11 Viking River Viking Gefjon Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Europe - River Cruise

The two week, Grand European River Cruise appealed to us much more than a weeklong cruise. We believed it would allow us to “settle in” without immediately counting how many days we had left. And “settle in” we did. We began in ... Read More
The two week, Grand European River Cruise appealed to us much more than a weeklong cruise. We believed it would allow us to “settle in” without immediately counting how many days we had left. And “settle in” we did. We began in Amsterdam after a four day jet jag adjustment in Amsterdam. Embarkation was efficient and welcoming, and the wine tasting on the Aquavit Terrace was a grand introduction. We were immediately impressed with our stateroom, and the overall condition and appearance of the Viking Longboat. Exceeding both were the professionalism and warmth of the ship’s staff. The variety of food and beverage selections ensured there was something for everyone. Service was outstanding, as was the quality of the meals, from breakfast through dinner. Shore excursions offered were varied and appropriate. Guides were uniformly outstanding, from personality and communication skills to their professional knowledge. It was hard to depart in Budapest. We wanted the cruise to never end. We came with very high expectations, and they were exceeded in all respects. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Never been to Europe and never been on a river cruise. Been on several ocean cruises and really liked the “smallness” and tranquility offered by the river cruise. Selected this river cruise because of its itinerary. We were more ... Read More
Never been to Europe and never been on a river cruise. Been on several ocean cruises and really liked the “smallness” and tranquility offered by the river cruise. Selected this river cruise because of its itinerary. We were more than pleased with the quality our rooms and quality/variety of our meals. Because there were less than 200 people on board, we got to several people over our two weeks plus we got to know many of the staff. Excellent choice of tours to take at each city and the guides were all very, very good. All the tours were well-organized and the transportation to all the tours was comfortable and organized well. The evening get togethers in the loungewete both fun and informative.Breakfast choices were excellent as were the lunch choices. I also really enjoyed sitting on my veranda in the evenings when we were cruising because it was so peaceful. Service was awesome and I will do another Viking river cruise in the future!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We totally enjoyed our experience from the beginning to end. Thanks in large part to the crew and our amazing Cruise Director Wez. He was funny, well organized, creative, and attentive. Amazed someone so young handles the older ... Read More
We totally enjoyed our experience from the beginning to end. Thanks in large part to the crew and our amazing Cruise Director Wez. He was funny, well organized, creative, and attentive. Amazed someone so young handles the older cruisers with such ease. The Captain and his entire crew were gracious, warm, and friendly. They were obviously good at what they do. It was apparent that they all enjoyed what they do and too great pride in their service of the passengers, our safety and comfort, and in keeping the ship in excellent condition. The food was plentiful, loved the variety, and was always well prepared. Our Executive Chef Jan, was hysterically funny, as well as a great leader for his crew. So many of the servers were above and beyond in their service as well as engaging and funny. Meal times were a delight! The shore excursions were well planned with local guides that provided fun little insights and most were humorous and helpful. The ship was gorgeous, well maintained, clean, and bright and cheery. Our stateroom was well laid out even though it was a bit small. We had a small balcony which we enjoyed relaxing on many times. The cabin and bathroom were very clean and they were cleaned and refreshed 2 times each day. A big part of our enjoyment was the group of fellow passengers. We met some wonderful people that have become friends and we’ve had fun times nice we returned back to the United States. It was worth the money and we’ve booked a Viking Ocean Cruise in 2019! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had heard from our neighbors and friends about their fantastic experience with Viking River cruises and had been on our ever expanding bucket list for "to do" things. We finally did it in June of 2018. It was a 15 day Cruise ... Read More
We had heard from our neighbors and friends about their fantastic experience with Viking River cruises and had been on our ever expanding bucket list for "to do" things. We finally did it in June of 2018. It was a 15 day Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. It turns out that the cruise turned out to be better than our extremely high expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality, service, and the worry free cruise. The crew was fantastic. It felt like we were with our loving and caring extended family. The included excursions were more than we would have asked for. It was convenient and educational having not to worry about what to do and what it is going to cost. The food was exceptional with compliments of wine and beer. We are taking another Viking Cruise on Dec 13 to Cuba & Panama, and one in May of next year. We love Viking Cruises; they meet and exceed our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We have wanted to do a european river cruise for a very long time. The Budapest to Amsterdam cruise fit many of the countries we wanted to see. Viking picked us up at the Budapest airport and bussed us to the boat, no muss, no fuss. We ... Read More
We have wanted to do a european river cruise for a very long time. The Budapest to Amsterdam cruise fit many of the countries we wanted to see. Viking picked us up at the Budapest airport and bussed us to the boat, no muss, no fuss. We found our cabin decorated in what I call Swedish modern, sleek and pleasing. We both loved the bathroom, the heated floor was well beyond what we expected. There are two eateries on board: the main dining room and the Aqauvit “cafe” at the bow of the boat. We ended up eating all breakfasts and most lunches at Aquavit because it was like eating at a sidwalk cafe except the sidwalk was the river. We could eat while watching, hearing, and smelling the surrounding countryside slide by. The main dining room was a great meeting place for dinner. The large tables resulted in seatings of groups of people that started the meals as strangers and ended up as friends. Most nights the main dining room offered aregional menu in addition to the standard menu. The Regional menu offered a chance to try local cuisine that would never be available at home. In most cases it was a pleasant surprise. The on board entertainment was uniformly excellent. The two person lounge combo was thoroughly professional and had a breathtakingly broad repetoire. Viking brought in opera singers and a glassblower for unexpected types of entertainment. There were frequent historical seminars, usually as preludes for the next day’s excursions which greatly helped understand the history behind the excursion. When we booked this cruise we were aware that the Viking river cruises were ranked number one. We quickly found out why. Everyone we encountered from the Captain, to our room Steward, to the restaurant and bar serving staff, to the deckhands, were always pleasant, always had a smile, and always tried their utmost to be helpful. The crew made this a gold star cruise. The shore excursions added the local touch that we were looking for. The tour guides hired by Viking were all local residents that had deep knowlege of the subject of the tour they were leading. Each of them had their own personal spin on the subject of their tour, which kept the tours from feeling “canned”. As a consequence, just about every tour contained information that would be hard to find in a history book. Fifteen days, five countries, sixty eight locks traversed, fourteen hundred pictures taken, a million smiles. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We decided to take this cruise because our experience on our trip through Russia was so positive. On that cruise we were a group of 6 and here just my husband and I . It was a very different experience. The most remarkable was meeting ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise because our experience on our trip through Russia was so positive. On that cruise we were a group of 6 and here just my husband and I . It was a very different experience. The most remarkable was meeting another couple who got married the same date we did, December 14, 1968. Never before had we found that. The ship is rather comfortable but when the upper deck is closed for 5 days, it curtails the possibility of pleasant outdoors accommodations. Smokers in Europe are a problem. On board, they were very unpleasant to have around. If you went outside to enjoy the view and the weather, there always was someone ruining the air by the smell of their smoke. The shore excursions were mostly a pleasure. Most guides were excellent but not all. If we could comment about them at the end of the day, our recollection could be much more accurate. The upholstery in the gathering lounge is not real leather and I found myself stuck to the furniture anytime it was hot. All in all, we signed up for another cruise in the future so we were not unhappy:) Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We truly enjoyed our cruise but were very glad we brought along three things: a deck of cards, raincoats, and our dear friends. The ship, staff, and food is all great. The itinerary was fine. The problem we had was at just over 50 ... Read More
We truly enjoyed our cruise but were very glad we brought along three things: a deck of cards, raincoats, and our dear friends. The ship, staff, and food is all great. The itinerary was fine. The problem we had was at just over 50 years old we were the second and third youngest on the ship (a daughter who went with her parents beat us for youngest). By far. This meant that all excursions were with a more “senior” group-lots of bathroom stops and endless questions. Please, please, please Viking-have an app for each city so that not everyone has to be in groups. This is not difficult nor expensive technology! This also meant meals and entertainment was always with “seniors”. Believe me when I say by 9pm (no typo) the ship was asleep! We got to know the excellent bartenders. They could not have gone out of their way, been more professional, or more fun. Besides the tulips they were the highlight! We had ordered the beverage package (order before you leave US or it is more expensive) so the bar tenders knew us well. There was nothing they wouldn’t get us-even at dinner they brought wine “they thought we would like better and enjoy”. Terrific. Unfortunately, we were not docked in downtown Amsterdam. We were about 15 min away in at a very industrial dock. So much for the view from our veranda! However, this also was a hassle for us because we like to do things on our own (a huge shock to the crew who could not believe we would rent bikes, see the tulips, go to dinner, go to Belgium all on our own). This meant cabs or taking the shuttle bus offered. Not convenient but it is in your brochure literature- not that that makes you feel better when spending so much money on a cruise. We were there for peak tulips. They were fantastic! We know we were very lucky. We also decided since tulips have a kind of their own we would arrive in Amsterdam early with the pre cruise package at the Hilton near the museums. We also planned it so we would be there for the tulip parade (trust me when I say it is quaint and nice but the Rose Bowl has nothing to ever worry about. We were glad we went but could have missed it and not been sad. It is quite small by US standards. Think garbage trucks and delivery trucks with flowers on them. Four or five great floats and the rest ...well, let’s just say it is nothing I would plan a vacation around. We rented bikes outside Kuekenhoff and it was a breeze and lots of fun). We were VERY glad we had seen the ore our cruise. We saw them on a picture perfect day (go as early as you can as it gets very, very crowded. I think we saw a thousand buses...not kidding) and took tons of pictures. On the day we saw them with our cruise it was cloudy, rainy, and the flowers were just a tad past peak. We felt quite smart for our planning and quite sad for the people on our cruise! We used Uber to get to the gardens and I think it was 35 Euros for the four of us (don’t try getting back by Uber after the big aparade....trust me when I tell you it took hours- luckily, there was a pub ). We thought the entertainment on the ship that was local and brought on board was really, really good. Unfortunately, the nightly entertainment wasn’t the best. Sweet couple but again-sang songs for those of the crowd that were 75 plus. We played cards. A lot! Food was quite good. Interesting and varied. They tried local food and wine as much as possible. I appreciated that. My husband loved going to the battlefields (I went to the Kroller Muller and ended it) and thouhgt the local guides excellent. We loved Hoorn, learning about the levies, home stay (we brought a small gift-do as our hosts were delighted), tulip fields, biking, guy who made wooden shoes and the farm visit, music, wine, cheese, chocolate, All in all, we really liked the cruise. Our weather could have been better but it was April in the Netherlands. We have talked with others that have done Viking cruises And they all say to try again. They also say that this cruise tends to skew “older”. Even Viking says that. Yes, yes it does! The thing is-you don’t go far on these river cruises. You can drive in a short amount of time. With that in mind it is the service, views, food, etc that matter. Unfortunately for us, we really couldn’t use our Veranda (I wouldn’t bother except that we were on the same floor as everything which was great) and only went on the top deck once. I guess my only other pet Viking peave is the tipping. For the love of Goodness Viking-just pay your guides a little more and do away with tipping. It is most annoying! I’d rather my cruise be $50 more and not to have to worry about bringing Euros to tip the tour guides. Plus, it is very awkward as some people tip and others don’t. Ok one more thing....Viking likes to cruise at nigh because then their guests have longer in port. Which is true. However, when you dream of your Viking cruise after seeing thousands of tv commercials you do think you’ll have more time relaxing on the ship as it motors along. You don’t really on this cruise. And the ports are very industrial. Not the quaint town ports you dream about either. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This is not a fan fair cruise, like you would get on the Giant overloaded 3500 people Cruise Ships. The good thing is that Viking does not advertise it as that. They are advertising a relaxing, do as you please and enjoy with option that ... Read More
This is not a fan fair cruise, like you would get on the Giant overloaded 3500 people Cruise Ships. The good thing is that Viking does not advertise it as that. They are advertising a relaxing, do as you please and enjoy with option that you can or not take. The Cruise line can not control when the Water is high and they have to close the upper deck, just like big ships can't control hurricanes or bad weather that comes up. So get used to it. The ship has Room for up to 180 guest, they have a crew of 60, so every guest is well taken care of by the second day the staff will know your name and your likes and dislikes.that is not necessarily the case with a crew of a 1000 on the big ships . The food is excellent, with a mix of food for all cultures likes, served in the main dining room or in the Veranda lounge, again the attention to details by the Staff is second to non they all do multiple jobs in order for you to enjoy this relaxing getaway, plus free beer and wine during the assigned dinning hours. You will not get that on the giant Bucket ships, you're one of many, just a number. Are the rooms on the smaller side, yes but not any different then the big ships or some overpriced Hotels as far as that goes. No this is not a cruise for kids, take them on the big ships where there is plenty for them to do and experience. So get of your horse and enjoy the world of river cruising. As a side note I have been on 25 cruises around the world and the river cruising is the best way to relax and enjoy. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my Thoughts. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Traveling on a Viking Cruise was my grandmother's idea and thankfully she invited my mother, my aunt and I to travel with her. It was a wonderful experience to travel with 3 generations to the incredible ports we visited; however, it ... Read More
Traveling on a Viking Cruise was my grandmother's idea and thankfully she invited my mother, my aunt and I to travel with her. It was a wonderful experience to travel with 3 generations to the incredible ports we visited; however, it was the Viking crew that made our experience so memorable. My grandmother is 91 years old and there were some excursions that were more challenging than others, but our cruise director, Sam, always went above and beyond for us to keep her included in activities or to be frank and let us know that she should relax on the ship instead. The whole crew made all of us feel like royalty, they knew what we liked to eat and drink and just made us feel so special. The ship is just the right size so that you get to know many of the other passengers and by the time the cruise is over, it feels like many are family. The food was delicious at all of our meals and the bar staff were so accommodating and fun that they felt like good friends. Our cabins were nice and always clean. I can't wait to go back on another Viking Cruise and highly recommend it to others! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
All the ports were wonderful and the history was very interesting. The ship personnel was top of the line and very helpful. Dining was out of this world. The excursions were all very well organized. Viking did a wonderful job from the ... Read More
All the ports were wonderful and the history was very interesting. The ship personnel was top of the line and very helpful. Dining was out of this world. The excursions were all very well organized. Viking did a wonderful job from the time we arrived at the airport until they put us on the plane to return home. The Ship design is great for passengers. The dining and activity area is across from the our rooms and that made easy to got to activity and eating areas. Much different from the big Cruise Ships we have been in. This is much better! Each evening before the next day the Activity gave us a great talk on the excursion activities that helped understand were and when to meet the next day. Also he described what we would see with help us understand what to wear. The entertainment was great with acts from the locations we visited and also social games where we all could participate if desired. We definitely enjoyed this. In summary we had a great time and intended on doing another cruise very soon! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Great trip with many stops through Europe. Ship was in wonderful shape, almost new condition. Crew from the Captain on down were fantastic, all were excellent personnel. Made friends with several of them. Food and beverages ... Read More
Great trip with many stops through Europe. Ship was in wonderful shape, almost new condition. Crew from the Captain on down were fantastic, all were excellent personnel. Made friends with several of them. Food and beverages were first rate with something different most any day. Other passengers seemed to also enjoy their experience. We made several friends on the voyage. Sleeping Cabin was a little tight, however comfortable. Housekeeping seemed to go out of their to maintain everything. During the trip the wife and I Celebrate our 43rd Anniversary. Both the Housekeeping and Dining Crew made it Special Occasion. The main topic of the Vacation was the sightseeing of the Danude River and it's associate water ways. This to include the many stops at cities and landmarks. Excursions at all included plus other at additional charge. The ones we took were really something special in both the viewing and the tour guide's shared knowledge and stories associated with the location site. Note a whole lot of fantastic churches, war artifacts and wine related items. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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