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9 Viking Eistla Senior Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because it is the 'castles' tour on the Rhine River. Also we had not been to Amsterdam and wanted to spend a couple of days there. We picked Viking because we had heard such good things about it. We were not ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it is the 'castles' tour on the Rhine River. Also we had not been to Amsterdam and wanted to spend a couple of days there. We picked Viking because we had heard such good things about it. We were not disappointed. A Viking rep met us at the airport, took us to our hotel, was on site while we were there. They took us to the ship, and after the cruise took us to the airport in Basil, Switzerland and went inside and made sure our flights were on time and that we knew where to go. We had picked which excursions we wanted to go on. Every time the busses were on time, and everything flowed smoothly. The accommodations were great, the food was fabulous and the staff superb. We wanted for nothing. The only entertainment at night was a piano bar. That was ok because dinner was at 7 pm and by the time we ate and had drinks we sat and talked to others. We had been out walking all day so it didn't matter. This is a great trip for adults, but not for children. It would also be a fantastic trip for someone who had never been to Europe and is leery of foreign airports, logistics of getting around and foreign languages. Everyone on the ship spoke English. I would do it again in a heart beat! We have been in Europe several times and this was by far our most relaxing trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
As our first river cruise we chose the company that impressed us most. This was from reviews here on Cruise Review to their marketing videos and phone conversations with reservation staff. To support our rating, today I have just ... Read More
As our first river cruise we chose the company that impressed us most. This was from reviews here on Cruise Review to their marketing videos and phone conversations with reservation staff. To support our rating, today I have just booked with Viking for another river cruise in 2017. It was a pleasure to sail on a 2015 build ship that looked as if it had just been launched and outfitted. Clean as a new pin, bright and airy with plenty space for it 190 passengers. As can be seen here from other reviews Viking staff are excellent in manner and appearance. The included food and drink in quantity, variety and quality was better than we expected. On board entertainment was excellent and informative, a good mix. Because of the too high Rhine some excursions were marred by longer than normal bus travel, e.g. 3 hour round trip with only 30min stop at destination. Our last night on board was cancelled and we had to disembark to a nice Basel hotel and next day bussed to Lucerne for our planned two day visit. The Viking staff off-ship and at the hotels were very helpful and friendly. All excursions had radio earpiece receivers so there was no need to keep close to the tour guide. Viking gave us 10% compensation (towards a future cruise) for our trouble with the high water. They also enticed all to return by offering a buy a £100 or £200 "certificate" and they would make it up to £200 or £400. We took the latter which with the compensation helped make our decision to return with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This 14 day Viking River cruise was our first. We had taken 15 ocean cruises prior to this experience. As we encountered low water we did have to change vessels after week 1. The cruise line kept us informed, transferred us to a sister ... Read More
This 14 day Viking River cruise was our first. We had taken 15 ocean cruises prior to this experience. As we encountered low water we did have to change vessels after week 1. The cruise line kept us informed, transferred us to a sister ship where we had the exact room. We saw some extra countryside and enjoyed the restaurant Viking provided for us. The shore excursions were wonderful. The crew were all friendly and efficient. Our cruise director David and conceierge Nina were exceptional. The meals were very good and provided the opportunity to meet at least a dozen couples who were sharing the journey. We were impressed with how Viking takes passenger safety seriously. Regarding shore excursions, we were impressed with the consistent quality of the local guides and the options available regarding ones physical ability. Viking staff were easily found at our arrival to Amsterdam and Budapest. Disembarkation was much easier than ocean cruises. Onboard entertainment that we enjoyed most was from local musicians contracted by Viking. We thoroughly enjoyed our 14 day river cruise and look forward to taking another. A final note. We admire Viking for encouraging the use of local food and beverage sources. They have worked hard to build relationships with the communities they visit and that has a positive impact in Viking passengers Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Had never done a river cruise and wanted to experience one. Spent two nights in Prague prior to the cruise which went from Budapest to Amsterdam. Prague was a very interesting city. Particular highlights were the Charles Bridge and ... Read More
Had never done a river cruise and wanted to experience one. Spent two nights in Prague prior to the cruise which went from Budapest to Amsterdam. Prague was a very interesting city. Particular highlights were the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock 2 nights in Budapest followed and eating out at a local restaurant, dining on goulash was an experience not to be missed. Attended an equestrian show about an hours drive out of Budapest. Fantastic horsemanship. Leaving Budapest at night on the first stage of our cruise was quite magical with the city lit up. Our cabin was very spacious and while there was a bit of a walk to the dining room and bar, was very close to the main deck with its games and outdoor seating. Bratislava was very interesting and very hot, surprisingly and the Astronomical clock was a feature. Amazing the number of Segways in the streets and main square. Had local delicacies for lunch and spent time at a British pub. Transport back to boat was reliable and regular. On to Vienna and amazing buildings. Attended opera recital. Magnificent. Had lunch at small café and again sampled the local favourite Sacha Torte. A number of German cities followed as we moved into the Rhine. Regensburg was one of the best with great history. Food was great with Bratwurst sausage and rolls a must. Cologne was also a highlight, especially the Cathedral and the night time Pub Crawl on a Friday night with a local guide. Drinking habits of the locals were interesting. All bars had a great food service as a part of them. Interesting that you could not get a beer without a place mat and there was only one brand at each of the bars as they were all micro breweries. On to Holland and the world heritage site at Kinderjik, before heading on to Amsterdam Canal cruise was the final act before flying back to New Zealand via Dubai. Major feature of the cruise itself was the fact that there were only 187 people on board, so over the 16 days we managed to meet most of them. Formed a great relations hip with 2 Canadian couples, an Australian couple and an American couple and are still communicating with them 6 months later. Many great memories and even the issue of having to change boats mid trip was handled in a masterly fashion by the two crews involved. Would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting to get a look at central Europe. There was a variety of activities at each port of call and plenty of entertainment on board at night. Great value for money and exemplary service. Most enjoyable experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first river cruise. Viking was very professional from the reservations to the end of the trip. We cruised down the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. The Eistla was only 2 yrs old and it was very crisp and clean. We were able ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. Viking was very professional from the reservations to the end of the trip. We cruised down the Rhine from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. The Eistla was only 2 yrs old and it was very crisp and clean. We were able to make a lot of new friends and talk to all of the staff including the Captain! We had a choice of taking meals in the dining room or Aquavit terrace (more informal). The selection on the menu was excellent. The wait staff was a little overworked and tried really hard to please. They probably should hire a few more in the dining room. The program director was superb, personable, and helpful. We were always on time and every disembarking procedure was explained very well. We hardly knew that the ship was moving-it was that smooth. This is not a tour for onboard exciting activities as most passengers are middle aged and want a relaxing, quiet experience-which it was. The trip down the Rhine was a cultural experience and children would not appreciate this tour. The passengers could elect to do shore excursions (some guided, some self guided) or remain onboard. Gratuities were suggested and a little steep. Gratuities should really be part of the price and passengers can give for recognized extra service. We are planning our next Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Had a great time. Congenial shipmates, excellent food, very friendly, efficient staff. We had lovely experience sailing from Frankfurt on the Main to the Rhine, up the Rhine to Rudesheim, then down the Rhine to Koblenz, then up and down ... Read More
Had a great time. Congenial shipmates, excellent food, very friendly, efficient staff. We had lovely experience sailing from Frankfurt on the Main to the Rhine, up the Rhine to Rudesheim, then down the Rhine to Koblenz, then up and down the Moselle and back to the Rhine to Cologne and on to Amsterdam where we disembarked. Our cabin was kept spotless as were all the ship spaces. Yes, the cabin was small, but was very well appointed. Our tour guides were very knowledgable and entertaining. Couldn't have asked for a better crew! Docking was done so well that we rarely felt any bumps. Would highly recommend to everyone! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Our European tour was of the Rhine River. The boat was very comfortable, the food was excellent, the staff was accommodating. All the basics were quite well done. We were disappointed that a bus tour of Amsterdam was substituted for ... Read More
Our European tour was of the Rhine River. The boat was very comfortable, the food was excellent, the staff was accommodating. All the basics were quite well done. We were disappointed that a bus tour of Amsterdam was substituted for the promised canal tour. We were also disappointed that the promised location in downtown was not available and that we were moored in an outlying industrial area where it was difficult to walk around the City. The river tour was interesting but it was mostly up to us to recognize where we were and what we were seeing. On a previous river trip with another company there was an historian available to comment and interpret. All in all it was a good trip but not what we had expected from the advertisements. As a comment, it would be helpful if suggested that people on a "redeye" flight plan to spend a night in a hotel prior to starting this tour. We were exhausted and not able to profit much from day one. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had never been on a cruise before, partly because of sea-sickness fears and partly not wanting to be "couped up" with a lot of other people. River cruising addressed both of these by providing a smaller boat which ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise before, partly because of sea-sickness fears and partly not wanting to be "couped up" with a lot of other people. River cruising addressed both of these by providing a smaller boat which wouldn't suffer from stormy seas! We were still apprehensive though, but, in the event we found the boat to be superb, the fellow passengers similar in style to us, the crew friendly and efficient, and the organisation marvellous! The ship was beautifully fitted in modern style, and nearly new! The service was superb, staff could not have been better, they were always ready to help and to make sure that you were happy. The trips were excellent. There was limited entertainment - which suited us, and the briefings on daily outings etc were amusing and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
13 of us took the Grand European from Budapest to Amsterdam on March 29, 2015. The cruise was wonderful. The Eistla fabublous. If you are lucky enough to have Florian as your chef you will eat well! We were cruising on Easter ... Read More
13 of us took the Grand European from Budapest to Amsterdam on March 29, 2015. The cruise was wonderful. The Eistla fabublous. If you are lucky enough to have Florian as your chef you will eat well! We were cruising on Easter Sunday. About 15-20 guest had inquired about arrival in Nuremberg in time for church services. David and Krista made arrangements for an unscheduled stop and a coach to take us into town. David walked us to the church. I was in a Catholic church with a German priest. I am Presbyterian, so really did not know what was going on, but was thrilled to be there. That Viking would go our of their way to see that the few of us that wanted to be in church on Easter Sunday, got to be there was wonderful. Their genuine caring also came thru when a fellow passenger fell in Wurzburg and had to be hospitalized. Their care for him and his wife was wonderful. I can't wait to take another Viking Cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Viking Eistla Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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