48 Viking River Viking Legend Cruise Reviews for River Cruises to Europe - River Cruise

We just returned from Viking's Romantic Danube Cruise from Budapest to Nuremburg and had a wonderful time! We chose this tour because I really wanted to see these cities and our extension to Prague. And we chose Viking because of the ... Read More
We just returned from Viking's Romantic Danube Cruise from Budapest to Nuremburg and had a wonderful time! We chose this tour because I really wanted to see these cities and our extension to Prague. And we chose Viking because of the cost, it's reputation and the number of years they have sailed and ships that they have. From the very start we were treated like Royalty. Being picked up at the airport without any worries and wisked off to our ship. Food and drinks awaited us. Our rooms were ready even though it was still morning. Yes, the rooms are small, it's a ship, remember? But it was fine! In fact we were not in the room that much. My biggest concern in booking this trip was that I was sure I wanted a room with either a balcony or the picture windows. Well they were all sold out. So we took a room on the lower level with smaller windows. We were VERY happy that we didnot spend all that extra money on the other rooms. We were seldom in our rooms. AND when we were cruising we wanted to be on the upper deck where we could see BOTH sides of the shore. Plus we were with friends. We could not have gathered in our room, way too crowded for that. The crew was exceptional, especially our Program Director, Suzanna and our Conciere, Edit. Edit arranged bikes for us at one port and gave us countless other ideas of things to do in port and how to get from one place to another. Suzanna was on top of everything and both always had a smile on their face. I'm not sure when they ever slept because they were everywhere. Food was plentiful and delicious. The staff was right there to serve and were very happy accommodate any special requests. Our room was spotless! Our maid was in there cleaning and turning down beds, etc, countless times a day. Superb! There is not a lot of entertainment on the ship but I knew that ahead and didn't expect it. After dinner we were usually very tired from a busy day and getting ready for the next. We are very active 60 year olds and loved the busy days. If you have trouble walking around or just like relaxing, you may want to consider another tour. The potrts were marvelous. Budapest was so pretty. Be sure to go to the thermal baths! They were divine! We did not do the extention in Budapest and that would have been a good idea, especially because we were there on a Sunday and there was a marathon going on. Several places were closed for the day so we missed seeing them. We went on an excursion to Salzburg and I would not recommend it. Too far to go by bus, too crowded, not enough free time. I would stay in Passau. LOVED Regensburg! Such a sweet old town, untouched by the war. So glad we did the extention to Prague. Just magnificent! And Viking did a great job of getting us a great hotel right in the middle of the city. Plus we got a great city tour through Viking. Vikingt handled a few problems very professionally. No one can predict the river water levels and yes we did have to go by bus to our last 2 ports. Disappointing but I would not blame Viking. Also, that same week we were there Viking was dealing with the boat crash. The staff again handled themselves very professionally. Overall, we loved our trip! And highly recommend Viking! I will do another river cruise some day, I hope, and I will stay with Viking. Thanks, Njord staff and crew! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We choose it because we saw Viking had great reviews with many options. We heard sooo much about river crazing and couldn't wait to try it. And the destinations sounded sooo wonderful. We booked this trip about 15 months ahead and we ... Read More
We choose it because we saw Viking had great reviews with many options. We heard sooo much about river crazing and couldn't wait to try it. And the destinations sounded sooo wonderful. We booked this trip about 15 months ahead and we really enjoyed the planning part. Viking reps were fantastic, knowledgeable and patient. And OMG!!! We were not disappointed! From door to door Viking took very good care of us and fortunately our trip went perfectly!!!! Not one complaint!! The staff was very warm, sincere, and worked very hard to make sure we had the best trip ever. And with my food allergies, the staff was extremely caring giving me exactly what I needed. All the excursions were great (soo many were included) with the local guides. They were soo knowledgable and very personable too. I couldn't say more about how happy I was with our trip. We are looking forward to our next trip (when time & $$ allows)and will gladly book with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My travel agent recommended it, and he has never steered me wrong, it was a father daughter vacation and we loved every minute of it. The crew, cabin stewards, everything was amazing. I think our favorite spot was Durnstein and Melk. We ... Read More
My travel agent recommended it, and he has never steered me wrong, it was a father daughter vacation and we loved every minute of it. The crew, cabin stewards, everything was amazing. I think our favorite spot was Durnstein and Melk. We will definitely travel with Viking again, missed out on the extra days to Salzburg and Munich, but will catch it on another vacation. The food and the theme dinners were very good as well as the entertainment. We especially liked that the excursions we're included as well as some extra excursions. We were given plenty of information on the region we we're exploring. The airport transfers went smooth and there was a Viking representative there to assist in any way. We boarded in Budapest and disembarked in Passau, there were no bad moments or experiences. When making Port you are dropped off at the city center and easy to explore on your own. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We sailed on the Viking Legend from Budapest to Passau, and what an amazing trip! The crew were all friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home; the guided tours were fun and yet I learned more than perhaps years of history ... Read More
We sailed on the Viking Legend from Budapest to Passau, and what an amazing trip! The crew were all friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home; the guided tours were fun and yet I learned more than perhaps years of history lessons taught me about the areas. If you've taken larger Caribbean cruises, set aside your expectations. This was a smaller ship, with less "amenities", yet more comfortable. While I didn't have a whirlpool, I also never spent time angling to get a seat somewhere. The more intimate atmosphere lends to a more relaxed scene when you're on board, so in that sense, it's more relaxed, more low-key. However, the "excursions" definitely are more involved (and many are included!), giving more activity, and letting you see more of the real area, which I appreciated. In short, my Fitbit logged more activity than a typical vacation, and yet I was more relaxed and renewed at the end of the cruise than most of my vacations! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
One night in December 2014 a friend and I were talking about our "bucket lists" and I mentioned doing a river cruise. She had already been on 2 river cruises with Viking and said she would like to do another. After some research ... Read More
One night in December 2014 a friend and I were talking about our "bucket lists" and I mentioned doing a river cruise. She had already been on 2 river cruises with Viking and said she would like to do another. After some research on the internet, 6 ladies from the Ottawa area all went on the "Danube Waltz" with Viking. I can't say enough good things about the whole experience! The best part of the cruise was the staff on board - they were exceptional! Our program director, David, was a master organizer as well as a very good entertainer/singer. The concierge, Ivana, went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect, including making sure that our group was in the archway of the Hofburg Palace when the Lipizzaner horses were being takin into the arena for a practice. The wait staff was exceptional, particularly our favourite, Darwin. We even enjoyed Captain Geza and Zoltan's company for dinner one evening. From the time our flight was met in Berlin until we were all safely on the plane in Budapest for our return trip to Ottawa, we didn't have to think about a thing other than having a good time! The ship was sparkling clean and extremely well maintained. There was lots of room on the top deck to do laps or just sit and watch the world go by. Our cabin was spacious, comfortable, and immaculate, thanks to a dedicated housekeeping staff. The food was out of this world! The portion sizes were perfect, the menu varied, and who doesn't enjoy a glass or two of free wine? Every day we were given a choice of activities for shore excursions that were all led by extremely knowledgeable guides. Our group did two excursions that were not included in the cost of the cruise and they were both worth every penny we paid. One was to see Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna and the other to see the Hungarian Horsemen outside of Budapest. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise because we had taken another Viking river cruise in 2014 down the Rhine and were very impressed by the overall experience we had with Viking. The Danube cruise was even better. The cruise/land tour package that we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had taken another Viking river cruise in 2014 down the Rhine and were very impressed by the overall experience we had with Viking. The Danube cruise was even better. The cruise/land tour package that we did was called Legends and Castles and we would recommend it hands down. We started the trip in Munich, saw Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, and then went on to Salzburg in Austria, where the Hotel Goldener Hersh was a very pleasant surprise. Then we were taken to the ship in Passau, went to the Czech Republic, saw Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. The staff was excellent, the food delicious, and the cruise a pleasure. We wil use Viking again, should we decide to do another river cruise, and want to try Viking for ocean cruising now that they have entered into that area as well. In short, do this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We have done many ocean cruises at various price points including the Haven on the NCL Breakaway, crossings on Cunard, but this Danube trip was our best cruise experience ever - and we had one of the lowest priced cabins!! The ship was ... Read More
We have done many ocean cruises at various price points including the Haven on the NCL Breakaway, crossings on Cunard, but this Danube trip was our best cruise experience ever - and we had one of the lowest priced cabins!! The ship was fine, very well maintained and the cabin was very comfortable and larger than expected. But the main thing was the staff –they could not have been better. We made our own arrangements and traveled by train from Munich to Passau, arriving rather early, around 11 AM. The ship was ready for us, the staff welcomed us warmly, handled our bags right from the taxi directly to our cabin. We had to wait about an hour before we had access to our cabin – but in the meantime, we enjoyed a lovely buffet lunch in the lounge, with wine and beer poured freely, what a great welcome. Plus we enjoyed lovely live piano from the excellent in house musician, Peter. The young man in charge of the buffet, Ashley, could not have been more friendly and helpful and offered us various delicious lunch treats. When our cabin was ready, one of the nicest and most efficient employees, Nicola, showed us to our cabin, and assisted us with setting up the luggage safely for unpacking. We were pleased to find out that employees do various jobs on ship, and Nicola turned up again in the dining room as our favorite waiter, though waiter Jason also provided incredible service. Tables are not assigned, and while we were traveling with friends, we met lots of other fellow travelers during the course of our journey. We found that our fellow travelers were very friendly and good natured – I don't believe I heard one complaint or encountered one cranky passenger during the entire week. A miracle! We enjoyed gathering in the lounge with friends every evening before dinner and listening to wonderful live music from musician Peter. Having such a talented musician on board and his playing live every day was special. The food was amazing, the breakfast buffet was great every day but the waiters would bring you whatever you wanted from the kitchen and serve it to you, and after day 1, Nicola brought me my preferred breakfast each day without my even having to to ask. After one day on board, it seemed like everyone on the staff knew all the passengers by name, and also their food and beverage preferences. A full sit down lunch was offered every day in the main dining room but also a slightly lighter lunch buffet was offered in the lounge, and we usually ate lunch there, tried to keep it a little bit lighter calorie-wise. Hard to do with such delicious choices of food and free pouring of various beverages. Dinner was excellent every evening – and we enjoyed the local wines and beers that were offered, but if you wanted to buy a bottle of different wine, or a cocktail, prices were very reasonable. The dining room manager was excellent and monitored the room constantly. We enjoyed the ports of call, we took part in all the Viking excursions that were included, and the buses were very comfortable with very competent drivers, and the local tour guides were all very knowledgeable and friendly with excellent English language skills. Our program director Vlad was excellent, and provided us a short briefing each evening as to what was happening the next day. I found that very helpful. Head Chef Marius was great and even provided me with copies of certain recipes of dishes that I really enjoyed. A Highlight was sailing into Budapest at 11 PM – the city was so beautifully lit and the entire experience was just fantastic. Disembarking the last day was the best disembarking experience we ever had. We were one of the last groups to leave the ship at 11:45 AM. We did not have to be out of our cabins till after 9 AM, but had the run of the ship, including an invitation to the lunch buffet that last morning before we left. We used Vikings transfer service for transport to the Budapest airport and it was worth every penny, the rep met us at the airport and facilitated the checkin process in an unfamiliar airport. I liked the trip so much, I bought vouchers on board for my next Viking cruise, can't wait!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I call it casual elegance and the staff left no stone unturned. Our every question and need was met with patience and a smile The food was a culinary delight. We cruised at night which meant early morning docking allowing us to ... Read More
I call it casual elegance and the staff left no stone unturned. Our every question and need was met with patience and a smile The food was a culinary delight. We cruised at night which meant early morning docking allowing us to begin our day sightseeing. Many land trips are included in the price..a real plus. Communication re: side trips were announced the first evening and one could sign up for trips for the whole week...another plus. Evening entertainment was fun and a wonderful pianist played during cocktail hour. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had two nights in a hotel in Budapest before going to the ship which was very good although the hotel was very busy especially at breakfast. The Viking staff was very helpful at the hotel. This was our fifth Viking River Cruise and ... Read More
We had two nights in a hotel in Budapest before going to the ship which was very good although the hotel was very busy especially at breakfast. The Viking staff was very helpful at the hotel. This was our fifth Viking River Cruise and one of the best. The crew were extremely friendly, like a big happy family. The cabin was comfortable and very clean, our steward was always very polite. The dining room crew were excellent and nothing was too much trouble. My husband is lactose intolerant and there was always milk available for him. Something we have trouble to get on other holidays and hotels. We were even given milk to have in our cabin to sue when making hot drinks from the landing. The cookies were great too!! The cruise Director was informative and helpful. Some of the trips were a bit rushed especially in Vienna and the evening entertainment was nothing special on board. We have enjoyed all our Viking River Cruises but thought this one was the best. It was such a happy ship and the crew provided an excellent service. We have already booked to go on the Douro next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my first river cruise, based on my wife's recommendation, she did the Moscow to St. Petersburg cruise last year with a friend. From the moment we boarded on the first day to reluctantly leaving on the last day we received ... Read More
This was my first river cruise, based on my wife's recommendation, she did the Moscow to St. Petersburg cruise last year with a friend. From the moment we boarded on the first day to reluctantly leaving on the last day we received 5 star treatment, nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. The accommodation was clean and comfortable, the food was tasty and well presented (I'm a fussy eater) and gave you a flavour, pun intended, of the area being visited. The evening entertainment was excellent. Apart from the overall package, a couple of things struck me as being a nice touch, every time you left the ship you were given a bottle of cold water also, as one who uses a walking stick, I appreciated the fact that each walking tour had an "easy walking" group that went at a more leisurely pace and avoided the steeper routes. The ship was not one of the new longships but it did not detract from the overall feeling of being on an elegant cruise. I would thoroughly recommend a Viking river cruise for a relaxing holiday. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Ours was a travel group of 7 adults, who took 3 double cabins and a single cabin. 3 of us had been on Viking cruises in the past; 4 were new to river cruising. All seemed to have a wonderful time during the entire trip. Cabin Staff was ... Read More
Ours was a travel group of 7 adults, who took 3 double cabins and a single cabin. 3 of us had been on Viking cruises in the past; 4 were new to river cruising. All seemed to have a wonderful time during the entire trip. Cabin Staff was mostly from Eastern Europe (Romania), but we also had a sprinkling of Filipino and other European countries. All spoke very good English and German. The Cruise Director, David, was from the UK and provided excellent service and background lectures to each of our stops. We were well taken care of, in the tradition of Viking service. Besides the main part of the cruise, a subset of us paid for and spent a few extra days in Munich (NOT part of the cruise) to get acclimated to time zones. And we further supplemented our stay by spending 3 extra days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, an ancient medieval town about 1 hours train ride from Munich. Highly recommended stop at Rothenburg, either on your own or as a part of the excursions on other Viking venues. Cruise itself was well run. A special treat was the ship's chef taking a large group of us to the local farmer's market to pick up the produce that would become part of nightly dinner. He toured us around to his favorite cheese shop; fruits and veggies; and sausage stalls. We even were treated to a round of very nice German Weiss Wine. Favorite stop would be Vienna, where we were shown where to buy a local chocolate delicacy, which translated into English was "Mozart Cookies/Balls" - marzipan dipped in rich chocolate. Very fine with Viennese Coffee and/or strudel. Had lunch in an 800 year old monastery, too. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our first river cruise and first time in the countries visited, the booking arrangements were excellent, except that we chose to fly to Munich, Germany a day earlier, and we did not take the pre cruise option to Prague, the US ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and first time in the countries visited, the booking arrangements were excellent, except that we chose to fly to Munich, Germany a day earlier, and we did not take the pre cruise option to Prague, the US office of Viking personnel told us that the transport from Munich to Passau was up to us that their transport was only for those that arrived the same day as the cruise or have taken the pre cruise package. We tried several ways and finally found one very nice lady from Globus that talked to the Viking Passau person in charge and it worked out, we took a taxi from Munich center to the airport and there we caught the Viking transport bus to Passau. The ship was great, the cruise was an experience of a life time, the personnel on board did every thing possible to make our cruise most enjoyable, the food for all three meals on board was delicious, the waiters were like longtime family or friends the way they pampered us, the housekeeping staff was most friendly and efficient. The entire experience was excellent, we enjoyed it better than the ocean cruises we have taken. Highly recommend Viking to anyone thinking of River Cruises, can't wait for them to start their Mississippi River Cruises in the States in near future! Wines and beverages with meals are included, get an extra one to take with you because in the lounge you must pay even for a glass of sparkling water or soft drink. The land tours included in the cruise were excellent, the busses very comfortable and the guides were great! Don't think it over, book your river cruise with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
While my husband and I have taken several cruises before, we had never done a river cruise, nor cruised with Viking. I will definitely be cruising with them again in the future! Everything was so well-organized, the ship was just the right ... Read More
While my husband and I have taken several cruises before, we had never done a river cruise, nor cruised with Viking. I will definitely be cruising with them again in the future! Everything was so well-organized, the ship was just the right size and very clean, and the staff were out of this world. It was also great to have prepaid for everything ahead of time--transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to ship, and ship to airport, excursions, etc. All we brought was spending cash for tips, souvenirs and our own meals when we wandered around town by ourselves. The included tours were fantastic. Each guide had a very good command of English, was young, funny and patient, and used a headset so that they did not have to scream to us. Each person got their own headset device that synced to the tourguide's frequency. Effortless! The guided tour itineraries were great and well organized. We saw the heart and most important sights of each city/town we visited and always stuck to the allotted time. The itinerary for our cruise was the Danube Waltz which went to Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna, Salzburg, Durnstein and Melk in Austria, and Passau (Germany), flying back home from nearby Munich. So we visited three country capital cities and then several smaller towns, which was a great mixture as well. The service onboard was exceptional. The meals were amazing--3 courses each night with unlimited drinks (except for hard liquor), and the meals consisted of local cuisine from each place. There was even a buffet one night where we were able to go back into the kitchen and help ourselves, with the chefs standing over you piling food onto your plate! I would highly recommend Viking river cruises and definitely plan on going on another one! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
There simply was no detail missed by the Viking folks: The web site answered all of our questions; the pre-cruise mailed package included a historical booklet as well as luggage tags and cruise schedule; the perfect air connections; the ... Read More
There simply was no detail missed by the Viking folks: The web site answered all of our questions; the pre-cruise mailed package included a historical booklet as well as luggage tags and cruise schedule; the perfect air connections; the warm welcome at the Budapest airport and tour bus trip to the ship; our terrific program director David meeting us as we arrived at the dock; absolutely no check in...only cabin keys provided when we provided our name; a welcomed chilled flute of champagne on the quarterdeck; the immediate accompaniment to our cabin by a supervisor; the delivery of luggage as we were being told of the cabin features; the expansive buffet lunch waiting for us in the dining room.....rather than go on and on, simply know that the personal touch was like nothing experienced on our many other cruises from beginning to end.....the Mercedes van delivering us to the Viking representative at the Munich airport that personally escorted us to our check in counter. Friendly, courteous, energetic, generous.....truly warm service. Alex was easily the most professional and caring waiter we've ever experienced!  The food was excellent, varied and plentiful. The wine offerings with meals were quite good. The piano player/singer Peter in the lounge was top drawer! The included tours were excellent; the not-to-be-missed optional tour to the Vienna concert was fabulous! Our group of fourteen used the library for private gatherings accompanied by local wines purchased along the trip. There's time to relax on deck and take in the views; time to exercise with circling the top deck; time to nap and recharge. Our cabin (326) was adequate and comfortable...and so well serviced! This was our first river cruise.....you can bet that we will do it again with Viking. Southern France: here we come!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Viking River Cruises has gotten river cruising down to an art. We flew from Seattle to London to Budapest. Viking arranged our air transportation and transfers. When we arrived in Budapest, a smiling Viking agent greeted us. We waited for ... Read More
Viking River Cruises has gotten river cruising down to an art. We flew from Seattle to London to Budapest. Viking arranged our air transportation and transfers. When we arrived in Budapest, a smiling Viking agent greeted us. We waited for other Viking cruisers to join us and then a bus took us to the Legend. Our stateroom was ready even though it was noon, and we thought it might not be ready until later. Our room (305) was perfectly situated. It was close to the lobby, coffee station, lounge, and stairs to the dining room. The rooms were very clean and had adequate storage space. Each evening before dinner, our cruise director would provide information about the following day’s events. We thought these short sessions were very helpful. All the excursions were led by guides who spoke good English, explained historical buildings and gave anecdotes about their lives. Viking had stated in their literature that there was a lot of walking on cobblestones and uneven surfaces, and it is true. Be prepared with good walking shoes and lots of energy. Viking provided bottled water each day prior to the excursion. The Viking concierge was extremely helpful in providing directions to such destinations as the Great Market Hall in Budapest, and to the Municipal House in Prague. The one thing we were unprepared for was that toilets during the excursions are often “pay” toilets. After the first day, we got change in the currency needed. However, the first day in Budapest, we did not have any Hungarian forint change, so I’d suggest getting some prior to the trip. We thought the Viking shore excursions were well planned. Typically, they would take us in a comfortable bus on a tour of the city. Then we would get out and walk with the guide in a particular area, and finally the guide would let us roam around on our own prior to meeting back at a designated spot. Since it was October, we took layers of clothing. Often it would be cloudy or foggy in the morning so we needed a warm jacket. Then the clouds would burn off in the afternoon, so a light jacket or sweater was perfect. We booked a 3 day extension in Prague. Viking arranged for us to stay at the Prague Hilton, which was situated near the subway station and within walking distance of Old Town. The Viking agents at the hotel explained how to use the subway system and we had no problem at all. For music lovers, the Lobkowicz Palace is not to be missed. One can get there via the subway. On display are the original manuscripts of Beethoven’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th Symphonies. Plus, there was Handel’s Messiah revised and reorchestrated in Mozart’s own hand. This was our first river cruise and we were impressed with every detail. Viking does a first rate job!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Good and bad, mostly good. Good = a clean, quiet ship; every meal began on time; meal servers efficient, attentive -- ready with coffee refresher, ready with a second glass of wine or beer; meal portions sensible; food tasty, nicely ... Read More
Good and bad, mostly good. Good = a clean, quiet ship; every meal began on time; meal servers efficient, attentive -- ready with coffee refresher, ready with a second glass of wine or beer; meal portions sensible; food tasty, nicely presented; breakfast buffet variety of items (cereals, eggs, omelets, sausage, fruit, croissants, jams/jellies, OJ, grapefruit juice, coffee, tea, butter, honey, etc.); 24/7 quality coffee from a dispenser near the lounge; treats (cookies, pastry) always available by the dispenser; sanitary standards obviously a priority, from your room to the hallway to the lounge to the restaurant Bad = tours to Salzburg and Durnstein too much emphasis on shopping -- not worth the 2-hour trip to Salzburg, although scenery was beautiful; Salzburg bus dropped you off just outside the main shopping district (don't believe the Web and brochure of the Salzburg gardens because it is only about two blocks long and a block wide) and although some free time was available to get to the hilltop castle there was not enough time to actually stroll into the city proper to see neighborhoods and other city life; Durnstein was one long, narrow street packed with touristy shops, with the ancient castle perched above, reachable by a hike on a steep trail, which actually was good exercise; my advice is to skip Salzburg and stay in Linz to see the city there and you'll have all day to do it; conversely, not nearly enough time in Vienna, only a morning tour with afternoon free time -- it's a city worth part of another day, which could be accomplished by leaving Durnstein off the itinerary and just docking in Melk, with its beautiful abbey. Good = some of the local tour guides who actually were informative because they mentioned modern life in whatever community we were in (Bratislava, Budapest, Passau) with details about the economy, housing prices, political conditions -- in addition to the usual history info. Bad = some of the local tour guides who stuck to a script and did not deviate, had almost no sense of humor or otherwise put no personality into their talk (Salzburg, Vienna). Good = free time in Passau and Budapest to explore the cities on your own, get away from the tourist areas. Bad = not enough independence allowed you, because we would rather have gone off on our own with a good local sightseeing book rather than being stuck in a slow-moving group. Good = attitudes of ship's crew, servers, program director and assistants, concierge; all to be expected, of course, because their livelihood depends on it, but still pleasant to encounter. Bad = attitudes of too many fellow passengers who never tipped the local tour guides or bus drivers; this is inexcusable because that's how these people earn extra income and saving a few euros a day by not tipping just so you can pay for the extra booze you want is awful. Good = We did our airline travel, and we would recommend it because you can rest a day before your cruise and you can continue to where you want to go when you want to go. However, even though we booked our own flights Viking made sure we had transportation (we paid for transfer from Budapest hotel) and a Viking representative met us at the airport as the sun rose in the sky to make sure we got through the baggage process. Viking doesn't forget you when you leave the ship. Would we go again? A couple years from now. Meanwhile, what we learned was how to plan our own trip at less expense. We took trains before and after our cruise (this was a dream vacation that stretched to 22 days) and now we feel comfortable navigating Europe (English, French, German trains).   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We did the Danube cruise with the Prague extension. A few thoughts: 1. Unlike other reviewers, we found the food to be good - - not gourmet restaurant but we never had a bad meal and the staff did all they could to accomodate you. A few ... Read More
We did the Danube cruise with the Prague extension. A few thoughts: 1. Unlike other reviewers, we found the food to be good - - not gourmet restaurant but we never had a bad meal and the staff did all they could to accomodate you. A few people on the ship were Vegan and complained about their choices. For the most part the wine included with the meal was good. 2. Cabin was fine - it's on the minimalist side but very efficient. We could store all our things. The bathroom was small and a 'wet room' - i.e. no standalone shower. It was manageable. These older Viking ships don't have balconies. When we looked at the newer ones when docked near them, the balcony seems to have taken the space from the room. The Legend had 2 sitting chairs by the window and this suited us better - the small cabin seemed bigger. One other passenger complained to me about her cabin. She had expected more from the brochure and she made a good point. Viking touts the 2 for 1 sale so you think you are getting a bargain on a LUXURY room/experience. For the 1/2 price the facilities are fine but she felt it was a bait and switch. (she thought there should be better linens/down comforters and pillows, more than Walmart art, cleaner carpet etc.). I agree that if I'd paid the full price I would have been pickier. As it is, I felt the accommodations were an OK value....given all the other things included in your fare price. 3. There are more OPTIONAL excursions than I thought there would be - - not quite as inclusive as expected. On the other hand, that gave you great flexibility to do things on your own. All tour guides were good to very good. 4. Downside: Viking is a victim of its own success. We have travelled twice with Uniworld (didn't this time since we booked too late) and I feel they are a better choice. Our Rhine trip with them had a smaller guest count (140 vs 190) and the staff really worked to get to know you. The Hotel Manager on Viking seemed to know people by name and would even join us in the lounge for a chat. The staff seemed to be more flexible if you had an issue - e.g. a couple of times on Viking one staff member would just pass the problem off by telling us to go ask a different person who told us to ask someone else). Also, at every stop there was at least one other Viking ship - - if not 2 or 3. For tours, our ship group was divided into 4 groups of about 40+ each. Well, that was the same for the other Viking ships; so often when we were on shore gathering for our tours there were 8 or 12 or 16 different groups forming (with associated buses sometimes). We got to joking that "the Vikings have invaded". Now, if you've only done BIG ship cruising, this seems like no big deal....but we noticed that there was usually only ONE Uniworld boat in any port and their tour timing must have been different because there was no Uniworld mob....same with Tauck and Avalon - maybe one ship to VIking's 2-3-4. So -- those people seemed to be having a more personal experience. Granted, if we'd never been on Uniworld, this probably would not have been an issue at all - - and its just a preference thing. I list it because so many people say there is little difference - but the 'little' does make a difference to some. 5. Prague extension: About 25-30 from our ship went on to Prague. We stayed at the Hilton Atrium - a convention hotel not very central and 1/2 the rooms window onto the interior atrium. Guests in those rooms were unhappy to not be able to see any of Prague out their window. Breakfast was included and it was fantastic. Viking has a big reception desk for themselves and it was total chaos. Guests from all their ships - those extending and those doing Prague BEFORE their cruise were all piling in. (I don't know how many but it seemed like 150+ people) The staff were young and not well organized. The brochure says they will help you plan your time in Prague (since only a 1/2 day tour is included in the $699/pp price - about $1400 a couple = it's not a real bargain for 2 people but being transported from ship to Prague was a plus)....well, having done a bit of research on a few things beforehand, I found I knew more about things than the staff did - they could tell you the common place things but not other things (e.g. they didn't even know that there was a tour of the fantastic Municipal building and you had to book ahead...they said 'you just walk around'). And they never offered to book anything for you. NOT a concierge experience. Also, my husband got sick the day of the tour in the morning. I went to the Viking desk to ask for some assistance and the staff person said "I'm too busy, go ask the hotel". Well, I did and they called the doctor and he visited and gave a script - my husband spent the day in bed). The HOTEL followed up with me that evening and asked how he was doing and could they do more....Viking never inquired (we'd also signed up for the optional Lobowicz tour - $135 which my husband missed. I really didn't expect them to refund it - - but it would have been a nice customer service gesture). OK - seems like I've listed a lot of negatives but all were manageable. We had a great trip, met wonderful people (be friendly it makes a difference - even if you are travelling with friends, welcome others into your little group !!). The Danube itinerary is chock full - - you see A LOT in a small amount of time - - just a nibble of each but enough to get the sense of the places and if you want to return. The smaller towns were a wonderful break - - Passau was an unknown for me and it might be my favorite. River cruising has a lot to offer. FYI, the guests on ours were about 50% USA then some Canada and many Brits. The age skews older - mid 60's up to late 80's. Some of the oldest are the sharpest and most travelled - they were inspiring (since we were on the younger end). Hope this helps you! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our first cruise with Viking. Must say, we were extremely pleased with everything! Food, entertainment, staff, room, tours, tour guides. It has always been my dream to travel to Europe and Viking made my dream come true in the ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Viking. Must say, we were extremely pleased with everything! Food, entertainment, staff, room, tours, tour guides. It has always been my dream to travel to Europe and Viking made my dream come true in the biggest way. We also enjoyed meeting so many other nice people on the cruise. Made new friendships and lasting memories. Passau was beautiful, as were Melk, Linz, Salzburg, Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. So much history! It is hard to say which was my favorite. Those eight days flew by way too fast. If time would have allowed, we could have stayed at least a month. The Abbey, the churches, the palaces, the countryside, and the people were beyond my dreams. I am in love with this part of Europe. This will definitely not be our last trip with Viking. Hope to have many more in the coming years. We are hoping to take an ocean cruise in 2015 depending on our schedule. We love, love Viking! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
After a very rocky start with Viking's air department (read: do NOT use them), we boarded the Legend in Passau, where we'd added a 3 night pre-cruise stay. Viking had a large concierge desk located at our hotel, the Hilton ... Read More
After a very rocky start with Viking's air department (read: do NOT use them), we boarded the Legend in Passau, where we'd added a 3 night pre-cruise stay. Viking had a large concierge desk located at our hotel, the Hilton Prague. Both the hotel and the Viking staff were first class. After our Prague stay, we were transported to Passau via a comfortable tour bus. The scenery en route was well worth seeing. Upon arriving at our ship, the stewards took our bags to our cabin. The cabin had only 130 s.f., and that worried me a bit before the cruise. But naval architects are ingenious folks, and the cabin worked well due to its layout. Even the shower afforded enough space via design as not to be cramped. Next, we cruised the entire public area of the ship from the main desk area, to the lounge, to the dining room, and on up to the top deck. The ship was clean, spacious, and well designed. She is five years old, but does not show her age. There were 188 passengers and 51 crew on board, and by the time we disembarked, we'd met at least half of both categories. Unlike huge ocean liners, Viking's smaller ships foster conversation; we got to know people--lots of people. And the crew? In a word: wonderful. We've never had customer service that even approaches what we experienced on the Legend. These hard working people were cheerful, helpful, and eager to serve you in whatever way they could. I was amazed. We got to know several couples, as well as two waiters, our cabin steward Marija), our concierge staff (David and Marianne), cruise director (Vlad), and hotel manager (Sasha) very well. We had many conversations with all of them. That should tell you something! The food? Well, if the Legend were a restaurant, I'd rate it between 4 and 5 stars. The variety, the preparation, and the presentation exceeded our wildest expectations. Of course, with Viking, all wines and beers are included with your meals. Our waiters, Ali and Alexander were attentive and among the funniest people we've met in a long time. If laughter is, indeed, good for digestion, then we are in good shape. And the head chef, Thomas, even offered a side trip to a city market in Vienna which we took. When we arrived, there were a hundred or more stalls (mostly food). The chef had a long table set up with a variety of appetizer-type items--all at no cost to us. What an unexpected treat. All meals--breakfast, lunch, and dinner--were well above standard. Did I gain weight? Of course I did. There was even entertainment on some nights: operatic singing; Bavarian music; Hungarian music; and, each night, Peter played softly on his piano in the lounge. The excursions? Like everything else Viking does, the sightseeing excursions had excellent guides, people who knew their areas, its history, and its little known facets. They were punctual and were more than we'd expected them to be. The cruise director, Vlad, was one of the most intelligent, articulate men I've met in a long time. He is encyclopedic in his knowledge of history, and made compelling presentations throughout the trip. Upon departure to the Budapest airport, Viking even had someone there to meet us and help us in any way possible. That was, for us, a first. There is no doubt that we will sail with Viking again--no doubt at all. They are a seasoned, polished cruise line and do what they do very, very well. Kudos. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I sailed on the Viking Legend the Danube Waltz cruise. We went to Germany, Passau, Austria, Vienna, Linz, Melk, Slovakia, Brataslava and Budapest, Hungary. It was a great trip. There was some confusion at the Munich airport when we landed. ... Read More
I sailed on the Viking Legend the Danube Waltz cruise. We went to Germany, Passau, Austria, Vienna, Linz, Melk, Slovakia, Brataslava and Budapest, Hungary. It was a great trip. There was some confusion at the Munich airport when we landed. We didn't see the Viking Rep. We asked at information, and they told us to go to Terminal 2 from Terminal 1 which was quite a walk. We did finally see the Viking Rep at Terminal 2. We waited about an hour until all the passengers were rounded up. The Viking Rep went from one terminal to another, so we think we just missed him, but no one told us that. We went on the bus from Munich to Passau about 2 hours. Enjoyable ride. They gave us water on the way. Arriving in Passau, the crew took care of our luggage and we enjoyed a light lunch in the lounge and then settled in. I will be honest, when I saw the Legend, I was a little disappointed at first. The ship IS CLEAN-NO DOUBT-but the rugs were stained-the ship, launched in 2009, needs to be updated-the curtains in the lounge and dining area were faded from the sun and the walls between the cabins are real thin, so you can hear people talking in a muffled tone. BUT THAT WAS THE ONLY IF YOU CAN CALL IT-NEGATIVE. THE SHIP IS SPOTLESS, THE CREW IS ATTENTIVE TO THE MAX-THEY COME IN YOUR STATEROOM SEVERAL TIMES A DAY TO FRESHEN AND CLEAN UP. ANYTHING YOU ASK, THEY ACCOMMODATE IMMEDIATELY. EVERYONE WAS FRIENDLY. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. WE HAD 184 PEOPLE ON BOARD-DINNER SERVED AT 7-OPEN SEATING-YOU NEVER WAITED MORE THAN 15 MINUTES FOR YOUR FOOD AND THEY HAD TO SERVE EVERYONE AT THE SAME TIME. The Viking legend has no third floor balcony as they show on some of the other ships. this is a regular boat, not a long boat fyi. I would DEFINITELY GO WITH VIKING AT LEAST ONCE. GO WITH THEM-they are accommodating and professional. This crew couldn't do enough to please you. They knew everyones name and their preferences at dinner. They had entertainment at night-a man playing piano, even one night the recreation director David, sang and put on a show. When you arrived in each country, they had musical entertainment and food specific to that country. One night, they had a struedel demonstration; another night-hungarian goulash. They did walking tours, extra excursions-we did a home visit with a local person in slovakia that was excellent. there was also a lot of free time. we also did an option visit with the chef on the viking boat to the food court in Vienna where we got to taste the different foods offered by the vendors. we went with the tour guide on the subway in vienna-we went all over-even in budapest. I usually am skeptical, but I could not say enough good things about Viking. Even when we left for the airport, they arranged everything, they walked us up to the ticket counter and assisted all of us. Excellent company-never had a problem-everything was top notch. no worries. And they did not try to force you to book another voyage, they did mention it briefly at the daily briefings they had the night before. they also did not go on about tipping as some people mention-it was pleasant and enjoyable. glad i went. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We sailed from Passau to Budapest and stayed a few days extra in Budapest. This ship is great, we had a Stateroom on A Deck with French Balcony which was perfect - even if the ship had verandas we would not have paid extra for this because ... Read More
We sailed from Passau to Budapest and stayed a few days extra in Budapest. This ship is great, we had a Stateroom on A Deck with French Balcony which was perfect - even if the ship had verandas we would not have paid extra for this because you only sleep in your cabin, also, unfortunately the Viking ships usually buddy up when berthed. HOWEVER, they turn around and swap places every 7 hours so that everyone gets a chance of a view! The staff on our cruise were brilliant, especially Linda in the restaurant, the excursions were organised to perfection with the exception of Schronbrunn Palace because we were not left enough time to appreciate the gardens. The food was Michelin star quality and wine or beer was plentiful with meals. We would also recommend sailing from Passau because the view sailing in to Budapest at night is wonderful. We stayed at Le Meriden afterwards which was good. i cannot recommend this cruise enough, we were very sad to see Legend sail back to Passau with a new group of passengers! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We were very happy we took the Danube Waltz cruise with Viking. We took, and recommend highly the pre-cruise extension to Prague, which was a fascinating city. We were accommodated in a lovely hotel, which was within walking distance of ... Read More
We were very happy we took the Danube Waltz cruise with Viking. We took, and recommend highly the pre-cruise extension to Prague, which was a fascinating city. We were accommodated in a lovely hotel, which was within walking distance of old town. The on site Viking reps in the hotel were very helpful in recommending places to see and eat. Our local guide was fantastic. Also, we took the optional extra excursion to Kutna Hora, which took us out of the capital to a small, historic town. We enjoyed the Folkloric show, even if it was a bit "touristy." Still, the dancing and musical entertainment was livelly and fun. Based on the Prague pre-trip, I wish we'd taken the post-trip in Budapest, because one day there wasn't long enough. As with any cruise, it's a bit frustrating to have limited time in port, but this cruise enabled us to visit countries we might not otherwise have seen, 4 European capitals, and some charming small towns. The day we spent seeing Melke and Durnstein was our favorite. See the magnificent glass museum and also St Stephan (largest church organ in the world) right at the dock of Passau. Castle Hill in Budapest has wonderful views, and great historic structures. We'll never forget sailing through Budapest at 11PM when the whole city was lit in gold. MAGNIFICENT and thanks to the Captain for doing that. The Viking crew was outstanding, and we enjoyed several nights of local entertainment on board. In one city, the chef had a food tasting for us in a local market. One night was an "Oktoberfest" on board. Love that the basic port excursions and unlimited wine/beer at lunch and dinner are included in the price We thought that parts of the Legend needed some updating, especially after needing to cut through some of the new Viking Longships to reach the docks. Still, we've already booked another Viking trip in France next year. Very positive experience! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
The best part of Vikiing is their marketing. Among the worst problems with our cruise was the rafting up of up to five boats at a location. I did not pay for an interior cabin and looking into another persons bedroom and bathroom is not ... Read More
The best part of Vikiing is their marketing. Among the worst problems with our cruise was the rafting up of up to five boats at a location. I did not pay for an interior cabin and looking into another persons bedroom and bathroom is not high on my list of "must sees". Among the stops were the tiny towns of Dörnstein & Melk. Save your shoe leather and energy ...don't waste your time. An additional day in Vienna or Budapest would have been much better. The waitstaff was outstanding in their aim to please and friendliness . Food was excellent . The tour guides were not viking employees and varied from poor to good. The Mercedes buses were comfortable. We arrived a day early and had a great visit and few brews at the Hoffbrauhaus in Munich. Skip,the food there. The oompah music and the beer are beyond delightful. A visit to the Dachau concentration camp, will leave you with an indelible impression of the horrors of the Holocaust. The boat ( not ship) Legend hs been used beyond its useful life. It is, however, well maintained and spotless. We have had many years of cruising experience and the Danube Waltz aboard the Viking Legend was the low point of of our adventures. My comments about our non-functioning toilet will not appear in this review, but the problem was never corrected, despite my daily complaints.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We were expecting a great time based on the comments we had heard from friends. Our only fear was being locked into eating most of our meals on board. We actually had a stupendous time, far exceeding our wildest expectations and the food ... Read More
We were expecting a great time based on the comments we had heard from friends. Our only fear was being locked into eating most of our meals on board. We actually had a stupendous time, far exceeding our wildest expectations and the food was five star quality and we had more choices each night than we had expected during the entire trip. Entertainment was great. Our only disappointment - and it was a small one - was that the trip to the Summer Palace of the Austrian Royal Family, which was an extra, was not as spectacular as we had hoped. This was partly due to rain which caused us to miss the gardens, but we would have had little time for them even without the rain. The entire crew was outstanding - almost unbelievably so - and our room was kept extraordinarily well. We met a lot of nice people and made a few friends that will hopefully remain so for years to come! Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Having enjoyed our first Viking cruise, some 6 months earlier (on the River Elbe), we were looking forward to an exciting itinerary from Budapest to Passau. We arrived at the ship and were shown to our expensive cabin with a French ... Read More
Having enjoyed our first Viking cruise, some 6 months earlier (on the River Elbe), we were looking forward to an exciting itinerary from Budapest to Passau. We arrived at the ship and were shown to our expensive cabin with a French Balcony. We were surprised that the curtains were fully drawn (around noon on a sunny day) and immediately flung them open. To our surprise, the view that faced us was the balcony of another river boat (the Viking Freya) little more than 12 inches away! From then on, at every mooring, on every single day of the holiday, part or all of the time was spent with no view other than an adjoining boat. Apparently, this is the norm, with the various boats swapping places every 7 hours to make it 'fair' for all passengers. We would have called the policy, making it 'unfair' for all passengers at some point every day! Now, if you are someone who just uses a cabin for sleeping, then this is no real hardship (excuse the pun). However, we like to spend a fair amount of time in our cabin, (which is why we pay for an expensive one) and the situation made our cabin, completely unusable when adjacent to another cabin or the restaurant (on a couple of occasions) on another ship. Also on a couple of occasions, our boat was sandwiched between two other boats, so everyone suffered at the same time! If you are happy with all this then fine, but remember that the design of the cabins is such that the dressing table mirrors on each boat provide a perfect view from your cabin directly into the toilet of the adjoining ship's cabin AND vice-versa! Without going into too much detail, the sight of of a man on the toilet of his cabin on the adjoining boat made sure that we fully closed the toilet door on every occasion! However, we should not have to do this in our private cabin. This whole experience ruined the cruise for us, despite very much enjoying the excellent itinerary. It goes without saying that the problem never occurred on our earlier River Elbe cruise with the same company. Now on to other matters, where, again compared to our earlier cruise, the food was generally poor. Some chefs have empathy with cooking fish (our preferred choice), but not so on our cruise! We were rarely able to eat the main course and indeed on the main 5 course meal, my wife had a tiny smoked salmon starter and a tiny piece of cheese for the final course, with nothing in-between. However, I managed the soup as well, so had 3 of the 5 courses! Generally, the meat eaters fared better, though at lunch we once had goulash, which turned out to be tough, dry and tasteless (and uneaten!). Interestingly, neither the Maître d', nor any waiter every enquired if there was a problem! Incidentally at least two of the waiters were 'over friendly' trying to 'force' you to drink or eat more. On one occasion, spare desserts were actually served to us and cajoled to eat them despite repeatedly saying no (we just left the table to escape). On a minor point, the white wine was also never cold and changing the subject, the WiFi was never good (even moored in a city) and generally only just usable. You have been warned! P.S. Oh! And don’t get us started on the absolute chaos between disembarkation and boarding the flight home!   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Viking Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.4
Enrichment 3.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.9

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