36 Viking River Viking Ingvi River Cruise Reviews

We were attracted to the small ship experience after hearing horror stories about the cattle- car voyages others told us about. The small ship Viking river cruises had great reviews and their attention to detail made the cruise a great ... Read More
We were attracted to the small ship experience after hearing horror stories about the cattle- car voyages others told us about. The small ship Viking river cruises had great reviews and their attention to detail made the cruise a great value. The room, the food and the staff all surpassed our expectations. The excursions were a delight and the optional ones (even though they were pricey) really added a lot to the total experience. We arrived two days early in Budapest after a trying flight from Portland, Oregon to Budapest on Delta Airlines. Through no fault of Viking, we arrived eight hours late and in spite of notifying Viking no one met us the airport. We took a cab and Viking apologized and reimbursed us. Budapest is an exciting and vibrant city; the Budapest Intercontinental was an amazing surprise. We wish we had booked several more days there. Most of the shore excisions were fun and informative but we would recommend that you diplomatically insist on what you want from the guide if you feel short changed. We plan to go again when we can arrange it, perhaps to the Mediterranean or British Isles. Viking is a great company! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our 40th anniversary trip & our first River Cruise. From beginning to end, it was superb! We had WONDERFUL weather, great tour guides, excellent accommodations, & awesome Viking staff! We were treated to an anniversary ... Read More
This was our 40th anniversary trip & our first River Cruise. From beginning to end, it was superb! We had WONDERFUL weather, great tour guides, excellent accommodations, & awesome Viking staff! We were treated to an anniversary serenade & dessert at dinner 2 hrs after embarkation! On the last evening on board, I asked HOW the staff knew who we were, and they chuckled as to how they pulled it off(at check in, the desk staff sneaked a picture of us-unbeknownst to us, and the walked the dining room to find us, then notified the Maitre D where we were sitting!). We made lots of friends that we will hopefully keep in touch with after the trip! In hindsight, we wished we had extended our trip at BOTH ends, Budapest and Amsterdam, as we didn't know what to expect, and wished we could have spent more time in BOTH cities. Glass blower had a demo on the boat- AWESOME! We have shared our trip memories with family & friends & would DEFINITELY do it again. My sister & her best friend (& both spouses), have already booked a Viking River cruise for next summer (on our strong recommendation)! The staff also helped me surprise my husband by celebrating his birthday which also happened to fall during our cruise! We enjoyed the included tours and also booked several extra tours that were also a great value! We felt like royalty in our mini suite! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first River Cruise and we could not have been more pleased. The crew of the Ingvi went out of their way to may this cruise a memorable experience. Because the number of passengers is small, we got to know many of the other ... Read More
This was our first River Cruise and we could not have been more pleased. The crew of the Ingvi went out of their way to may this cruise a memorable experience. Because the number of passengers is small, we got to know many of the other passengers and everyone raved about the customer service, food, individual assistance, and daily shore excursions. The entire cruise is very organized. Someone said it is like a Swiss watch times 100. Disembarkation was effortless and all questions were answered before I even had the chance to ask them. I highly recommend this ship and its crew. The daily tours were very historical, with beautiful scenery and knowledgeable tour guides. There was usually plenty of time to tour on our own after the guides part. Special arrangements were made for guests with difficultly keeping up. The food was near gourmet quality and the servers were great. They quickly learned each travelers likes and dislikes and often made recommendations based on that. Every evening the crew held a meeting that explained what to expect the next day and what their recommendations were for that evening meal. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Kudos to the staff and crew of the Viking ship Ingvi! We embarked on the Ingvi on July 16, 2016 and from the moment we boarded the vessel to the moment we left, we have nothing but rave reviews for their excellent service, professional ... Read More
Kudos to the staff and crew of the Viking ship Ingvi! We embarked on the Ingvi on July 16, 2016 and from the moment we boarded the vessel to the moment we left, we have nothing but rave reviews for their excellent service, professional demeanor and personal interactions. The embarkation process, including transfer to the boat from the airport, boarding and accommodation while we waited for our cabin to be prepared (we arrived very early, so passengers from the previous cruise were still disembarking), was extremely smooth. During that process, we got acquainted with the reception desk staff, Nikolina, Viktoria and Alexsandre, as well as the Hotel Manager, Krisztina, folks who we would see and talk to daily throughout the cruise. Within a few days they knew us by name AND cabin number and always cheerfully assisted us with whatever issues we were having at the time. The issues that arose were generally procedural items: - Collecting shore cards pre-excursions - Swapping out audio devices for the excursions when we forgot to recharge overnight - Questions about onboard scheduling As it was raining when we got on the ship (the only one thing that the Ingvi staff seemed to be unable to control), we were only willing to tour the interior parts of the ship, initially. From the get-go, the ship seemed to be extremely clean and tidy, well managed and classy. Our opinion of this aspect of the ship never wavered, as the ship was perfectly maintained throughout the voyage. We met our cabin attendant, Benjamin, almost immediately upon being given access to our cabin. He was very personable, always with a smile and pleasant word. He did a wonderful job maintaining the cleanliness of the room and providing us with pleasant surprises like bedtime chocolates and towel origami (he left us with several animals assembled entirely from bath towels, including an elephant and bulldog). One feeling you will never experience if you take a Viking cruise is one of hunger. The dining experience aboard the Ingvi was exceptional. From the selection, quality and flavor of food, to the service, we were never left wanting. Mostly because, if you found yourself wanting anything, there was always a member of the staff, from our maître d'hôtel, Nina, to our many servers, including Marlon, Alexandru, Joanna, Richard, and even the executive chef, Denes, to address your desire immediately. As we sailed from country to country, the cuisine included regional specialities, in addition to many alternate selections. The regional specialities included foods like: Hungarian goulash and Dobas torté, German bratwurst and sauerkraut and Black Forest cake. All of the food was delicious and there wasn't a sugary treat that we didn't pass up! Not until the third day of the trip did we venture out onto the upper deck (it rained throughout our the first two days, so there was no reason to explore), where we were to spend hours at a time watching the scenery sail by. Like the interior of the ship, the exterior was extremely well maintained, with all passenger-accessible areas remaining organized and tidy throughout the cruise. The ship was in fantastic condition. The program director for our ship was Rob Wheatley from South Africa. He was fantastic. Extremely approachable, always amusing, he ran a very good program. From excursions to onboard entertainment, Rob coordinated all aspects of the experience. He was careful to explain the level of activity (or difficulty) of some of the excursions and was always prepared to offer alternate choices in town if the terrain was steep or included many steps that might prove difficult for some of the passengers. When describing the many optional excursions, he provided objective information about each, never pushing any of the excursions on us. Rob made sure that every passenger was able to participate in the activities of their choosing. The evening and nightly entertainment was provided by a gifted musician from Hungary, Danny. During cocktail hours before and after dinner, he would fill the lounge with beautiful piano music. He played a wide variety of styles, ranging from classical and easy listening music while people were quietly enjoying cocktails, to upbeat jazz and rock songs that people could sing along with and dance to late into the night. We love to dance, and he seemed to revel in playing dance music for us, ranging from slow waltzes and foxtrots to upbeat swings and cha-chas. Danny came prepared, but was open to any song suggestions made. How wonderful to have such an amazing pianist with us the entire cruise! In addition to Danny, our program director arranged for some unique local entertainment, including a Klesmer group, glass-blowing demonstration, and a classical duo, piano and violin, who knocked our socks off with their amazing performances! The Grand European Tour was truly spectacular with the ports of call and excursions that were offered, both included and optional. The included walking tours were led by guides that were extremely knowledgeable and eager to share information about the people, the history, and the culture of the cities. They would add personal anecdotes to help the information come alive to us. Viking did a fabulous job of not just showing us beautiful cities, but helped us learn and understand more about the cities we were viewing. Optional excursions were varied and included musical concerts, food, wine or beer tastings, castle visits, museums, and even other nearby cities not on the standard itinerary like Salzburg or Munich. Our favorite was the Top of the Town tour in Cologne, where we were taken to the top of the cathedral, inside and outside, and were provided with an incredible history of the cathedral as well as breathtaking views of the city from on high. By the time we disembarked from the ship two weeks later, we felt as if we were family of most of the staff. They truly went above and beyond in their service to guests, to us. They genuinely seemed happy to help us with any needs that we had. The staff usually anticipated any needs and had provided us with most things before we even had to ask. They far exceeded any expectations we had coming onto the ship. The services they provided and the attention they gave us were personalized and individualized. Upon leaving the ship, we found ourselves saddened to leave our new family members, the staff, and even shed a few tears knowing how much we would miss them. Now that our cruise is over, and we reflect on our amazing vacation, we are most grateful for having selected Viking as our cruise line. The top of the line service, memorable staff, amazing excursions, and fantastic ship all contributed in making memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Viking! We look forward to our next adventure with you! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My husband had always wanted to do a Danube River cruise [ Grand European Tour ] from Budapest to Amsterdam. We had in previous years seen many of the land areas and decided to see the wetter side. This was our third cruise with Viking. ... Read More
My husband had always wanted to do a Danube River cruise [ Grand European Tour ] from Budapest to Amsterdam. We had in previous years seen many of the land areas and decided to see the wetter side. This was our third cruise with Viking. This ship and the one we had cruised on in the Netherlands, was a little smaller than our cruise on the Yangtze river in China. Over all, the space was a little less but fine. The entire crew and service was excellent. They participated in the activities with the passengers and there was always someone close at hand when we were out on a tour conducted by a local guide. In preparation for the tour, Viking sent us a ' learn to say a few phrases ' video in each of the languages/countries we visited. Although many of the locals we met spoke English [ as a 2nd or 3rd language ], it helped in 'bonding' when we at least tried to say Hello or Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Excellent chance to see Europe from the Danube, Rhine Rivers and associated canals aboard a very stable, quiet and comfortable new ship. Excellent crew, staff, food, accommodations and passengers. Included shore excursions were very well ... Read More
Excellent chance to see Europe from the Danube, Rhine Rivers and associated canals aboard a very stable, quiet and comfortable new ship. Excellent crew, staff, food, accommodations and passengers. Included shore excursions were very well organized and informative. Extended shore excursion in Amsterdam was excellent as was the Movenpick Hotel and staff. Viking reps were present from the time we departed customs in Budapest until we arrived at the Amsterdam airport. I have been unsuccessful in reaching the Ingvi with the email supplied by one of the guides at concierge.ingvi@vikingcruises.com We definitely would take another cruise with Viking and have recommended it to friends. I've requested a copy of the onboard magazine Explore by Viking Cruises but was informed they are not available. Viking supplied excellent travel documentation prior to our Canadian departure and everything went according to the itineraries. The meals were well presented in both restaurants and the service was excellent. The onboard tour guides, bar and cooking staff were excellent as well. Even the weather was excellent! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The. Cruise was wonderful. The staff, food, programs were all excellent. Highly recommend the line. Thank you for helping me receive a refund for an excursion that I could not attend. Overall the cleanliness of the ship was remarkable. ... Read More
The. Cruise was wonderful. The staff, food, programs were all excellent. Highly recommend the line. Thank you for helping me receive a refund for an excursion that I could not attend. Overall the cleanliness of the ship was remarkable. The staff was always welcoming and at our service with a smile. Very pleased with the cabin although small it was very comfortable. Really enjoyed the heated floor in the bathroom. Such a nice treat! Also had a very excellent program director. He presented interesting lectures about our places to explore. On shore city walking tours were well led by our tour guides. They were interesting and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the pre and post stays in Prague and Amsterdam. All transfers to our hotels went smoothly by the Viking staff. They assisted us in the tours of these cities and provided us with information about museums and interesting sights. They were always ready to help us explore these cities. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our second cruise with Viking; and, like the first (Prague to Paris 5 months earlier), the experience was wonderful. We appreciated and Viking's focus on the cultural and historical aspects of the places we visited, in both ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking; and, like the first (Prague to Paris 5 months earlier), the experience was wonderful. We appreciated and Viking's focus on the cultural and historical aspects of the places we visited, in both their shore excursions and their on-board programs. (Thank goodness no Vegas-like shows.) On this trip, we were able to really get to know the history of the area and understand what gave rise to the term "Balkanization". The in-home cooking lesson in Bulgaria and afternoon tea in Croatia gave us a chance to really connect with local folks. And our program director's slide show about growing up in Slovakia combined with other cruise presentations led us to a realization that, behind the "Iron Curtain", the quality of one's life varied with the "benevolence" of one's own local dictator - Romania pretty bad, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia pretty good. The food and the ship were both top-notch. But Viking's true strength is in the people it hires. On both our cruises, we had great cruise directors. But more than that, the entire on-board staffs were truly (not just overtly) friendly and helpful, almost to a fault. This is what leads us to recommend Viking without hesitation. And we've just booked our third cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was an over-the-top trip. Every need was taken care of. Everyday was organized. Every staff member was friendly. Actually missed the staff when we left. Details for embarkation and disembarkation were completely taken care of. ... Read More
This was an over-the-top trip. Every need was taken care of. Everyday was organized. Every staff member was friendly. Actually missed the staff when we left. Details for embarkation and disembarkation were completely taken care of. The ship was the Ingvi. Stayed in the lower level which still met our needs. We used the room for sleeping only. There are many others places on board to relax and enjoy. Dining was fabulous. We actually enjoyed the Aquavit Terrace. The shore excursions were a true immersion in history and culture. Always felt safe. Every local guide were excellent. Loved the "quiet boxes". Favorite places were Budapest, Nuremberg, Vienna, Cologne. We have already recommended Viking Cruises to friends. Many are interested in our experiences and one couple has already booked a cruise. Two more couples may book soon. Would definitely go on another river cruise and would only use VIKING RIVER CRUISES. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our third river cruise with additional city stays. We always sign up for thr air package as well. The last was the Grand European from Amsterdam to Budapest with stays in Prague and Amsterdam. Everything was great even the ... Read More
This was our third river cruise with additional city stays. We always sign up for thr air package as well. The last was the Grand European from Amsterdam to Budapest with stays in Prague and Amsterdam. Everything was great even the unfortunate need to change ships due to low river levels. Viking made this as painless as possible by placing all baggage back in the same room on a new ship. They even bussed us back to the port we missed so we saw the same places. The extra excursions and on board activities were very entertaining and relaxing. This cruise was less educational than Waterways of the Tzars or Imperial Jewels of China. We had a great time with the crew and cruise director whose trivia games and musical presentations passed the evening hours after dinner. The food is always ample and delicious. We also enjoy the silver spirits package so that we can sample wines and liquor varieties that we have never tried before. We travel as a couple and are both seniors. The dining arrangements allow you to mix with other couples and develop cruise friendships and dining companions. The on shore activities are interesting, cultural and diverse. They even include many shopping opportunities. The walking tours are generally paced to accommodate those with mobility challenges. We thoroughly enjoyed the pre and post cruise visits to Amsterdam and Prague. The hotel in Amsterdam was fantastic with a sensational room view of the Harbour. After brief overview tours you are left on your own to tour and travel by public transportation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I would rate Viking as a tip top cruise line. We enjoyed every aspect of the boat. Comfortable accommodations, wonderful service and really great food. Everything was well provided for, including organizing tours. Exploring the old ... Read More
I would rate Viking as a tip top cruise line. We enjoyed every aspect of the boat. Comfortable accommodations, wonderful service and really great food. Everything was well provided for, including organizing tours. Exploring the old windmills was interesting. We also took an optional trip into the Slovakian countryside and visited a young farming family, who invited us into their home, and also showed us their vineyards and winemaking business. It was a great experience. Tour director Barry, kept things lighthearted and fun. I do wish we would have had a full day in the Netherlands. For the most part, the tours were good...several not so great tour guides and a few too many churches to walk through, but overall, an experience I would happily repeat. We met many nice folks on the boat and have kept in touch with some. It was great to visit with people at mealtime and not have assigned seats. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We went on our own to Budapest for a week before the cruise, although we booked our flights through Viking. I think we paid $100 each as a deviation fee and we had to get to our hotel on our own, but that was no problem. We stayed at the ... Read More
We went on our own to Budapest for a week before the cruise, although we booked our flights through Viking. I think we paid $100 each as a deviation fee and we had to get to our hotel on our own, but that was no problem. We stayed at the Marriott as that's one of the hotels they use and the views were fantastic. We booked a concierge level room and were very happy with the use of the lounge. We loved Budapest and can't wait to go back on our own. The waters were low when we were there and we had to change ships in Passau, Germany, but we think that Viking handled it as well as they could have. We started out on a different ship in Budapest. We were very pleased with the itinerary. Our guides were all knowledgeable. The food was very good and we appreciated the wine and beer included with lunch and dinner. The wines frequently reflected the area we were traveling through. We were in Cabin 227 with a veranda. The room was small, but it was comfortable. The ship itself was lovely, very modern and bright. Both ships were longships and identical. Except for the painting on our wall, I wouldn't have known we had changed ships. The weather was very hot, close to 100 degrees many days, which made some of the excursions difficult. Since we had been to some of the ports before, we stayed on the ship some days and actually enjoyed the relaxation. Depending on which country we were in, entertainment from the local area was provided, and it was uniformly good. The cruise was a great choice for an anniversary celebration. We wouldn't hesitate to take another Viking River Cruise. We are scheduled for one of their new Viking Ocean Cruises to the Baltic in May, starting with a pre-cruise excursion to Iceland and ending with a post-cruise excursion in Oslo. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
my wife and I wanted to celebrate this special anniversary in a grand fashion. Viking River a Cruises Grand European Tour looked to be just the answer. The choice was absolutely correct. Starting with a 2 day extension in Amsterdam and ... Read More
my wife and I wanted to celebrate this special anniversary in a grand fashion. Viking River a Cruises Grand European Tour looked to be just the answer. The choice was absolutely correct. Starting with a 2 day extension in Amsterdam and ending with a 3 day extension in Prague, we could have not been more pleased. INGVI is a beautiful vessel and the staff could not be better. As this was our first river cruise we were pleased with the closeness achieved with other passengers and the crew. Christine Couper was fantastic as Program Director. She maintained the programs regardless of the problems which materialized. Every crew member demonstrated such positive attitudes. There was nothing which they would not do to be sure the passenger was happy. Meals prepared under the direction of Denes Sookey were amazing. Michael Logtenberg the hotel manager was involved in everything necessary to keep things running smoothly, even to the point that one day I saw him loading supply's on board. You might see that I was impressed with the crew. As a manager for many years I know how important motivated personnel are. It is clear that Viking recognizes and accomplishes that result. I was also impressed with the high quality of the shore tour programs. Tour guides were professionals knowledgable of the venue and it's history. They related this to the passengers in a manner which was educational, personal, and with personality. Thanks to all for making this a trip to remember. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
our first river cruise and it will not be the last. We could not be happier with the cruise provided by Viking. From the purchase through getting home everything was accomplished in a professional and helpful manner. We used. Viking to ... Read More
our first river cruise and it will not be the last. We could not be happier with the cruise provided by Viking. From the purchase through getting home everything was accomplished in a professional and helpful manner. We used. Viking to provide air service,as well as pre and post cruise city tours. The personnel of Viking were fantastic. The size of the ship allowed the staff to become close to the passengers. This was nice. When we departed fir home it was like leaving a close friend or family member. Tours were very well done. The program director worked overtime to be sure the passengers were entertained. Food was outstanding. This was our 50th anniversary celebration and we could not have been more pleased with our choice of tours. I highly recommend this for travelers of all ages. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I had wanted to visit Europe for decades, and, being recently retired, I felt this was the time to go. I wanted a no-hassle experience. A river cruise with the "hotel" traveling with me, instead of having to pack and unpack at ... Read More
I had wanted to visit Europe for decades, and, being recently retired, I felt this was the time to go. I wanted a no-hassle experience. A river cruise with the "hotel" traveling with me, instead of having to pack and unpack at every stop, was extremely appealing. The moment my wife and I arrived at our cruise ship, we knew something was different. The relaxed, yet organized atmosphere, the cordial staff members, the modern setting, and the sun deck all portended a remarkable experience. We were taken care of like royalty. The food was delicious and abundant; our veranda stateroom, though compact, was comfortable and well-appointed; the staff consistently went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and were enjoying ourselves. Even though several of the cities we visited were in Germany, we found that each city had its own personality, and, though we only got a slight taste of the city, that taste was always well-organized and informative, with well-prepared tourist guides. Everything that happened before our cruise and afterwards felt like "reality." But, as I mentioned to my wife as our plane landed in our home city, the cruise felt like "a dream." There is nothing that we've experienced that can compare to it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Just getting back to reality after a wonderful holiday on the Viking Ingvi, during which we were pampered every step of the way. Great as it was, however, the cruise (Tulips and Windmills from Amsterdam) was not perfect, and as I struggled ... Read More
Just getting back to reality after a wonderful holiday on the Viking Ingvi, during which we were pampered every step of the way. Great as it was, however, the cruise (Tulips and Windmills from Amsterdam) was not perfect, and as I struggled to find a realistic view of what to expect before departure, I hope what follows will help future passengers. To put my comments in perspective, here’s a little bit about us to set the scene…We’ve been keen travellers all our lives, and for many years organised our holidays independently. Then about 10 years ago we discovered cruising – and like many before us were hooked on this effortless way of seeing new places. Since then we’ve been on some 12 cruises with different companies, though mainly with our favourite, Cunard. In other words, our days of budget holidays are past…but though we’re lucky enough to be on a bigger budget these days, value for money is still a prime consideration. CABINS Our first river cruise some three years ago was in the South of France on one of Viking’s older ships, the Viking Neptune. We enjoyed it so much, we’ve been keen to return, and had high expectations of what we would find on the Ingvi, one of the company’s new longships. Well, there’s no doubt the ship is impressive. As befits a vessel with Scandinavian owners, the Viking Ingvi is sleek and airy, with a fresh, pale colour scheme and lots of light wood. Light floods into the public areas, particularly the dining room with its floor to ceiling windows. Our standard cabin – or stateroom to use Viking’s terminology – was on the lower deck and boasted a supremely comfortable king-size bed with duvet and bedding that was changed once during our nine-night trip. We particularly appreciated the luxuriously-fitted bathroom with underheated wood-effect floor, plenty of fluffy white towels and L’Occitane toiletries. There was also a huge wall-mounted TV on which you could get a couple of news channels and choose from a wide selection of films divided into categories such as new releases, romance, history and comedy. A telephone, refrigerator, safe and hairdryer were also provided. Hanging space in the wardrobe was quite limited – we removed the plentiful supply of wooden hangers provided and used our own plastic ones to make the most of it – while the ‘half-height’ picture window promised by Viking turned out to be no more than a third-height at the most, and above the eye-line of anyone under about 5’ 9”. Admittedly, the 150sq ft standard cabins are the lowest-priced on board, but even though we snapped up a late bargain, at well over £100 a night it could hardly be described as cheap. So we were a little surprised to find that we scarcely had room to move about, and if anyone was using the dressing-table stool, the only way round was to climb over the bed. What’s more surprising is that the next category up, French Balcony cabins, for which there is a hefty premium, had even less space, a miserly 135sq ft, the rest presumably having been taken for the balcony. Friends who stayed in one of the much more spacious veranda suites (275sq ft) loved their stateroom, but pointed out that they wouldn’t pay the extra £1,000 or so plus again as they didn’t have a view – or privacy – on at least four days. This was because their side of the boat was either up against the dock wall or parked alongside (ie touching) another river cruise boat. (When docking space is at a premium, boats double park with entrances aligned so that passengers can walk through the neighbouring vessel to get to their boat). FOOD Breakfast: Wide choice of juice, yoghurts, cereal, porridge, fruit, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, pastries and muffins etc available from the buffet in the main dining room. Pancakes, omelettes and poached eggs cooked to order. Lunch: Three-course menu available in the main dining room or a lighter lunch menu served forward of the main lounge, with its open-air terrace particularly popular on warmer days. The choice here tended to be very limited – one day it was chicken, chicken or chicken! Dinner: We ate in the main dining room every night, where we enjoyed a varied selection of dinners occasionally reflecting the areas through which we were travelling. The five courses Viking advertises consisted of an amusee bouche, starter, main, dessert and tea or coffee. Portion sizes are small – one evening one of our dining companions chose trout fillets for his main course and received a small bowl containing just three or four very small fillets…no vegetables or potatoes! Soft drinks, beer and wine are complimentary at mealtimes, with an interesting, high-quality range of wines changing by the day. Snacks: There is no charge either for the hot chocolate, tea and coffee (latte or cappuccino) available at all times from the machine at the entrance to the lounge, together with cookies and pastries. My husband enjoyed the hot chocolate, I found the coffee just acceptable. As mentioned earlier, the dining room has floor to ceiling windows – but unfortunately on several evenings our view was obscured by another boat parked alongside – so close it seemed their passengers were at the next table! EXCURSIONS The fare includes one trip every day. It was noticeable that more additional excursions – to be paid for – are now offered compared with our last trip with Viking, but there was no hard sell as you so often get on sea cruises. The organisation of all the excursions was superb. On our particular cruise a fleet of Viking’s own coaches followed us around, we were well looked after the whole time and the guides provided were all extremely informative. One of the most unusual outings was a walking tour of Hoorn, a historic harbour town packed with old merchant houses and cheese warehouses, followed by a stop for coffee in the home of a local family. We were divided into groups of eight and taken to various addresses – in our case the home of a retired town planner and his wife. They were superb hosts who were happy to answer questions about all aspects of their life while serving up Dutch apple pie, butter cake and the local stroopwafel biscuits (a syrupy caramel filling sandwiched between two thin layers of baked dough). The programme was both wide-ranging and educational – taking in city sights in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent; wartime exploits at Arnhem; an insight into how the Dutch manage the threat of floods; the UNESCO world heritage site of Kinderdijk, with its 19 windmills from the 18th century; Delft pottery; and, of course, the stunning tulip park at Keukenhof. ENTERTAINMENT/ENRICHMENT In addition to the excellent on-board piano player who tinkled away each evening and lunchtime, we were treated to two musical evenings - the first with a Dutch duo whose carefully-chosen programme of standards went down a storm, and the second the Rotterdam Shanty Choir who proved another hit. One night a clog-maker came on board to demonstrate his skills (and sell his wares) while on another there was a demonstration by a silversmith. Programme director Elizabeth ran a couple of quiz/game nights, and also gave Powerpoint presentations on Dutch life, tulips and water management, which we found a bit too 'worthy' for our taste after dinner. CREW In a word – superb. From the indefatigable and highly-organised programme director Elizabeth to our cabin steward, they worked their socks off to ensure everyone had a great holiday. Their success is apparent from the high number of repeat bookings they have every cruise – as we saw at the introductory meeting when there was a huge show of hands from past passengers. IN SUMMARY Nobody’s perfect, but the Ingvi team had a damn good try. At the price we paid, we feel our holiday was value for money, though had we paid the brochure price the verdict would have been different. (For the same price, we could have had a 15-day cruise with Cunard, travelling much further afield, though we would, of course, have had to pay for drinks and excursions.) Would we travel with Viking again? You bet…But for reasons explained earlier, we will not be shelling out for a higher-grade cabin. We will also make sure that we do not end up in cabin 101, where we spent our first night on this holiday. It was directly under the reception area, and though we are not particularly light sleepers the constant movement above kept us awake. As the boat was not full, we were lucky enough to be able to move to midway along the lower deck corridor, where there was no noise from above, though like in all cabins on this deck we were sometimes disturbed by noise from the engines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We cruised the Rhine River on the Viking Ingvi - a brand-new ship for 2014. Starting at Basel, Switzerland and ending in Amsterdam, the trip was magnificent. The amount of activities, the sights, and the people we met - especially in the ... Read More
We cruised the Rhine River on the Viking Ingvi - a brand-new ship for 2014. Starting at Basel, Switzerland and ending in Amsterdam, the trip was magnificent. The amount of activities, the sights, and the people we met - especially in the ports - were all wonderful. The ship was immaculate, the staff friendly and efficient, and the trip could not have been better. Our tour guides on shore were knowledgeable, friendly and so very interesting. We came away from each town on the Rhine with knowledge that gave us a sense of knowing what it's like to live there. We were not tourists; we were travelers. Food aboard ship and on land was very good. I must thank Nick Hale, our Program Director, for more than one night of incredible fun. We wish our friend Nick well in his voyages! Make no mistake, this is not a "cut-rate" trip. It was not cheap. But what we got for the money was excellent. Hats off to the Duke's Palace Hotel in Bruges, Belgium: an absolutely top-notch destination in a storybook town. We chose Bruges for our extension tour after the cruise. Will definitely go back to Bruges! In short, Viking's Rhine River cruise was excellent and we highly recommend the Switzerland-to-Amsterdam (heading downstream) route. If you want to see Europe in one trip, this could be the way to do it!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We flew from Philadelphia to Amsterdam and were met at Schilpol Airport by a Viking agent. From there a Viking driver took us on the Viking coach to the Moevinpick Hotel. The hotel was wonderful-the food in the bar & restaurant( Silk ... Read More
We flew from Philadelphia to Amsterdam and were met at Schilpol Airport by a Viking agent. From there a Viking driver took us on the Viking coach to the Moevinpick Hotel. The hotel was wonderful-the food in the bar & restaurant( Silk Road ) was excellent. We were greeted at the reception desk with a warm welcome. Esther took us on a wonderful tour of the city-she is a great guide. After 2 days there we boarded the Ingvi at the port. Our cabin was more than we expected with ample room for everything we had. Suitcases went under the bed with no problem. Storage was enough for all that we had. Our program director, Nick Hale was THE BEST!!! He always had us laughing. Our waiters, Irinel, Ivo, were also wonderful, as were the bartenders, Sasha & George. Food was always good & plentiful. Our shore excursions were informative and the guides were well informed. To sum our trip up. I would absolutely go again on a Viking cruise. I have already recommended it to others. All in all, I loved everything about the journey. Thanks to all the crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Having never been abroad before, much less ever cruised, this was an absolutely FABULOUS experience! From the moment we arrived at the ship until the last good-bye, it was perfect! The crew was amazing and all spoke English (thank ... Read More
Having never been abroad before, much less ever cruised, this was an absolutely FABULOUS experience! From the moment we arrived at the ship until the last good-bye, it was perfect! The crew was amazing and all spoke English (thank goodness). The ship was beautiful and very well maintained. The shore excursions were wonderful, extremely educational and the guides were awesome (again, all English speaking)! The food was excellent with perfect sized portions and a terrific variety. The atmosphere was casual and we met lots of interesting people from all over. We couldn't recommend Viking any more highly to anyone who is considering a river cruise anywhere in the world. In fact, we just told a couple about our experience and they have already booked their cruise for 2015! We'll be going again, no question!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our first cruise, ever! What an amazing experience it was! We're hooked. River cruising is a fabulous way to travel. With only 190 or so fellow travelers on board, it is intimate and not overwhelming. You have lots of ... Read More
This was our first cruise, ever! What an amazing experience it was! We're hooked. River cruising is a fabulous way to travel. With only 190 or so fellow travelers on board, it is intimate and not overwhelming. You have lots of opportunities to meet people from around the world, and even some quite close to home. From the moment we boarded the ship in Amsterdam until the morning we (sadly) left for home, everything was more than we ever expected. The ship was beautiful and extremely well maintained. The all-English-speaking staff was outstanding and treated each of us as though we were family. The shore excursions were well organized and LOADED with history and information. The English-speaking guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and personable. The food on board the ship never ceased to amaze us. The portions were perfect, the choices were unending and the service was top-notch. Our stateroom was immaculate every single day. We couldn't have asked for more. And with a walking track on the top deck, we even managed to get extra exercise and lose a few pounds in the process. And that says nothing about how beautiful the Rhine River is and what a fabulous river to cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Overall, a fantastic experience.  Having a full sized Mercedes bus pick us up at the Amsterdam Airport (we were the only two passengers) made us feel like royalty. We were met at the ship by a friendly gentleman named Nicholas Hale. Only ... Read More
Overall, a fantastic experience.  Having a full sized Mercedes bus pick us up at the Amsterdam Airport (we were the only two passengers) made us feel like royalty. We were met at the ship by a friendly gentleman named Nicholas Hale. Only later did we learn he was the cruise director! The ship was immaculate and the crew was extremely helpful and friendly. Everyone working on the ship made you feel like their personal friend to the point where you wanted to invite them along on shore excursions. However, they never lost sight of their duty to Viking and the ship and usually had to decline and stay onboard. In retrospect, I believe traveling against the current on the Rhine is a bit of a disadvantage for the tourist. Viking does its best to give its passengers access to historic points of interest along the route but you can't help notice that the boat must fight the current to stay on schedule. The timetable becomes a factor. Perhaps traveling downstream would be the more advantageous route? The food is delicious, the service is superb. You are so pampered you won't want to go home! If you are fortunate to have Mr. Nick Hale for your cruise director you are in for a treat. He could easily have his own televised standup comedy show if Viking had not secured his services. One last kudo to Viking; their use of headset for the guided excursions is a great benefit. They allow you to hear everything your guide has to offer even if you are at the back of the group. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Not only was the cruise delightful, but every meal was carefully planned to meet my special dietary needs. I thought I would never be able to eat wienerschnitzel again, but the chef prepared if from scratch especially for me. Rhine River: ... Read More
Not only was the cruise delightful, but every meal was carefully planned to meet my special dietary needs. I thought I would never be able to eat wienerschnitzel again, but the chef prepared if from scratch especially for me. Rhine River: I thought that maybe I would have to stay behind a lot on the shore excursions because of my physical limitations, but they had a "slow group" which was for people just like me (with a cane) and I only had to sit out maybe one castle or two at most. The windmills were majestic, the castle ruins were hauntingly beautiful, the quaint villages were lovely to shop in, and i loved the Christmas stores. We collect Nutcrackers, and we found 3 on our journey!! I will remember this cruise for the rest of my life! Simply Amazing! Finally, the ship was named IngVi. Well, my Mom was name Inge V. and she had this on her license plate! she passed away 12 years ago. She would have loved, loved, loved! this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My wife and I have cruised on our on sail & powerboats for 30 years so going on a cruise ship was never an option because of the number of passengers. The Viking Long Boat was just the right fit and we loved the fact that everyone on ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised on our on sail & powerboats for 30 years so going on a cruise ship was never an option because of the number of passengers. The Viking Long Boat was just the right fit and we loved the fact that everyone on the cruise got together,in the same dinnig room and lounge, and we were not lost in a huge group of people. We had about 180 passengers and we got to meet many of them. The crew was also small so again we got to have personal relationships. We had two captains,because 1/2 way through our cruise the first one went on Holiday. They were both great and very accessible, as was all the staff. The staff wanted to be sure we enjoyed every minute of our stay on the Ingvi. Nick Hale our program director was outstanding and really made the trip for us. Our Hotel Manager,Heike Murphy could not have been nicer.The Concierge gal was from Poland and was lovely and full of enthusiasm as was all the crew.She and my wife who is half Polish hit it off and she was most helpful in making suggestions for our next cruise. The tours were outstanding. Our pick up in Basel and our off load in Amsterdam was military precission and flawless. The food was outstanding and Nick provided an array of entertainment. As I said we cruise on our own boat so the small accomodations were no issue and the room was well appointed and we especially enjoyed the bow cam on the T.V. House keeping did an excellant job and all of the housekeeping staff were very thorough and extremely pleasant. Dinning was excellant and the fact their wer options of where to eat, especially duringthe day made for a most relaxing time as we watched the shore line pass by and observed the river traffic. We highly recommend Viking to anyone looking for and exceptional cruise and the tours that are provided Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our second booking with Viking. Our first on the Danube was shortened because of extreme flooding last year. Viking handled the situation superbly, and provided a credit which was a pleasant surprise and made it possible for us to ... Read More
This was our second booking with Viking. Our first on the Danube was shortened because of extreme flooding last year. Viking handled the situation superbly, and provided a credit which was a pleasant surprise and made it possible for us to book again. This time we cruised on the picturesque Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel. First about our ship - The Ingvi. Beautifully designed, quiet, and surprisingly roomy. Our room with real balcony was functional and provided adequate space for storage. The bathroom and shower were very well planned and met all our requirements. The restaurant, Aquavit Terrace and other public spaces were well laid out. The upper deck was excellent for lounging and sightseeing. The Staff - Viking staff in every aspect were competent, pleasant and attentive. The Program Director, Nick, was not only competent, but a born comedian and performer of boundless energy. Sasha, the maître de, was very attentive to my wife's dietary restrictions as was all his staff. Minho, the Chef, provided us with great meals that were nicely presented and delicious. Wine flowed generously until you said stop, please. The Cruise - From Amsterdam to Basel the Rhine was a beautiful trail throughout the cruise. Viking has become the leader of the river cruise market, and rightfully so. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our first 'river cruise' and we are delighted that we chose Viking River Cruises to sail along the Rhine River. From the moment we stepped aboard we were warmly greeted and well cared for by an amazing team of crew ... Read More
This was our first 'river cruise' and we are delighted that we chose Viking River Cruises to sail along the Rhine River. From the moment we stepped aboard we were warmly greeted and well cared for by an amazing team of crew members. The ship is less than 6 months old and it was a delight to be on board a clean, sleek, and well-designed boat. We had a cabin on the highest deck and while not huge, it was plenty big enough with lots of storage space for clothes and shoes, and space under the bed to store our suitcases. The big screen TV in the room was a nice bonus and the bed was very comfortable. (Pillows are on the soft side, which I loved.) Each day included some sort of tour, mostly via bus trips. These were well-organized excursions on beautiful buses. Each person is issued a wearable headset so that everyone can hear the tour guide. These proved so useful. They were easy to use and worked beautifully. And each local tour guide was truly superb. They had great knowledge of the subject and the area and they were skillful in moving the group along and answering questions. Food: there are two options for dining: the very casual upper lounge and the formal dining room. We found that the dining room offered a much better option for us with more choices. The food was excellent and one night everyone was welcomed into the small galley where all the chefs were proud to show off what they do in a small space. Breakfasts always included eggs and omelets made-to-order along with numerous meats and side dishes and breads/pastries. Lunch always included beautiful and tasty and creative side salads and a pasta dish along with several options for ordering off the menu. Dinners were creative and always offered a nice variety of options. We found it helpful to sit in the same area each night so that the server gets to know you and your preferences. We found the itinerary beautifully planned with stops at great locations, nearby towns and villages, and a good combination of bus tours and walking tours and sometimes cruising along the river by day. On the day we were to sail along the area of the Rhine studded with castles we had changeable weather - from bright sun to clouds to fog, with a very cold wind. (early September) So while the weather was disappointing, it was still a great way to travel! Our cruise director, Nick, was an unstoppable man with a great sense of humor. He made the trip extra enjoyable, as did the wait staff and bar staff. Every crew member showed us the utmost respect, performed their jobs very well, and made us feel very welcome. Our group of 4 felt there were just two things that could be improved upon: 1.) We wish there were some tables for 4 in the formal dining room. Each night there were always new people to meet, and while that is not really terrible, there were some nights that we just didn't want to have to 'meet and greet' yet another couple or two. 2.) Bus trips: we were on the younger side (late 50s) of the age group and wish that there was a bus for "fit and active" people who all moved at the same (faster) pace. Perhaps people could self-identify if they want to be in an 'active' or 'leisure' bus. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, the ship, the staff, the locations, the tour guides, the food, and the entire experience. It exceeded our expectations - and we do a lot of traveling! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Viking Ingvi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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