16 Prague Family Cruise Reviews

My 3rd Viking River Cruise. Just booked a Viking Ocean cruise to Australia/Tasmania/New Zealand for Jan 20, 2020. I must have liked the cruise from Prague to Budapest if I'm booking another so soon. I'm not crazy about ... Read More
My 3rd Viking River Cruise. Just booked a Viking Ocean cruise to Australia/Tasmania/New Zealand for Jan 20, 2020. I must have liked the cruise from Prague to Budapest if I'm booking another so soon. I'm not crazy about the size of the rooms, but we spend very little time acually in the room. The greatest plus on these cruises is the crew. There is nothing they won't do to make your experience excellent. The bar and wait staff work very hard and make a point to remember names and likes/dislikes. There are no broadway shows or casinos, but there is plenty to keep you busy. Everyone finds another couple onboard that you have something in common with... By the second day, you will recognize at least half the passengers and will "pair up" with one or more other couples. Most passengers are quite financially stable and most are retired. You'll have a lot in common with most if you can afford these cruises. The meals are excellent. They are not stingy with beer or wine during meals and the bar has an excellent selection of fine wines; many from the country you're traveling through. Our cabin steward was excellent and we always felt safe on board and during the daily tours. You should at least try one cruise, maybe a modest cabin and up your choices on your 2nd cruise. I really believe that you'll have fun and enjoy the people you'll meet. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I was with my siblings and mom, five of us total. We spent the three extra days in Prague and had a great time exploring. Each day we found new area and less touristy areas to explore. Our cruise director, Hendrick, was very ... Read More
I was with my siblings and mom, five of us total. We spent the three extra days in Prague and had a great time exploring. Each day we found new area and less touristy areas to explore. Our cruise director, Hendrick, was very informative. Due to last minute river rising, our cruise itinerary changed. We could not board in Nuremberg. However, Avalon was very accommodating in that we were comped "optional excursion" and our cruise was still a full 7 nights. As with any tour guide, it is hit or miss which one you get. Some were exception, but all were good. We loved the housekeepers and reception staff. The servers were also a joy. We had great conversation and learned much about the life of cruise staffer. The food was great and often we chose to eat on board instead of in town. We had plenty of wine with lunch and dinner. In fact, we had to cover our glass to refuse another pour. Prior to leaving, there was a change in our included airfare. One member in our party was unable to attend due to this change. The member that did not travel has a very bitter taste towards Avalon. However, as the main contact for our group, I have no complaints. Avalon only did what was written in the terms of our booking. And in the end, they even refunded money they did not have to. So for that, I applaud the customer service and management. I hope to travel again in two years and will most likely use Avalon again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise as our third river experience, all with Viking, because we wanted another taste of reconstructed former Eastern Europe, and we were offered free air fare. We were in great hands from the moment we stepped off the plane ... Read More
We chose this cruise as our third river experience, all with Viking, because we wanted another taste of reconstructed former Eastern Europe, and we were offered free air fare. We were in great hands from the moment we stepped off the plane until we waved goodbye to come home. The ship, one of Viking's smaller, made for an intimate and very personable voyage downstream to Martin Luther's Wittenberg, and the service was outstanding, from the captain to every member of the crew. The entertainment aboard as well as the excursions that included entertainment were varied and reflected the rich Czech, Bohemian, and German cultures along the Elbe. We enjoyed the days in Prague and the immersion in Berlin's Cold-War history. My only disappointment was the "Prague by Night" excursion -- I had been expecting a pub crawl as we had had in Cologne two years earlier, instead of the panoramic tour we received, seeing the lights of the city from several viewpoints. I certainly plan to cruise Viking again, probably somewhere in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I looked at all of the lines!! Compared prices, itineraries, features, etc. Avalon was a little cheaper, we got free air & discount.... and I chose them because of their room design. I was excited about the way the wall is mostly ... Read More
I looked at all of the lines!! Compared prices, itineraries, features, etc. Avalon was a little cheaper, we got free air & discount.... and I chose them because of their room design. I was excited about the way the wall is mostly glass and opens up to convert the whole room into a balcony. It did not disappoint. The bathroom was a great size, too. We did 3 days in Prague - fantastic!! What an amazing and old city. We especially liked our sobering side trip to Terazin and the Communist Museum. When the water was too low to go to one of our stops, Avalon made it right! Gave us an extra excursion (so lucky!), cash for a meal, and a ticket for a sausage & a beer. We also got extra time cruising along the Danube during the day which was an added bonus. It all turned out way better than our plan. Food was very good on board. Beer and wine with all meals. Optional light lunch each day. Nice people to sit with....or sit alone. Every stop was fantastic - Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest! So much to see and do....almost too much! Will need to go back and go slower. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
5 nights on the boat I would categorize this as a taste of Cruising on the River. This is our 3rd Avalon Cruise and we decided to try a specialized tour at Christmas time and we enjoyed it. Started out in Prague and all stops exceeded our ... Read More
5 nights on the boat I would categorize this as a taste of Cruising on the River. This is our 3rd Avalon Cruise and we decided to try a specialized tour at Christmas time and we enjoyed it. Started out in Prague and all stops exceeded our expectations. The Christmas markets we visited over this week got better as we headed to the variety of markets in Vienna. Our weather was good for early December but if it had snowed good shoes for slippery conditions would be needed on the cobble stone streets. We did experience some rain and good shoes are a must. I call this the beer and sausage tour but did sample the special market hot wines. You will like the special mugs each town creates for this. The only thing we wanted is to have a few more days on the river..In Vienna we found a Great Museum of Impressionist Artworks. Had lunch in the Museum Café and would recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
When thinking about our Viking cruise up the Elbe I will always remember Guntar...he looked and talked like Arnold. Which made the trip extra entertaining. The crew was so warm and embracing. Every single one was there to help make our ... Read More
When thinking about our Viking cruise up the Elbe I will always remember Guntar...he looked and talked like Arnold. Which made the trip extra entertaining. The crew was so warm and embracing. Every single one was there to help make our trip as enjoyable as could be. The wait staff was above and beyond. After one meal they knew what your drink preferences were and had them immediately ready. Food was plenty and most often very delicious. The breads were absolutely heavenly. Found myself enjoying seed bread and Brie at every meal, and sometimes for my meal. Just superb. The Malbec wine that was served was also perfect for our taste. The daily excursions were easy going, but very interesting, informative and entertaining. Trip to the beer pub stands out, as does the castle where we sampled the best struddle. The little town that became the concentration camp all Though sad was a must see, for history sake. Really shook me up though. Treats like warm cookies or schnapps waiting for us upon return from an excursion were a special from the captain. He seemed like he really enjoyed having us all on his beautiful ship. Yes the Beyla is a must take river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Viking Beylang had a good deal that included air fair. This helped make our decision. My wife and i traveled with my brother in law and his wife. Went days early and were able to see Prague. Before we sailed it was questionable whether ... Read More
Viking Beylang had a good deal that included air fair. This helped make our decision. My wife and i traveled with my brother in law and his wife. Went days early and were able to see Prague. Before we sailed it was questionable whether we would actually leave from prague because the rivers were low. While we were in Prague it rained several days and luckily our ship was able to sail from the prague port. We had heard several shops before us had to bus to several destinations.. we found the ship very welcoming and comfortable. The entire staff etood at attention and welcomed us. They, as well as the captain were very visible the whole trip. Very personable and friendly. We enjoyed the excursions in each town. They were easy and still gave us plenty of time to see the sights and still have ship time. Food was fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Comfortable rooms, delicious food, free flowing wine, lovely buffets, outstanding service, well organized tours, spotless ship. Entertainment was fair. Fitness was poor. Most guests were experienced and well travelled. Embarkation and ... Read More
Comfortable rooms, delicious food, free flowing wine, lovely buffets, outstanding service, well organized tours, spotless ship. Entertainment was fair. Fitness was poor. Most guests were experienced and well travelled. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and transfers to/from the airport were well organized. River cruising is a wonderful experience. I have been on nine so far and look forward to my next one in the Spring. What is really enjoyable is that you wake up each morning in the center of a new town. Exploring with the organized tour groups or on your own is easy...your ship is never far away. We did the add on days and stayed at the Berlin Hilton at the end of the cruise. The hotel was comfortable and in a great location. Plenty of restaurants, shopping and sight seeing near by. Again, transfers were handled efficiently from the ship to the hotel and then from the hotel to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Chose this particular cruise because my wife's grandparents were from the Czech republic but none of us had ever been there before. We had been on a Viking cruise previously on the Yangtze in China and loved every minute of it so we ... Read More
Chose this particular cruise because my wife's grandparents were from the Czech republic but none of us had ever been there before. We had been on a Viking cruise previously on the Yangtze in China and loved every minute of it so we decided to take my wife's sisters and their husbands with us on the Elbe river cruise. It is a little expensive and they were skeptical at first but as soon as we had our first meal on the boat they were sold on the trip. because of the threat of low-water it potentially not being able to sail there were many no-shows on the trip which meant that we had very attentive staff people on the boat taking care of us the entire time. There were about two passengers for every crew member so the attention we received was unparalleled. The state rooms on this ship or smaller than the ones we had in China but we knew this going in so that did not disappoint us. The food was excellent the entire time and we really enjoyed our bartenders and are glad we paid for the silver package before we left. The scenery was spectacular and we enjoyed every minute of our trip and I know that we will sail with biking again in the future Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The Cities of Light cruise included visiting two wonderful cities, Prague and Paris. The hotels were both lovely and close to sights. The ports we visited in Germany were awesome. The castles were magnificent! The bus tours were fabulous. ... Read More
The Cities of Light cruise included visiting two wonderful cities, Prague and Paris. The hotels were both lovely and close to sights. The ports we visited in Germany were awesome. The castles were magnificent! The bus tours were fabulous. We had enough free to time to explore the cities on our own as well. Oh, the food! The tour guides were usually historians and gave excellent information. I feel as if I earned credits in European History........in the most enjoyable way! The staff on the IDUN were all excellent. The Viking company makes sure that all your needs are met. The housekeeping staff was great. The meals on board were excellent. The chef integrated local cuisine into his menus. The wine and beers added to the levity at the tables. The serving staff couldn't have been kinder. The staff in charge of fun and running the ship were all good sports. I'd love to make reservations for another cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
While water levels on the Elbe River precluded sailing, it was Viking's unforgivable failure to notify its customers of the situation in a timely fashion that makes their reputation seem suspect if not undeserved. Many passengers ... Read More
While water levels on the Elbe River precluded sailing, it was Viking's unforgivable failure to notify its customers of the situation in a timely fashion that makes their reputation seem suspect if not undeserved. Many passengers received e-mails from Viking saying there were problems on the Elbe with only about 24 hours notice and in some cases only after they'd already arrived in Europe. Further it appeared that inaccurate or incomplete information was provided to the ship-board personnel who had to face irate customers asking about modified itineraries, etc. Initially no Viking representative could definitively answer whether passengers would sail at any point and it goes without saying that there was no one available to explain customer alternatives such as cancellation or postponement. Basically, you were "stuck". Viking's solution was to first motor coach passengers to one ship (Viking Astrild serving as a floating hotel) on which they were lodged for three days then to motor coach passenger farther down the river to another ship (Viking Beyla serving as floating hotel number two) for another three days. Tours to featured sites were done by bus using the ships as home base. At no time did any Viking customer sail on any Viking ship. The crews of both vessels were superlative and to be honest, the sites visited went a long way toward mitigating the inconvenience. But, WITH LITTLE OR NO PRIOR NOTICE, a bus tour was foisted on folks who had purchased and expected a river cruise. A negative feeling hung over the entire trip. Viking's gesture of good will was to offer one thousand dollar vouchers to be used against the cost of a future Viking cruise. I believe most people considered this as tantamount to an insult. While Viking's equipment and on board staffing continue to be exceptional, its administration and customer relations - which is distinctly unresponsive - are a dismal failure. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
The Elegant Elbe was a fantastic trip. We loved our cruise director Emma, and the rest of the personnel aboard the ship. They treated us like royalty. This was our second Viking Cruise. The guided tours were good. We also enjoyed personal ... Read More
The Elegant Elbe was a fantastic trip. We loved our cruise director Emma, and the rest of the personnel aboard the ship. They treated us like royalty. This was our second Viking Cruise. The guided tours were good. We also enjoyed personal excursions. The Viking Beyla is a large luxurious ship with wonderful amenities. The food was superb. Dresden and Wittenberg were great tours. The "Beyla Maneuver" in Decin was quite exciting. We would go again and have told many friends about our wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Having already greatly enjoyed a cruise on the River Duoro the previous October I couldn't wait to book on another one! My daughter expressed interest and we decided on the River Elbe sailing from Prague to Berlin taking in the extra ... Read More
Having already greatly enjoyed a cruise on the River Duoro the previous October I couldn't wait to book on another one! My daughter expressed interest and we decided on the River Elbe sailing from Prague to Berlin taking in the extra days in Berlin. Having lived in Berlin (and my daughter being born there) in the early sixties, the transformation was amazing! There is no doubt in my mind that Viking gets everything right. Service, cleanliness, and the right balance of culture built into the trips is spot on. Staff are friendly, attentive and see to every need. Food - fabulous, and again, anything you could wish for!! Must stop now as I'm off to Moscow tomorrow on the 'Waterways of theTzars' and have to pack.... Already wondering where to go next! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My 80+ mother and I were on the Romantic Danube cruise, our 2nd AmaWaterways cruise. Last year in October we did the Enchanting Rhine. We did our own pre-cruise in Prague so that mother could see things at her pace. Stayed at the Hotel ... Read More
My 80+ mother and I were on the Romantic Danube cruise, our 2nd AmaWaterways cruise. Last year in October we did the Enchanting Rhine. We did our own pre-cruise in Prague so that mother could see things at her pace. Stayed at the Hotel Lippert and enjoyed Prague. We missed our transfer bus from the Hilton Hotel to Vilshofen. Got there late. However the Cruise Director Veronika -who was on the bus - made arrangements for us to meet the bus in Regensburg, where we joined our fellow cruisers. Embarkation was easy and as we were a small group, everyone was upgraded! We were now in 209 and had a real balcony! There was also champagne with an apology for our late start, and an invitation to join the Captain for dinner. Disembarkation: Well organized and a very early start for Cruise Director Veronika. We left around 10ish as we were staying an extra day in Budapest. Loved Budapest and will certainly return. We were docked across from the Liberty Statue on the Pest side. Took a cab to the Intercontinental. Features:The Lobby was similar to AmaLyra, but the Lounge was a bit different. It was bigger, with a library section where one could relax in front of the fireplace and read the daily news or magazines. The Bar was the same. There was no dedicated dancing area in the Lounge - which did not deter us. There was another Peter at the piano, and he knew Peter from AmaLyra. Just reinforces the fact that AmaWaterways is one big family. We even got news about some of the AmaLyra staff we had last year. The Sun deck was nearly the same, but this hot tub was bigger, and did get used. Towards the end of the cruise the Christmas decorations were put up and everything looked lovely and festive. I never used the room internet as the wifi was sufficient for my needs. My 2 prong outlet with USB port was enough to recharge my phone and camera. Ports: Vilshofen: lovely. Passau, Linz, Alpine Lake District (instead of Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov for us), Melk, Wachau Valley and Dürnstein -Krems, Vienna, Bratislava (Slovania), Budapest. All beautiful places with differing charm, fabulous architecture and very good guides. Tours at the active, regular and gentle pace. Don't think anyone did the bike tours due to it getting dark fairly early. We saw Christmas markets being set up for the next weeks, but were lucky to see the Vienna Christmas markets which had just opened. Couldn't get any better! The warm towels and hot drink on returning after our tours were welcome. Umbrellas were available if needed. Food: Delicious and very chic but included burgers, sandwiches and fries for those who desired. Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Local beers, wine and local delicacies offered everyday complimenting our port tours. AmaWaterways buys all local produce and everything including the bread and pastries are made fresh daily. The Lounge served early meals, tea time, late night snacks and the 24 hr. machine serving, hot choc, tea, coffee, cappuccino, espresso etc. Missing the food as I write this. Staff: Captain Cristian Creteanu, Hotel Manager Bogdan Stefanescu, Cruise Manager Veronika Holikova, Maitre' D Bobby Bozhinov, Chef Robert Kellerhaus, Purser Aleksandra Panaytova and my Special Favorite: Cabin Service Mariya. Two examples of going the extra mile: 1: I have a cream suede fur trimmed jacket. In Bratislava, during the tour the back of my jacket got wet varnish stains from the stalls being set up. Back on the ship, I explained the situation to Bogdan who took it to be cleaned. The next morning, it was returned wonderfully clean and dry but one spot the size of a quarter remained. Mariya told me that when I returned after my Budapest tours, she would try and see what she could do. So that evening I gave it to her. That night on returning to my cabin after the illumination tour and saying my goodbyes, there hanging in the closet was my jacket, looking brand new- with no stain. She had worked her magic. Cost: one time charge of 2.40 euro. 2: Due to the small number of cruisers, the Schönbrunn Palace tour was cancelled as the bus did not get the 14 it needed. However, Veronika went and notified those signed up that if they still wanted to go, after the Vienna day tour, she would take them by train, and I think most took her up on that. Fellow cruisers: We were a small group, mostly USA with 1 Brit (who also wrote a review), 3 Canadians, 2 Dominican Republic and 4 Hong Kong, and everyone came to know each other, and I think we all got along very well. A lovely surprise was having 4 friends we made on AmaLyra last October, come meet us on the AmaBella in Budapest. They had done the same cruise on the AmaSonata but were 3 days ahead of us. We had a great reunion and they did a mini tour for future reference. AmaWaterways -which does very little advertising - offers unbeatable value and service, carries fewer passengers than other ships and their Staff is extremely well trained and loyal. I heard others share the same sentiment or experience it after comparing with other cruises. With AmaWaterways my mother feels safe, relaxed and wonderfully happy - so much so that I have been given 2 itineraries to plan for the future. Hope to see you! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Just home from a fabulous cruise on Scenic's beautifully appointed Sapphire which included a 3 day land tour in Prague at the beginning of the trip. This enabled us to get ourselves somewhat acclimatized to the 8 hour time difference ... Read More
Just home from a fabulous cruise on Scenic's beautifully appointed Sapphire which included a 3 day land tour in Prague at the beginning of the trip. This enabled us to get ourselves somewhat acclimatized to the 8 hour time difference from our flight from Western Canada. The tour guides were very informative, Scenic buses always at the ready to transport us to and from our land tours. The ship was beautiful with true 5 Star service. Kudos to our Room Steward Dana, Butler Zoltan and Cruise Director Patrik. Food was great & bar service always readily available. My husband & I made many new friends onboard; of the 165 passengers onboard 80% were fellow Canadians with the balance comprising of Brits, Aussies and a few Americans. We'd highly recommend Scenic Tours and would readily take another in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We began our tour with two nights in Prague in the Czech Republic. We had a walking tour on the first day. We asked Balosch, our cruise director, for a dining suggestion for a restaurant for dinner and he gave us an excellent one that ... Read More
We began our tour with two nights in Prague in the Czech Republic. We had a walking tour on the first day. We asked Balosch, our cruise director, for a dining suggestion for a restaurant for dinner and he gave us an excellent one that featured wonderful Czech food. We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague as part of the cruise package. It was comfortable, the breakfast was excellent, and it was centrally located. We then drove to Nuremberg where we boarded the ship. Using Nuremberg as a port was a bit of a challenge since it's not really suited to as many ships as it handles. There is only a rough single lane road and it is used by all of the cruise buses. Sometimes a bus that is entering must back up quite a way to allow another ship to leave. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The staff was very welcoming and tried to accommodate all requests. We found the beds to be quite hard and many other passengers felt the same way. We asked for a foam topper to make the beds more comfortable. Our cabin steward changed out the room in no time. We found the cabins to be small. They were supposed to be 170 square feet, but when my husband marked them off they were quite a bit smaller. Since it was winter, we had quite a few bulky clothes. There were not enough hangers to accommodate our clothes and the storage was inadequate. A few hooks on the wall for coats would have freed up some closet space. Breakfast was quite good and you had the choice of ordering from the menu or going to the buffet. Because of the tight space, it was a bit of a crush to go through the buffet, but once we got the timing right, it was fine. Lunch was also either from the menu or a buffet. Dinner was adequate, but nothing really was outstanding. Considering the price of the ticket we did expect a little higher quality in the food. The wine was free flowing, however, and always was local vintages. Erlebnis, the specialty restaurant, was a real treat. It accommodates 24 people and is a chef's table experience. The chef greets you and explains the courses that are available. You can actually see him work while you are dining. We were able to dine here twice and each time was a treat for the eyes and the mouth. Several times local entertainers were brought on board. They were always excellent. Many times we were greeted at the ship after a day of shopping and sightseeing with a lovely glass of mulled wine. Really hit the spot after being thoroughly chilled by the cold weather. Several times, other ships were tied up to our ships so we had to exit our ship by walking through the other ships. From our cabin we were also able to see the cabins of the other ship. From what we could see of the cabins and public areas of the other ships, the Amabella ship was comparable. The stops on our trip (Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau/Salzburg, Melk/Vienna, and Budapest) were all excellent. Most of the time you could walk off the ship and into the town. The ship always provided maps and personnel to answer any questions as you left the ship. The walking tours were excellent and you are provided with audio devices so that you could hear everything the tour director was saying. Our cruise director gave a commentary on the one day that we spent just cruising. Since everyone has a sliding glass door, it was very enjoyable to sit by the window sipping mulled wine and seeing the world go by. All in all, it was a terrific trip and the problems we encountered were minor in nature and easily addressed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013

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