3 Viking River Viking Hlin Senior Cruise Reviews

We took the Viking Delling cruise on the Danube (Nuremberg to Budapest) in July, 2014 and loved every minute. We were so impressed we decided to take the Rhine cruise last month. Where the food on the Delling was always excellent and ... Read More
We took the Viking Delling cruise on the Danube (Nuremberg to Budapest) in July, 2014 and loved every minute. We were so impressed we decided to take the Rhine cruise last month. Where the food on the Delling was always excellent and regional dishes were featured, the meals on the Hlin were disappointingly repetitious, with generally over-cooked meat. It was especially bad on Friday, when the "special German dishes" of weiner schnitzel and sauerbraten were both so over-cooked and tough, they were just plain awful. On another evening , ahi tuna was cooked till it was uniformly gray. Entertainment on the Delling was, as we remember, very enjoyable, with a good deal of diversity. The piano player on the Hlin, while (I'm sure) a fine musician, may have modeled his performance on Bill Murray's "Nick the Lounge Singer" bit on SNL. Flourishes abounded, making every tune sound like every other. We did not "hang out" to listen to him. The shore excursions were fairly enjoyable, particularly the tours of Amsterdam, the Kinderdijk Windmill, Marksburg Castle, Cologne, Strasbourg and Colmar. However, the Heidelberg Castle tour was a total waste of time, our guide was not good, and the town is merely one very long street of nothing-noteworthy shops, in which we had no interest. The excursion to the Black Forest, while picturesque, was mostly geared to trying to encourage us tourists to buy cuckoo clocks. The demonstration on making them was so crowded, we couldn't see or hear. Finally, I think it would have been nice to be given some information about Basel, rather than being just left on our own, since the Tinguely Museum was closed on Monday when we tried to go. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We have sailed with Viking previously (Christmas Markets of the Danube) 3 years ago, and in fact, on the same ship. The ship hasn't changed, but the crew, and attitudes, has. This trip we opted for deck one (cabin 110) and the ... Read More
We have sailed with Viking previously (Christmas Markets of the Danube) 3 years ago, and in fact, on the same ship. The ship hasn't changed, but the crew, and attitudes, has. This trip we opted for deck one (cabin 110) and the cabins are just fine....typical for a river cruise ship, with the usual space constraints. The crew was very good (Arturo, the Concierge) said we would remember him...a true statement. The rest of the crew and staff went out of their way to assist my wife when she had to return to the ship due to medical reasons. (The ship was to drop us off, immediately sail on, and remeet later.) All of that was good. One problem was the itinerary...it just did not take full advantage of the Rhine River. Our stop in Kobletz is a prime example. We docked at the base of the cable car to the castle, just a few meters from the statue area at the conflux of the Rhine and Mozelle Rivers. Absolutely no time was allocated to be able to go into the town, or to explore the monuments. The group going on the included castle tour grabbed their bus and took off. Those remaining going to the alternate (extra cost) castle headed to the cable cars, hand went up on their tour. The ship, in the meantime, headed up river, to dock near where the first group would end up. After the second group finished their castle tour, we all boarded buses and went to where the ship was waiting. Food was not as good this trip, and there were some nights the "always available" menu was needed. Entertainment was very good, as brought aboard. However, why, in Germany, was there no "oom-pa-pa" band? Will we sail again with Viking? Yes. They do care, but they need to do some refresher courses. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Traveled from Basil to Amsterdam, via Rhine. Unfortunately, the river was to shallow to pass and we were moved to another Viking ship on the other side of low section. The transfer was done very efficiently however it did interrupt some of ... Read More
Traveled from Basil to Amsterdam, via Rhine. Unfortunately, the river was to shallow to pass and we were moved to another Viking ship on the other side of low section. The transfer was done very efficiently however it did interrupt some of the sightseeing. Accommodations and onboard service and facilities was very good, however the vacuum waste system over our stateroom, aboard ship, was noisy. Our travel director was extremely friendly and helpful, as were the local guides. Regarding ships, we started on the Hlin and were transferred to the Kara. We preferred the Hlin staff over the Kara. Excursions were often slow due to the elderly (we are in our 60's and many could not match pace) so one must be patient and understanding. One elderly gentleman complained as I removed my jacket while traveling on a coach to an excursion, another made negative comments regarding drinking a beer, while sailing past various Castles in Germany one late morning, then once they realized the Beer was free, then it was okay and they ordered for themselves... Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Viking Hlin Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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