180 Viking River Viking Mani Europe - River Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for an opportunity to spend more time in Paris and for the excursions to Auvers-Sur-Oise and the D-Day sites. The transportation strike in Paris interfered with our extension there, but the cruise itself was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for an opportunity to spend more time in Paris and for the excursions to Auvers-Sur-Oise and the D-Day sites. The transportation strike in Paris interfered with our extension there, but the cruise itself was wonderful. Viking handled the airport and ship transfers with perfection. The cabin and public spaces were beautiful as always, although we did find the bed rather uncomfortable. Our Program Director, Max, arranged a very moving wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery in Normandy. He also was extremely helpful to us in re-booking tickets and transportation to an exhibit in Paris that we had missed because of the strike. The visit to Auvers-Sur-Oise in the footsteps of Van Gogh was most memorable. Seeing Van Gogh's tomb, side by side with his Brother's was quite touching. The excursion was complemented by the ship-board watercolor class and the very informative lecture on Impressionism. Service everywhere on the ship was prompt and gracious. The food was good, but not memorable. A live pianist provided pleasant background music in the lounge. On one occasion there were three delightful young opera singers. This was our 4th Viking cruise and we have already booked the next one. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This cruise was all that I wanted to do when I retired and I lived my dream! It exceeded even my lofty dreams! Viking pays attention to every detail from the moment of arrival to the moment we departed for the airport! There were ... Read More
This cruise was all that I wanted to do when I retired and I lived my dream! It exceeded even my lofty dreams! Viking pays attention to every detail from the moment of arrival to the moment we departed for the airport! There were many excursions to choose from. The guides for our excursions were exceptional people who went out of their way for us. One guide knew we were looking for a particular type of tea and she went to find it for us! There are no clubs on board but each evening there was an educational or musical event after dinner which was great because early to bed, early to rise so we could get ready for our next adventure! The food was amazing And the service even better. Each meal had a regular menu and a local menu featuring regional ingredients and dishes and they were all incredible! The people of Viking made our trip an amazing experience as they learned our names, preferences and treated us with the warmth of family!! They were kind, funny, informative and wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first river cruise and we considered that a 7 day Rhine getaway would be the most appropriate taster.We were not disappointed. From embarkation to disembarkation the experience was a delight. The ship was clean from bow ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we considered that a 7 day Rhine getaway would be the most appropriate taster.We were not disappointed. From embarkation to disembarkation the experience was a delight. The ship was clean from bow to stern. Our cabin had enough space and the verandah was a welcome extension. The food was varied and excellent and I had the opportunity to visit the "galley" which was busy and pristine.The wines and drinks were very good. The resident musical entertainer was very good and the guest entertainment at certain ports of call were professional. The service received from all of the ship's company was second to none. They were courteous, professional and a delight to meet. The included excursions were interesting. We did not partake in any optional ones (this time). Our fellow guests were very friendly and we met some wonderful people. This river cruise will certainly not be our last and we look forward to cruising again with Viking in the not too distant future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Always wanted to take a River Cruise. The Viking staff was AMAZING and so helpful. The shore excursions were informative and well planned. Never felt rushed. The food and drink were truly an experience. Can't wait for my next ... Read More
Always wanted to take a River Cruise. The Viking staff was AMAZING and so helpful. The shore excursions were informative and well planned. Never felt rushed. The food and drink were truly an experience. Can't wait for my next Viking Cruise. The staff was very attentive and great with remembering names and preferences. The scenery was beyond awesome. The relaxed atmosphere was a breath of fresh air from the huge ships that cram people on board like sardines. The casual aspect was a welcome change. No formal dining night which was a relief. No assigned seating at meals so you got to mix and mingle with the other guests which was very nice. The crew's interaction with the passengers was also very welcome. The amount of amenities included in the price was also great. Free wi-fi, beer and wine with lunch and dinner and the self serve coffee/tea kiosk was also a definite perk. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was to be our first-time river cruise trip, so I researched many of the various options out there quite a bit with the hope we would have an ideal experience. I read forums, subscribe to newsletters and asked acquaintances who had ... Read More
This was to be our first-time river cruise trip, so I researched many of the various options out there quite a bit with the hope we would have an ideal experience. I read forums, subscribe to newsletters and asked acquaintances who had done on similar trips. We wanted a good itinerary within a reasonable cost range and flexible schedule. The Rhine getaway on Viking turned out to be just the right experience for us and we enjoyed it immensely. Embarkation and debarkation both were a breeze. They happily took control of our luggage, delivered it from pier-side to our room, and then back ashore when we debarked. We arranged for two nights prior cruise in Amsterdam and were fortunate to have relatives in Switzerland where we spend an additional week post-cruise. I can say that the two days pre-cruise helped immensely with adjusting to jet lag and time differences from Pacific Northwest. We noticed at least 4 different people nodding off at dinner the first night or at lunch the second day on board as they had just flown into AMS and embarked the ship immediately prior to sailing. Once introduced to our Hotel Manager, he made it a point to remember our names, along with everyone else’s, and greeted us each day by name. Our cruise director was well organized, energetic and made each day so easy, with concise, easy to understand details so everyone knew what was happening, when and where to go and return each day. I really do not know when the guy got any rest! The entire ship’s staff was always polite, friendly attentive and eager to help you, even if it wasn’t their direct responsibility. Most of them seemed to truly enjoy their work. All of the food, and food options were excellent, ALWAYS. We were even provided a tour of the kitchen, which is an amazing operation to see what they do with such small quarters. The daily included and optional excursions were enjoyable, interesting, educational and provided different options at each stop. We only did the included tours but heard mixed reviews on some of the optional ones from those who took them. In most ports, Viking had their own buses which were clean, comfortable, seemed new and had WiFi available. On our last evening, our Captain, along with the ships musician and activity director, hosted a farewell drink and entertained us for a bit as they played guitars in the lounge. Come disembarkation day, we were a little concerned about what we would do in Basel, as our ride could not pick us up until afternoon. Many people left the ship immediately after breakfast for the airport or add-on tours. However, the ship’s staff ensured us that they would take care of our luggage after check-out and that we could walk around the city or even stay aboard and enjoy one final lunch (with drinks) until we were ready to leave in the afternoon, which we did. Despite our double-checking our room before leaving, we realized, the next day, that my wife had left her nice dress slippers under the bed. We emailed Viking to tell them, providing our ship details and room number. A day later, we received notice that housekeeping had found them and the slippers were being mailed back to us at home. What service! I was so impressed that I purchased a $100 voucher for $200 off our next Viking cruise, whether it be a river or ocean cruise. The voucher doesn’t expire, so it gives us time to decide where and when we would like to join Viking again, hopefully for another wonderful, memorable experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We've been talking about taking a river cruise for a long time and finally decided this was the time to go. So happy we did. So much nicer than the huge ships on other cruise lines. The ship was beautiful, the cabin was comfortable ... Read More
We've been talking about taking a river cruise for a long time and finally decided this was the time to go. So happy we did. So much nicer than the huge ships on other cruise lines. The ship was beautiful, the cabin was comfortable and the dining was wonderful. I always like to try new foods and was never disappointed in the quality. Also, the included excursions were really good and there were additional excursions to choose from. The entertainment was very good and the service was first-rate. We picked this cruise line because there were no small children, no rock climbing wall, no disco and no hard sell to buy jewelry or artwork. The staff, including the captain, were very warm and friendly and always there to help get whatever you needed. We will definitely do another cruise with Viking. It was the most relaxing cruise we've ever had and would recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was my first time out of the country, and the best trip my husband and I have ever encountered. We learned so much from the cruise staff and tour guides, but also broke away from the group before/after tours to explore the cities! ... Read More
This was my first time out of the country, and the best trip my husband and I have ever encountered. We learned so much from the cruise staff and tour guides, but also broke away from the group before/after tours to explore the cities! This experience was better than I could have dreamt. The ship was tidy at all times, our room was cleaned throughout each day. Our needs were anticipated and the staff was always so kind. The food was incredible. I ate like royalty for every meal!! The excursions were rich with history and culture. I was never bored and had the perfect balance of relaxation time and sight seeing. Service was impeccable at all times. There was never a moment where staff was inattentive. If changes in schedule occurred, I was unaware because the transitions were so smooth. We are planning our next cruise and only wish we could return to sail with Viking sooner!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to experience Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands without continually unpacking and repacking. Once we landed in Zurich, we never had to handle our luggage in going from one location to another, including pre- and post- ... Read More
We wanted to experience Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands without continually unpacking and repacking. Once we landed in Zurich, we never had to handle our luggage in going from one location to another, including pre- and post- river journey stays. So, this trip was perfect in that respect. There was a wonderful, insightful excursion to Colmar, Strasbourg was charming and the Heidelberg visit was fun. I wanted to return to Heidelberg after 50 years when I was stationed there in the US Army. The ship was a perfect size for this cruise, had great amenities and was sparklingly clean. The food on board was well prepared and well planned as to specific local cuisine. The onboard staff was extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable. Our pre-trip extension in Lucerne was a delight, with local Viking staff being most helpful, Ms. Radke especially. The post-trip extension in Amsterdam was not quite as interesting as Lucerne but the museums made up for it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our fourth trip with Viking. We have chosen them because of the excellent overall quality of their cruises. One of their biggest pluses is the superb staff who is very professional but so helpful and friendly. This includes ... Read More
This was our fourth trip with Viking. We have chosen them because of the excellent overall quality of their cruises. One of their biggest pluses is the superb staff who is very professional but so helpful and friendly. This includes not only those on board ship but the staff in the office as well. We dealt with Jackie this year who took great care of us during the booking process and on our return. We appreciate the all inclusive costs which won’t suit everyone but we prefer. The quality of wines served at mealtimes was very good and has improved over the years. We are always very impressed with the tours provided: both included and optional, this year was no exception. The knowledge of the local guides make each excursion a pleasure. The first evening’s entertainment was excellent: the music group played music that many of us danced to. This ‘broke the ice’ and ensured a happy, social trip. I have to compliment the captain on his dancing skills! The only slight gripe we had was that the quality of the evening meal was not quite as good as on some other cruises. We look forward to our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We don't have any negatives to tell you about this cruise, the ship, the staff, the activities, or the food. Everything was so far above our expectations it would be hard to explain. Viking has excellent ships, excellent employees, ... Read More
We don't have any negatives to tell you about this cruise, the ship, the staff, the activities, or the food. Everything was so far above our expectations it would be hard to explain. Viking has excellent ships, excellent employees, and a science around how organized they are with all of the arrangements. I was worried about riding in a bus to the excursions, but the buses and drivers were a pleasure! I was also concerned about the food, having heard stories about the massive amounts of junk food on some cruises. Our chef was excellent and all the food was so delicious. The choices were wonderful and the portions were perfect. We loved our cabin, which had a balcony, and enjoyed sitting up on the deck. We met lots a great people on the ship that we have remained in contact with. We are looking forward to many other Viking cruises! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
It was a trip that I wanted to take for a long time. Had been looking at advertisements and had a chance to get a Two for One deal so signed up. The ship was very clean and our cabin was well kept. The food was great and the wait staff ... Read More
It was a trip that I wanted to take for a long time. Had been looking at advertisements and had a chance to get a Two for One deal so signed up. The ship was very clean and our cabin was well kept. The food was great and the wait staff was excellent. All of the crew members were very helpful and friendly. All of the shore excursions were full of information and the castles were just amazing to go through. There was always entertainment every night in the lounge. The music was great and the people were wonderful. The food for our evening dining was always related to the country that we were in. The shopping was excellent. In the near future we would like to be able to take another cruise. One of the best parts of the cruise was that the boat was not overly crowded and no children. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Arrived in Basal two days before the cruise. Took a train to Lucern for the day. Wish we had stayed overnight. We were able to board the ship early on our sail date. Everything was extremely well organized. Lunch aboard ship and ... Read More
Arrived in Basal two days before the cruise. Took a train to Lucern for the day. Wish we had stayed overnight. We were able to board the ship early on our sail date. Everything was extremely well organized. Lunch aboard ship and luggage take to Cabin. The wonderful part of this travel is once you unpack, you are done. The cabin was very comfortable. It was fun to open the sliding door as we were cruising on the Rhine. The food was excellent for all three meals. You could choose either the main dining room or seating on the stern. The staff was outstanding in every way. We could not have asked for better. The excursions were fun. Being able to walk around the cities we visited was a real plus and then to be able to back to the ship, only a short distance away was great. I would recommend this tour to anyone. We stayed an extra day in Amsterdam as my wife wanted to go back to the tulip gardens which were in full bloom when we traveled. That is something everyone should consider if they go during that time frame. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I can't recommend Viking highly enough. We had an amazing time. The crew were so kind, the food was incredible and the beds were more comfortable than mine at home. I felt that the cruise was an excellent value for the money and would ... Read More
I can't recommend Viking highly enough. We had an amazing time. The crew were so kind, the food was incredible and the beds were more comfortable than mine at home. I felt that the cruise was an excellent value for the money and would have expected a higher price for how good of an experience we had. I enjoyed the variety of excursions available to passengers and just relaxing on the boat as well. I get motion sick, but could not tell that we were moving. I loved being able to see the beauty of three countries while staying in one room and not having to worry about finding my way to tourist attractions or popular areas. My grandma cannot walk very far and she was still able to enjoy the trip. We chose to extend our trip with three nights in Amsterdam and I am so glad we did. The flower markets, museums and the Anne Frank House were well worth it. The only downside to the trip was that it was not longer. If anyone is considering a Viking Cruise, don't hesitate! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had great time on our cruise. I travel with several mature gal friends. A little disappointed in the tour of Amsterdam, I would suggest paying for a canal boat tour over the free walking tour. In addition to the great tours in each ... Read More
We had great time on our cruise. I travel with several mature gal friends. A little disappointed in the tour of Amsterdam, I would suggest paying for a canal boat tour over the free walking tour. In addition to the great tours in each city, we enjoyed kicking up our heals in the lounge in the evening, dancing and singing along with the piano man. The water levels were up so we had smooth sailing. The ship was clean, the cabins were nice, the lounge was great fun. The service staff was attentive. We had excellent waiters and waitresses. The food was very good. ( I wish we could have a dining table assigned.) The long, uphill walk to one of the castles almost did me in, but I'm overweight and under fit. We've also done the Danube with Viking and loved it. We will probably be looking for our next river destination in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our first cruise ever, my wife and I did not like the idea that we may not have enough free choices on cruise and have to follow their schedule rather than yours. But this cruise changed all that perception, it was very well ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever, my wife and I did not like the idea that we may not have enough free choices on cruise and have to follow their schedule rather than yours. But this cruise changed all that perception, it was very well organized, with varieties of activities we could choose from and it appeared that Viking has a great local connections whereever we visited. From airport transportations to local hotel choices, all the concerns we had evaporated, meticulous and courteous services. The cruise staff, I have to say that almost perfect, great smiles, very attentive, always around available. We met a lot of people from all over the world, wish we had more time to get to know them. We are still in touch with another couple from New Jersey, we had so much of fun together. We had pre & post cruise in Lucerne and Amsterdam, even that was arranged very well. For over 12 days travelling through many places and 4 different countries, there was no single issue or mishap, on excursions, transportations, hotels, I would say that is rare. We are looking forward to get on board with Viking hopefully soon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The cruise was the greatest! I was with 3 other people and we all had a good time. The ship was very nice. We could go up to the top and watch the scenery. No problems getting there from the airport. The cabin was a little small but we ... Read More
The cruise was the greatest! I was with 3 other people and we all had a good time. The ship was very nice. We could go up to the top and watch the scenery. No problems getting there from the airport. The cabin was a little small but we made due. The food was excellent. The servers were very friendly and always pleasant. By the end of the cruise they knew my order! I liked that a lot! Entertainment was very good. The games were fun and the classical concert was super. The included excursions were so much fun and very informative. They were so well organized and run. We added 2 other excursion, too. Those lollypops are a great idea! Enjoyed staying for lunch a couple of days that shuttles were provided after the included tour. We stayed an extra 2 days in Amsterdam. The hotel and service from the Viking people made the change from ship to hotel seamless. Kudos to Claudia and her crew. They were so much fun. All service people were excellent. I would definitely do another Viking river cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Hadn't planned on a cruise at this time, but the combination of price, ports of call, and opportunity caused us to jump at the chance to see parts of Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany that we had not visited. We opted for the ... Read More
Hadn't planned on a cruise at this time, but the combination of price, ports of call, and opportunity caused us to jump at the chance to see parts of Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany that we had not visited. We opted for the pre-cruise trip to Lake Como, which was excellent. Even though we were two plus hours late on our arrival at Milan, we were met by a Viking Representative and whisked to Lake Como in a very nice Mercedes sedan. Our guide was both knowledgeable and delightful. There were only 10 of us, which made our tours around the lake and town more enjoyable. Our coach trip through Switzerland was beautiful. When we arrived in Basel, we immediately boarded our boat, our bags were delivered to our stateroom and we attended the welcome aboard meeting prior to dinner. On the river cruise, the shore excursions were well run and informative, and service was outstanding. Our Program Director aboard the Mani was personable and very well informed about the history and customs of the places we visited. Food was very good, selections for each meal were many, and again, service was outstanding. At the end of the cruise we (on our own), stayed a few days in Amsterdam, then flew to Prague for a few days, and Viking, included in our "free air" flew us back to Kansas City. I was very impressed with the entire experience from the time we landed in Milan until we left the Mani in Amsterdam. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I basically chose this cruise because of the special promotion that was offered in early 2018. We arrived in Amsterdam early on the day of our departure and took a canal tour, followed by a 4-hour walking tour. I'm so glad we had ... Read More
I basically chose this cruise because of the special promotion that was offered in early 2018. We arrived in Amsterdam early on the day of our departure and took a canal tour, followed by a 4-hour walking tour. I'm so glad we had this time to see this beautiful and unique city. Once onboard our ship, we were able to relax and meet fellow passengers before starting a week of non-stop sightseeing. We usually took 2 different excursions at most ports, which allowed us to see and experience so much. But, I will have to say that I enjoyed the time we spent on the river cruising thru the area where there were so many beautiful castles and little towns. I only wished that we could have spent more time doing this because it was just magical. We also enjoyed our time onboard ship. The crew was especially helpful, as well as funny and entertaining, and our tour director, Claudia, was fantastic! Following the cruise, we extended our visit and enjoyed seeing Basel & Lucerne. Can't wait to go back!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Even with the first night and first day not as planned because of a boat/propeller issue, the cruise was awesome. The crew did an incredible job trying to make us feel special even though we had to start off at a hotel and a bus instead of ... Read More
Even with the first night and first day not as planned because of a boat/propeller issue, the cruise was awesome. The crew did an incredible job trying to make us feel special even though we had to start off at a hotel and a bus instead of the river boat. Once on the longboat, everything was stellar. After several ocean cruises with 3000 guests onboard and being able to get lost in the crowd, we were concerned that we would be conformable with only 190 guests. It was never an issue! Never had to get dressed up for dinner; in fact, wore nice jeans every evening. Even made new friends that we shared most meals with; and made a point to get scheduled on the same bus for the excursions. The included excursions were great. They were lead by very knowledgable locals, and would have cost on any other cruise line. They also included a lot of walking! Wear comfortable shoes! We would go again, and in fact, will, summer of 19! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Looked for a highly rated cruise line, and we wanted a cruise that would include Germany. Every person I talked with that had gone with Viking raved about the cruise so we decided to take the chance. Pre-trip: friendly booking ... Read More
Looked for a highly rated cruise line, and we wanted a cruise that would include Germany. Every person I talked with that had gone with Viking raved about the cruise so we decided to take the chance. Pre-trip: friendly booking people that were very helpful and answered all our questions. Helped us with flight upgrades and got us the exact staterooms we wanted, Planning the extra excursions was easy online and we were tickled with the packet of info that came a few weeks prior, that confirmed all the details. Arriving, we were met and smoothly transferred to the ship. Our stateroom was amazingly well designed and so comfy! Loved the full-length windows— great views from our room day and night. The service onboard was spectacular. Kind, thoughtful, personable—just a delightful crew. From the captain Helmut to Claus the hotel manager to Radim the program manager, all were very friendly. We enjoyed meeting other staff too and getting to know them a little: Roy, Norm, Jana, Isabella, Josh, Natalia—so amazing! The excursions and guides were insightful and fun. Loved learning a little about the history of each place we stopped. The food was excellent—well prepared and presented with flair—we took photos since they looked too good to eat! (But we did!) The total experience was fabulous and we are already planning when we can go on another Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We traveled with another couple and wanted to see the castles of Germany. None of us had taken a cruise before, preferring to discover other countries and sites on our own. We chose Viking because of the two-for-one offer and the free ... Read More
We traveled with another couple and wanted to see the castles of Germany. None of us had taken a cruise before, preferring to discover other countries and sites on our own. We chose Viking because of the two-for-one offer and the free airfare on our particular cruise. The departure from Amsterdam was a plus, since we traveled in April, the height of the tulip season. We took advantage of arriving a few days before our embarkation date to see the tulip gardens and visit the Anne Frank museum. We missed the museum during our last visit and we considered the opportunity to be a plus. We arrived at the ship just ten minutes before the dinner hour. We were in such a rush, due to traffic in Amsterdam and we all felt that we might miss dinner if we weren’t on time. We were SO mistaken. We were warmly welcomed, our bags were taken from our anxious hands and we were introduced to the Viking “way”: Let us help, you are on vacation”! We were escorted to our rooms, introduced to the amenities within - heated bathroom floors, bottled waters, French Balcony for our own private view of the river, and a very comfortable bed, and a television that streamed movies, posted daily notices of excursions and activities onboard, and a map that would track our voyage (we loved looking at that!). We were assured that we weren’t “late” for dinner. We freshened up and headed for the dining room. We fell in love with our waiters, Norman and Jana, at first site. They were so very accommodating, anticipated our every need and overall pampered us. We tried to sit at their tables for every meal, but found that ALL the wait staff were as friendly and helpful. We still had a soft spot for our two, as they introduced us to all that was available during our cruise in the dining room. Not only was there a buffet at breakfast and lunch, we could also order from a menu, or do both! Every evening a special meal was offered that gave us a taste of the region we were traveling through. Needless to say, while traveling on a Viking cruise, you eat well and you are pampered. I never had to reach for a carafe of coffee or a bread basket. Someone was always right there to hand it to me. Personally, I felt like a queen! As for ports and shore excursions, we enjoyed every stop. Since we have been traveling on our own for many years, our only wish would be that there were more time to see each port. The guided excursions were informative and gave us a hint of the history of each city, but as in any guided tour, it was slow trying to move 20 to 30 people from one place to another. At least each guided tour was small, which was a definite plus. Activities on board were low-key, but nice. Every evening there was live music and many of us danced. We made quite a few friends and spent time learning about each other. The activity director on our cruise was upbeat, solicitous, and knowledgeable. She hosted a, “Learn German” language class one evening around the cocktail hour, and a “Music Trivia” game on another night. Everyone was laughing, learning, and thoroughly enjoying the diversions. One evening, as the ship passed through one of the many locks on the river, the captain treated everyone on the top deck to an aperitif to celebrate the event. These are only a few of the moments that we’ll remember. Hopefully, it encompasses what a wonderful time we had on our Rhine cruise in 2018. Thank you, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We wanted to treat ourselves to a luxury cruise and Viking reviews were always topnotch. After speaking to others who had cruised Viking and loved it, we decided to chose a destination. That was the hard part- there are so many good places ... Read More
We wanted to treat ourselves to a luxury cruise and Viking reviews were always topnotch. After speaking to others who had cruised Viking and loved it, we decided to chose a destination. That was the hard part- there are so many good places they go. We did the Rhine Getaway along with pre and post stays in Basel and Amsterdam. Everything, from being picked up at the airport, taken to the hotels, then the ship and the tours- were amazingly seamless. All went off without a hitch- which made the trip so delightful. The meals on board were amazing- so many choices of food you couldn't go hungry. We very much enjoyed the small size of the ship and the non assigned seating for meals- which made getting to know other passengers so much fun. The tours were great, again seamless and great tour guides. We got lots of great exercise and that helped with all the great food intake! The weather was perfect- actually a heat wave hit Europe and we were overdressed, but that was much better than they said it had been a few weeks prior. All the staff on board were friendly, fun and accommodating! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The embarkation of our cruise on the Mani went very smooth. We arrived by air to the beautiful city of Amsterdam. A fine group of arrival people met us at the airport and guided us through customs. We then boarded a bus that took us to the ... Read More
The embarkation of our cruise on the Mani went very smooth. We arrived by air to the beautiful city of Amsterdam. A fine group of arrival people met us at the airport and guided us through customs. We then boarded a bus that took us to the Mani. A complimentary walking tour of the center of Amsterdam was provided in the afternoon before the 5 pm departure. I do regret not taking the offer of a 2 night stay in Amsterdam before the departure. Next time we will. The Mani was quite large for a riverboat and quite comfortable. We chose a French balcony cabin which was very comfortable but smaller than the cabins we were used to on seagoing vessels. Dining was wonderful in the beautiful, large dining room. The food was quite delicious and prepared by a talented Swiss chef. Our Captain was quite gracious in conversation and posing with us in photos. Service by our cabin attendants was excellent and fast. There was a nice bar on board with a couple of very talented and generous bartenders that I will always remember. A complimentary shore excursion was offered at every port along our Rhine journey. We also opted for 4 other tours along the way which were very inexpensive and enlightening. I especially enjoyed Cologne, Germany where my Grandmother immigrated from. Other excursions were wine tasting in Strasbourg, France, and Marksburg Castle in Germany. It was a wonderful trip with experiences I will always remember. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Price of the Rhine Getaway Cruise was too good not to go. This was our first cruise and first time overseas. This trip was a dream come true for us. Viking treats their guests like royalty from the time you arrive at the airport and ... Read More
Price of the Rhine Getaway Cruise was too good not to go. This was our first cruise and first time overseas. This trip was a dream come true for us. Viking treats their guests like royalty from the time you arrive at the airport and after you have departed for the return trip home. We booked a two day stay in Lucerne, Switzerland and there was always Viking representatives at the hotel to help you with any questions and a Viking representative met us at the airport in Zurich and again in Amsterdam. While on the ship we were completely spoiled by the constant attention, the fantastic food, and the comfortable cabins. The crew members made the trip so fun. All of the included excursions were excellent with very knowledgeable tour guides. We would definitely book with Viking again because of how they treat their guests and we love the fact that an excursion is included at each stopped port. We also love the notion of traveling on a smaller ship instead of a larger ship with thousands of people. All in all this was a great memorable trip and I cannot wait until our next one with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 4th Viking cruise..and our last. The best thing about it was that they have a new chef and he is the BEST we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. HOWEVER, the tours provided were dull at least. Usually they give you a ... Read More
This was our 4th Viking cruise..and our last. The best thing about it was that they have a new chef and he is the BEST we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. HOWEVER, the tours provided were dull at least. Usually they give you a decent tour; these simply weren’t. One was where we had to walk from the ship to a cathedral in Cologne. I could have done that myself. Then Ifelt the guide was going to tell us about every scratch on the door. The guides were verbose. One tour we were left by the guide. We had walked slowly back to the bus because our friend was having difficulty. BUT it wasn’t that slow. When we got there, our bus had left. Luckily, the other two buses were there. I complained when we came in. NOTHING.Bottom line I don’t understand why anyone is so gung-ho about the Rhine cruise. The best part was an hour when we saw the castles. Other tour lines may have better tours?????? We also did the Lake Lucerne pretrip. I could go off on that besides it being very expensive. Lars had much to be desired. The scenery was just as good in Lake Dillon in Colorado, if not better. That was just a total waste of money. Everyone wanted to leave earlier so we could spend some time in Basel. It wasn’t happening, much to everyone’s dismay. Then we just sat in the waiting room at hotel for 6 hrs. From 10 to 4No Basel for us. The tours were just walking around town...a repeat each time. We got two breakfasts. If you wanted a dinner, it was $50 a person Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Viking Mani Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.8
Family 1.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 5.0 5.0
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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