague. The ship was the latest in convenience. The cabin was a nice size, meticulously clean and modern. Dining was excellent with great attention to service. We had the very best Program Director. In all of our ocean cruises he was the very best! He was there for our every need and questions! Even making umbrellas available one morning when leaving for the day and it was raining a little. On our excursions he would appear out of nowhere to ensure that our needs were met. The evening performance were excellent for the size of our ship. He left no stone unturned! I would not hesitate getting on another cruise if I knew he was the program director. The ports and the shore excursions were top notch. The tour guides were knowledgeable, pleasant and again great attention to detail and customer service. We are certainly planning on taking another cruise with Viking! Well, well worth the money. We have been telling our friends and families to look no further than Viking! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We’ve been on two previous Viking River cruises and this was the first Viking Ocean cruise – we have trusted and been happy with all aspects of Viking – we wanted to cruise the Baltics and our favorite stops were Tallin, ... Read More
We’ve been on two previous Viking River cruises and this was the first Viking Ocean cruise – we have trusted and been happy with all aspects of Viking – we wanted to cruise the Baltics and our favorite stops were Tallin, Estonia – Gdansk, Poland – Aalborg, Denmark and all of Norway - all ports were easy to navigate on to shore (no tethering) most by bus but several were walk right off into the community like Aalborg, Denmark and Eidfjorde, Norway - after several free excursions by bus and the general 2-3 hour tour we started to appreciate some of the paid excursions that had around 20-30 people - more personable and enjoyable - we weren’t impressed with larger cities like St. Petersburg as tours to landmarks and museums were rushed and crowded - we are on vacation and do enjoy relaxation and that's what the ship offers in all areas - it's OK to skip a port and just relax on board as there is so much to do - the spa and fitness area offered programs and the top deck had the best fitness equipment and activities like shuffleboard - movie theatres provided themed movies in connection to the areas we cruised - on board musical entertainment was fun and vibrant from lounge shows to pool parties and the dining offerings ranged from great lasgna and an Italian menu at Manfredi’s to a wonderful wine and food pairing at the Chef’s Table – the Restaurant offered a wide range of choices from fish to steak and local favorites – the World Café offered a smorgasbord of main entrees – desserts and snacks – Mamsen’s served a wonderful daily breakfast with fresh pastries and fruit plus waffles and breakfast platters made to order - the lounge choices were fun – warm and friendly – relaxing views of the sea and countryside from the Explorer’s Lounge listening to a guitarist or pianist - to night time entertainment at Torshavn with shows like The Rat Pack – the Viking Bar and Living Room was a great place to hear music from highly skilled musicians and entertainers – we will be cruising another itinerary with Viking Ocean in the future and we highly recommend connecting with Cruise Critic through their Meet & Mingle on board – we have many friends just from that connection – we like the smaller ship with 930 cruisers and no casinos or themed gimmicks – this allowed us to meet so many great people - fun ship and wonderful staff !!! Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I have always wanted to do a European River Cruise and this cruise came up on some spam e-mail and the price was so good we booked it but were sceptical as we had never heard of Gate 1. They are new to Australia but have many fans in the ... Read More
I have always wanted to do a European River Cruise and this cruise came up on some spam e-mail and the price was so good we booked it but were sceptical as we had never heard of Gate 1. They are new to Australia but have many fans in the US. We were pleasantly surprised that we were taken care of from the moment of arrival at Prague and was so well organised. Part of the package was 3 nights in Prague and then we were picked up to go the ship port at Regensburg. Embarkation was so quick and easy and as we have only ever done ocean cruising previously where you have to wait for hours to embark and disembark because of the volume of passengers, only having around 140 passengers meant it so was much more personal. The ship is nice and the cabin was nice with a french balcony. To be honest that's all you need as you don't have 'sea days' and really don't have time to spend on the balcony as every day there is exciting things to do. The shower was a little awkward being triangular. The food was lovely and the wait staff Goran and Palmene were great so we tried to get their section when we could. Gate 1 really knew that best things to do and had good guides in each port and we were pleasantly surprised at the included tours and we did the optional excursions of Schonbrunn Palace and the dinner in the woods with folkloric band and dancers both of which were great. The other passengers were mainly from the US but this cruise also had a group from Israel and there was another couple of Aussies on board. Everyone was really fun and we enjoyed sitting with new people for each meal. I would definitely travel Gate 1 again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this particular cruise because we had seen the Rhine from Amsterdam to Mainz and we wanted to go further east. The river cruise offered by SCENIC fit out timetable and from Budapest back to Nuremberg fit with our desired ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because we had seen the Rhine from Amsterdam to Mainz and we wanted to go further east. The river cruise offered by SCENIC fit out timetable and from Budapest back to Nuremberg fit with our desired geography. We priced various cruise lines and while SCENIC was not the least expensive, the 100% all inclusive and the description of the off ship excursions and on ship amenities just made the idea sound more convenient and fun. Boy, were we correct! Never have we felt more pampered. The staff, like the cruise director Andrian ( who could also have a second career in stand up comedy ) Kristian ( in the bar and the dining room ) ... well... actually, all the staff, were attentive, fast efficient and genuinely appeared to love their jobs. They made us feel so welcome and important. You can, other than the odd coin you may need for WCs when off ship, lock your purse or wallet away. Everything is top notch, top quality and included. Even the bus service used for off ship excursions was top notch and the local guides were fantastic. We began in Budapest, wandered down the Danube past Vienna and ended in Nuremberg where so continued to Prague and some ( including us ) sadly flew home. We were offered a plethora of choices for off ship excursions and I would have to write a short novel to outline them all. Check with Scenic for their itinerary. Every choice was great and, there were sufficient options that you could actually do the trip more than once. It is not often that I can find no fault whatsoever. This time I can. I highly recommend you take SCENIC cruise lines into consideration for your trip. ( And no, I don't work for them or have shares. ) We were extremely impressed. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Dear community, we really had a fantastic cruise lately on Viking Osfrid. It is our 3rd Viking Cruise already and this time we decided to see Portugal, started in Lisbon and finished in Madrid. The Lisbon part was Hotel and Bus only ... Read More
Dear community, we really had a fantastic cruise lately on Viking Osfrid. It is our 3rd Viking Cruise already and this time we decided to see Portugal, started in Lisbon and finished in Madrid. The Lisbon part was Hotel and Bus only and ok, its rather a city trip but once you board the ship in Porto the feeling changes. Porto what a great city to explore and if you love wine and port than this is a must cruise. Don’t expect too much of an entertainment on those small ships but look forward to the tours. The landscape you see from the ship is not comparable with any other cruise and the fact that there is a lot of daytime sailing makes it even better. Our Cabin had a balcony which is a must I would say, keep in mind its quiet hot in the valley and rather colder in Porto. Food was exceptional compared to previous cruises and always with a local touch. Crew went out of their way to serve us and did a great job. They seem to be less personal than on other viking ships but really surprised us with their smile and service. Generally we felt this was the best viking cruise so far after we did the Rhine and China before. Thanks to the Osfrid team, job well done – we are coming back…. The Fellons Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We had never been on a river cruise before so maybe our expectations were too high. The really good thing about it was that all the arrangements for getting on and off the boat, excursions etc went like clockwork and the local guides were ... Read More
We had never been on a river cruise before so maybe our expectations were too high. The really good thing about it was that all the arrangements for getting on and off the boat, excursions etc went like clockwork and the local guides were in general excellent. The tours themselves were variable - some rather boring and created just to fill time. The boat was lovely and clean and modern but we found the cabin small considering we had a grand balcony. Because of the minibar and safe in the wardrobe there was little room to hang clothes and to get to the loo you had to turn sideways passed the bed. The bathroom itself was fine and the drawer storage was good. We found the entertainment to be poor. The service was pretty good although dinner took a long time - if you didn't want all the courses you just had to wait as they would only serve one course at a time. We would not go on another such cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Wanted to go down the Danube and visit bits of Eastern Europe to which we had not previously been to see. We visited Budapest, Hungary (night cruise to see the lights was very good), and Kalosca, Hungary for a horse show. Osijek, ... Read More
Wanted to go down the Danube and visit bits of Eastern Europe to which we had not previously been to see. We visited Budapest, Hungary (night cruise to see the lights was very good), and Kalosca, Hungary for a horse show. Osijek, Croatia. Belgrade Serbia (looks more prosperous now) sailed through the Iron Gates Gorge. Arbanasi Silistra and Varna in Bulgaria (the most traditional and probably the poorest country). and Bucharest (much more prosperous and lively than suspected). The visits were mostly part of the cruise price and well organized and the crew dealt with problems well. The dining/bar staff were very good with an occasional grumpy or over officious one. Cabin kept immaculately clean. Drinks on board were at 'cruise prices' with a number of complex packages which could be added to the mealtime free beers and local wine. Beers only lager locally wine ranged from quite good to barely drinkable. Breakfast was buffet food ok layout of the buffet poorly thought out. (A whole circuit was required to get standard bread, butter and jam) but not a major problem. Dinners were good and not overly large (thank goodness). Entertainment pianist (Gianni) exceptional, local entertainment competent but of limited interest. Cruise Director (Polina) very pleasant and competent but tired a bit towards the end of the cruise, should have had a deputy she seemed to be on duty 18 hours a day. Read Less

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