5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Loved this idea of spending our 25th anniversary in Europe. All went well-great staff, good food, nice ports, but wished there was more free time and fewer ports to visit. Had to get up pretty early for the free excursions, which are ... Read More
Loved this idea of spending our 25th anniversary in Europe. All went well-great staff, good food, nice ports, but wished there was more free time and fewer ports to visit. Had to get up pretty early for the free excursions, which are largely church/history oriented, if you're into that sort of thing. Would have preferred more intimate excursions (for free) instead of 50-60 people ushered around already popular destinations. If you are a history buff, and like lectures, etc. This is for you. The passengers are largely 60+, and highly educated. A few wheelchairs also, although Europe is tough for them with all the cobblestones and hills. I really prefer Gate 1 for this sort of thing. More free time, less expensive, and a smaller group. You're not tempted into gluttony as much. Food was good, but not as good as some of the finer meals I've enjoyed in major cities. If there were more shore excursions catering to intimate experiences, that would be better-like seeing a cobbler make shoes. Since the cruise is so pricey, these should be included without an extra charge. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our second Viking river cruise and it was a great trip. The ship was spotless, and the crew amazingly friendly and helpful. Viking truly does a great job of selecting, and training all cell members. Outrage stateroom was kept ... Read More
This was our second Viking river cruise and it was a great trip. The ship was spotless, and the crew amazingly friendly and helpful. Viking truly does a great job of selecting, and training all cell members. Outrage stateroom was kept impeccable, and was very comfortable. Had a Veranda A! Plenty of room, lots of closet/drawer/shelf space for our clothes. And we don't pack lightly. Plenty of outlets, and counter space in the stateroom. The heated bath floors extend into the shower, and the Freyja bath products were very nice. A light scent that is good for men and women. I love that Viking provides a mini fridge in the room. I like my soda in the morning and could take one back to the room each night. The lounge was always comfortable, and meals were delicious. The trips was great. The towns of Hoorn and Brugges were my personal favorites. In Arnhem we did the optional tour to the outdoor museum, which was great. Not many people went on this tour, but to me it was a must do. Kinderdijk was really neat, the windmills were so neat!! Keukenhof was much more interesting than I thought, and the flowers were amazing. I would highly re ommend this ship and itinerary. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
we loved the fact that everything was done for us....loved the meals on the ship, the tours were great and meeting only a few people not like on the ocean cruise was fantastic. lots of down time if you wanted it but lots of exciting things ... Read More
we loved the fact that everything was done for us....loved the meals on the ship, the tours were great and meeting only a few people not like on the ocean cruise was fantastic. lots of down time if you wanted it but lots of exciting things to see and do if you wanted to and created for everyone ......we had ages 7 years to 83 years i believe and all in-between and that was awesome! our Cabin was small but very accommodating, the scenery was lovely and we had very few complaints. Our only one down side was the four airports we went thru going over and also coming back (from Edmonton, to Montreal, to Paris and then Amsterdam and coming home again from Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam and Edmonton .........and our suitcases were held up in Montreal due to weather but was delivered two days later so we did miss part of our Sightseeing Tour of Amsterdam that day due to filling out forms and trying to track down our suitcases and as i only had one pair of shoes i had a very hard time as my feet are not the best these days so slowed us up the first day or so. Everyone was very good about finding out where our case had got to though! We would love to do another river cruise but probably won't as it was pricey for us but glad we did it! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
My husband and I have only been on one cruise and one river boat (not Viking) and decided river boating was the BEST.....don't have the crowds (only 160 on our boat) and can see scenery on both sides of the ship. (Not so much water). Read ... Read More
My husband and I have only been on one cruise and one river boat (not Viking) and decided river boating was the BEST.....don't have the crowds (only 160 on our boat) and can see scenery on both sides of the ship. (Not so much water). Read reviews on Viking and decided to try. The crew on Viking Baldur (Grand European - Amsterdam to Budapest) was amazing. We had never been on a trip (and we've been all over Europe) that the crew was SO attentive to detail. It was so interesting that many crew members 'wore several hats' and they helped each other. GREAT TEAM WORK, from meeting us at the airport to shuttling us back!!!!! Our room was cleaned and straightened up several times a day. On each venture out, bottles of water were given out, umbrellas were available...if it rained (only had one slightly rainy day for a couple hours), and the crew always welcomed us back with a cool drink. There were several optional tours after the walking tour each morning, and if we chose not to do any of them, the crew gave us a map of the city with cool things to go back and see. Instructions for subways explained and routes carefully penned so there was no frustration. Great comradery with the waiters and waitresses. They got to know us pretty well and could anticipate 'our usuals'. The dining was elegant and the food was GREAT, with attention to a special meal specific to the country we were motering thru. There was always a 'standard' American menu if you chose not to be adventurous and try the local dishes. The chef always gave a little talk about the evening menu right after an explanation of the next days' adventure by our connoisseur, who had a tremendous sense of humor. Every night they had entertainment of some sort and it was always a class act! I personally have never been crazy about opera, but the trio they had come on board that night, was hysterical. Even though you didn't understand the language, you got the message by their actions. I have never been so pampered...EVER.....and we're definitely going back next year, somewhere else with Viking. Can't praise them enough!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We were interested in the scheduled ports of call and the daily tours included in the package. We had other friends who had taken a Viking Cruise and they all raved about the value of their trip. If we had it to do over again, we ... Read More
We were interested in the scheduled ports of call and the daily tours included in the package. We had other friends who had taken a Viking Cruise and they all raved about the value of their trip. If we had it to do over again, we would definitely go to the embarkation city several days in advance. Primarily for two reasons, recover from jet lag prior to boarding the ship and having more time to spend exploring such a fascinating city (Budapest). ALL of the ship's staff and crew members were extremely pleasant & helpful, chatting with the passengers and making you feel like you were a special friend & guest. My husband being diabetic was always offered a special low sugar dessert - quite a treat when he usually has to respond "no thanks" to dessert. Menu selections were superb and we always had the option of having a lighter evening meal. Our room was comfortable, comparable to a luxury hotel! We especially enjoyed having a veranda where we could leisurely watch the beautiful scenery glide by. Other amenities such as thermostatically controlled temperatures for each individual stateroom, a private refrigerator and safe, plus sufficient electrical outlets and on board wifi all contributed to our comfort. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I traveled with a friend who had been on a Viking River Cruise last year. The service from the friendly crew was excellent . The chef went out of his way to make every meal the best. The program director Marek Snelly went out of his ... Read More
I traveled with a friend who had been on a Viking River Cruise last year. The service from the friendly crew was excellent . The chef went out of his way to make every meal the best. The program director Marek Snelly went out of his way to keep us informed and entertained along with the concierge. The reception desk very helpful. The captain kept the ship smooth sailing thru the locks and docking with out you feeling anything. The cabin staff kept us very happy. The ports and excursions were very informative and fun to be there. The flooding of the river kept us from cruising along the whole river which i was really disappointed with. We transferred ships because we could not fit under the bridges and the transfer was amazingly smooth i was amazed., Although, I was really disappointed we did miss a lot of the cruise time. An amazing trip just missed seeing the castles and the river cruise where the ship could no go because of the rising rapid waters. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and my husband's birthday on this cruise. We extended our trip with the pre cruise in Budapest which was a wonderful experience. We also extended with the post cruise in Amsterdam and Belgium. The ... Read More
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and my husband's birthday on this cruise. We extended our trip with the pre cruise in Budapest which was a wonderful experience. We also extended with the post cruise in Amsterdam and Belgium. The whole trip was very enjoyable. Viking had every detail covered including a ship swap because of very high waters on the rivers. The swap was effortless on the part of the passengers but I know how hard the crew on both ships worked to make it that way. The best part was the Cruise Director, Marek Snelley changed ships with us !! Marek was a huge reason that our cruise was so delightful. He is personable, funny and extremely capable of taking care of the unexpected. This was our second Viking River cruise and I am sure we will be booking another cruise soon. These cruises are geared towards the older crowd. Our ship's median age was about 60. With no young people onboard our 24 year old daughter would not have enjoyed this as much as we did. A River cruise is much calmer and more intimate than ocean cruises. The emphasis is on learning about the cities visited. The tour leaders are all very knowledgeable and personable. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I selected the Viking Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was attracted to this cruise because everything was included in the price and the route takes you through most of the big name cities and attractions of ... Read More
I selected the Viking Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was attracted to this cruise because everything was included in the price and the route takes you through most of the big name cities and attractions of Europe. After experiencing the cruise I could not be more pleased. The service that the crew and staff of the Viking Baldur provided was outstanding. The level of service we received on the cruise is totally unheard of in the US. The crew and staff went out of their way to make the voyage the most enjoyable trip of our lives (thus far!). For example, we arranged our own air travel since we wanted to spend time in Warsaw before flying on to Budapest to start the cruise. When we arrived in Budapest, I asked the Viking reception team at the airport if we could pay for a ride the transfer bus to the boat since we had not arranged for the transfer in advance because of our uncertain arrival time. The assistant for Viking said that we could take the Viking transfer bus, but that it would be less expensive for us to just take at taxi at that point. I do not speak Hungarian, and the Viking representative took us to a taxi and provided detailed instructions to the driver on where the boat was parked, which she would not have had to do since we did not use the airport transfer service. This is just one of many examples we experienced over the next 15 days on the cruise of the way the Viking representatives go out of their way to make your voyage the most enjoyable experience possible. Regarding the cruise categorization; I would call it a Luxury Cruise. It was not specifically a seniors cruise, although there were no children on the boat (much to my relief). Most people were north American, although there may have been a few Aussies there also, and virtually everyone spoke English, as did all the crew and staff. The food and wine were gourmet quality and there were choices of several different items at each meal. If you didn't like to eat in the more formal "sit down" fashion at the main dinning room, you could eat more casually on the terrace. There were no formal seating assignments in either dinning area and you could sit wherever you wanted and with whomever you wished. Dress on board was casual; no fancy clothes required. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The Tulips & Windmills river cruise had been recommended to my 3 travel partners by a mutual friend and they invited me to complete the four-some. I reluctantly agreed due to the cost of the cruise, but it was definitely a great trip. ... Read More
The Tulips & Windmills river cruise had been recommended to my 3 travel partners by a mutual friend and they invited me to complete the four-some. I reluctantly agreed due to the cost of the cruise, but it was definitely a great trip. The crew were so friendly, professional and very accommodating. The program director and tour guides were excellent and provided a wealth of information. The tours and sites were very interesting and provided a great balance of organized and free time. The food was delicious! Meal times were celebrations! The size of the ship and hence number of passengers made it a very personal trip and provided the opportunity to meet and visit with many of the guests. I really enjoyed the convenience of not having to pack up and move to another hotel every day or so. The local musicians and speakers provided a sense of connection with the regions that we toured. The opportunity to visit in the home of residents of the city was a highlight of this travel experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my second river boat cruise with Viking. They do a excellent job from beginning to the end.The flight arrangements that I made through Viking meet my needs also. The ship, the crew, the excursions are all top notch . The dining ... Read More
This was my second river boat cruise with Viking. They do a excellent job from beginning to the end.The flight arrangements that I made through Viking meet my needs also. The ship, the crew, the excursions are all top notch . The dining staff went out of their way to make sure that specific dietary needs were meet. All the local tour guides that they use were very knowledgeable and concerned for your well being. The housekeeping staff was always on top of things. You turned around and your cabin was made up. Health, cleanliness and safety seem to be a priority on the ship also. The staff worked very hard to make everyone's experience the best that it could be. It amazed me how they even learned the names of the guests to greet them and aware of personal preferences. Looking forward to my next cruise with them next year. Read Less
Viking Baldur Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.9
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
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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