Sail Date: April 2018
From the first couple of Viking commercials I saw on public television it became my dream to take a river cruise. To my delight, it exceeded my expectations. From the booking of the trip through its conclusion at the departure airport, ... Read More
From the first couple of Viking commercials I saw on public television it became my dream to take a river cruise. To my delight, it exceeded my expectations. From the booking of the trip through its conclusion at the departure airport, everything about it was superb. We booked a pre-cruise extension in Prague - highly recommended - Viking had a presence at our hotel and provided tours and transportation to and from Old Town throughout our stay there. We were taken to Passau on a very comfortable motor coach. Boarding was a snap on the small, elegant ship. Our veranda stateroom was very well-equipped and space utilization was outstanding. As just one example, the bathroom was more functional than most hotels despite its relatively small size. Our steward provided excellent service and the room was maintained in excellent condition at all times. We dined at the buffet-style restaurant and lounge for breakfast and lunch, often eating outside on the deck. The food and service were always excellent. We had dinner nightly in the main dining room and always ordered the chef's selections - he prepared regional dishes reflective of where we were at the time. The food and wine pairings were superb. The Moonlight Duo provided an eclectic blend of music in the lounge that was at perfect volume and of high quality. In addition, special programs, including a night of opera, were offered there. We took several optional shore excursions in addition to the ones included and all were exceptional and educational. In Vienna, for example we took tours from 8:30 am until 11:00 pm. The last tour was to an excellent performance by the Vienna Residence Orchestra at Palais Auersperg - it was perfection, itself. Realizing many of us had missed the evening meal, the chef had prepared an excellent goulash soup served on the lounge deck. Our tour director, Terry, was great! He was exceptionally helpful and patient and had a wonderful sense of humor. His evening presentations on the next day's activities in the lounge were a highlight of each day. I cannot say enough good about this trip. Everything about it was meticulously managed and, helped by the small number of guests, it became obvious that accommodations were made based on what most people were doing and when. We met many people from many places and will have lasting memories. As I told one of my traveling companions on a trip to Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, Viking has ruined me for anything else :-). We have already booked a Viking cruise for 2019, this time on one of their small ocean ships for a voyage along the Mediterranean shores. We are very much looking forward to it and to future river cruises. . Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
We found the commercials on T.V. to be very appealing and liked the idea of a river cruise. We investigated a few other companies that offered river cruises but liked the offer made by Viking. From the moment we set foot on the boat we ... Read More
We found the commercials on T.V. to be very appealing and liked the idea of a river cruise. We investigated a few other companies that offered river cruises but liked the offer made by Viking. From the moment we set foot on the boat we received superb attention and treatment. What stood out for us was the trouble that Martin went to arrange for our boat to get to Vienna earlier than scheduled and arrange for us to make an unscheduled stop where there was a cab waiting for another couple and ourselves so that we could make our concerts in Vienna. Joey the Program Manager was delightful and all the passengers just adored him for his warmth and sense of humour. The tours were exceptionally well organized, the on-board entertainment was wonderful and the food was superb. There were always great choices and we know how the staff went out of their way to accommodate people with dietary needs - even going as far as liquidizing meals for a passenger who could not eat solid foods. The wait staff were really excellent - they learned our names and were always there to greet us with big smiles on their faces. The cherry on the top was the fabulous people we met on-board, and we made some wonderful friends. We cannot wait to board another Viking boat for another river cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
Spent 3 days in Prague and got to know the city; shuttle busses allowed independent exploration; took the provided 41/2 mile walking tour and although she moved fast she did try to accommodate my difficulty walking fast and up/down stairs. ... Read More
Spent 3 days in Prague and got to know the city; shuttle busses allowed independent exploration; took the provided 41/2 mile walking tour and although she moved fast she did try to accommodate my difficulty walking fast and up/down stairs. Wanted to explore the countries we visited. Great ports and activities, but tour guides for the "slow walkers" had no mercy and most of them just moved way too fast and did not accommodate difficulty with stairs. Once we were left so far behind that we ended up training another group back to the bus. Unfortunately our leader never noticed we were missing. Having toured on 2 other river cruise lines, I was vey disappointed in the lack of accommodation compared to tour guides on the other lines. Comfortable cabin, with great service, good evening entertainment, good festive dining, great beverage selection; wonderful service on board; Great port selection and toured wonderful sites, just moving too quickly for my comfort and abilities. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We initially chose to cruise at Thanksgiving because Viking was offering great deals. But we quickly fell in love with the Christmas markets in each town and village. We picked up Christmas gifts of glass, and wood and ceramics. We drank ... Read More
We initially chose to cruise at Thanksgiving because Viking was offering great deals. But we quickly fell in love with the Christmas markets in each town and village. We picked up Christmas gifts of glass, and wood and ceramics. We drank way too much gluwein and loved it. There was a particularly good art museum in Lintz just off of the place where we docked. We were also completely wowed by the Viking service and the beautifully appointed suite. We quickly made friends and had lovely evenings with good food and entertainment. The program directors made sure everyone knew where they were going and took great care of everyone. The wait staff were incredibly friendly, too. We particularly enjoyed Bratislava, which was small, but had some great local shops where we found some really good whisky. We were especially surprised by the evening arrival into Budapest which was an amazing show of the lights of the city. We tacked on three extra days in Budapest which gave us time to really see a lot of the city. We were so touched by the bronze cast shoes by the river representing the 60,000 Jews from Budapest that were killed during WWII. I would definitely do this cruise again! Can't stop thinking about the Christmas markets. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
Viking is an excellent river cruise company. The staff is excellent in that they have thought about things that you didn't even know you might need! The food was delicious, the bar was well stocked And if you want to make sure that ... Read More
Viking is an excellent river cruise company. The staff is excellent in that they have thought about things that you didn't even know you might need! The food was delicious, the bar was well stocked And if you want to make sure that the ship will have your favorite drink, you can call customer service at least a month ahead of your sail date and tell them what you will want them to have on hand. The tours were all great and the program director was very knowledgeable. We had our flights arranged through Viking and everything was taken care of by Viking. It was really nice to know we would be met at the airport by Viking representatives and to be taken back to the airport by them. This was our fourth cruise with Viking and we would love to sail with them again. All of our cruises have been wonderful and we have met many couples that we still stay in touch with. Read Less
Viking Vili Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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