92 Nuremberg Senior Cruise Reviews

People were generally friendly and staff was first rate.. service and hospitality! I met many international travelers! Interesting discussions and interactions! Guided tours were exceptional... choices allowed for interests as well ... Read More
People were generally friendly and staff was first rate.. service and hospitality! I met many international travelers! Interesting discussions and interactions! Guided tours were exceptional... choices allowed for interests as well as level of activity. Sometimes exiting and returning to boat were challenging as double parked boats made exiting long; lus sometimes ramps etc were a bit slippery. Just be mindful of what you are doing. Staff is nearby just in case. Dining allowed for various tastes, choices, and drinks for dinner and lunch! Choice of "light lunch" in another area is worthwhile after you get inundated with too much food! The "invited" dinners at Portabello and Table la Rive were very good... especially the wine pairings. But I think one per cruise is ok, Two seemed redundant. Would prefer Table la Rive. Meals seemed too similar. And make sure you get a massage on board! She is fantastic! And anyone with sinus issues... use the Salt Room!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first river cruise. We explore Prague prior to the cruise and enjoyed the excursions offered to us there. We found the cruise highly organized, the staff were friendly and they tried to anticipate our needs. Embarkation and ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. We explore Prague prior to the cruise and enjoyed the excursions offered to us there. We found the cruise highly organized, the staff were friendly and they tried to anticipate our needs. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly with the bus taking us from Prague to Nuremberg with a tour and stop along the way to stretch our legs. All the tour guides that took us on our variety tours were well versed and entertaining. We had one shore excursion cancelled due to the ship needing to sail due to receding water levels. But when we stopped at a new pier, our cruise manager quickly organized a shore excursion at the nearby town for those that wished to go. For unexpected change of plans, the cruise manager was quick to alter itinerary and kept us informed. They offered a variety of excursions for varying walking types. Food was great. Cabin was small but clean and lovely. I would recommend this cruise to others wishing to get a taste of some of the countries lining the Danube. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Emerald had a 4.5 rating and lived up to that. Coming and going went without a hitch. We had to switch boats half way through the trip due to water levels being too low and it went very smoothly. We packed our bags for the morning, went ... Read More
Emerald had a 4.5 rating and lived up to that. Coming and going went without a hitch. We had to switch boats half way through the trip due to water levels being too low and it went very smoothly. We packed our bags for the morning, went off on a bus tour and when we arrived at the Skye boat to find our luggage in the same room number we had vacated. We were greeted warmly with a glass of champagne and a whole new crew except for Patricia, the cruise organizer and Brett the entertainment person. Both boats provided great friendly service and food. Entertainment was quite good. Every need was looked after. Excursions were very good and the hired tour guides were excellent. We didn't feel over stimulated and had enough time to relax and enjoy time on board. The views from the boat were phenomenal and we took a lot of great photos. If money is not an issue we would assuredly go again. It was our trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chose this cruise because it included everything. We feel we are now spoiled for any other company.Low water levels meant we couldn't cruise between Regensburg and Passau so we were stuck in Passau for a few days. Scenic handled it ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it included everything. We feel we are now spoiled for any other company.Low water levels meant we couldn't cruise between Regensburg and Passau so we were stuck in Passau for a few days. Scenic handled it brilliantly and bussed those who wanted to see Nuremberg .We chose to do the extra trip to Passau which is beautiful. The ship was very modern and stable .Didn't feel any movement . Only heard noise going through the locks . Excellent showers in the cabins,wonderful beds. I thought my bed at home was soft until last night when the mattress felt hard in comparison. The food and wine plentiful. I put on six pounds in weight. Brilliant pianist,Mark, every night.. The classical concert at the Palace Liechtenstein in Vienna is memorable. Hungarian dancers on our last night. Great fun. Loved the great mix of people on board everyone was so friendly. I have left the best to last. The marvellous crew. They couldn't do enough for you. Always smiling,always friendly. We have been cruising many years,Twenty five in all, mostly ocean cruises and all the different companies . This was our first with Scenic .Hubby has now stated any future ones will be with Scenic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was Patti Michlin and me our first Cruise with Viking. We choose to take part with the journey called “ City of Lights “ from Prague to Paris. My Points of concern : There where too many Bus transportations , especially in ... Read More
This was Patti Michlin and me our first Cruise with Viking. We choose to take part with the journey called “ City of Lights “ from Prague to Paris. My Points of concern : There where too many Bus transportations , especially in Towns and Villages that where noted on the Program such as Heidelberg where we where transported by Bus from Doc to the City of Heidelberg quite a long Distance to and again a long Distance back to the Boat. This happened in many Destination. By Bussing your Customers we lost valuable Time , disembark , loading the Bus , driving the Distance , Little Time for Sightseeing and shopping , loading of the Bus again , driving back to the Boat , unloading the Bus and embarking the Boat. Hours and hours was spend Driving where if we Parked at the actual Destinations listed on the Program we would had more Time for actual visiting the charming Destinations. Points of Applause : The Staff all across the Boat was outgoing , professional , friendly and accommodating in all aspects of the Journey. The Cuisine , especially the Daily Features where well chosen and certainly well prepared and presented. Ochsenmaul Salat , Oslo Bucco just to name a couple where among all great choicest and out of the mainstream norm. The selection of Wine available was very thoughtful selected particularly Macon Villages by Louis Jadot. The Dinning Room needs to know the difference from Champagne versus Sparkling Wine. “ Not all Sparkling Wine is Champagne “ Overall our experience on the IDI Longboat is and was very memorable. We will be back for more. Ciao Beat Kotoun and Patti Michlin Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
During October 1-13, my husband and I went on Viking's 13 day (two days traveling) City of Lights tour/cruise. We liked the fact that this seven-day cruise, from Trier Germany on the Moselle river, along the Rhine river to Bamberg ... Read More
During October 1-13, my husband and I went on Viking's 13 day (two days traveling) City of Lights tour/cruise. We liked the fact that this seven-day cruise, from Trier Germany on the Moselle river, along the Rhine river to Bamberg Germany on the Main river, included a pre-extension in Paris and a post-extension in Prague. The tour included two nights in Paris and two nights in Prague. Keep in mind that with only two nights somewhere, one really gets only one full day in the city plus hopefully upon arrival an afternoon or evening in the pre-extension city. After the second night, Viking usually rushes you off to your next location or to the airport to go home. Therefore, I am suggesting that if one wants more than this short time between two hotel nights, one should book an extra day or two. We had been to Paris before, so one day was enough for us there. Viking offers a half day bus tour of Paris where you drive by, and sometimes briefly stop at, major sites, but there is no time to visit anyplace such as the Louvre or Eiffel Tower. Same thing for Prague. Prague is a very beautiful and interesting city, so an extra day would have been wonderful, but our one day was satisfactory. We have learned over the past five years during our five previous Viking cruises, that Pre and Post excursions are necessary and desirable. Once you go to all the trouble of flying to Europe, and the expense of a seven-day cruise, we highly suggest you spend a bit more money and take a few more days, to experience your starting and final locations. Viking usually takes a day or so departing from your starting location, so you will probably have a chance for a short visit of initial city, but understand that when your ship pulls into your last port, you will be rushed off to a waiting bus for a trip to the airport and home. Viking does a real good job of transporting you on busses. For example, their bus trip from Paris to Trier stops along the way in Luxembourg for a great tour, and their bus trip from Bamberg to Prague stops in Nuremberg for another great tour. The seven days on the Idi was great, just like our previous four cruises. We always book October/November cruises since they have lower off-season prices, but in so doing we usually run into some rain sometimes lots of rain. Viking has great umbrellas for all to borrow, and except during walking tours, or when you are walking around a site that their bus took you to, you are inside anyway. Take rain gear, but the rain has not been a problem for us. You will not be sunbathing on your ship's top deck, but their lounges are great. This last time we paid $300 for their drink package. I think it was worthwhile since free drinks of house wine/beer are only available during lunch and dinner. If you think you might want a drink between lunch and dinner, and after dinner, when you are in the lounge, that could amount to four drinks per couple per day for seven days, or 28 drinks for which one would have to pay before departing. We like wine, so we ordered better wines off the bar menu at every occasion rather than drink their complementary house wine. Viking does offer free corkage, so I think during our 2020 Portugal cruise, we will buy local wines each day during our walking tours to drink on the ship. These should not cost too much, and we will be able to sample more local wines since Viking does not offer many, any, on their bar menu, and their complementary wine unfortunately remains the same wine throughout the trip and is typically not local. My last suggestion is to pay Viking the extra charge to get their AirPlus reservation option where you can pick your flights with a human rather than have Viking's computer select them. We had to learn the hard way; their computer can be very unreasonable! Every trip that we have made, we have noticed some guests having to get up in the middle of their last night, either on the boat or in a post-extension hotel, to go to the airport very early to catch a very early flight home. This is particularly distressing when on post-extension since you will have paid good money for the hotel night only to ruin your night there by getting up at 3:00am or 4:00am, in order to leave the hotel early for the airport. Because we now always use their Air-Plus service, we get up a reasonable time, eat our complimentary breakfast, and leave our ship/hotel at a reasonable time because our flights did not leave until late morning, noon or early afternoon. One last thing, when you depart your ship the last time, you each can buy one voucher for $100 that will discount a future trip by $200, so spending $200 for two vouchers will save you an extra $200 on a future trip. This we always do. However, these vouchers can only be used on future unbooked trips, so if you have already booked your future cruise before buying the vouchers, they cannot be used for the future already-booked trip. I think their restriction is stupid and unfair, but that is the way it is. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted a memorable time with my mother-in-law and step father-in-law and I wanted to see Prague. We knew from previous cruises that Viking would not disappoint. Traveling with seniors and myself having ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a memorable time with my mother-in-law and step father-in-law and I wanted to see Prague. We knew from previous cruises that Viking would not disappoint. Traveling with seniors and myself having dietary issues we felt this would be the best option and we were so right. The staff took extra care to make sure our needs were met and I never had to worry about food. Viking has spoiled me. We were able to join a slower walking tour for most excursions in order to accommodate my mother-in-law and I really don't think we missed anything from the conversations with others. The informational talks about the next port were always at a convenient time and place and we took advantage of those. Beer and wine are included with lunch and dinner, but the drink package is extremely reasonable compared to other cruise lines and the upgraded wines were fun to try as we know and enjoy wines. The regular wines were also very good. The shore excursions included were very good and included a free bottle of water. I heard great things about the optional tours but we felt the included ones were a great overview and more than met our expectations. We did the pre-cruise in Prague and I cannot recommend this enough. It's a beautiful city and I hope to go back. The Viking representative showed us how to use the public transportation and gave us the confidence to use it there and in other ports. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We had been interested in a River cruise for a few years & Viking always was #1 on the list. The 8-day Romantic Danube was awesome. The ship, Egil, was wonderful. Loved our cabin w/balcony & the whole staff was friendly & ... Read More
We had been interested in a River cruise for a few years & Viking always was #1 on the list. The 8-day Romantic Danube was awesome. The ship, Egil, was wonderful. Loved our cabin w/balcony & the whole staff was friendly & answered any questions. Being able to sit anywhere in dining allowed you to meet & make new friends. The evening entertainment with the staff was funny & the pianist was there every evening for dancing. Each excursion, both included & purchased, had very informed guides & were never rushed. We even did an all day excursion of Vienna with only the 2 of us & the guide. It surprised us that it wasn’t cancelled for lack of more people. The only disappointing part was our extended stay in Budapest. It rained which slowed us down, but didn't stop us, from enjoying the city completely A special thanks to cruise director, Oliver, who assisted me in, as he said, “a little hiccup”. Not so - it was a BIG hiccup & he saved the cruise for me. We really enjoyed that no children are allowed. Many thx Viking for an awesome vacation. Hoping to do another in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
About the Avalon river cruise we first learned from the internet. We booked the river cruise from Nuremberg to Luxemburg on the Main river and the Rhine river. The deal included two nights in a five stars hotel in Prague. We left ... Read More
About the Avalon river cruise we first learned from the internet. We booked the river cruise from Nuremberg to Luxemburg on the Main river and the Rhine river. The deal included two nights in a five stars hotel in Prague. We left home with high expectations and immediately in Prague we realized it was really going to be great. We met the cruise manager Tamas who was extremely friendly and helpful. From Prague we were taken by bus to Nuremberg in Germany to board the ship. And here too everything was perfect and the cabin was indeed what we saw in the advertisement. The dinner turned out to be really very good with plenty of good wines to choose from and the food was very decorative and nicely served and we had plenty of food choices. We have nothing but compliments to the organization, the cabin, the maintenance, the excellent food and the way it was served, the friendly staff, the included tours, and the whole cruising area. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The Good - Prague pre-trip at Hilton (make sure your room has been recently renovated), Regensburg/Vienna/Budapest attractions, the European winter markets, excellent service on the ships, flow of wine/beer at lunch and dinner. Good food ... Read More
The Good - Prague pre-trip at Hilton (make sure your room has been recently renovated), Regensburg/Vienna/Budapest attractions, the European winter markets, excellent service on the ships, flow of wine/beer at lunch and dinner. Good food and some regional. The Bad - Viking has been busing their customers since summer due to low river levels. Corporate offices have known about this, yet continue to sell these trips and will not confirm this until 2 days before departure. The result is shortened or rescheduled shore trips, missing many cruising days on the river, and continued unpacking and packing. Per the other US reviewers, without threat they generally will not refund you anything to compensate for the loss of service, but may offer you a dollars off coupon good for another cruise within a year. We were supposed to be on the Tor, but also were bused to the Var, and finally the Bragi -- permanently moored in Pest. If you opt for the cheap Viking air, you likely will be on the most inconvenient flights. On the return trip, we we traveled for 30 hours, flying Budapest to Paris to Seattle, then back to the Midwest. They offer some flexibility for a $50 fee to some but did not offer this to us. Advice - Do not book this trip or perhaps other Viking European river cruises in 2018. If you must, don't bother to book an expensive upper level room, as you will not be opening your balcony in the wintertime (nor will you be cruising the promised Wachau valley for instance). Do not buy the Silver Beverage package, as you will be on a bus during some days and some evenings, not in the bar enjoying the view. Free drinks on the Bragi if that is your last day. Know that tipping is supposed to include the tour director (unknown on our previous ocean trips with multiple lines), although ours (Violetta) was quite excellent and hard working. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We wanted a cruise that included Prague. This cruise started there, ended in Paris (always a pleasure), and gave us the chance to see many parts of southern Germany we had not seen before. The ship cabins were delights of efficiency and ... Read More
We wanted a cruise that included Prague. This cruise started there, ended in Paris (always a pleasure), and gave us the chance to see many parts of southern Germany we had not seen before. The ship cabins were delights of efficiency and practicality, and in our opinion were in many ways better than the very nice hotels we used at each end of the actual cruise (the heated bathroom floors were a real surprise and a major plus,). In truth we spent little time in out cabin, however, with all the tours and activities to choose from! We took as many off-ship excursions as possible, and virtually all had excellent local guides and priority access. Food was very well prepared and presented, and plentiful, at the breakfast buffet, the lunch buffet, and the dinner (which included a couple of “theme” meals). Both Shore and Onboard staff was uniformly pleasant and efficient and worked hard to meet the needs/demands of the cruisers. The very small ship nature of a river cruise meant that we were able to make many new friends even in a week’s cruise. Finally, the staff did a great job not only with the embarkation/disembarkation, but also with the many excursion departures/returns. We would highly recommend a Viking River Cruise (although out next cruise will be a Viking Ocean Cruise!). Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Because of a drought, water in the Danube was low and the ship was unable to sail to some of the places we were to visit. So, we were bused to those towns and then bused back to the ship. We did manage to sail from Nuremburg to Regensburg, ... Read More
Because of a drought, water in the Danube was low and the ship was unable to sail to some of the places we were to visit. So, we were bused to those towns and then bused back to the ship. We did manage to sail from Nuremburg to Regensburg, but then had to switch ships to one further down the river. That took an entire day. We had four beautiful hours sailing the Wachau Valley, but that was it! In the evening I thought we'd at least be able to view the river from our room, but NO because we were parked between two other boats. Before we left for our trip I'd heard that other cruise lines were giving their passengers the opportunity to cancel with a full refund. When I called Viking to check on our sailing they said everything was fine...no worries. Many of our extra excursions were cancelled. No apology from Viking, but they did give us a 25% voucher off our next sailing---FAT CHANCE! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise du to the fact that it was all inclusive and the write-ups. Due to river levels we did not get to sail on the ship we paid for. This we found out the day before we boarded the ship (Scenic Amber) hence we were on an ... Read More
We chose this cruise du to the fact that it was all inclusive and the write-ups. Due to river levels we did not get to sail on the ship we paid for. This we found out the day before we boarded the ship (Scenic Amber) hence we were on an older vessel lacking amenities we paid for. At the time of booking this cruise (may 2017) we book adjacent rooms with close friends as both couples were celebrating 40th anniversary, and this trip was to commemorate this event. Upon boarding the ship found us separated substantially on the same deck. When we approached the cruise director he informed that the ships were different configuration and there was nothing he could do. We would have to take it up with Scenic at a later date. Needless to say the cruise started off totally with a crash. The change to the second ship ended up consuming almost 2 days with an evening packing, 6 hours on a bus for a 2 hour tour and an evening for unpacking into tighter quarters on "Scenic Pearl". Dining on board was average at best but should be rated at 2.5, other than the Table La Riv. Compared to other cruises I have been where dining would be 4 to 5. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because we had heard so many wonderful things about Viking River Cruises and the beauty of the Danube as it winds through Germany, Austria and Hungary. Unfortunately, our experience did not match that of our friends ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had heard so many wonderful things about Viking River Cruises and the beauty of the Danube as it winds through Germany, Austria and Hungary. Unfortunately, our experience did not match that of our friends who had previously taken this cruise. Overall, we were very disappointed with our experience. Due to the impassable water levels of the Danube River in certain areas, we endured two significant disruptions during our 7 day cruise. The first two days were spent on the canal leading from Nuremberg to the Danube. By the time we arrived at the River it was clear that the water level was too low. On day five, we switched ships to another further up-river. This meant packing up and taking a 3 hour bus ride to the new ship. On day 6, we spent another entire morning on the bus to Budapest rather than sailing into the city. We then had a quick lunch and tour of the city. All the optional excursions were cancelled due to lack of time. We were later deposited to a 3 star hotel located outside city center where we spent the last night of our Danube River Cruise. Viking has offered a 25% voucher towards a future cruise. I believe Viking should have been more forthcoming about the low water levels and the likely disruptions to the itinerary, I do not trust Viking and will not travel with this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our cruise was scheduled to start at Nurenburg but the river levels were so low that boat only got as far upstream from Budapest as Passau, Germany. The boat was docked at a freight yard and bus trips were scheduled to the three cities on ... Read More
Our cruise was scheduled to start at Nurenburg but the river levels were so low that boat only got as far upstream from Budapest as Passau, Germany. The boat was docked at a freight yard and bus trips were scheduled to the three cities on the upper river. So there was actually very little "river cruising" for the first three days. So book your trip in the Spring instead of Summer when after levels are higher. That said, the week was wonderful with historic city tours, castles, and sightseeing. The staff were very nice and it seems that all the passengers on our boat were English speakers. The meals were excellent including both local dishes and standard fare. The actual river cruising later in the week was scenic. We often sat up on the top deck under an awning to watch the little houses, churches, and vineyards drift by. There was very little free time as the daily schedules were full of activities. There was not much night life I guess because the Social Security crowd tends to retire early after dinner. I never did find the casino or the rock climbing wall on the boat. Nice trip! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
On the Rhine Getaway cruise last year we had a fabulous time. The food was great, the trips, despite a couple of really rainy days, were enjoyable and informative. The evening entertainments were sparkling and the Programme Director ... Read More
On the Rhine Getaway cruise last year we had a fabulous time. The food was great, the trips, despite a couple of really rainy days, were enjoyable and informative. The evening entertainments were sparkling and the Programme Director Renee was lively and the life and soul of the party. Nearly all the reviews of this cruise are fulsome in their praise for the experience, and I heartily concur with them! Having had such a sterling experience last year we almost immediately signed up for the Romantic Danube cruise. Naturally having had such a brilliant experience we assumed that this was the norm for Viking. Oh dear! We should have read read the reviews. This year was a great disappointment, especially when compared to last time. Three days before departure Viking informed us that due to low water levels we would not be starting from Nuremberg but Passau near the Austrian border. We were under the impression that this was a rare event; Viking was being rather disingenuous because according to the reviews fluctuating river levels are quite common. This should be mentioned specifically in the brochure, that water levels can fluctuate and this should be taken into consideration before booking. No mention is made of this until the travel documents arrive, after you have paid in full. Further the excursions would be rearranged to suit the new schedule. So this meant the excursion to Nuremberg involved a round trip of seven hours, with little time to see the sights; added to that the visit to the Nuremberg Courts was cancelled because they are closed on a Tuesday. When we arrived at Munich airport there was a security alert causing a delay of one hour and twenty minutes before we were able to disembark the aircraft. Not Viking's fault and when we were met by the Viking rep the transfer to Passau was smooth and efficient. On arrival we were met with the sight of our mooring for the next two days. An old cement works! This was to be our home for the next two days and we had to be bussed everywhere for our excursions. Plus there was a pervading smell of sewage, which lasted for ??? several days. Last year most moorings were in or near the town centre so we could stroll off the boat and into town. Not so this year. Except for Tuesday when we actually moored up in Passau, anywhere else on the itinerary could only be accessed by coach. Our stateroom was a French balcony, but this was a waste of time because we were nearly always “rafted up” next to another Viking ship so all we saw was the state room on the other boat. No privacy at all. The curtains were drawn for most of the time. And on the Wednesday our air con broke down, leaking water all over the floor. It took the engineer four tries to fix the fault; give him his due he always arrived within a couple of minutes of being alerted. The upshot was that one night we were without air con and the weather was stiflingly hot so we had an uncomfortable night of it. In all we only had two days of actual cruising. We did cruise the Wachau Valley which was beautiful. However we missed the Danube Bend. Instead, on Thursday 2nd August, we had to moor up at Komarom on the Hungarian/Slovakia border with seven other Viking ships. The staff then told us that the ship would be going no further, due to a lack of water. Instead those wishing to visit Budapest would face a coach journey of at least one and a half hours each way. In addition, those catching an early flight on Saturday would have to pack and leave with all their belongings to stay overnight at a sister ship stranded the other side of Budapest. To say the least many passengers were not happy; notwithstanding the fact that the staff were having to drip feed the bad news. The upshot was there was no experiencing of Budapest's night life. Komarom did not have the same attractions. As compensation we have been offered 25% off the price paid for our holiday. This is in the from of a voucher which must be redeemed by the end of 2019 and the trip must be taken by 2020. No mention of a cash refund, so Viking have little to lose by this offer. On the positive side all the arrangements were well organised and went efficiently and smoothly. Our French balcony was compact but very comfortable and our steward Marius was friendly and efficient. The food was of a very high standard and we liked the regional taster menus which changed every night according to which region we were supposed to be in. Panayote the maitre d' was very efficient and friendly and special mention should also go to Aileen and Atilla our servers. In fact all the staff were very efficient and nothing was too much trouble. A nice touch was whenever possible the Captain would come and join people at their tables. Would we sail with Viking again? Yes........ BUT before booking I would advise that you read fully ALL the reviews on Tripadvisor and Consumer Affairs and Cruise Critic as well as on Viking's own website. The cruises are excellent, but you need to be fully aware of any possible pitfalls. Caveat emptor! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Viking Cruises now has a loyal customer for life! Not only was the cruise AMAZING! But I feel like you learn a lot about a company based off of how they deal with obscacles. Four days before our cruise started, we were informed that ... Read More
Viking Cruises now has a loyal customer for life! Not only was the cruise AMAZING! But I feel like you learn a lot about a company based off of how they deal with obscacles. Four days before our cruise started, we were informed that the water was low and we would be aboard Ship Jarl (not original ship) instead of Ship Atla (orginal ship) and that there was a possibilty that if the water didn't rise, we would have to swap from the Jarl to the Atla.  How fabulous is it that the moment they knew of the issue, they informed us! When we got on the Jarl, our WONDERFUL Cruise Director, Mario, told us what he knew, what we could expect if we had to switch ships, and when he'd give us our next update. They were honest and kept us informed as they promised. Where we did have to switch ships, because mother nature wasn't in our favor, they did EVERYTHING they could to make the change comfortable. Mario worked countless hours with other individuals behind the scenes to get us to the Atla with as much ease as they could provide. All inconveniences were minimal. We had to pack and unpack an additional time. And if you can even call it an inconvenience, we were able to take the most beautiful country side drive through Germany for 3 hours. We saw farms, villages on the hill side, and gorgeous churches and their different architecture. AND a tour that they thought they'd have to cancel, Mario worked it out so we'd be able to do the tour at a later time after we reached the Atla. We were so impressed by how they handled the issue. And it's worth noting that there was another cruise line (that I can't remember the name of) that wasn't able to fulfill on their itinerary because of the low water issue as there isn’t much you can do when it’s a Mother Nature issue. Viking did everything in their power to keep us on track and they did a phenomenal job. The water level was out of their control, but they took control of the issue and provided solution after solution to keep us happy and comfortable. Now, that I've gushed a bit about how they handled that issue (and I could gush more!), I want to gush about the boat, food, staff, and tours. Boat - Easy to navigate. Even the smallest room felt open and roomy. The upper deck was perfect way to end the day. We’d watch the country side as we talked and had our evening tea. THE FOOD!! We were so fat and happy after our trip. The dinners were especially delicious and we loved that it was local cusiune!! So nummy!! Our waiters would give us their recommendations and they never steered us wrong. There were times when all the desserts looked so scrumptious, we got them all!! And had our bellies not been so happily extended, we would have had more!! Staff - Oh, the staff. It didn't matter if we were on the Jarl or Atla, the people were fabulous. Attentive. Funny. Sweet. Caring. Personable. Informative. They made life on the boat a home. We loved how quickly we were able to make jokes with them. They always remembered our drink preferences for meals and would cater their recommendations based off of what we said we’d liked from previous meals. When we’d retire to bed, a blanket that I brought from home was always folded in a new way. My favorite was when Alexander made it into a bow tie! It was a wonderful environment to be in. A huge thanks to Dragan, Connie, Jayson, Radu, Alexander, Skiffy, Emanuel, and Nikolas. They’re who we were able to personally get to know during our trip. And where we were able to get to know them, every person on those ships deserve recognition for how hard they worked to give other guests the same attention and care our little boat family gave us! Tours - Viking picked the BEST people to give tours. They were local to the area and they where very knowledgable and passionate about what we did. It was great to talk to them as they had multiple generations of family that lived in the area and were able to tell us about their own history. No book or class will ever provoke feelings or thoughts like walking around the cities with people who know not only the history stories, but their family’s history as well. You appreciate it so much more. Having that opportunity gave the cities a whole new life and meaning to me. And whether it was the included or optional tours, you can't go wrong. You learn history on such a personal level. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
1.Ship is new. All the facilities are high tech,Opening and closing of the windows and curtains,digital newspaper,and so on 2.The ship does not shake( pitching and rolling ) like an ocean cruise 3.Hospitality is wonderful. Crew ... Read More
1.Ship is new. All the facilities are high tech,Opening and closing of the windows and curtains,digital newspaper,and so on 2.The ship does not shake( pitching and rolling ) like an ocean cruise 3.Hospitality is wonderful. Crew members were all good smiles and good hospitality Especially, the person in the Cabin Stewart was kind 4.Convenient site where The ship was moored. In Budapest, it was in front of the Diet. Please imagine. There are the beauty of the night view spreading in front of you In Vienna, When I woke up, I saw from the room that the Millennium Tower in Vienna was shining in the morning sun. It was incredibly spectacular sight 5.Delicious food and alcohol Although it tastes good to say, it looks beautiful I took many photos of beautiful dishes I will write about this pretty experience in my blog Finally I would like to thank all the crew members p.s. Claws unlimited laundry service/Per bag?, 26€, are very Convenient I used it twice Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I was looking for a short cruise but wanted to visit a variety of countries. This cruise stopped at 6 ports. Regensburg, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest to name a few. Excursions were informative and interesting. Local guides who were ... Read More
I was looking for a short cruise but wanted to visit a variety of countries. This cruise stopped at 6 ports. Regensburg, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest to name a few. Excursions were informative and interesting. Local guides who were excellent. Trips partly by coach and followed by short walking experiences. Consideration given to mobility impaired customers. Early starts for the morning tours and always an opportunity for further afternoon excursions or your own free time to explore at leisure. On board service was terrific. Friendly and very helpful crew. Delicious food and all served immaculately. Presentation and variety excellent. The cabin was compact but perfectly proportioned. Had an issue with the air conditioning system but it was quickly remedied. Weather remained perfect except for one rainstorm. Umbrellas were supplied on board. All the crew were well trained, courteous and very helpful. I would recommend this cruise for the retired brigade as all on board were well taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We wanted to cruise the Danube, and heard great things about Viking. The date worked out for us. Unlike other cruises, we had a full day in every port. The port talks on board let us know what to anticipate at each port, and in ... Read More
We wanted to cruise the Danube, and heard great things about Viking. The date worked out for us. Unlike other cruises, we had a full day in every port. The port talks on board let us know what to anticipate at each port, and in addition to a free excursion at each, we were offered really interesting options. We went on several free tours, generally great introductions to each town or city, but our favorite was an amazing concert just for Viking passengers one night in Vienna. It included a brilliant ten piece orchestra that sounded twice that large as well as two opera singers and two ballet dancers. The program was not only glorious but also interspersed with humor at times. There were several standing ovations toward the end. The food at every meal was absolutely delicious, with many entree choices as well as great buffets. Our cruise director, George, made the cruise so much fun. Along with local entertainers, George and his pianist Boris kept everyone dancing, and his humor as well as his singing was delightful. We were truly treated royally by the entire staff and can’t wait to go on another cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The Viking team took care of us from the moment our plane landed until we passed through airport security to return home. Everyone we came in contact with was great. The boat was beautiful. The room adequately sized but beautifully ... Read More
The Viking team took care of us from the moment our plane landed until we passed through airport security to return home. Everyone we came in contact with was great. The boat was beautiful. The room adequately sized but beautifully furnished. Food was incredible, over the top. Lots of it and all delicious. Meals from the regions we were visiting each day. Wines, too, from the regions we travelled to. The service was outstanding on all fronts. The airport team, the cruise manager, the people who greeted you every day, the wait staff, the chef, the housekeepers - everyone was courteous, friendly and accommodating. The tours were very informative. They were conducted by interesting and well educated tour guides who had a passion for their town and region. You had flexibility in your schedule, but there was always something happening. I would highly recommend Viking and will travel with them again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had been considering a river cruise with a group of close friends for several years. Other friends had already taken a Viking river cruise and had nothing but praise for the experience. So on May 26 a group of 12 of us sailed on the ... Read More
We had been considering a river cruise with a group of close friends for several years. Other friends had already taken a Viking river cruise and had nothing but praise for the experience. So on May 26 a group of 12 of us sailed on the Viking Egil for a Romantic Danube cruise. The staff onboard was terrific, particularly our Program Director Oliver Grozner, and our waitresses Julie and Jesse. The food was excellent and the service very attentive. Most of us purchased the Silver Spirits package and the selection of wines and cocktails was outstanding. The excursions were very interesting and educational and I felt that the guides were all very knowledgeable. The sole exception would be Szentendre (outside of Budapest) which we felt to be a tourist trap We extended our cruise on both ends with 3 extra days in Prague and 2 in Budapest, both beautiful old cities with many great sites to visit. Our hotel in Prague was the Art Nouveau Palace and was very nice. The hotel in Budapest was the Hilton Budapest City, not quite up to par. The ice machine on our floor was broken and there was no safe in our room. Returned home exhausted but extremely happy with our experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise for the destinations on the Danube River. We started in Nuremberg, went to Krems, Vienna, and finished in Budapest. Viking does an excellent job with the on-board services. We thought the staff through all the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destinations on the Danube River. We started in Nuremberg, went to Krems, Vienna, and finished in Budapest. Viking does an excellent job with the on-board services. We thought the staff through all the stations was excellent (Front Desk, Waitress, Restaurant Servers, and particularly the Program Cruise Director). Be sure to sign up for the Silver Server package (allows you to have all types of on-board wine, beer, coffee, and liquor). The evenings were wonderful - - after dinner we went to the lounge where Viking put on some brief entertainment (about 30 minutes), and then the piano musician (and a few additional instruments) played any requests. The evening winds down about 11 to 11:30 PM, so there is no disco going all night long. This is not a young adult cruise - - it is targeted for people aged 50 to 75, who are physically in good condition to take part in the excursions & sight-seeing in each town. The only 'children' on the cruise were a few college students, who were with their parents. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
It was our 30th Wedding Anniversary, the cabin was great. The ship was clean the Captain was great and willing to interact with the passengers. The tours were well organised and on time, tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. ... Read More
It was our 30th Wedding Anniversary, the cabin was great. The ship was clean the Captain was great and willing to interact with the passengers. The tours were well organised and on time, tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Well done will definitely recommend this type of holiday. In closing would like to say our hotel bookings and pick ups were all arranged and the arranged transport turned up on time. Food was lovely met good people and mad friends for live. Staff all around was very helpful and willing to share information. The tours were very inter active and pleasant, had a lot of walking, took the 35 km bike tour not very strenuous, tour guide looked after groupe well. Loved every town / City we visited. I as amaz d at th staffs concern regard to the passengers well being and safety during the cruise may it be on the ship or a land tours. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018

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