1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Our first river cruise was delightful. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly helpful staff made it enjoyable. The food was enjoyable with the menu reflecting the countries that we were passing through as well as offering other choices plus ... Read More
Our first river cruise was delightful. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly helpful staff made it enjoyable. The food was enjoyable with the menu reflecting the countries that we were passing through as well as offering other choices plus a standard menu. The evening meals were normally at 7.00p.m. with one sitting and plenty of time to chat over the provided glass of wine. Dress was smart casual with the emphasis on casual. I only noticed one person wearing a jacket. Entertainment was limited. The pianist was good and each evening there was a local "speciality act" including opera or folk. The included trips were interesting with plenty of walking. Several of the cities had many cobbled streets and we were glad of our sure footed shoes. Some of the trips also had a significant number of steps so it is worth enquiring about this before hand if you have difficulty walking as the older buildings tended not to have disabled access. Most cities had a charge for using the rest rooms "Pay to Pee" which varied from 50 Euro cents to a Euro so make sure you have some coins as not all had a person to give change. Even McDonalds had a 50 cent entry machine. The ship occasionally docked outside town and then shuttle buses were freely provided. Most towns were busy and the ship often docked alongside other hotel boats so the view from the cabin could disappear. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We have sailed on both Viking River and Viking Ocean ships, which we have enjoyed a great deal. When we saw the itinerary for this trip we decided to go. We are very glad that we did, because we had the most wonderful time. The ports of ... Read More
We have sailed on both Viking River and Viking Ocean ships, which we have enjoyed a great deal. When we saw the itinerary for this trip we decided to go. We are very glad that we did, because we had the most wonderful time. The ports of call were all amazing. We saw and learned a great deal at each stop. All the tour guides were excellent and we especially found the tour guide for the Schonbrunn Palace to be exceptional. There were many highlights of the trip, but two I would like to mention was the Mozart and Strauss concert we attended in Vienna and sailing through the Wachau Valley. We found the service on the ship to be excellent. We were met at Munich Airport by Viking representatives and were brought to the ship promptly, where our cabin was ready for us, and lunch was being served. The wait staff in the dining room was very attentive, the bar staff was top notch and our cabin was kept spotless. Even though we had a substitute program director he did a great job. The hotel director went out of his way to make sure the guests had a good time. We met many nice people and enjoyed dining with them. We found the food to be good. A nice touch was there was coffee and tea service available all day long. In the evening there was a pianist in the lounge and there was an occasional evening activity. The reason why I did not give this trip a 5 star rating was that we have sailed Viking in the past and found the Viking Legend did not have some of the amenities the other ships have. We missed the Aquavit Terrace and the food choices that were available there. We also found that the ship was in need of some updating in that we saw carpets that were worn and needed replacement. We also missed the heated bathroom floors. Before sailing, many fellow passengers received notice that the water level on the Danube was low, but we never received this e-mail. On day 6 of the cruise we were informed that the water level was too low to sail into Budapest and we would have to dock about 45 minutes away and would be bused into Budapest. We were disappointed we would not be sailing into Budapest at night, as we heard this was an amazing experience. Due to many passengers having early morning flights back to the USA, and the ship was docked a distance from the airport, Viking put a number of passengers on the last night into a hotel in Budapest. We were one of the people put into the hotel and I have to commend Viking for how they handled the situation. Even though we had to pack a day earlier than planned and say goodbye sooner to friends we had met, Viking placed us into a very nice hotel, provided a buffet dinner and had a bagged breakfast ready for us in the morning. In the morning the program director was at the hotel making sure we got on the buses safely to get to the airport. In summary we enjoyed our vacation and great deal and hope to sail on Viking again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I've always wanted to take a Viking River Cruise and was finally able to check it off my bucket list this September. I'd heard many great things about them and wasn't disappointed. The service was impeccable, the food ... Read More
I've always wanted to take a Viking River Cruise and was finally able to check it off my bucket list this September. I'd heard many great things about them and wasn't disappointed. The service was impeccable, the food delicious, the cabin extremely comfortable. There was always a snack available (a selection of coffees and teas from the beverage station, fresh fruit, fresh cookies) and there was always something going on. The nightly entertainment was pleasant, the selection on the television varied (not that we watched much). I loved the policy of unassigned seating, which gave you a chance to meet other cruisers. We did meet a great couple and had most of our meals together, with a revolving cast of characters each meal. Although we didn't sign on for any of the "special" (additional cost) land tours, all of the tours except one (in Passau) were wonderful and told you a great deal about the port. I would highly recommend this or any Viking River Cruise. The Danube was at historic lows and there was the fear that we might not be able to cruise to each of the ports (Passau, Linz, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest), they cut short our stop in Bratislava to ensure we could cruise to Budapest because of low water levels. The staff was fantastic and personable and would do anything to enhance your cruise experience. It was a bit expensive but I would definitely go again for a special occasion. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have had two ocean cruises on the small motor sailer Winds tar. Outstanding. We expected similar experience from the heavily advertised Viking Danube cruise. This was another low water summer, but we were lucky. We did not have to ... Read More
We have had two ocean cruises on the small motor sailer Winds tar. Outstanding. We expected similar experience from the heavily advertised Viking Danube cruise. This was another low water summer, but we were lucky. We did not have to change ships. We were unlucky in that we were docked three ships abreast turning our stateroom into a dark cave most of the time. I gather this is often the case. Our balcony was not a balcony. It was a sliding window. We had one day of no a/c. We had fumes overpowering us when our neighboring ships exhaust lined up with our intake. Passengers were ill and no one could stay in their staterooms. Another half day, no water. Throughout this, no information disseminated to the passengers who finally had a harsh confrontation with the ships steward. Tours were adequate, with a couple exceptions...biking in Wachau Valley was fabulous and could have been twice as long. Dining was in a dreary room, never outside. Food was good but menu choices repetitive. Passengers were surprisingly underdressed in the evening, many in their shorts and tees from the daytime. Don’t bother taking much in the elegant casual realm. The demographic was quite frail on the whole and the day trips labeled active were only moderate. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Viking Danube Waltz River Cruise August 2018. First two days in hotel due to low water levels. Fourth day in Vienna and ship broke down.p, generator failed. Spent three days trying to fix it but couldn’t. . Bussed to Germany and two ... Read More
Viking Danube Waltz River Cruise August 2018. First two days in hotel due to low water levels. Fourth day in Vienna and ship broke down.p, generator failed. Spent three days trying to fix it but couldn’t. . Bussed to Germany and two more days in hotel. Viking and TripMate insurance will not acknowledge ship broke down. It is as if the ship never existed. Received 25% refund and future voucher. Further compensation denied by both stating that LOW WATER LEVELS resulted in itinerary changes. A COMPLETE LIE. The only low water levels were in Budapest at start of trip. We splurged and paid $12,000 for a suite since it was our 50th anniversary and would be our last big trip due to health issues and our only view on the ship was the stateroom of the boat parked next to us. In all my calls and correspondence not once was the ship Legend mentioned and that it had broken down. I got the silent treatment when I brought it up. We missed two destinations, Krems and Linz and never cruised an inch. We could not use the 25% off voucher for a future cruise and that was all Iwe was trying to get compensation for. I have never dealt with anyone as dishonest as Viking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Don’t book book Viking river cruises. We bought the 7-day Danube Waltz from Aug 5 – 12, 2018, and spent one night cruising. Viking gave us a bus tour with hotel stays. Their boat broke down – couldn’t flush the toilets a lot of ... Read More
Don’t book book Viking river cruises. We bought the 7-day Danube Waltz from Aug 5 – 12, 2018, and spent one night cruising. Viking gave us a bus tour with hotel stays. Their boat broke down – couldn’t flush the toilets a lot of the time – and their compensation is 25 percent of our paid cruise fare, not including the airfare we had to pay to get there. We had low water at the start in Budpest and no boat, but even tough the water had been down for a month, they didn’t reschedule the cruise. For the low water, they gave us a 25 percent future cruise voucher that expires in one year. But the rest of the nonexistent cruise was Viking not taking care of its boat. I feel as though Viking is the car salesman who sells you a Mercedes, but delivers you a Yugo, and then says he will give you a discount on your next Mercedes. By withholding an appropriate refund, Viking is asking us to cover the cost of its repairs and to pick up the tab for a cruise they failed to deliver. I wrote the chairman, Torstein Hagen, but Viking said the 25 percent refund is the best they will do. Sounds like a bait-and-switch scam. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
My mom likes to take her 3 "girls" (all in our 50's) on a trip each summer. This time she picked a doozy. We did the 7 night Danube Waltz with the 4 night pre-cruise extension (Munich and Salzburg). The hotels were ... Read More
My mom likes to take her 3 "girls" (all in our 50's) on a trip each summer. This time she picked a doozy. We did the 7 night Danube Waltz with the 4 night pre-cruise extension (Munich and Salzburg). The hotels were well located, and the tours were good. It was nice to have some time to get over jet lag before boarding. Embarkation (for us) went smoothly - we pretty much just walked on, got our keys, and that was it. The ship was docked quite a way outside of Passau, and an afternoon shower meant those arriving late had to literally wade through a deep, muddy puddle to get to the ship. The ship moved in to an in town dock later that evening. That was very odd. I was surprised at how casual the ship was. My sister asked if there was a dress code for evenings, and was told no, and then "as long as you're wearing something!" Many, including me, wore shorts to the dining room many nights (it did get warm by the kitchen). Dining staff was wonderful - so cheerful all the time! Food was decent (a bit hit or miss sometimes), but besides some regional specialties there were always chicken, steak, and fish. Wine poured freely! Sodas as well. Wifi was also included, although it wasn't speedy. My DH and I kept up well via Facebook messenger and email. My sister was a bit frustrated trying to use Facetime (don't), and iMessage (often took a while), and downloading videos of her grandkids (not recommended, but I suppose it was worth it to her). The ship was compact, nicely kept, the cabins a bit on the small size (even compared to ocean cruises). We had our beds separated, which didn't help, I'm sure. I found the beds a bit hard and narrow, but after all that walking daily, I still managed to sleep well enough. We had a "french balcony" on the main level. French balcony apparently means big window (almost, but not quite, floor to ceiling) and a rail to lean on. The cabin was just a couple feet above the waterline, which made for very nice cruising, the few times we cruised during the day. There are cabins below which have small widows just above the waterline. I don't think those would appeal to me at all. The cabins one floor up wouldn't be as close to the water, plus would have the sundeck (and associated chair moving) above, which also wouldn't appeal to me, so I think we chose well. We went through 10 locks, so of course we were on the top deck for the first one (and the last, which was very deep). One side of the ship was always right up against the edge of the lock. If you were on that side, you felt you could just step over the rail.If you were in the cabin, it would get very dark as the ship sank with the water level. Of course if you took the Budapest to Passau cruise, you'd be rising with the water. Most of the tour guides for the included tours were good (one in Munich was dreadful, but our guide for Neuschwanstein more than made up for him). All guides spoke English well, and the headsets were great. We ended up taking the "easy" tours much of the time, since one sister had just injured her knee. It's nice to know they have that option, although you may miss a few things that require more steps/cobblestones/standing. We took a few extra tours (Spanish Riding school in Vienna, a home hosted visit). I found them a good break from cathedrals, churches, and castles (we still saw plenty of those!) I really love that they hand you water whenever you leave the ship, and have it available in the room (no charge). They also have umbrellas available if needed. The buses were comfortable, and never overcrowded. There were some "enrichment" activities, including making strudel, some talks, tours of the tiny galley and even tinier bridge. There were some singers one night, but the less said about them, the better. Ouch. Overall, an excellent experience. As for value for money, um, it wasn't cheap - I'm glad Mom paid! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We booked this cruise for it's Itinerary. Especially enjoyed the cities visited and the scenic countryside. The Viking staff was professional, accommodating, efficient, but not intrusive. The cruise director, as well as, all the ... Read More
We booked this cruise for it's Itinerary. Especially enjoyed the cities visited and the scenic countryside. The Viking staff was professional, accommodating, efficient, but not intrusive. The cruise director, as well as, all the staff, kept us informed of all procedures and processes. We liked the basic all in one pricing structure. The boat was very clean and easy to navigate. An older boat, the cabin was still well appointed, comfortable and very pleasant. Transfers from airport, to and from excursions were excellent and extremely well organized. The guides for the shore excursions were knowledgeable and friendly. The tour coaches were modern and clean, comfortable with good views. Food choices were varied and plentiful. We really liked the menu items suggested by the region visited. By the nature of the cruise the entertainment was limited, but good quality, fun and relaxing. We would definitely recommend Viking river cruises and plan to book in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this particular cruise because we wanted to see a part of Europe we had never seen before and to also celebrate our 25 year anniversary. Viking was a dream vacation we had saved for and we were not disappointed at all! We also ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because we wanted to see a part of Europe we had never seen before and to also celebrate our 25 year anniversary. Viking was a dream vacation we had saved for and we were not disappointed at all! We also were lucky enough to meet and make friends with a Federal Judge on board with us who was allowed by the captain to renew our vows in the ships library, and which the crew also helped by creating a beautiful area for us, plus our guest services attendant surprised me by making a bouquet of roses for me, plus surprising us with a cake, towel swans and hearts with balloons and champagne waiting for us in our room, plus the events coordinator (who sings quite well), dedicated a song for us too! Viking cruises will be the only cruise line I will use again in the future! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
First time on River Cruise. Really appreciated the size and intimacy of a river cruise. Also, being able to walk off the ship right into town for serval of the ports/ cities along the Danube. Service was excellent. Really enjoyed most of ... Read More
First time on River Cruise. Really appreciated the size and intimacy of a river cruise. Also, being able to walk off the ship right into town for serval of the ports/ cities along the Danube. Service was excellent. Really enjoyed most of the excursions. Excellent in country guides. Highlights of the trip: mid day organ concert in Passau, sailing through the Wachau Valley, Sailing into Budapest at night, visit to Gottesweig Abbey, Mozart Concert in Vienna, visit to Medieval Town of Czesy Krumwald( Czech Republic. ) Food was a bit of a letdown. breakfast were fine but dinners lacked taste. We decided to have two dinners off the ship. Found a fun Greek restaurant in the square in KremsAustria and an excellent Hungarian restaurant along the Danube by the Chain Bridge in Budapest. Really appreciated the daily briefing provided by David our Cruise Director. Evening entertainment was a bit hokey. Enjoyed how to make apple strudel demonstration with ships chef. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Nearly everything was great. The cabin was a little too small, the bathroom shower had the tendency of wetting all the floor of the bathroom. The crew did a superior job of keeping it clean and only worked when we were away. The ... Read More
Nearly everything was great. The cabin was a little too small, the bathroom shower had the tendency of wetting all the floor of the bathroom. The crew did a superior job of keeping it clean and only worked when we were away. The ship was ably crewed and the personnel was friendly and competent. Dining was excellent, the wine selection was acceptable. Board entertainment was above average for such a small ship. Excursions were above average with practically no idle time. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy and pleasant. Complimentary bottled water and umbrellas were always available. Unlimited free coffee, tea and snacks were an added bonus. It was impossible to get access to an aspirin while on navigation. No children traveled with us. The cruise was not for children, most of the passengers were seniors including my wife and I. We definitely will cruise with one of your ships next year, probably we will try a sea cruise. Practically everything was included, avoiding the customary nickel and diming of most cruises. David, the entertainment officer deserves a special applause. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose it because of small boat and we had never been to this area. The service and food were top notch. Viking in my opinion was an excellent choice. Met a lot of people on board of ship. I felt the crew did go out of their way to take ... Read More
We chose it because of small boat and we had never been to this area. The service and food were top notch. Viking in my opinion was an excellent choice. Met a lot of people on board of ship. I felt the crew did go out of their way to take care of us. We enjoyed our trip so much we have booked another river cruise for 2019. Everyday getting on and off boat was easy. Where boat docked it would of been easy to just go for a walk or sightseeing on your own. We elected to do as many group activities as possible and were never disappointed. The tour guides on shore gave us many personal experiences of the area we were in. it would of been nice to have an exercise area but no facilities at all. The language spoken by all employees and tour guides was very good English. We hit a week of perfect weather which made trip even better. Read Less
A++
Sail Date: June 2018
Pampered from first day to the last. We will definitely take another Viking Cruise. The staff was so very caring and helpful. I needed a gluten free menu and the extra given to me to take care that I had food I could eat was amazing. The ... Read More
Pampered from first day to the last. We will definitely take another Viking Cruise. The staff was so very caring and helpful. I needed a gluten free menu and the extra given to me to take care that I had food I could eat was amazing. The tour guides were exceptional. The Abbey with the Apricot Snapps was amazingly beautiful and only Viking tourists were present. The daily trips were wonderful from the timing to the bus drivers to what we saw. We did some extras and the Wine Garden in Vienna was our best trip. We didnthe Prestay in Munich and Saltzburg. Our hotels were great as was the Neuwienstein Castle and the Sound If Music day. We met the most lovely people aboard and will be friends with several for life. Thanks Viking for such Hospitality. We will return and hopefully try one of your Ocean Cruises. A++ Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because we had never been to the cities and countries included in the tour. The entire experience was delightful, especially the food, staff, and excursions. We met some amazing people and learned so much from the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been to the cities and countries included in the tour. The entire experience was delightful, especially the food, staff, and excursions. We met some amazing people and learned so much from the excursions led by educated and informed guides. The dining experience was both visually and gastronomically pleasing, and we grew fond of the cheerful and attentive staff. We always felt well cared for and found answers to our questions at the front desk. The cabins were kept immaculate and well stocked with towels and bath products. We enjoyed the lectures and informative meetings in the lounge, especially the Mozart lecture before the concert in Vienna. The lecture on the history of the Danube along with a slide show was fascinating. We left the ship with rich memories and new knowledge. I think of the cruise every day and am eager to cruise again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose the Danube Waltz Cruise because it sailed through a part of Europe we had never seen. Also, because of the casual dress code and and lesser number of passengers on a river boat.We enjoyed the superb accommodation and excellent ... Read More
We chose the Danube Waltz Cruise because it sailed through a part of Europe we had never seen. Also, because of the casual dress code and and lesser number of passengers on a river boat.We enjoyed the superb accommodation and excellent service provided by Viking. Our stateroom on the main deck was comfortable and the house keeping was meticulous. We had the daily schedule placed on our bed every evening. It gave us the history of the places we will visit and details of optional activities. This was very helpful . Viking did a good job of arranging trained English speaking guides. We enjoyed the daily included tours. We kept the afternoon to ourselves for a short nap and the a walk to explore the place in our own . We had choices for our meals and the service was first rate. We also got to dine with a limited number of people and made a few cruise buddies! Viking staff were helpful and courteous at all times. We would recommend the Viking Danube Waltz Cruise to first timers and others who prefer a river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This was one river cruise that I could go on by myself since I had nobody to travel with this time. The vessel was the oldest but very clean and well maintained. The bathroom was a little small but worked out OK for my needs. Other ... Read More
This was one river cruise that I could go on by myself since I had nobody to travel with this time. The vessel was the oldest but very clean and well maintained. The bathroom was a little small but worked out OK for my needs. Other than sleep and shower I was not in my cabin much. The cleaning staff did a very nice job and were very pleasant to talk with. the dining was excellent and the staff was outstanding. They were very friendly and fun and help in any was possible. Entertainment on board was great and the cruise director was very good and helpful. She had a great personality and really seemed to enjoy her job. Her talks on the places we were going were fun and also informative. I would like to give a special thanks to the (2) young woman who were working the lounge and the piano player also. They were extremely nice people, very good service from all and just a pleasure to be around. They really made my evenings while we were sailing most enjoyable. I look forward to me next Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My best friend and I chose this trip for a special 60th birthday cruise and a retirement present for myself. As first time cruisers of this type we thought an all inclusive escorted cruise was the way to go and it certainly was. The ship ... Read More
My best friend and I chose this trip for a special 60th birthday cruise and a retirement present for myself. As first time cruisers of this type we thought an all inclusive escorted cruise was the way to go and it certainly was. The ship was clean and the crew were all welcoming and pleasant. Our cabin was relaxing and the floor to ceiling window was so nice to see all the scenery we were passing going down the river. The dining was amazing, our plan was to have eggs benedict every morning and creme brulee every night, the food was so fresh and some of the best I've ever had. Not one thing was near sub-par. The chef highlighted and explained the regional specialties and even gave us a tour of the kitchen. The mid ship coffee-cookie station was a favorite spot, every night Raquel would put out "good-night" oatmeal cookies and macaroons plus chocolate chip cookies were available all day with all varieties of teas and coffees. The library was a quiet place at the back of the ship to sit and relax to take in the scenery. The shore excursions were well planned, I would of liked to have had more time to shop for souvenirs. The tour buses were very comfortable, what a great way to sight-see on the way to the excursions. I would definitely go again and am thinking about an ocean cruise with Viking based on the river cruise experience. Going into Budapest at night with the well lit buildings and bridges was a sight I'll never forget. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Second riverboat cruise, since enjoyed first one so much. Like personal touch of riverboats. Comfortable rooms and well-serviced. Get to know other travelers with open seating at all meals; have made many new friends on our cruises. ... Read More
Second riverboat cruise, since enjoyed first one so much. Like personal touch of riverboats. Comfortable rooms and well-serviced. Get to know other travelers with open seating at all meals; have made many new friends on our cruises. Attentive staff who quickly learned our names and beverage preferences. Shore excursions included, and most guides are very good. Each meal had a featured menu for the area visiting. Daily newsletters very informational. Also, additional activities were added, e.g. another shore excursion, entertainment, on-board lecture. Everything on the boat was great. Customer Service at headquarters was not as good the second time around. Did not have just one rep to work with. Reps were not as knowledgeable about cruise and itinerary as the first cruise we took. Also, the map and itinerary in book we received prior to sailing was incorrect. Improvements needed in Customer Service, We are looking forward to taking another cruise next year, but will be more contentious of Customer Service and not take some things for granted and get more info in writing rather than orally. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We were “warned” that this ship was on its last legs for Viking. I hope this is not the case. We sailed her last week from Budapest to Passau. The ship was completely renovated. New carpet, furnishings and decor. Nothing showed any ... Read More
We were “warned” that this ship was on its last legs for Viking. I hope this is not the case. We sailed her last week from Budapest to Passau. The ship was completely renovated. New carpet, furnishings and decor. Nothing showed any signs of wear. It was great. The staff seemed proud of their “new” ship. The winter weather was gone and we had a great time. The ship is still without an elevator. A few things still needed completion, the networked items, saves and televisions only partially worked. The staff accommodated my mobility problem very well. Viking has very special excursions, we enjoyed the night of music and dance in Vienna. When we cruise, my wife and I enjoy sea days to rest. There is no rest days here- the itenerary has too much to see and do. It was wonderful. This was our first river cruise, we will be back One day. We recommend the 2 night extension in Budapest it was very instructive, the Corinthia hotel was very nice and a good location. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first ever river cruise and I was pleasantly surprised. Our cabin was very nice and the service was outstanding. Loved the intimacy of the boat and the fact that we got to meet to many wonderful people and made some lasting ... Read More
This was our first ever river cruise and I was pleasantly surprised. Our cabin was very nice and the service was outstanding. Loved the intimacy of the boat and the fact that we got to meet to many wonderful people and made some lasting friendships. We explored Munich prior to getting on the boat and Viking did such a wonderful job of making that so enjoyable. There was nothing that we had to worry about. Embarkation and disembarkation was also so smooth. Every detail was arranged and so well organized, even at the airport of arrival and departure. The dining experience was great each and every night. Loved all of the port excursions and the fact that they are included in the one price. We took many additional ones to take advantage of all we could see and do and everything was organized and effortless on our part. This is a cruise that I would definitely do again. As a matter of fact, we did have another one booked. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We decided on the Viking Danube Waltz River Cruise for our 40th Wedding Anniversary celebration because of it's all inclusiveness/little planning on our part appeal. We have never been outside of the United States except for a ... Read More
We decided on the Viking Danube Waltz River Cruise for our 40th Wedding Anniversary celebration because of it's all inclusiveness/little planning on our part appeal. We have never been outside of the United States except for a tropical Disney Cruise. We were dreading the long flights since we don't even like 3 hours flights within the states, but we survived. We toured from Passau to Budapest with most stops in Austria. We signed up for all of the included tours and thoroughly enjoyed them all . . . knowledgeable and easy to understand guides and having the headsets was great. I could hang back to take pictures and still hear what was going on ahead of me and catch up. The food on the ship was excellent and our servers very attentive. There was a buffet at breakfast and lunch as well as the choice to order off of a menu. I enjoyed an omelet prepared to my liking every morning and a delicious blueberry muffin - both on the buffet. Ordering from the menu at lunch and dinner is a gourmet meal experience. Several courses, small portions and inviting presentations. Most everything was delicious. Unless you want specialty beers, wine or mixed drinks, no need to upgrade your beverage package . . . you get endless wine and beer. We don't drink so it would be nice to be able to pay a little less to not have that benefit. The couple we sat with for most dinners each drank at least 3 glasses of wine with their meal . . . they were getting more bang for the buck ;) We had a French Balcony room which was perfect. It was too chilly to be sitting out on a Veranda in October. Between the drawers and closet, we had plenty of room to store all of our things with room under the bed to store our empty suitcases. It was as if an elf was cleaning it as we seldom actually saw our maid. The Viking Legend and others like it have been retired so this may no longer be an issue, but the shower curtain was difficult to keep from allowing water to escape . . . that's really my only complaint about the room. I think the showers have glass doors in the Longships they are sailing now. It seemed most people on our cruise were from the states and around our age or older. We were 59 and 61 at the time. I think I saw one girl about 11 traveling with her mother . . . they were the young folk on the ship, but seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. As I'm writing this review of our cruise last year, we've just booked another . . . the Rhine Getaway in July. So, that should tell you that we had a great time and are ready for another European adventure less than a year later. I highly recommend taking a Viking Cruise. And get in on a 2 for 1 package . . .I notice people paying much more than we paid . . . so unnecessary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This region, it's history and its variety of cities and countryside were of great interest to us. This time of year was particularly appealing. The entire staff performed beyond our expectations. Professional, friendly, caring, ... Read More
This region, it's history and its variety of cities and countryside were of great interest to us. This time of year was particularly appealing. The entire staff performed beyond our expectations. Professional, friendly, caring, vigilante to our every need. highlights, for us, included the side trip to Terezin, Cresky Krumlov, and viewing the countryside from the boat. Loved going through the locks too. Accompanying our chef to the market in Vienna was an unexpected pleasure. Great guy and a great inside view of the market and his resources.. Every tour guide was so well informed. Easy to understand and their knowledge of history was so impressive. We learned so much,it's hard to relate in such a short space. We also appreciated the balance between organized tours and free time. The staff seemed to know exactly how much of each to recommend. The rooms and meals were great too, but really secondary to the entire cruise experience. We recommend this to our friends as truly a unique travel experience. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was an excellent way to explore the Danube region. Great historic sites and scenery, but after a while there is a sameness to the cathedrals and castles and it is almost too much to absorb at one time. Cobblestones are ... Read More
This was an excellent way to explore the Danube region. Great historic sites and scenery, but after a while there is a sameness to the cathedrals and castles and it is almost too much to absorb at one time. Cobblestones are "quaint" but they play havoc with lower back and legs. Our floating home was very comfortable and the crew were friendly and helpful. Food was well presented and provided an authentic taste of the region. Viking is a leader in the industry and they have mastered the logistics of managing their guests so that everything runs as smoothly as a Swiss clock. Shore excursions are well planned and comprehensive. Not too much time spent in gift shops either! We did not travel until mid October. In retrospect, we should have gone earlier as the weather was bleak for most of the trip -- the kind of bone-chilling damp that leaves you wanting something warm as soon as you return to base. Traveling earlier in the year (September) would have improved odds of more favorable conditions. Also, this weather did not make it easy to get good photographs along the way. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Loved everything about it. Great cabin, excellent services. Clean, food outstanding. Love how they serve regional dishes at different destinations. This time, we didn't do the formal dinners/dining rooms. We did the buffet so ... Read More
Loved everything about it. Great cabin, excellent services. Clean, food outstanding. Love how they serve regional dishes at different destinations. This time, we didn't do the formal dinners/dining rooms. We did the buffet so we could get a taste of everything! LOVE the smaller, more intimate ships. Don't want those "floating cities." Once you go with Viking cruises, River or Ocean, you'll be spoiled and won't want any other line. Also, at least one excursion in each port paid, too! Luxurious linens and towels! Heated bathroom floors! I've been on over 20 cruises. All different lines and itinerary. Nothing else compares! We got our air/transfers through Viking and it couldn't be anymore seamless transitions. And, the busses were so new they were removing plastic covers from the seats! The busses have toilets. What more could you ask for? Again, you cannot possibly go wrong with Viking. Can you tell, VIKING CRUISES are the BEST. Read Less
Viking Legend Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.4
Enrichment 3.0 4.4
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.9

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