10 Viking River Viking Bragi Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - River Cruise

The cabins were very nice and comfortable. The food and dinning staff was very good. Having wine and beer with lunch and dinner was great. We enjoyed the different ports of call each day and the excursions. All of the excursions were ... Read More
The cabins were very nice and comfortable. The food and dinning staff was very good. Having wine and beer with lunch and dinner was great. We enjoyed the different ports of call each day and the excursions. All of the excursions were conducted in English and very informative. In addition we signed up for additional excursions that were also very nice the transportation at each port was conducted with top notch transportation busses and we were very impressed we have been on several cruises on different cruise lines. The Viking river cruise boats were very nice and clean. We would definitely use Viking cruise line again. We met lots of people from all over and everyone was very nice. The entire crew were by far the nicest group of people and they made us feel very welcome and comfortable. We can’t think of anything that was a negative during the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Tulips were on the bucket list at the Kueckenhof. The crew was very professional, the excursions were well organized and the food with one exception was first class. One meal was a disaster withe pork schnitzel so overlooked that ... Read More
Tulips were on the bucket list at the Kueckenhof. The crew was very professional, the excursions were well organized and the food with one exception was first class. One meal was a disaster withe pork schnitzel so overlooked that nobody finished the meal. We were only able to book the bottom state room because of late booking but it was very acceptable because we spent very little time in the room other sleeping there. The weather was very windy, is Holland always windy? The guides were with one exception were first class, the organosing of each trip was very good with little hassle or waiting. The accomadation was very acceptable with laundry service available when we wanted it. I did find it over run with Americans there seemed to be very little other nations represented. As a couple traveling but ourselves we found several groups of people preferred to keep their own company. We made no new friends on. The trip, despite being both extroverts because from my experience Americansprefer to keep themselves to the,selves. This was the only drawback. Maybe Viking should take that into account for non American travelers Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is our second cruise with Viking. The first was in Russia, and was superb. Well thought out, great crew, significant learning while being entertained. This cruise was the antithesis of the Russia experience. I'll begin ... Read More
This is our second cruise with Viking. The first was in Russia, and was superb. Well thought out, great crew, significant learning while being entertained. This cruise was the antithesis of the Russia experience. I'll begin with a discussion of the Internet access on the ship. This is critical to me, and was particularly so this time since we had a grandson-in-law undergoing delicate cancer-related surgery and wanted to be in constant communication with our granddaughter. The Wi-Fi signal on the ship could only be received in one's stateroom while sitting on the toilet, and often that didn't work either. Wi-Fi in the reception area and the lounge was O.K. but, of course, inconvenient. The ship router to wide area connections were spotty and congested. I am an Electrical Engineer, and spent my career in data communications. The problems alluded to above are easily remediated, but Viking is apparently rooted in the 19th (o.k., maybe 20th) century and just doesn't care about this vital service. The Wi-Fi capability (or lack thereof) absolutely ruined the cruise for me, and I will never use Viking again. I wrote to the hotel director, an officious pompous ass, about the Wi-Fi problem, and he never gave me the courtesy of a response. If he worked for me, he'd be gone for that contempt for the passengers alone. The activity director was of the forced perky school, and I literally had to leave whenever she spoke about the day's plans. She literally made my skin crawl with cutesy-poo behavior. The shore excursions were boring and repetitive. They stopped at any town with a church, palace or castle and generally visiting one of these three "landmarks" constituted the excursion. Trust me, when you finish this cruise you will have been in more churches than Pope Francis and more castles than King Arthur. There was very seldom enough time allocated to roaming the city, meeting the people, and sampling local cuisine while getting a real feel for the city. We always had to rush because there was another town to visit down river, and they had a "can't miss" church, palace or castle. Half as many stops for twice as long would have been 100% better for me, and for many of the folks we spoke with. In contrast to the bad experience with Internet access, tour planning and courtesy of the management, the dining and housekeeping staff were wonderful. I have Celiac Disease, so being gluten-free is not a choice function for me - it is a life saving necessity. The Maitre'd and the waitstaff worked overtime to make me comfortable that I'd never be "glutened" and after a day on the ship I never worried about it again. I met with Roland (the Maitre'd) each morning and we planned out the meals for the day. The waitstaff got to know me (and, I think, become my friends) quickly, and they knew exactly how to assure that the meal plan was adhered to. Wonderful guys and one wonderful gal; they could all work for me any day and I'd be proud to have them. As an aside, the bartender knew how to make a really good martini, and one was in my hand 60 seconds after entering the lounge without my saying a word. Housekeeping was impeccable, and the cabin attendant was wonderful If you are thinking about this cruise, don't bother to bring any electronic communication device, and be ready for a dizzying procession of churches, palaces and castles. Better yet, think again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had never been on a river cruise. It was wonderful. Great fellow passengers, excellent staff. Food was amazing. The staff goes the extra mile to cater to your every request. The excursions were pleasant and informative. We made ... Read More
We had never been on a river cruise. It was wonderful. Great fellow passengers, excellent staff. Food was amazing. The staff goes the extra mile to cater to your every request. The excursions were pleasant and informative. We made friendships that are still in place today. The pacing was comfortable and allowed us to relax and enjoy a part of the world we had never seen before. The itinerary allowed us to see many aspects of Europe so we got a good sampling of the region and its cultures. I would recommend Viking (and we have many times since getting back) to anyone. Our stateroom was comfortable and always clean and orderly. The entertainment provided was wonderful. I liked that the guests were in our age bracket so we had a common ground of life experiences to start conversations and get to know each other. We have since expanded our Viking experiences and been on the Viking Star for a ocean cruise. We will be going through the Panama canal this fall again on a Viking Ocean ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Tulip time in Amsterdam. This was our first river cruise and we were thrilled. We extended before and after the cruise and were extremely impressed with the accommodations and the extra city tours arranged by Viking. The service was ... Read More
Tulip time in Amsterdam. This was our first river cruise and we were thrilled. We extended before and after the cruise and were extremely impressed with the accommodations and the extra city tours arranged by Viking. The service was wonderful! The food was better than expected and the ports were a wonderful caption of the Netherlands. Viking personnel were very helpful and seemed to have our interest and enjoyment as a goal. Transportation to and from the city excursions was very well organized and smooth. The ship was comfortable and the number of passengers just the right size. We met any number of very likable new acquaintances and new friends. The ship's staff was personable and pleasant. We are already contemplating our next trip and will, of course, look at Viking when we choose a destination. Our thanks to Viking for making our trip one to remember. We will see you again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This is the only way to travel. No changing of hotels and repacking regularly. Delicious food taken care of by a great kitchen staff 3 times a day. Breakfast and lunch could be fast buffet style or leisurely sit down. We were handed ... Read More
This is the only way to travel. No changing of hotels and repacking regularly. Delicious food taken care of by a great kitchen staff 3 times a day. Breakfast and lunch could be fast buffet style or leisurely sit down. We were handed water for all excursions and in the room at no extra charge. Beer, wine and soft drinks were offered free with lunch and dinner. We were waited on hand and foot throughout the cruise by a great staff. Travel was to sites while sleeping instead of long bus rides. You could tour at your own pace around the offered sites or on your own or just stay aboard. One of the nice surprises was that staff members accompanied the scheduled tours and took many pictures of the sites and the folks exploring These pictures could be purchased at the end of the trip on a flash drive. One didn't need to take any pictures if he so chose and would still have many to remember the trip. We look forward to the next time we travel with Viking. The one true highlight among many good ones was the Keurkenhof Gardens tour. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife and I had not been to Amsterdam. Viking offered a cruise that encompassed visiting Amsterdam, other parts of Holland and Bruge in Belgium. We enjoyed the cruise immensely and intend to sign up for other Viking cruises in the ... Read More
My wife and I had not been to Amsterdam. Viking offered a cruise that encompassed visiting Amsterdam, other parts of Holland and Bruge in Belgium. We enjoyed the cruise immensely and intend to sign up for other Viking cruises in the future. I loved the fact that the airfare to Europe was paid by Viking and the 11 day cruise was offered at an affordable price. The ship activities were very good during the day and somewhat reduced at night. What entertainment and activities that were offered after dinner were very enjoyable. The cabin was small, but adequate. The bathroom was larger than I expected. Dining was excellent for every meal. The food and drink was top drawer. The wait service was uniformly excellent. They couldn't do enough to please. The shore excursions were very good, especially the day we had lunch with a local family. The free time we had in each port was very appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
As always, the service and food on board the cruise was great. The fact that we had to swap ships was unavoidable but probably could have been handled better. We lost 1-2 days of river cruising and spent many hours on buses instead. Viking ... Read More
As always, the service and food on board the cruise was great. The fact that we had to swap ships was unavoidable but probably could have been handled better. We lost 1-2 days of river cruising and spent many hours on buses instead. Viking made good for it with a credit that I applied to our next Ocean Cruise. However, our stateroom was very small and no upgrades were available due to rescheduling passengers leaving from Amsterdam. The excursions were great but several were cut short due to the busing situation. Entertainment was great. Our cruise director Casper was a true renaissance man with a wealth of information and a great sense of humor. We are loyal fans of Viking and will continue to cruise with them even with these minor problems. The mark of a good company is how they make something good out of a bad situation. The crew bent over backwards to make the turmoil of the boat swap forgotten within the first day. Of course we will be back !! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working ... Read More
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working individual I know. Daily excursions were well planed, informative, and interesting with great English speaking guides. Meals were wonderful with great variety. Staterooms are well planned with nothing left to want. Daily excursions are a great reason to go on the Viking Grand European cruise. When the Danube was closed to traffic for approximately 150 miles, Viking accommodated all passengers with a coach trip around the closure and a swap to a sister ship (the Skadi) in Passau. We never missed any city stop. In fact in Nuremberg we had lunch in a German restaurant which was a great experience. Viking made our swap very easy and accommodated us in other ways. Walking tours were designed with all walking abilities accommodated from fast walkers to those with more challenging walking speeds. Razil and Niko (in the dining room) on the Bragi were exceptional individuals who we were sad to leave after the one week. All staff were wonderful on both ships. Arriving in Budapest at night was incredible, bridges and building all lit up. What a way to end a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working ... Read More
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working individual I know. Daily excursions were well planed, informative, and interesting with great English speaking guides. Meals were wonderful with great variety. Staterooms are well planned with nothing left to want. Daily excursions are a great reason to go on the Viking Grand European cruise. When the Danube was closed to traffic for approximately 150 miles, Viking accommodated all passengers with a coach trip around the closure and a swap to a sister ship (the Skadi) in Passau. We never missed any city stop. In fact in Nuremberg we had lunch in a German restaurant which was a great experience. Viking made our swap very easy and accommodated us in other ways. Walking tours were designed with all walking abilities accommodated from fast walkers to those with more challenging walking speeds. Razil and Niko (in the dining room) on the Bragi were exceptional individuals who we were sad to leave after the one week. All staff were wonderful on both ships. Arriving in Budapest at night was incredible, bridges and building all lit up. What a way to end a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Viking Bragi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 N/A

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