Sail Date: September 2018
I choose it as a first timer to Europe. To have home base and cover several countries was wonderful. The quality of the excursions exceeded our expectations. It was a terrific combination of R and R, fun and education. The staff on the ... Read More
I choose it as a first timer to Europe. To have home base and cover several countries was wonderful. The quality of the excursions exceeded our expectations. It was a terrific combination of R and R, fun and education. The staff on the cruise was outstanding. They new all of our names within a day and our favorite beverage. It was fun to see our favorites each day. We liked that it was all inclusive and paid for prior to the cruise. We didn't have to deal with charges, extras, etc. We were concerned we might be the youngest demographic on the boat but were surprised by the mix. A few younger, many older but all pretty mobile and active. The services did a nice job dividing us into groups for the daily excursions. We felt like we were with the most active group which was important to us. We look forward to our next river boat cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Thanks to all the staff for making our vacation the BEST EVER! This is an absolute must for everyone! Check your bucket list and write this cruise down! Once in a lifetime experience is a minimum! We plan to come again year after year. ... Read More
Thanks to all the staff for making our vacation the BEST EVER! This is an absolute must for everyone! Check your bucket list and write this cruise down! Once in a lifetime experience is a minimum! We plan to come again year after year. The destinations were amazing! The food and service is first class, truly 5 star! We will definitely travel the world with Viking, thanks again for everything! I just can’t write enough good words and praise for Captain Tomasz Danelski & his crew. Our trip was made incredibly memorable by Hotel Manager Alexandra Woods, Master Chef Nuno Maia (World renowned), Director Daniela Ebert, Maitre D’ Marci Jasinski, Bartender Extraordinaire Goska Kurowska! Also cannot ever forget The Legendary Dominika Lipska, Caramfil Florin Andrei and of course Rumen the Musician! These people are doing such a great job and I really hope to see them again on our next epic adventure! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
My sister and I chose this cruise because we wanted to go down the Rhine. We were in Amsterdam for two days before and Lucerne for two days after. As always the ship and cabin were immaculate. Dining was fantastic-always great food. We ... Read More
My sister and I chose this cruise because we wanted to go down the Rhine. We were in Amsterdam for two days before and Lucerne for two days after. As always the ship and cabin were immaculate. Dining was fantastic-always great food. We had a wonderful program director and had a lot of fun on our excursions. We have previously cruised on the Danube and wanted to do something a little different. We definitely would do a river cruise again. So relaxing-you can be busy if you want or not. I especially appreciate that the tour guides for the excursions are locals and they really give personal information. We enjoy learning about history that we might not have previously known. In Amsterdam we were able to go to the Anne Frank House which was a very humbling experience. We liked being able to have time to explore the city. In Lucerne we had a wonderful time being able to walk around the city as well as the use of all public transportation. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We went with 2 other couples. One couple had traveled on a Viking River Cruise before and said what a great time they had on the cruise. My wife and I have told many of our friends and family that they need to travel on Viking. The ... Read More
We went with 2 other couples. One couple had traveled on a Viking River Cruise before and said what a great time they had on the cruise. My wife and I have told many of our friends and family that they need to travel on Viking. The food was varied from day to day if you wanted to experience local foods. The wait staff and service people were friendly and daily went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. The shore excursions were all top notch, my wife was unable to participate in all of them because of her being on a cane. The few that we did together were at a pace and comfort level that she could handle. The rooms were comfortable and cleaned twice a day with the next days itinerary on our bed. We always had time to look it over to determine what we wanted to do the next day. The most important part was the staff all spoke English, so if you didn’t know German, French,Polish it didn’t matter. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
I was initially worried that there might be some problems or glitches because neither my wife nor I speak German, French, or Dutch. We were very grateful that ALL of the staff spoke English well and were very knowledgeable and helpful. The ... Read More
I was initially worried that there might be some problems or glitches because neither my wife nor I speak German, French, or Dutch. We were very grateful that ALL of the staff spoke English well and were very knowledgeable and helpful. The guides on the shore excursions were very careful that no one got lost or was left behind. One of the main highlights was the excellent food. The chef aboard the Hlin is a master. Additionally, he also has many excellent assistants. We enjoyed interacting with Candie Finkelstein, the hostess on board. We appreciated Candie's briefings on the nights before the shore excursions, telling us what to expect, what we needed to do, and also warning us about any potential dangers or pitfalls. Her advice about being wary of pickpockets outside the Cologne cathedral was especially valuable - we saw multiple people on that excursion that we very wisely avoided. I don't recall the captain's name, but I was very impressed with his professional competence and his friendliness toward all of his passengers. I don't want to forget the housekeeping staff. They all impressed me as being very hard working, very helpful, and very friendly. To sum up, my wife and I CAN'T WAIT to go on our next Viking cruise! You will definitely see us again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We had heard so many wonderful things about Viking cruises - the ships, the tours, the food. It was all true; we had a fabulous trip. We took excursions to Basel and Amsterdam, which were both terrific cities. We also traveled by ... Read More
We had heard so many wonderful things about Viking cruises - the ships, the tours, the food. It was all true; we had a fabulous trip. We took excursions to Basel and Amsterdam, which were both terrific cities. We also traveled by train to Lucerne while in Basel, and had a delightful lunch by the water there. Our cabin was beautiful and comfortable, the service for the room and dining was exceptional. All of the tours were well done and interesting, and we enjoyed exploring on our own as well. There was plenty of time for this, which we appreciated. The entertainment on board was lots of fun, and our activities director and all the staff were friendly and fun. We traveled with two other couples and had a fantastic vacation together. We are going on another Viking cruise in July 2018, and hope to take more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Friends of ours were going and we said we wanted to go, too. Neither my husband nor I had ever been on a cruise or wanted to, but this sounded fascinating and we said, let's go. And we had a terrific time. The accommodations were ... Read More
Friends of ours were going and we said we wanted to go, too. Neither my husband nor I had ever been on a cruise or wanted to, but this sounded fascinating and we said, let's go. And we had a terrific time. The accommodations were terrific. The tours and all the tour guides were excellent. The entire staff were all excellent. (Sorry, if I keep using the same adjective, but what can I do, when everything and everyone were so great?) The lounge was lovely with its indoor and outdoor seating. We enjoyed lunch there every day. The restaurant was comfortable and the food was varied and very good. We thoroughly enjoyed the upper deck under the awning with the terrific views of the coastline as we sailed up the Rhine. The other people on the ship were delightful. The amenities were great. We got a real kick out of going through the locks, never having seen anything like that before.. Everything was just excellent. (Sorry to be so monotone. Not my fault. The trip was fantastic.) Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2017
We decided on a Viking River boat cruise for our honeymoon. Being my first cruise, I was off unaware of what to expect. Yet, my husband had been on a few previously and only heard amazing things via his colleagues and or friends. It was ... Read More
We decided on a Viking River boat cruise for our honeymoon. Being my first cruise, I was off unaware of what to expect. Yet, my husband had been on a few previously and only heard amazing things via his colleagues and or friends. It was one of the best decision we made, as the entire experience was extremely enjoyable! What made it such, was the crew of the Hlin. Candi, was superb in every aspect. She made each transition, every port, every excursion, amazingly smooth and simple! Michael, the hotel manager, made our stay effortlessly. So many amazing members of the crew on the Hlin, I could not name just a single person as they all made our experience wonderful! Not to mention, everyone was also extremely courteous. If you are at all thinking of booking a river boat cruise, Viking is the only way to go! The entire experience was about the countries and the culture. So, by far the best option! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
This ship's crew was excellent. The program Director Daniel could not have done more in his explanation of the tours and activities aboard the ship. He is an asset to Viking. He was not alone Armon the Hotel manager seemed to greet ... Read More
This ship's crew was excellent. The program Director Daniel could not have done more in his explanation of the tours and activities aboard the ship. He is an asset to Viking. He was not alone Armon the Hotel manager seemed to greet all the guests. You felt like family, We even had a breakfast and a dinner with him. The Bartenders Ivan and Krista greeted you every evening they were amazing they knew each guest well remembered what everyone wanted to drink. The places we visited were fantastic from the Windmills in Holland to the vineyards in Germany. There is no doubt in my mind I would vacation with Viking again. I thought this trip would be boring. We met the nicest people I hope to keep in touch with. Hopefully the crew members are trained like Daniel, Arman & Krista & Ivan. also the captain. Thanks to all of you. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2017
Our first time on Viking and we were very impressed! The ship was in excellent condition, the crew was so gracious and helpful! Always willing to lend a hand. Embarkation went well, the only complaint would be that Basel is closed on ... Read More
Our first time on Viking and we were very impressed! The ship was in excellent condition, the crew was so gracious and helpful! Always willing to lend a hand. Embarkation went well, the only complaint would be that Basel is closed on Sundays, would like to have had the opportunity to visit some places there. The food was very good, what I would put in the top 95% of the foods I have had on other cruises. Dinners would correspond to the city/country we were in. The weather was a bit cool at times, but it was April. The provided excursions were very educational, and the optional ones we purchased were a great value, did the wine tour in Strasbourg and the beer tour in Cologne. All the tour guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned alot about the history of the areas we visited. We are definitely going to cruise with Viking again. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
We wanted to extend the visit to include 2 extra days in Lucerne. It was the perfect prelude to the cruise itself. We had a delightful stay and the cruise was beyond description. The accommodations were perfect.. so comfortable we slept ... Read More
We wanted to extend the visit to include 2 extra days in Lucerne. It was the perfect prelude to the cruise itself. We had a delightful stay and the cruise was beyond description. The accommodations were perfect.. so comfortable we slept well. The tour guides were all excellent and we learned a great deal on our visits through the country side. The food onboard was gourmet all the way and the service was perfect. The staff friendly and efficient and I cannot say enough goo things about the entire vacation cruise. The entertainment was fun and the staff above expectations. I highly recommend every aspect of this cruise. We met a lot of awesome travelers and have stayed in touch with some of them and looking forward to visits from them in the near future. We are completely satisfied with every aspect of this vacation and looking forward to another trip in the future. I don't see how this trip could ever be topped because it was so perfect. There were snacks available around the clock. We lacked for nothing - our every need was anticipated and the tours were top notch. The transportation and freedom to revisit the towns were a very pleasant opportunity we did not expect; and we were catered to in every way possible. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose Viking because of the great variity of sailng dates, it was our first river cruise. We chose Rhine Getaway because we had not been to Germany nor Amsterdam before. We were impressed to be picked up at the airport by a private limo ... Read More
We chose Viking because of the great variity of sailng dates, it was our first river cruise. We chose Rhine Getaway because we had not been to Germany nor Amsterdam before. We were impressed to be picked up at the airport by a private limo to take us to our hotel for our pre-cruise stay. The personel aboard was very welcoming, polite and friendly, the food excellent as well as the wine offered at meal time. We enjoyed the ship and cabin which were kept very clean. All public areas were well kept. Shore excursions, included and others, were well organized and guides were excellent. We looked at going to the Douro cruise but it was a little over our budget and it was not included in the early booking savings. Because of the small amount of people, it was more friendly than large cruises. We hope to go back, we really loved our trip! Read Less
Viking Hlin Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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