122 Viking River Viking Delling Europe - River Cruise Reviews

We sailed from Avignon upriver on the Rhone on the Viking Delling. The weather turned out warmer and sunnier than we had anticipated. We didn't do any extra days before or after the cruise, but had we known what this part of France ... Read More
We sailed from Avignon upriver on the Rhone on the Viking Delling. The weather turned out warmer and sunnier than we had anticipated. We didn't do any extra days before or after the cruise, but had we known what this part of France was like, we would have stayed a couple extra days in Lyon. Almost all the land tours, whether free or paid were worth it. The free city tour of Arles was better than the extra fee Van Gogh tour, as they overlapped most of the same places. We skipped the extra fee Chateanueuf du Pape land tour, as the Chateau was just ruins and it was more focused on the winery. We took the extra fee land tour to Les Baux and St. Remy (the sanitarium where Van Gogh painted many of his works. Les Baux was a fasinating mountain village well worth the bus trip. We explored most of the city of Avignon on foot for a whole day. We couldn't get on the extra fee Vienne Mini-train trip as there weren't enough seats on the train, but the free city tour of Vienne was good. The free city tours of Lyon were definitely worth the time. We also took the free bus tour of Beaune, which had a beautiful hospital built in 1443. Food and wine on the cruise was excellent. The staff were attentive and friendly. Viking took care of us getting from Marseille airport to Avignon (our flight was delayed several hours because of an air traffic controller strike in France) and from Chalon-sur-Saone to Lyon airport. One recommendation is to book returning flights for after 10 AM, or you might be getting up at 4 AM to catch your flight home. Overall, we would highly recommend this river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have done many ocean cruises, but my wife occasionally would get sea-sick. We decided to try a river cruise and based on this experience will be doing many more. The Viking Delling was a great ship and the people we met were very ... Read More
We have done many ocean cruises, but my wife occasionally would get sea-sick. We decided to try a river cruise and based on this experience will be doing many more. The Viking Delling was a great ship and the people we met were very friendly. We became good friends with 4 other couples (10 people in total). We are planning on being on another cruise together in 2016. The activities were just the right intensity and most of the excursions were included (we only added one). The food was very good and the accommodations nice. The best thing was my wife didn't have the slightest bit of motion sickness. Highly recommend this ship and Viking in general. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Since we had never been to Europe, I whined to the booking agent that I wasn't going to go unless someone held my hand the entire way! Brian assured me that would be the case...and Viking did not disappoint. From the moment we ... Read More
Since we had never been to Europe, I whined to the booking agent that I wasn't going to go unless someone held my hand the entire way! Brian assured me that would be the case...and Viking did not disappoint. From the moment we arrived, there were smiling faces to help us with the smallest detail. It was more than great service. Each and every employee we encountered seemed to truly love their job, and they went out of their way to treat us like royalty. It was worth every penny we paid for the cruise. I got sick about halfway through the trip and the program director, Henrietta, personally accompanied me to a pharmacy in town. That was ABOVE the call of duty in my book. (Heads up! Go see a DOCTOR & get full diagnosis/written excuse to miss port tours if you plan to make a claim with the travel insurance company.) I asked Viking handle the airline arrangements. The connections were seamless, however, I learned that you will NOT receive any sky miles credit from the airline unless you book it yourself. Also, we had to leave the ship at 3:30 a.m. YIKES! I was sorry I didn't notice that when I confirmed the reservations. However, EVEN AT THAT HOUR, there was a precious guy who accompanied us to the airport and helped us with everything, thanking us for choosing Viking and wishing us a safe journey home. Thank you, Viking River Cruises and (especially) the staff on the Delling for giving us the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I loved everything about the cruise -- great food and perfect portions. staff who went the extra mile to make sure everything was perfect for the guests. they all seemed to recognize us or knew our names very quickly. Marek, the program ... Read More
I loved everything about the cruise -- great food and perfect portions. staff who went the extra mile to make sure everything was perfect for the guests. they all seemed to recognize us or knew our names very quickly. Marek, the program director, was fabulous -- he was funny, caring, knowledgable and professional. Loved all his programs. the tour guides at each city were excellent English speakers and knew their history. it was great to have the tours, the lunch and dinner complimentary wines and beers included in our package. Viking also took care of us on our three day extension with advice on touring and getting to the airport and checked in. it was so unstressful to be on the small boat compared to a huge ocean liner. I would definitely recommend Viking and the cruise we took. I hope to take another one in a couple of years. only drawback was that there was not enough free time to shop and wander the different cities. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Outstanding cruise. My wife commented that everything on the ship was exactly what you saw in the brochures -- there were no surprises. I was impressed with Viking's ability to quickly adapt to changing situations: there wasn't ... Read More
Outstanding cruise. My wife commented that everything on the ship was exactly what you saw in the brochures -- there were no surprises. I was impressed with Viking's ability to quickly adapt to changing situations: there wasn't enough water level for the ship to get to Passau so we pulled over to the river bank in the middle of nowhere, dropped the gangway and there were 6 Viking buses waiting for us. The ship made it to Passau by the time our tour of the city was finished. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We chose Viking to be able to enjoy a relaxing vacation without having to worry about the details. We were certainly not disappointed! The Delling is a beautiful ship, well-appointed with virtually everything that we could have wanted. The ... Read More
We chose Viking to be able to enjoy a relaxing vacation without having to worry about the details. We were certainly not disappointed! The Delling is a beautiful ship, well-appointed with virtually everything that we could have wanted. The crew was outstanding – friendly and knowledgeable and took every possible step to facilitate the enjoyment of our trip. The shore arrangements were excellent – we went on several optional trips (the BMW plant in Regensburg and the World War II trip in Nuremburg), which were some of the highlights of the trip. The open seating arrangements at mealtime made it easy to make new friends, many of whom we met up with repeatedly on tours, dinners and other activities. The food was outstanding – great variety and plentiful. Upon returning, we immediately booked next year’s vacation on another Viking trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
When we asked our close friends, another couple, to join us on Viking's Romantic Danube River Cruise, we asked ourselves, "What have we done? What if they don't like it? Maybe we should have given this some more ... Read More
When we asked our close friends, another couple, to join us on Viking's Romantic Danube River Cruise, we asked ourselves, "What have we done? What if they don't like it? Maybe we should have given this some more thought...." But as the day drew nearer, we were all equally excited, and when we arrived in Nuremberg and stepped on board the Viking Delling, we entered a world of fun and excitement like no other we had experienced before. To make matters even better, we immediately met up with another couple who joined our little group and became "a part of us". New BFFs! Everything about our cruise was wonderful. We had some rain, but it didn't slow us down a bit. The Delling staff rated a "5+" in every respect. They anticipated our every need, and went above and beyond to see that it was met. We stayed in a Stateroom. A little skeptical when we signed up, but delighted to find that, although a little small, the room was designed for comfort and so quiet that you could hardly hear a knock on the door. I would stay in one again without hesitation! The staff was always cleaning and replenishing our room, but we hardly ever saw them. The food was -- what can I say? Outstanding! The chef's menu was always something new and interesting, but also included some favorite standbys as well. And then there was the buffet -- pastas, salads, breads to die for. And I haven't even gotten to the desserts yet! Combined with the conversation of good friends and friendly new faces, we couldn't believe the fun we were having just at mealtime! In fact, I kept seeing myself in the commercial..."And more fun BEING there...! The tours were well-planned, with a choice of moderate walking or very little, and the guides were pleasant, informative, and spoke English almost like a native. The shopping was fun, the concert in Vienna was superb, and the Viennese coffee w/ a chocolate cube, in the sidewalk cafe -Oh! My! Gosh! And then there was the evening cruise around the harbor in Budapest to see the beautiful castles and huge buildings in lights reflected on the water... On the last night, when Peter at the piano cut loose with some rock n' roll, my 82-year-old husband leaped up and started dancing like a 25-year-old! A picture I will never forget! I've saved my last comments for the Hotel Manager, Martijn Kamphuis and the Program Director, Marek Snelly. If they could be cloned for every cruise ship Viking has, it would be a good move! When Martijn sat on the piano and serenaded us with his Dutch songs, I asked if he might have a future in music, and he answered that he would never give up his job with Viking! And Marek just kept us entertained and happy every step of the way. I could go on and on, but you get the picture! Would we do it all again? In a heartbeat! grapesofglass   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Although my husband and I have traveled extensively in the USA, we have never taken a river cruise and my only cruise experience was a short ocean cruise some years ago. I had no desire after that to take another cruise until we were ... Read More
Although my husband and I have traveled extensively in the USA, we have never taken a river cruise and my only cruise experience was a short ocean cruise some years ago. I had no desire after that to take another cruise until we were invited by our friends to go on a river cruise with Viking. From the time my husband and I boarded the Delling to leaving at the end of our trip, we couldn't have been more pleased with our overall experience. Everyone was very friendly and went above and beyond to make this a memorable experience. Our room was immaculate, and although a little small, we had more than enough room for both of us to store everything. Marek was the absolute best Program Director. I don't believe I have laughed so hard and even woke laughing the next morning after he dressed as Mozart. Viking is very fortunate to have him on their staff. You could tell that he really enjoyed what he was doing and interacting with the guests. The entertainment was great and even the staff took part in their costumes. Every afternoon before dinner we were briefed on the next day's activities and also had a copy in our room. There were more than enough activities to keep us busy and even additional entertainment like the wonderful concert in Vienna. The local tour guides were very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. We enjoyed our walking and bus tours and the free time to explore on our own. I particularly enjoyed eating in the dining room. We were always greeted with a smile and the service was wonderful. The open seating was ideal and you never felt like you were "stuck" with someone the whole cruise. This allowed you to meet new people if you wanted to or sit with people you knew. The food was delicious and we were able to eat a leisurely meal without feeling rushed. I really enjoyed traveling with Viking and look forward to going again. It was a great experience and we took home many good memories.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My husband and I have sailed several ocean cruises and just never loved the large ships. So, we thought we'd experience a smaller river cruise and chose a Danube trip. It was a test to see if maybe this type of cruise would work for ... Read More
My husband and I have sailed several ocean cruises and just never loved the large ships. So, we thought we'd experience a smaller river cruise and chose a Danube trip. It was a test to see if maybe this type of cruise would work for us.The first indication that this was going to be a good trip was that we met two compatible couples (also Delling cruisers) at the airport who became our "new best friends" and with whom we shared many good conversations and most mealtimes. The ship itself was lovely and thoughtfully designed, obviously with the older person in mind. One example was the bathroom nightlight which was along the floorboards, making nighttime trips less perilous. We found the food to be high-end-restaurant quality. There is even an "always-available" menu with steak, salmon, salad, etc. for people like my meat & potatoes husband. (However, I noticed he ordered most of the time off the day's menu since the choices were so tempting and proved to be mouth-wateringly good.) I have to confess to feeling quite pampered by the 24-hour availability of coffee, cocoa, cappachino, etc. and the home-made cookies and pastries--so indulgent! Besides the food and service (outstanding and always with a smile) and comfortable ship facilities, we had the most talented, knowledgeable and genuine program director we had ever met. If you are on a Viking cruise and Marek is your Program Director, be prepared to be dazzled as well as well-cared-for. He made the evening briefings and entertainment quite special and seemed to be omnipresent during the day. When it unexpectedly began to pour rain on one excursion, Marek magically appeared outside our bus with umbrellas! . Peter was our charming pianist who rounded out each evening with dance songs and a mix of tempos and mood. The staff often added their talents to the entertainment and even the Hotel Manager was willing to share his excellent voice and warm humor throughout the cruise. Overall, this cruise definitely did work for us. It was small enough so we weren't overwhelmed by cavernous ship spaces, multitudes of people or the frenetic comings and goings related to a mind-boggling array of activities . Our fellow-cruisers were down-to-earth (older) people who just wanted to relax, chat, learn about the amazing cities we visited and have fun. It was a near-perfect experience for us and we can't wait to go Viking (!) again.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
With all the hype of the Viking River Cruise line, I expected more from the cruise. While it was relaxing, and very scenic, there wasn’t much to do on board. No exercise room, just a small walking path on the upper deck and that was not ... Read More
With all the hype of the Viking River Cruise line, I expected more from the cruise. While it was relaxing, and very scenic, there wasn’t much to do on board. No exercise room, just a small walking path on the upper deck and that was not accessible for almost 3 days as it had to be closed to go under the bridges. Not to mention nowhere in their advertisement did they mentioned that we had to go through 24 lock and dams (really). The service was poor to say the least, one night it took us 2 hours to get out dinner, and while wine, beer and soda was complementary during meals, one had to ask for refills, they waiters spoke just enough English to serve you, but please do not ask them anything out of the ordinary as they just did not understand. The food overall was very disappointed as the first night I ordered the chicken, it was like rubber, could not cut it with my knife, breakfast the French toast and pancakes were premade, tasted like cardboard. The excursions were well planned, but would have liked more free time to explore on my own, felt very rushed and for the price of the cruise, I expected more. They should think about new ships they build in the future to include an exercise room, spa and better food.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was a first river cruise having previously sailed on several large ship cruise lines.  It was a very different experience and one that I found quite pleasant.  Here are some of the differences and you can determine if this venue ... Read More
This was a first river cruise having previously sailed on several large ship cruise lines.  It was a very different experience and one that I found quite pleasant.  Here are some of the differences and you can determine if this venue meets your needs: -only 190 passengers; older demographic but most were physically fit since walking tours are part of the daily regiment -many repeat passengers -intimate enough to get to know most of the service crew during the week -crew (mostly Bulgarian) were outgoing and genuinely pleasant; -no shopping spiels- no sales pitches about anything -cabins, while small, were well laid out with high end furnishings -meals were excellent; good choices and nicely presented; one seating at dinner and never felt rushed -tours with local guides were informative and reasonably paced -docked near central part of city at most ports which allowed easy access on and off the ship; no tenders- no waiting -entertainment in the evening ranged from a folk dance group to opera arias- not showboat caliber but culturally more interesting -premium drink package was worth it for our group; not only do you have unlimited top shelf pours for drinks but there is a separate premium wine list that you an choose from that is far better than the house wine; we thought the better wine may the package far better -tour of the wheelhouse should not be missed- must schedule an appointment -no fitness facilities but you can do a lot of walking off the ship Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I guess from all the television hype you automatically expect something out of this world. I think the cruise is very over rated. Don't misunderstand, we had a fabulous time but we were on this cruise with 8 others, with rooms next to ... Read More
I guess from all the television hype you automatically expect something out of this world. I think the cruise is very over rated. Don't misunderstand, we had a fabulous time but we were on this cruise with 8 others, with rooms next to one another which can make a huge difference. It was nice to have maybe 200 guests on the cruise as it was more intimate than normal and you were able to get to know some very nice people from all over. The ship is small which makes it easy to get around. Aside from sitting in the lounge or upper deck during down time, there isn't too much to do. However, on the up side, because you are on the river, you get to see some beautiful scenery. The crew was outstanding especially the tour director. She was so accommodating. If you wanted to deviate from the morning tour arrangements could be made. Rules on this cruise can be broken and that's only because you are not on board with 3 thousand plus passengers. Every night there was a cocktail hour but you had to pay for these drinks which I wasn't pleased about. The wine,beer,soft drinks,etc...are only free during meal times. During the cocktail hour the tour director would discuss the next days plans so you knew exactly when you had to be up, etc,,, This was very helpful. The food on the ship was inconsistent. Some nights the food was excellent, others not so good. There was one schedule for meals, usually two hours for lunch and two hours for dinner which was fine until one day because of the time of our excursion, lunch started at 11 in the morning. I skipped breakfast that day and went right to lunch. When we got back to the ship after the excursion we were very hungry. The kitchen is closed and all they have during off hours is cookies, coffee,tea, etc.. We were not happy about this. There should be some sort of healthy snack on the boat, something to hold you over before dinner. Previous to this little episode, I was told by the maitre'd that if we are hungry to just go to the bar and they have a menu and we could get something to eat. WRONG! This was how we found out the kitchen was closed. Most of the excursions were very well done with very knowledgable tour guides. Their tipping guide for the crew, we felt was high, however we gave a certain amount for the crew because all tips are divided and then gave certain crew members individual tips. The up side of the crew splitting tips is that, especially at dinner, you can ask anyone to help you out. It doesn't have to be, for example,your waiter. Entertainment or the lack of, consisted of a piano player at night in the lounge. Since the crowd in the lounge wasn't huge, it would have been nice if the piano player interacted more with the passengers. This didn't happen. Would I do a River Cruise again? It's questionable. If you are looking strictly for a rest and relaxing cruise, then this is the way to go. If you are looking to be busy constantly and to be entertained constantly,then this type of cruise is not for you. We had a great time but were traveling with a fun group of people.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My wife and I have now taken two Viking River Cruises and without a doube enjoyed both with equal pleasure. Last year we returned from our first cruise with Viking and withing three wekks booked this year's adventure. Last year we ... Read More
My wife and I have now taken two Viking River Cruises and without a doube enjoyed both with equal pleasure. Last year we returned from our first cruise with Viking and withing three wekks booked this year's adventure. Last year we traveled the Seine from Paris to Normandy; a great adventure. This year we traveled the Danube from Budapest to Nuremburg. We had decided to travel to Budapest a couple days early just to get over the travel lag and this was a wise decision. This also gae us an opportunity to see the wonderful city of Budapest on our own. For the citizens of Budapest, you have a wonderful city; thank you! On the day of our boarding on the Viking Delling, we were immediately greeted at dockside by the attendents that took our bags aboard. The receptionist recognized us immediately as returning Viking cruisers which made us feel very welcome. We were excorted to our cabin immedistely and then journeyed to the Aquavit Terrasce for a light lunch. They serve this for all early arrivals. Just a nice touch and this gives you a chance to get acquainted with some other fellow travelers. Our accomodations were as we expected, comfortable, very clean with a veranda. Keep in mind you will not be spending much time in your cabin. Far more places to be than in your cabin that are more comfortable with a much better view of the scenery. We spent most of our time on the Aquavit Terrace, great seats, foods and drinks to go along with the view. The staff were exceptional, all seasoned staff that knew how to make a trip more comfortable and pleasurable for the guest. After a couple days, they got to know your likes and dislikes and catered to that aspect of your personality. Great group of folks. Our cruise director, Merek was an amazing individual that treated everyone as if they were the only person on board. Very entertaining, knowledgable and would turn the world for you if he could. Food stafff were great and always knew when to approach the table to make sure you had what you needed before you knew you needed something. For all those folks looking at Viking, choose your destination and book. The trips are well planned with enough activities to keep you very busy and educatedand and also enough down time to relax or venture out on your own time. We will be planning additional Viking cruises or the alternative Viking Ocean cruise. All that they talk aboput in their literature and videos does ahppen and more. There is no hype to their commercials.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Food was mediocre, cabins were average. Problem was that the river was low so the boat could not get through one of the overpasses...so they made us pack up and took an all day bus to our next ship which was much older and not very nice. ... Read More
Food was mediocre, cabins were average. Problem was that the river was low so the boat could not get through one of the overpasses...so they made us pack up and took an all day bus to our next ship which was much older and not very nice. No compensation. Passengers were boorish (including screaming to the locals who were walking on the overpasses to "jump"; using terms one should not hear about the US President). I couldn't get off the boat fast enough. Do not expect luxury, do not expect a quiet and sophisticated cruise. Tour guides were well educated; and we got lucky because our hotel in Prague (we paid for an extra visit to Prague after the tour) was full, so we got much nicer accommodations. Getting off the boat was the highlight of the trip. After the tour (because they probably got such bad reviews) we were offered a lot of promotions (buy 1 get one free; additional 25% off, etc.) to go on another cruise...never again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
The primary reason we opted for a Viking River Cruise was the fact that they support Masterpiece on PBS and do so with the most beautiful ads. We certainly were not disappointed. From the beginning staff aboard were friendly, helpful and ... Read More
The primary reason we opted for a Viking River Cruise was the fact that they support Masterpiece on PBS and do so with the most beautiful ads. We certainly were not disappointed. From the beginning staff aboard were friendly, helpful and very professional. The tour director was outstanding - she knew her ports, their histories and the resources at her command at each stop. Furthermore the cruise line seemed to delegate authority to captain and crew to adjust everything when the unexpected happened. After a recent cruise in Australia where there were no end of problems that couldn't begin to be approached without the ok from head office lawyers in New York, the autonomy exercised by the staff of the Delling was a refreshing surprise. It made us feel like valued customers rather than annoying blockages to the exercise of company policy. The scenery en route was outstanding, and the ship very gracious and comfortable. The food was plentiful and very tasty and the chef tried to introduce local products from the areas we visited. As a passenger on this ship, everything felt first class. I must also compliment the selection of films available on stateroom TVs. Whoever picked that range of films had excellent taste and stayed away fro big action epics in favour of wonderful little films. Part of the pleasure of the cruise was meeting our fellow passengers, and great mix of folks from north and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Even the "bumps in the road" brought on by bad weather were made enjoyable by the attitudes and flexibility of crew. The tour guides assigned to our various groups were excellent - very informative. All in all it was a wonderful experience. We shall sail with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We didn't know what to expect- this was our first ever cruise. It was practically perfect! Only negative was a day or two of rain, but you can't blame that on Viking! They thoughtfully had large umbrellas available for us to ... Read More
We didn't know what to expect- this was our first ever cruise. It was practically perfect! Only negative was a day or two of rain, but you can't blame that on Viking! They thoughtfully had large umbrellas available for us to borrow. We had plenty of storage available in our cabin-- very well designed, so the size didn't feel "small". We booked when the cruise was almost sold out, so we had just a standard cabin available. That worked out to be no problem. We were rarely in our cabin (sleep and shower), so we wouldn't have used the balcony much anyway. The food, wine and service: impeccable! The daily specials offered for lunch and dinner were representative of the area we were visiting. If you didn't want to try the local food, 3 other main courses were always available. The breakfast buffets were ourstanding- and if you wanted and omlette or eggs benedict, etc, they were cooked to order. The boat was perfectly clean. The staff, very attentive. The shore excursions-- we had headsets that allowed us to hear our local guide, and he/she could talk at a normal speaking level. In other words, we weren't listening to a canned, pre-recorded speech. The excursions were also very well planned. Onboard, the activities director provided entertainment each day (afternoon, evenings after dinner) that provided information about the local culture of the area we would be visiting the next day. European vacations in the past consisted of following the Rick Steves books. This time, we decided to let someone else (Viking) see through all of the details. It was wonderful to just unpack once, sit back, and enjoy the entire trip. When one considers the cost of travel from one city to the next, transportation within a city to see the sights, entrance fees for sights, meals in restaurants, hotels, etc., to say nothing of language barriers--we thought the Viking cruise was a very good value. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our first cruise. We didn't know what to expect. We'd seen all of the ads on TV, so our expectations were high. I must say, absolutely everything was perfect. Every detail was carefully thought through, from the moment ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We didn't know what to expect. We'd seen all of the ads on TV, so our expectations were high. I must say, absolutely everything was perfect. Every detail was carefully thought through, from the moment we embarked until the moment we disembarked. The boat was practically brand new. The staff was very attentive-- they truly wanted this to be your best cruising experience ever, and went out of their way to make it happen. The food was excellent, and with several options for your entree, there was always something that would please every palate. The "house" wines, complimentary with lunch and dinner, were good quality. (We were in the wine business, so we know the difference between cheap wine vs. good wine.) The breakfast buffet had everything you could want, including yogurt made right on board, made-to-order omelets and eggs benedict. The soaps, shampoo, etc., were highest quality. The towels were large and fluffy. The entire boat was meticulously clean. The tours were well-planned with excellent English speaking guides. The on-board entertainment each evening was fun... and educational. One of the best parts: the people we met. We will stay in touch with one couple we met, even though we live on opposite sides of the country. I would not hesitate to recommend this cruise line to anyone wanting to take a river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Viking Delling was a very organized machine. The whole cruise experience: shore excursions, dining, room service, drinking, check-in & out, waiters; ran like a watch. The crew’s English language skills were excellent for a mostly ... Read More
Viking Delling was a very organized machine. The whole cruise experience: shore excursions, dining, room service, drinking, check-in & out, waiters; ran like a watch. The crew’s English language skills were excellent for a mostly Slovenian crew. There are a few areas for improvement. The biggest shortcoming on the cruise is the lack of use of the top deck, which has the best views and the only exercise track. On the Main-Danube canal and if the Danube is running high (Spring and early Summer), the deck structure is collapsed and the pilot house lowered to clear bridges. Nobody is allowed on the top deck, and the only outside space is a small space forward with glass walls---not many photo ops except through windows. The Downton Abbey film shows the boat in Budapest with the deck awnings up, which wasn’t the case on our cruise. The Viking river cruises cater to a more senior clientele. Later in the cruise the director divided the shore excursions into walkers and non-walkers and this helped. The main problem is a shortage of shore time accentuated by slow moving groups. In Melk and Nuremberg we stuck with the tours, which were back at the boat for lunch. In Regensberg, Passua, and Vienna we did not take the bus back, but struck out on our own and had a better time. In Melk the town and abbey require more time than was available. The food is way above average; the wine and beer are just average. I expected much better beer from the Germans. Nurenberg—The old Nazi sites are disappointing as you don’t enter any of them, just drive by. The Nazi parade grounds are a forest/park. The tour should just go to the castle and provide for a walk from the castle through the town. Regensberg—The Old Stone Bridge is under repair. After a painfully slow morning walk, I broke away from the walking tour, crossed the heavily scaffolded bridge, and using my best German found the biergarten and the brewery and had a memorable lunch with great beer (with the crowds, and for half the price of the “oldest sausage factory” near the boat docks). The ferry trip to Weltenberg Abbey is better than any other part of the regular river cruise! The Abbey is top notch with an excellent historian. There just wasn’t enough time, but otherwise an A+ adventure. Passau—We ditched the tour, used a tour book and a local map, and struck out on our own. Melk—There is not enough time to appreciate this abbey, and no time at all to walk through the town of Melk. Vienna—There is too much to see in Vienna and spending time on the bus in a city is waste as is returning to the boat for lunch (miles from the museums and such). We ditched the bus at the first stop, toured what we could based on a Rick Steves guide, and took the excellent subway home at night. You can’t expect to see Vienna in a day. Budapest—The morning tour for “walkers” worked well, providing perspective and orientation. A tour book lead us to the massive inside market close to the ship. If you are not staying in Budapest a few extra days, this is all the time you’ll have.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This cruise was the best vacation we have taken. Viking service was first class from the pickup at he Budapest airport to the final breakfast. Crew members were attentive, polite and professional in every department. The Viking Delling was ... Read More
This cruise was the best vacation we have taken. Viking service was first class from the pickup at he Budapest airport to the final breakfast. Crew members were attentive, polite and professional in every department. The Viking Delling was well appointed and immaculate. Food service, taste and variety were excellent as was the drink service. Recommend the Silver Spirit Package. Tours were informative and guides were always helpful. The scenery on this cruise was something out of a fairy tale. Our activity director Marek was particularly attentive to guests needs. We loved our cruise so much that we have already booked for 2015 on the Viking Homelands trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
The Viking river cruise through much of The Netherlands and northern Belgium was highly scenic, insightful and fun. In addition to visiting typical tourist destinations, we also had a sampling of some "off the beaten path" towns, ... Read More
The Viking river cruise through much of The Netherlands and northern Belgium was highly scenic, insightful and fun. In addition to visiting typical tourist destinations, we also had a sampling of some "off the beaten path" towns, and special experiences, such as a home visit with a Dutch family. I highly recommend either a pre-cruise or post-cruise add on to provide more leisure time in the Amsterdam area, or perhaps a visit to a nearby city, such as The Hague. In addition to the regular cruise itinerary, you are free to follow your particular interests. World War II veterans are interested in war-related sites. Art lovers and history buffs find much to fascinate them--the optional trip to the Kroller-Muller Museum with its wonderful collection of Van Gogh's was a special surprise. My wife and I had chosen this particular cruise in hopes of seeing Holland's famous tulips in full bloom. We were not disappointed. The day we spent at the Keukenhof Gardens was the highlight of the trip. The flowers were in full bloom and the sunlight was fantastic. We also enjoyed Het Loo Paleis, the Dutch Versailles, as well Antwerp and Bruges in Belgium. The shipboard experience itself was comfortable, convenient, and relaxing. The food was quite good and the ship's crew were very personable and helpful. We enjoyed meeting other passengers, most of whom were from the U.S. or Canada. All in all, a very nice experience. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We booked this cruise and air travel directly with Viking having previously cruised with Avalon and Uniworld. This was the new vessels fourth cruise since its construction. The ship exterior is all white and it looks rather under-stated. ... Read More
We booked this cruise and air travel directly with Viking having previously cruised with Avalon and Uniworld. This was the new vessels fourth cruise since its construction. The ship exterior is all white and it looks rather under-stated. On board, the public rooms are nicely appointed however the main lounge is somewhat small which led to late arrivers for the daily briefing to sit in folding chairs or stand up--rather odd for a new ship design not to have accommodated the passenger load. Just arrive early to get a comfortable seat. The bow terrace was a nice feature. We had booked a French balcony since we believed the weather would be too cool to enjoy a full balcony. The cabin had a queen bed that was very comfortable and adequate built in storage but there was no room for even a single chair--which would have been nice. The tiny bathroom had top quality plumbing fixtures and the john had tremendous force--definitely not low-flow. WIFI was slooow in our cabin. The ships staff was friendly and responsive. The captain was definitely not a "smoozer," possibly because of limited language skills, but he was a skillful manager of negotiating locks and shore moorings. We took several of the extra shore excursions and the local guides were knowledgeable; however, some were way too verbose. Although the activities director told the passengers that green or red rating cards would be provided after excursions so passengers could evaluate the guides, the cards never appeared. The headphones worked most of the time but if two tour groups got close together the signals got mixed up. The food quality was good and it was very artfully presented. Anyone who didn't get enough to eat really wasn't trying. Since breakfast and lunch were served mostly buffet style, passengers who didn't get enough for dinner could eat until they popped if they wanted ocean cruise size portions. There were no tables set for two people so for the AM feeding we sometimes just sat at an end of the longer tables so we could slowly, quietly wake up. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This was Viking's Windmills and Tulips cruise. We took a 3-day pre-trip in Amsterdam to get over jet lag and take advantage of all that city has to offer. Our hotel (Amsterdam Blu) was well located near Dam Square and many other ... Read More
This was Viking's Windmills and Tulips cruise. We took a 3-day pre-trip in Amsterdam to get over jet lag and take advantage of all that city has to offer. Our hotel (Amsterdam Blu) was well located near Dam Square and many other places to visit. Since Amsterdam is a good walking city, it was very convenient to get around. We bought an "I heart Amsterdam" pass, which permitted use of public transportation as well as entry to many museums, including the recently reopened Rijksmuseum. We also especially enjoyed the eclectic and informative Amsterdam Museum. Other must-sees for us were the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House. Restaurants offer many food choices. We liked the Indonesian-style rijstaffel at Kantjil & de Tijger. On the Viking Delling, we took advantage of as many of the optional tours as possible: Delft, the Kroller-Muller Museum, the Het Loo Palais, Bruges, and visits to a tulip farm as well as a family that owns a power-generating windmill. We also thoroughly enjoyed all the included excursions. The local guides had excellent English and were delightful people; we learned much about Holland from them. We realize we were especially fortunate with the weather. Although we did encounter some light rain during some days, for the most part, the weather was good for the spring. Our dates included the visit to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens toward the end of the cruise. The day was perfect, with lovely sunshine and the tulips at or near their peak. We highly recommend the cruise. You can do as much or as little as you wish. The public areas of the ship are commodious and comfortable. The rooms are well-appointed and convenient. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Viking Delling Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.2
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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