8 Viking River Viking Gefjon Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Europe - River Cruise

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
We have done many Caribbean cruises, but this was our first (hopefully more to come) river cruise. We had a bit of trouble finding the ship in Basel, but once there the care was awesome (even in the pouring rain). The team was waiting ... Read More
We have done many Caribbean cruises, but this was our first (hopefully more to come) river cruise. We had a bit of trouble finding the ship in Basel, but once there the care was awesome (even in the pouring rain). The team was waiting with umbrellas in hand, to get you on the ship and make sure your luggage stayed as dry as possible. It set the tone for how the crew (and Viking) treated their guests. The ship was well appointed, the rooms very clean to start and very well maintained throughout our stay. There are nice touches - cookies, coffee and tea throughout the day - like we really needed them. We managed to stay connected to the internet throughout the trip which allowed us to talk with our family via Skype every day. The staff was incredibly nice, very accommodating and personable. Not always an easy combination. We ran into the Restaurant Manager while walking through Koblenz and he was so quick to ask if we needed directions or help, even though he was clearly on his own time. The second time was our room steward who we ran into in Cologne and she too wanted to make sure we were OK and didn't need any help. When we were disembarking in Amsterdam we had time for sightseeing, so they held our bags and arranged transportation at the end of the day. There is something to be said for 190 passengers versus 5,000. The excursions and cultural events were very nice and made a big difference in getting the most out of our cruise. The trip didn't go without any hiccups, but where there was a bit of a problem (late bus in Heidelberg due to traffic) the staff did everything they could to make it better. The tours of major cities (Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne were extremely well done and the local guides were able to share detailed information. We really enjoyed the Cheese Farm in Kinderdijk and managed to take away some incredible cheese. The scenery enroute to the farm was through really beautiful countryside. Very flat, but really nice and quite the change from scenery early in the trip. The amazing thing to me was that even though we knew nobody on the ship at the start, we ended up with a group of 6-8 of us that always ended up together. We really did not have anything in common, but became friends over the 8 days. On that last evening we were talking about our reunion cruise. Who knows if it will happen, but that was a good start. I have talked to a number of friends who have done Viking cruises and they too made friends with a group of people while on the ship. Must be something in the wine and beer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We have done several ocean cruises on RC, Princess and Seaborne, but this was our first river cruise. Overall the experience was positive and probably most of our future cruises will be river cruises, mainly to get the advantages of ... Read More
We have done several ocean cruises on RC, Princess and Seaborne, but this was our first river cruise. Overall the experience was positive and probably most of our future cruises will be river cruises, mainly to get the advantages of smaller ships and smaller ports. Our trip was the "Rhine Rhapsody" which started in Paris, with an optional extra night stay at the Hotel du Collectionneur near the Arc de Triomphe. Overall the hotel was very good, but the food at the restaurant was too expensive to even try and the included breakfast presentations were consistently cold. The hotel offered both wired and wireless Internet, so bring an Ethernet cord to avoid the unsecured wireless connection. Speeds via Ethernet were adequate with the free level of service. Only 220 volt power, so you do need adapters/converters. I would highly recommend the extra night if you have never been to Paris, if for no other reason your included transfer will more likely be a private van rather than a bus. The Viking buses were all first rate, but not having to wait for other passengers to arrive was nice. But in any case, there is a lot to do in Paris, so spending an extra night was well worth the relatively nominal extra cost relative to the price of the entire trip. In Paris we did a lot of walking, but did take the included guided bus tour (recommended). We didn't have any bad food at the outside restaurants, but did have trouble finding a place to eat our last night. Many of the restaurants closed at 7:00 that night, but that might have been due to the next day being a holiday (anniversary of VE Day). The transfer to the ship did not go so smoothly, and was without a doubt the biggest disappointment. There were to be three stops--the first being a rest for the driver at what was essentially a truck stop. The second was for lunch at Luxembourg, with a city tour thereafter--two hours total. The third was to be the American Cemetery near the site of the Battle of the Bulge. Despite being on time if not early, immediately prior to leaving Luxembourg they informed us that we would be embarking the ship at a different site, and that therefore we could not see the American Cemetery. The Viking Rep on the bus did an excellent job, and was probably the best of the Viking tour guides the entire trip, but they did not give her the reason for the change (high water). Most disappointing though was that they didn't make this decision earlier so that we could have spent less time in Luxembourg. The tour of the city was not that interesting--one hour of free time in the city would have been adequate. Once to the boat the differences between an ocean cruise and river cruise became apparent. Checking in when so smoothly I don't even remember how they handed us our room cards, but there were no lines and our baggage arrived promptly. I give more information about the room below, but no complaints there. It did have both 110 and 220 volt outlets, but no Ethernet connection (somewhat surprising given the size of the ship). The ship's wireless connection was free but encrypted, and sometimes slow. The ship's size has some advantages (e.g. usually only one set of stairs to climb and your own bathroom is nearly as close as any public restroom) and disadvantages (no exercise equipment, special salons, special dining, etc.). It also though means little or no entertainment--just a person playing piano in the lounge and two accordion players during the German dinner. Breakfast was largely a buffet situation, although you could order things like Eggs Benedict from a waiter. Lunch and dinner included complementary wine, which was always satisfactory and helped keep our ship tab to under $50.00! Overall I would say the food was superior to other cruises, and some if it very good. Food service was probably just slightly inferior to all of our cruises except the Hawaii ocean cruise which was poor. There were however three or four waiters who really stood out and gave excellent service. This might be due to the fact that most our other cruises were not open dining. The German Night dinner was buffet only and therefore extremely disappointing to me (as was the music of the two accordion players). German night was definitely the low point of the cruise for me. On a positive note there was no formal night, although I did dress up a bit a couple of nights, including the one semi-formal night. Fortunately my dinner jacket went completely unused! The cruise tours were mainly included, but of varying quality, some of which was not Viking's fault. For at least one tour the guide was a local selected by the castle site, and our's happened to be very bad. Overall though, being "only" in my mid-50s I was one of the younger people on the boat and more inclined to do it on my own rather than take a tour. Counting the Paris bus tour (recommended) I only did three or four other tours, and quite frankly I wish I had done at least one less (Basel). Unfortunately Viking does little to let you know what your nearby options are if you don't want to take an included tour. At Basel the cruise director even mentioned having to walk through a large industrial area if you didn't want to do the included tour. In fact it was merely a 30 minute walk to the starting point of the walking cruise, and only less than ten minutes of that was industrial and even that was a walk along the river and much of it was very scenic showing some of the better architecture in Basel. In contrast, the bus took just as long or longer to get to the starting point and went through much more industrial areas. On board shopping is very limited, mainly to some coats and caps. They did offer a USB stick of all the pictures taken by the cruise staff, for a reasonable cost of only $18.00. Again, even with that my tab was less than $50.00 (excluding tips), so it was very nice to not have cameras shoved in your face very meal so that you could then buy a picture later. Overall I would not consider any of this a disadvantage--if anything it was all appreciated. Disembarkation was again very smooth compared to ocean cruises. We had a very early departure which required wake up calls (not automated!) The bus left on time and got us to the airport on time. My only complaint would be that I couldn't pay the tab at 9:00 a.m the day before, but when it was time to pay I only had to wait in line for one other person to complete their process. Like everything except the buffets, no long lines were involved. Overall I had a very positive experience and would recommend both Viking and the Rhine Rhapsody cruise (in the same direction--to Basel). Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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