7 Viking River Viking Gefjon Luxury Cruise Reviews

Viking is a Premier company. The ship, staff, cuisine, side trips were all amazing. The wait staff was absolutely amazing. After only one day they were aware of your personal preferences of beverage coffee, tea, soft drink, white or ... Read More
Viking is a Premier company. The ship, staff, cuisine, side trips were all amazing. The wait staff was absolutely amazing. After only one day they were aware of your personal preferences of beverage coffee, tea, soft drink, white or red wine) My travelling companion had many dietary restrictions and our Maitre de was at our table every evening to help her making choices and adjustments that the kitchen would be able to make. The ship in general was totally clean...no dust, no stains. We participated in most of the included tours and did take 3 or 4 of the additional add on choices. I was so impressed that I have already booked a second cruise for next year. My only complaint was with the hotel in Amsterdam for our post cruise stay. Our last night we were subjected to 'neighbors' who were fighting, screaming, banging on the wall and making attempts to enter our room. This went on well into the night. I called the front desk at about 1:30 a.m. and was promised it would be addressed. It stopped briefly and then started up again and I called about 2:30 am...this time I finally did stop. Although this is certainly not any fault of Viking, it was a awful experience. I can not believe that the hotel did not in any way apologize or offer some type of compensation. As we were two senior women, it was quite a frightful experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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
We had previously done the Romantic Danube and the Rhine separately, but my brother and wife wanted to do a cruise so we recommended this one. The part through southern Germany was new to us but we learned new things even on the other ... Read More
We had previously done the Romantic Danube and the Rhine separately, but my brother and wife wanted to do a cruise so we recommended this one. The part through southern Germany was new to us but we learned new things even on the other portions that we had already sailed. We really enjoy the daily shore excursions as the educational opportunities are important to us as we are both retired educators. There were also a number of optional excursions. On this cruise we did a lot of sailing during the daytime and sitting on the top deck taking in the breathtaking scenery was spectacular. It was also interesting to see the ship going through the numerous locks. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We arrived at the ship fairly early in the morning and they had a light lunch for us. A bus was available to take us into town so we could explore even before the actual cruise began. There were a few cancellations so we were upgraded to a balcony room that was beautiful. I am sure it was because this was our fifth cruise with Viking. The dining choices were fabulous. There was always a regional dish, fish dish, and a vegetarian one. The desserts were out of this world and you could have more than one. The wait staff was exceptional in their service. My brother had a bad cold and the server brought him so broth that wasn't on the menu. The entire staff went out of their way to make the trip enjoyable. We have our sixth Viking cruise already booked for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
a bit hesitant to go on a river cruise. Seen the commercials-- they looked nice but you never know. From the moment we boarded the ship we were NEVER disappointed in anything! The crew could not do enough for everyone. There was not one ... Read More
a bit hesitant to go on a river cruise. Seen the commercials-- they looked nice but you never know. From the moment we boarded the ship we were NEVER disappointed in anything! The crew could not do enough for everyone. There was not one thing that we could want for that they could not do for each passenger--well maybe the weather :) The ship was immaculate- bathroom spotless, under the bed not one dust ball or piece of dirt. restaurant was efficient and professional while maintaining a level of warmth to the passengers. Activities were available at different levels of ability. There were slow tours if you did not want to run around like crazy and enjoy the scenery. Faster ones for the more adventurous who tried to cram in as much as they could in a short time frame. We took a cabin with a veranda - which I recommend. Even though the weather was at best fair-- we did get to open the door and get fresh air and watch the beautiful castles along the river go by. We are trying to think about our next trip when we save up some money!\ Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I had been wanting to make this River Cruise for a long time and finally booked it! It was late October and the colors were beautiful and the weather quite good although cool. This was a most amazing cruise. We could continually see the ... Read More
I had been wanting to make this River Cruise for a long time and finally booked it! It was late October and the colors were beautiful and the weather quite good although cool. This was a most amazing cruise. We could continually see the beautiful countryside. This ship was a nice size and every part of it was immaculate. The staff and crew were very friendly and fun. Food was excellent. The tours were very good and provided in each place by experienced guides that were generally local. Everything was exceedingly well organized and unexpected things were handled quickly and well. We had to change ships because of water level changes. Our bags were handled efficiently and we were transported to the second ship without delay. Both ships had to be cleaned in a very short order to accommodate the exchange. The meticulous attention to detail was impressive-----on the first ship I had requested an extra pillow ---and when we arrived at the second ship I had a second pillow on my bed already. Impressive. The room was small as expected but we had everything we needed at all times. Very nice bathroom with warm floor :). Dining was excellent with several choices always available and included foods of the region. It was open seating so we were able to meet new people or not as we pleased. Usually there was casual dining also. The ship has huge Windows and comfortable furniture to relax and view scenery or visit with others at any time we were onboard. The best tour I have ever been on for sure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Gefjon - July 2015: It was indeed a trip of a lifetime, and Viking did a great job! Everyone, from a deckhand to the Captain, did everything that they could to make it so for us -- and we really appreciated it. We sailed the Grand European ... Read More
Gefjon - July 2015: It was indeed a trip of a lifetime, and Viking did a great job! Everyone, from a deckhand to the Captain, did everything that they could to make it so for us -- and we really appreciated it. We sailed the Grand European Trip from Budapest to Amsterdam. The Gefjon was only 70 days in commission at the start of our trip - but you would have never known it by the way everything happened on time, cheerfully and with every detail taken care of in advance. Everyone ends up with several people in the crew that they seem to enjoy being with and we had several crew members that made the trip even more special - I especially remember Georgi, one of our waiters, who did a really great job taking care of us. I don't remember all the names, but we have some great pictures which will help the memories remain fresh. The dining room, terrace and bar were just excellent, and the omlet man, who's name I cannot remember, did a wonderful job there and on the grill out front. The young bartenderess was sweet and mixed us many a great drink. If you go on one of the "long ships" you are in for a treat! And do get a cabin with the veranda so you can spend some time just watching live along the river take place, mile after mile, never fast, but always changing right before your eyes. My wife considered that time one of her favorite memories of the trip. And part of the price of the trip were all the excursions that were set up for us. One every day and never too long or hard or boring, ever. And we always made it back in time to eat another wonderful meal! The food was varied, ethnic and well prepared. My only complaint is that we were offered bread pudding only once! And I guess that is really a good thing since I can't resist and it was great and I would not have fit into anything to go home in after 15 days! Both our arrival in Budapest, with it's trip to the boat and our trip to the airport in Amsterdam was handled with cheerfulness and efficiency. Thanks to all those fine folks! All in all this was a great cruise and when I asked I tell folks that it is as good as the TV ads make it seem to be -- ONLY BETTER! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We joined the ship Viking Gefjon in Budapest after being shuttled from the airport. The embarking was efficient with no fuss, Staff well organised, lunch prepared immediately upon arrival. The staff could not have been more helpful, ... Read More
We joined the ship Viking Gefjon in Budapest after being shuttled from the airport. The embarking was efficient with no fuss, Staff well organised, lunch prepared immediately upon arrival. The staff could not have been more helpful, always acted in a Professional manner. Shore excursions well organised with an Audio system that made it easy to hear the Guide's commentaries. Cabin was bright and airy. All meals enjoyable and plenty. Nice to choose where and with whom one wanted. Disembarkation efficiently carried out. Shuttled to our Hotel very central in Amsterdam. Final day shuttled to the airport, on time no delay. All very enjoyable. We purchased the Viking memory stick of our trip from Budapest to Amsterdam, but after receiving two , both only up to Passau Still would like one up to Amsterdam which is missing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
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