5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Back yesterday from 14 glorious nights on the Viking Baldur/ and Magni. It was our very first cruise ever..to celebrate my retirement and our 30th Anniversary. We arrived in Amsterdam late as the airport was fogged in...regret we ... Read More
Back yesterday from 14 glorious nights on the Viking Baldur/ and Magni. It was our very first cruise ever..to celebrate my retirement and our 30th Anniversary. We arrived in Amsterdam late as the airport was fogged in...regret we didn't get a chance to see the city at all. But nor regrets after that! Can't say enough about the crew and staff...our Hotel manager Jens was fabulous as was Claus, our Tour Director. The chef and wait staff were outstanding. A special shout out to Jackson and Pamela who took such care of our table every night!!!! We knew going in that the water levels were quite low but Viking was hoping that our cruise would be the first all season to make it all the way through to Budapest. Unfortunately that was not to be. We eventually had to repack and were bused to Nuremburg to pick up the new ship-the Viking Magni. However, it was a seamless transfer and Viking handled everything so smoothly! Each day brought new delights! the tours were very well orchestrated and we never had an overly large tour group. The guides were very well versed. The cathedrals, castles, monasteries and fortresses were all amazing. The highlight was a Concert in Vienna! Sailing into Budapest at night was spectacular! It is not to be missed! The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious. The Chefs on both ships were so talented. As a non-meat eater I was pleased that there were vegetarian entrees at both lunch and dinner. If I wanted something different it was no problem. We met so many wonderful people on board as well...The dinner is open seating but we managed to sit each night with 3 couple we met the first night. What fun we had! Be prepared to eat and drink...many times a day! Even some special afternoon treats some days! If you are debating whether to take this cruise -do it! You will have a lifetime of memories! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Have to admit this was our first cruise of any kind. We had a fantastic time on the Baldur!! the crew was amazing. Jens, the Hotel manager was always available. The crew was friendly and very obliging. A special shout out to Jackson ... Read More
Have to admit this was our first cruise of any kind. We had a fantastic time on the Baldur!! the crew was amazing. Jens, the Hotel manager was always available. The crew was friendly and very obliging. A special shout out to Jackson and Pamela for taking such good care of us in the Dining Room each night! Out Tour Director was Claus...who came in as a last minute replacement. He was so knowledgeable and has the patience of a saint! Low river levels continued along the Danube. we knew beforehand that it was a possibility that we would have to change ships due to this problem. Unfortunately we did...but the change over was seamless. Viking handled everything and we entered into the Viking Magni through crew members shouting hello! Of course no one wanted to have to repack but it could not be helped. Viking had no control over this situation. As a special treat Viking paid for all the guests to attend the Vienna Symphony concert...what a lovely night that was! Each port along the way was beautiful! The guides- for the most part- were very nice and had an amazing amount of knowledge about the cities and towns. Some days we had a guided tour in the morning and then the afternoon free to explore on your own. My husband and I especially enjoyed this aspect. Even with the transfer to the Magni we went to all the places listed in the original itinerary. The cabin, though small, was comfortable. Large bed...delightful! Bathroom was small but efficient. Now the food...unreal! Both ships had Chefs that were outstanding and very willing to make anything special. I do not eat much meat and every night there was a vegetarian meal available..including the appetizer! One evening, Chef George on the Magni, made me a special appetizer! The table of 8 with whom we ate was over the moon with the food! The breakfast buffet was endless...Lunch could be eaten in the Dining Room or up in the Lounge.. The view of Budapest at night was stunning...a definite must see! Our flight back to NY through Muncih was leaving at 6AM.. Viking had us on the bus by 3;30..after giving us breakfast! My husband and I would not hesitate to cruise with Viking again. In fact we look forward to it! It was worth every penny! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
2015 saw our first river cruise of what promises to be many. My wife and I had probably the best vacation that we have ever had. We had previously experienced Ocean cruises but we found this to be the most relaxing and most enjoyable ever. ... Read More
2015 saw our first river cruise of what promises to be many. My wife and I had probably the best vacation that we have ever had. We had previously experienced Ocean cruises but we found this to be the most relaxing and most enjoyable ever. We made some new friends on the 1st day, who we spent most of the 14 days with. Our trip was unfortunately split between 2 longships, the Baldur and the Magni. The reason for this was the low water level on the Danube. We were warned ahead of the trip that this might happen. However this in no way dramatically altered our overall review of this trip. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were seamless. All staff were very helpful and considerate to our needs. The cabin was extremely well appointed and maintained very well on a daily basis. All of the staff on board were fabulous and very attentive to our needs. Our hotel manager Jens and Tour director Claus were very patient and incredible. The dining room staff and chef were outstanding. In fact the overall review of Viking's organization and attention to detail in caring for everyone on board was first class. All excursions in the ports along the way were beautiful! The tour guides were very nice and very knowledgeable about the cities and towns and their history. The freedom to explore on our own was appreciated and allowed us to investigate other interests. Even with the transfer to the Magni we went to all the places listed in the original itinerary. The onboard demonstrations and talks were very informative and enjoyable. Our first thoughts on arriving at our destination was "lets do it again". Several previous customers have indicated that Viking is a "Class Act" and both my wife and I have to agree. We loved this trip so much that we have booked a Portugal trip next March with 2 of the friends we made on this trip. Congratulations on an excellent organization. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Three days before leaving we received an email stating the Baldur would not make it to Budapest in time for our departure due to low water levels. We were to meet the Viking Magni. Upon our early arrival at the airport, we were met by ... Read More
Three days before leaving we received an email stating the Baldur would not make it to Budapest in time for our departure due to low water levels. We were to meet the Viking Magni. Upon our early arrival at the airport, we were met by Viking representatives and transported by van to the Magni. We were warmly welcomed aboard, and were surprised to hear that they knew we had an early flight and that our stateroom was ready! Our luggage was quickly brought to our room. The Magni crew was fantastic - always smiling and eager to help. Rebecca, the Hotel Manager; Rares, the Dining Room Manager; and especially Caitlyn, the Program Director, helped to make this a memorable experience. Special thanks to Radi, the Concierge, who went above and beyond doing double duty after Caitlyn was injured. Others who gave us superb service were Danisa, our room stewardess; Maurice, Cesar, Milo, Faye, and Blagoje in the dining room and Terrace. They seemed to anticipate our needs before we even asked. The excursions were well organized and very informative. The local guides were well versed and able and eager to answer all questions. The food was delicious. There was never a problem if you wanted to try something extra or swap an item. Chef George informed us of the menu each night prior to dinner and gave his recommendations. A highlight was a tour led by Chef George and Radi of the farmer's market in Vienna. Unfortunately, we did have to change ships after Passau. This meant one day taking a 1-1/2 hour bus ride to Regensburg, and the next day a three hour bus ride to Nuremberg. After our day in Nuremberg, we were brought to our new ship - the Baldur. The crew was on deck to greet us with chants of "Welcome Home". We were also greeted with warm towels and drinks. Our luggage was already in our stateroom waiting for us. Viking did its best to make this a seamless transition. As this was our first river cruise, we were not sure what to expect. Viking surpassed all our expectations. Looking forward to another cruise! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
I recently travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam with my Mum on the Viking Baldur. What a fabulous trip! Everything about the ship was wonderful, from our cabin (though on the small side), to the lounge and bar, the main dining room, the ... Read More
I recently travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam with my Mum on the Viking Baldur. What a fabulous trip! Everything about the ship was wonderful, from our cabin (though on the small side), to the lounge and bar, the main dining room, the sundeck and the Aquavit Terrace. The crew were just amazing, with the most attentive service and always with a smile, nothing was ever too much trouble. The shore excursions and tour guides were well organised and always of interest and we were fortunate to have mostly fantastic weather. Free Wi Fi was a bonus and mostly worked very well. The onboard entertainment and information talks were great, with something for everyone from a glass blowing demonstration, apple strudel making demonstration, dancers, singers, a trivia night, Viennese coffee culture, the European Union and more. When there was no specific entertainment we were always entertained by our pianist, Laslow (I think that's how you spell his name). And he played during lunch and cocktail hour every day as well. The meals were just awesome! Full buffet breakfast of 5 star hotel quality, lunch in the dining room or out on the terrace and 4 course dinner in the dining room. Snacks and tea/coffee available all day. Our cruise included the Silver Service drinks package which meant unlimited drinks from the bar of whatever we wanted. I would absolutely recommend Viking based on our experience and would cruise with them again in a heartbeat. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Everything was first class. From the arrival at the boat and 4 men in red shirts met our taxi and just took over the unloading of our many bags. Their comment was "this is your vacation". So special. It only got better from ... Read More
Everything was first class. From the arrival at the boat and 4 men in red shirts met our taxi and just took over the unloading of our many bags. Their comment was "this is your vacation". So special. It only got better from there. Hotel manager was lovely and our concierge was amazing, Radi. Nothing was too much trouble ever. Our lady who cleaned our room was fantastic and quick. You never knew she was there. A Miracle of housekeeping. The food was superior and varied. We actually had the chef teach us about making strudel from scratch. Also a tour of the galley. Which for me was a real treat! When you see the ads on the tv it really happens just like the ad. A dream come true. We had a veranda stateroom and enjoyed the ongoing view immensely. Right down to the locals fishing on the banks of the rivers. Special dietary needs were met with a professionalism and grace at all times. The Stewards in the dining room were exceptional. There was one fella who seemed to be the cheerleader for them all. One time the ship was late to pick us up at a destination and the crew was on the balcony facing the shore as they pulled up with a sign made of letters that said "Welcome Home". Now that was special they were even doing a little dance. Just one note of how special they all made us feel. I had a medical issue and nothing was too much trouble. Radi the concierge actually came with us to the emergency at the hospital. We felt secure at all times. It is very nice when on day two the staff at the desk know which stateroom you are in. The extra attention to detail when we were coming and going from the boat on tours was much appreciated. Actually we can't say enough good things about the Viking Baldur. We will visit Viking Cruises agin in the near future!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Our first cruise ever and it was beyond all expectations. We pre stayed two days in Budapest at the Hilton over looking the Danube and had a relaxing time to get our clocks straightened out before the actual cruise. Boarded the Baldur and ... Read More
Our first cruise ever and it was beyond all expectations. We pre stayed two days in Budapest at the Hilton over looking the Danube and had a relaxing time to get our clocks straightened out before the actual cruise. Boarded the Baldur and the adventure began. The service and shore excursions were all excellent with lots of free time to explore on your own. The food on board was 5 star from breakfasts to wonderful dinners. Most nights there was entertainment in the lounge as we sailed along. The shore excursions were very good with local guides being very informative. So much to see. Getting on and off the boat was so easy with Viking taking care of our luggage both times both to and from the airport. In all the trip was a five star plus and would highly recommend this trip to any body who would like to see a lot of Europe in a most relaxing way. Thank you Viking. Looking forward to another voyage with you. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our first Viking River Cruise and we depending strongly on reviews to choose our trip. In the course of our week long cruise we found that most of the other passengers had taken a previous river cruise with Viking. We found that ... Read More
This was our first Viking River Cruise and we depending strongly on reviews to choose our trip. In the course of our week long cruise we found that most of the other passengers had taken a previous river cruise with Viking. We found that we'd have to agree with their confidence. The first point to mention is that most of the Viking Long Ships are very new. The ship we sailed on, the Viking Baldur, was about a year and half old. The accommodations are functional and nice, if not overly large. There is a lot of attention to comfort and small touches to making time in the room pleasant. Don't expect to spend a lot of time in the room. The food was plentiful and nicely done. The service staff was so good that it added to the enjoyment of our meals and I cannot say enough in praising all of the staff in helping to make our trip better. We arranged a private side trip that deviated from the cruise schedule and the concierge did a very good job in helping us plan the side trip. The activities were very good with only a couple of minor suggestions for improvement. We were on the Legends of the Rhine cruise. The second day featured a trip to a World War II museum in Overloon, The Netherlands. If you are a war buff you might find it enjoyable, but I think the general reaction was that there was probably a better way to spend the time. The other minor suggestion is that on an excursion to Remagen, which was new on the tour, we arrived in time to visit a historic church, but the tour guide made that the end of the tour in that city. That meant the church had closed. It would have been easy to begin at the church since the bus was parked a block away. The tour guides were knowledgeable and there was often free time to explore on our own. I might have enjoyed extra time in some of the cities we visited, particularly Cochem and Heidelberg, but the tour company cannot anticipate differences in what all their customers will find most interesting. It should be noted that we began in Amsterdam and finished our cruise in Frankfurt. People making the cruise the following week did the trip in reverse, beginning in Frankfurt. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our first cruise and we had no previous experiece to use as a criterion for this one. We chose Viking instead of one of its competitors because of its reputation as the most expensive cruise line, and the best. The ship was a ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we had no previous experiece to use as a criterion for this one. We chose Viking instead of one of its competitors because of its reputation as the most expensive cruise line, and the best. The ship was a real surprise for several reasons. Our stateroom was one of the aft cabins and we had misgivings about the engine noise before we ever did any cruising. Those new engines were virtually silent and we never heard them or felt them. The ship itself was very easy to get around and conveniently designed for its passengers, but the best part of our experience was the ship's crew. They were superb in every area. They were always pleasant and warm from the lowest member of the crew we encountered to the Captain himself. It was interesting to see how engaged he was in the sailing process and we saw him frequently out an among the passengers and crew. Of particular note was Jens, our Hotel Manager. He was fabulous. Always available to both the crew and passengers, always smiling, alway responsive to everybody. If I owned a cruise line I would immediately make him the commodore because he was perfect in every way. Above all else, the food services were remarkably good and equal to the best hotels we have ever stayed anywhere in the world. The food was delicious, beautifully presented at every meal, fresh and delicious, generously served and plated perfectly. The waiters, waitresses and bar personnel were friendly, efficient, and very well-trained, without exception. We never received an inferior meal or service that was less than perfect. We have told everyone we know that "A Viking cruise is the only way to go," and all of our future cruising will be with Viking's superb fleet and excellent crews. Thanks to all of you. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Our 30thieth anniversary needed to be something special and the advertisements for Viking Cruises looked as if a river cruise would fit the bill. Booking was easy and talking with Walter and making the arrangements was an indication that ... Read More
Our 30thieth anniversary needed to be something special and the advertisements for Viking Cruises looked as if a river cruise would fit the bill. Booking was easy and talking with Walter and making the arrangements was an indication that this trip would be well planned and flawless. It was. We started with 2 days in Bruges before boarding the Baldur in Amsterdam. Everything was taken care of from our arrival at the airport in Brussells to checking into our hotel. The tours were interesting and informative and we didn't think things could get better. When we boarded the longboat in Amsterdam our expectations were exceeded. The stateroom was roomy and comfortable and the lounge and other public rooms were beautiful and inviting. The food was incredible and the wine was so good I was glad it kept flowing at dinner. Our tours at the stops along the Rhine were conducted by tour guides who knew their history as well as exciting stories to tell at each turn. We enjoyed the company of many different people on board at meals and evening activities. The saddest part was realizing that the trip was ending. Everyone on board had done their utmost to make us comfortable and feel pampered and the staffs attention to detail was evident. It was a trip well worth the money and the perfect memory for our 30 years together! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
"Baldur was the god of light and joy". This ship was aptly named. My sister and I felt full of joy as we cruised along the rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam. We were so comfortable and so well looked after by Niko, Igor, Korana, ... Read More
"Baldur was the god of light and joy". This ship was aptly named. My sister and I felt full of joy as we cruised along the rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam. We were so comfortable and so well looked after by Niko, Igor, Korana, Victoria, chef Alexander, and all the rest of the crew including Roberta, Roy, Johnny, Edwin, that we felt special and spoilt. The shore excursions were well planned and we were able to do as much or as little as we wanted. We were disappointed with the Kinderdijk tour and would rather have had a tour of Amsterdam. All onboard entertainment was great and there were some wonderful special entertainers at times (e.g. the glassblower, the opera singers and the gypsy musicians). The food was excellent and abundant and dining on the Acquavit Terrace was wonderful. This was a first river cruise experience, in a word, it was "magical" Read Less
Viking Baldur Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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