4 Passau to Europe - All Viking River Viking Prestige Cruise Reviews

We had a wonderful cruise with an excellent cabin on the lower deck. Plenty of space and a well stocked bathroom. All meals were delicious and well presented food and there was plenty of first class wine at each meal. The staff were all ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise with an excellent cabin on the lower deck. Plenty of space and a well stocked bathroom. All meals were delicious and well presented food and there was plenty of first class wine at each meal. The staff were all excellent and happy and appeared happy to look after us. Our cabin steward, Ivo, could not have been nicer or more efficient. a Boris, the programme manager, was excellent and very knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to make sure everything worked to plan. Ivana, the Hotel Manager, was quite outstanding and went out of her way to help passengers with any problems. She is an excellent representative of Viking Cruises. The included free excursions were very interesting and informative and we thoroughly enjoyed them all. The whole experience, from start to finish was exceptional. Having done a large number of ocean cruises we would thoroughly recommend Viking River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I choose this cruise because I wanted to see Vienna but more so Budapest. We did add the Budapest extension and really loved Budapest and all we saw on our own. Viking hypes it's cruises as being the best but my past experience on ... Read More
I choose this cruise because I wanted to see Vienna but more so Budapest. We did add the Budapest extension and really loved Budapest and all we saw on our own. Viking hypes it's cruises as being the best but my past experience on another line was far superior. From the first day there were disappointments. Docked outside the city in Passau and had to use a bus to go into town. The room was very crammed. There were two wooden chairs in the room but almost impossible to sit on as there was no leg room. I suggest they take out the little table and one of the chairs. Closet was tiny for two people. Docking was a problem everywhere; we were either on the outskirts of cities or docked between two other boats with no view whatsoever. Most of the service was good but at all meals it was inconsistent; for instance we were never shown a breakfast menu during the whole week, so we assumed you had only the buffet. Having to be at lunch & dinner at a specific time only was a pain. I came in one day 10 minutes after the posted time and was told by the waitress that I was late. The food in general was mediocre, much like Viking Ocean cruises. The included tours were very good and all the local guides were interesting and spoke good English. Vienna however deserves more than a half day tour. It's a fabulous city with so much to see, Viking should consider docking for two days there. Entertainment was almost non existent on the Prestige. We had roving accordion player at dinner one night, a trio of Opera singers one evening and a guest speaker doing a slide show & talk about Austrian history who was quite funny but that was it except for the staff trying to entertain us a couple evenings. There was no gym and no games on the sun deck. As for the extension, we packed a lot in but the Hilton West End was very disappointing. No early check in, no wake up call, no bell hop at 4 AM to help with the bags, crumby towels and pillows. After we signed up for the Hilton in Buda and got this one in Pest it was sad. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary. I chose the cruise line because of the excellent reviews. The shore excursions were excellent and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. On-board activities were also very good. I ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary. I chose the cruise line because of the excellent reviews. The shore excursions were excellent and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. On-board activities were also very good. I really appreciated the fact that points of interest were announced in advance so that those wishing to go to the upper deck to observe were able to do so. The daily briefings were excellent, they really prepared travelers for the next day's activities in terms of history and points of interest. Service was excellent and the crew was always available to assist with any questions or requests. I was amazed that staff members could actually remember and address travelers by name. I still can't figure out how they did that. Dining was excellent, I loved the open seating. There was quite a bit of variety on the menus and everything I had was well prepared and very palatable. Great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We took the plunge and took our first River cruise with Viking in April. Overall it was an amazing trip with a first-class ship, service, crew, and ports. We can't think of anything they could have done better. From embarkation ... Read More
We took the plunge and took our first River cruise with Viking in April. Overall it was an amazing trip with a first-class ship, service, crew, and ports. We can't think of anything they could have done better. From embarkation (right to our room then a buffet to eat) to the departure-all done so very well by Viking. Prestige was in for an overhaul in 2017 and it showed. Refurbished rooms and common areas shown with new furnishings. The crew was amazing and all were there to make us as comfortable as possible. We enjoyed getting to know the crew and yes, had our favorites. We've ocean cruised extensively but loved all the more relaxing touches. Little things like a treat and warm towel when we returned to the ship after tours, to the water bottles when we left. Evening entertainment like singers, a lecture by a university prof and of course the port talks for the next day. I won't cover the ports in detail because many have commented on them but our favorites were Cesky Krumlov and Budapest. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking Prestige Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 5.0 4.3
Service 3.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.7

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