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We had done several Viking river and ocean cruises but had wanted to experience the Christmas Markets. The trip met and exceeded our expectations! Viking, as always, has the best service but the crew were especially excited since this was ... Read More
We had done several Viking river and ocean cruises but had wanted to experience the Christmas Markets. The trip met and exceeded our expectations! Viking, as always, has the best service but the crew were especially excited since this was their next to last trip of the season. Then they return home until April. The ship was fully decorated to embrace the season. And the food choices also reflected traditional German meals. The balcony cabin is always smaller on the river boats, but more than enough storage space. Bathroom did not feel cramped at all. There was a Basel city tour the afternoon we boarded, after eating lunch. We were extremely fortunate that the weather was quite warm, cloudy but just a little rain once in a while. But more than happy not to wear heavy coats. On board delights included glass blowing, German carolers, lectures and cooking demonstration. We even were able to visit the adjacent Viking ship one evening for a show. The staff and service are always perfect. That's why we return to viking! But the markets are impressive! Eight separate markets in Cologne! Each stop was just beautiful. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this itinerary because we wanted to go to the markets and we were not disappointed! We started in Amsterdam (we have been there before) and then traveled to Kinderdijk, where we have also been before. We then went to Cologne and ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because we wanted to go to the markets and we were not disappointed! We started in Amsterdam (we have been there before) and then traveled to Kinderdijk, where we have also been before. We then went to Cologne and our first Christmas market. It was absolutely magical! We continued to more markets in Germany and one in Strasbourg France. The markets did not disappoint and i filled an entire bag of gifts from the markets as well as ten different mugs from the markets. If you don’t care for the hot wine at the markets, get the hot chocolate, it’s incredible. The ships captain was probably the best of all 6 of our Viking cruises as was the hotel manager. Our favorite by far was Renee, our program director. However, quite a few of the crew seemed uninterested in us being there. As a matter of fact I had a bartender be incredibly rude to me which has NEVER happened on Viking before. Another crew member who witnessed it came over to me to apologize, but I was so upset about it I left the lounge and was uncomfortable seeing this crew member the rest of the trip. The ship seemed a bit run down and housekeeping was a bit lax although our cabin steward was very sweet. The food was incredible and, as usual, my food allergies were taken care of with extreme attention. We have another trip with Viking booked and my hopes are that we will return to the service that we are accustomed to with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had a day in Heidelberg that we were out from 10:00 to 3:30. We came in from the very cold day to a lunch of hot soup and finger sandwiches. I arrived about 3:35 and there were many still behind me. They were only serving one type of ... Read More
We had a day in Heidelberg that we were out from 10:00 to 3:30. We came in from the very cold day to a lunch of hot soup and finger sandwiches. I arrived about 3:35 and there were many still behind me. They were only serving one type of soup and when I got there they told me with no apology whatsoever that they were out of soup. I have been on at least 14 cruises on 4 different lines and I’ve never heard sorry, we’re out. The wait and bar service was mediocre. The cocktails were very inconsistent, I don’t think the bartenders were trained. the drink list was old fashioned and limited. One server grabbed my Cosmo before I was finished and put a napkin in it. When I said I was still drinking it he removed the napkin and handed it back. I wish I could say I was kidding. Shipboard entertainment was very weak. A piano player, a local choir, decorating the Christmas tree. Really, we decorate Your tree for you? The optional excursion that we did was disappointing. We paid $79 for an average meal at a German Restaurant. There was partying and an “oompah band” promised but the band did not even have a tuba. I don’t consider “Margaritaville” traditional German music. What was good: Not packing and unpacking, the stops. The included tours were actually good and they offered a more relaxed pace option for those who wanted it and the guides were good. Overall I would choose Tauck for a better experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I’ve wanted to experience a river cruise for quite a while! The crew & staff were outstanding, the food was exquisite & the cooks were very accommodating for my dietary needs! The shore experiences along the Rhine were marvelous! ... Read More
I’ve wanted to experience a river cruise for quite a while! The crew & staff were outstanding, the food was exquisite & the cooks were very accommodating for my dietary needs! The shore experiences along the Rhine were marvelous! I so enjoyed the walks through the towns along the Rhine! The town folk were friendly & very accommodating! There were more activities than could be done in one journey so there is incentive to return for even more adventures! The rooms are very comfortable with heated floors in the bath! There was plenty of room under the bed for luggage & generous drawer & closet space for our clothes! Buses took us to & from our adventures off the ship, & knowledgeable guides gave us tours of each site we visited, but when the tour guide finished there was time for walking & enjoying the sites, shops, restaurants & museums like the Chocolate Museum in Cologne! The small shops were so special as well as the larger shops! The experience will stay with me forever! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
First let me tell you this was Passage to Eastern Europe. Our ship was supposed to be the Aegir, but was switched to the Embla at the last minute. This was our third Viking River Cruise having done the Rhine Getaway and the Romantic ... Read More
First let me tell you this was Passage to Eastern Europe. Our ship was supposed to be the Aegir, but was switched to the Embla at the last minute. This was our third Viking River Cruise having done the Rhine Getaway and the Romantic Danube. While on the Danube cruise, I asked our program director, George, which was his favorite cruise. He said Passage to Eastern Europe. Consequently, we booked it as soon as we got home. Caveat: while this was a fantastic cruise, I would not recommend it for a first Viking cruise. As usual, the Viking staff and crew were exceptional. Service, dining, accommodations, etc. all the very best. However, the itinerary is specifically geared from an historical and cultural viewpoint. The five countries we visited were all recently freed from communist rule. Their reactions and development to this new way of life are very eye opening, yet inspiring. In all cases, the people of these countries worked very hard to maintain their individual cultures--no matter who was oppressing them. Important to note; due to rules in place in the various cities and countries, Viking is not able to offer the "special" excursions for those with mobility issues--I am one of those people. Bear in mind, there is a lot of walking, some of it difficult, on this cruise. As I mentioned, the crew and were absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, I developed a serious upper respiratory infection. It caused me to miss several excursions. I was getting concerned that it might turn into something serious. Viking managed to locate a doctor in Bulgaria who came on board, examined both me and my wife and prescribed medications. A woman who was on board with a children's choir for that night's entertainment, volunteered to go to a local pharmacy to get the meds for us. How wonderful was that!!! I missed several dinners (didn't want to be hacking and coughing on everyone) and Alexander, our waiter, brought soup to my stateroom each of those nights. Do I think Viking is the absolute best cruise line?? You bet!!! We have booked our next (and probably last) Viking cruise--I will be 81 years old by the time that rolls around; Paris to Normandy. Can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We arrived in Moscow 2 days early and were totally amazed at how clean the city was and how friendly all the people were. Our hotel in Moscow (Raddison) was like a palace. The food in the hotel was good also. We went to a local ... Read More
We arrived in Moscow 2 days early and were totally amazed at how clean the city was and how friendly all the people were. Our hotel in Moscow (Raddison) was like a palace. The food in the hotel was good also. We went to a local Ukranian restaurant and had a great time, the food was great, the waiters were fun and we felt like we knew everyone when we left. Shopping was also fun in Moscow. The Metro is like going to a historical art museum. The Kremlin was impressive as was St Basil. I would definitely reccomend going to Moscow a couple days early. The villages on the cruise were really interesting and educational. The school we visited was well done. it made me realize why everyone can speak english so well. They learn it with Russian from the 2nd grade on. The villages had lots of fun art objects to buy and the Russian Banyo was really good. St Petersburg was out standing of course, the architecture and history there is amazing. It's hard to take it all in. My opinion of Russian has changed completely, I went there thinking suppressed people, poverty, unrest, crime, I saw none of that if anything the opposite. It's a great country and the people are happy and resilent. The meals on board the Embla were wonderful as usual as was the entertainment and games at night. I got to help the chef make dumplings and had alot of laughs doing that what a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
After having sailed the Seine River with Viking, we knew immediately we were booking another river cruise with Viking! After much research, we chose the Rhine. We made a great choice and LOVED sailing the Rhine! The scenery, excursions, ... Read More
After having sailed the Seine River with Viking, we knew immediately we were booking another river cruise with Viking! After much research, we chose the Rhine. We made a great choice and LOVED sailing the Rhine! The scenery, excursions, staff, ship, food, and fellow travelers were all fabulous! For the first time, we did an add-on prior to sailing. We spent two nights in Amsterdam. That experience was worth every penny! Our hotel was centrally located and absolutely beautiful! While in Amsterdam, we took advantage of the excursions Viking offered in addition to touring Anne Frank’s house, taking a canal cruise, enjoying the Rijksmuseum, and walking the beautiful city viewing the architecture and canals. LOVED it all! Once, again, Viking went above and beyond with the shore excursion options. The tour guides, bus drivers, and the program director (George) were all fabulous! We learned so much and were not disappointed in any of our shore excursion choices. As always, the ship, staff, and food were excellent! This is the way to travel! Unpack your bags on the ship, relax, and enjoy! Let Viking take care of the details! The only decision necessary is red or white wine for lunch and dinner! The staff was phenomenal! We already have another cruise booked! Happy sailing! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We have cruised quite a bit but never a river cruise and never before with Viking. Itinerary and coordination of whole trip in a hassle free fashion were huge pluses. Lack of extraneous nickel and dime charges for everything was a ... Read More
We have cruised quite a bit but never a river cruise and never before with Viking. Itinerary and coordination of whole trip in a hassle free fashion were huge pluses. Lack of extraneous nickel and dime charges for everything was a wonderful change from prior experiences. Viking reputation is well deserved. Quality of service and attention to detail was outstanding. Have cruised other lines and tired of overcrowded, large ships. Tired of spending thousands more on excursions not included in original price of cruise. On this cruise we felt like many of the staff knew us as people. The small number of passengers meant no hassles standing in line for anything. The cruise director, Terry was outstanding and deserves to be recognized. Quality for the money was outstanding. Overall pricing is no more expensive than other cruise lines that charge add ons for everything. Our experience was so pleasant that I feel we will preferentially book with Viking in the future and have already booked a fly/cruise experience in China for 2021. We will also be checking out the available Viking ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was outstanding. Everything was first class all the way. Captain met us on the gang plank,with cocktails and snacks after one excursion. Chef gave us dinner recommendations nightly. When it was raining, the crew met us at the bus with ... Read More
This was outstanding. Everything was first class all the way. Captain met us on the gang plank,with cocktails and snacks after one excursion. Chef gave us dinner recommendations nightly. When it was raining, the crew met us at the bus with umbrellas. Heated mirrors in the bathroom along with heated floors. Treats from ports that were known for special things. Cruise director carried our bags on board. Escorted to our room. First rate all,the way! Stunning scenery. Definitely would recommend. Love the River Cruise over the ocean cruise. Much more personalized. Able to get to know the staff and passengers. Nothing negative to say. Food was exceptional. Wine was excellent. Excursions were nice. Staff were personable and very helpful. Treated like family, although we were called explorers. Plan on taking another River Cruise. We bought on board credit for $200 valued at $400 and applied it to our future cruise in 2021 to China.... The Jewels of China. Can’t wait! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this tour because we could travel through Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic. Viking Gefjon is a beautiful ship with an outstanding, attentive crew. Our cabin was always fresh and clean every day, dining was ... Read More
We chose this tour because we could travel through Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic. Viking Gefjon is a beautiful ship with an outstanding, attentive crew. Our cabin was always fresh and clean every day, dining was delightful with many delicious choices as well as meeting friendly travelers, entertainment was fun and engaging, and our ship director Terry was over the top in making sure everyone was having a wonderful experience. The shore excursions were informative and included time to explore and revisit sites on our own. The audio-devices were great because we could wander off (to take nearby pictures) and yet still hear what the guide was saying and describing. The historical information was given by local guides who are passionate about their town and greatly enhanced our experience in each town and country. The "pork knuckle" lunch recommendation in Cologne was fabulous. Passing through the many locks were incredible experiences. This was our first river cruise and we look forward to further travels with Viking. Viking representatives met us at the airport with easy to see signage, were available at the hotels (pre-Amsterdam/post-Prague), provided maps and tips on board Gefjon, and took us from the ship to the departing airport to make sure we had our boarding passes and were good to go. Viking's Grand European Cruise truly exceeded our expectations! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We booked this cruise and my sister and brother-in-law joined us. They were returning to Europe for the first time since their marriage in Germany back in 1967. Had a wonderful time in Amsterdam (two night pre extension) walking around the ... Read More
We booked this cruise and my sister and brother-in-law joined us. They were returning to Europe for the first time since their marriage in Germany back in 1967. Had a wonderful time in Amsterdam (two night pre extension) walking around the city. Hotel Okura was pleasant but quite a walk to the museum area. Breakfast buffet was nice buy very pricey. Evening meals were taken at restaurants in the area of the hotel. Many tasty options. Hotel rooms were quite small, considering the cost. Transportation to the ship from the hotel was very good. Our bags were delivered to our cabin (340) without a hitch. This was a special trip for us and we booked one of the two Explorer Suites available on these type ships. They offer much more space and have the nice wrap around veranda. Unfortunately the bathroom had a continuous foul order (sewer gas) smell. This was brought to the attention of the ships steward several times yet the problem persist throughout the two weeks. This really put a damper on the whole Viking River Cruise experience. One would think that an issue of this type could and would be taken care of. Sadly this was not so. The food onboard was very tasty and diverse. We could see/tell/taste that very little was wasted. I do not point this out in a negative way, just to say that food that was prepped for a previous day could find its way into a meal the following day. Soups were a favorite place to blend veggies. The results were quite tasty. The young couple that provided the entertainment were quite engaging and a pleasure to hear. I was even allowed to sit in on a set the final night. It was great fun. Room (other than the sewer smell in the bathroom) services and dining/bar service was very good. The vast majority of the staff were quite friendly and attentive. Many of the excursions were designed for the “slow go” crowd and could get a bit tedious at times. Otherwise they provided a general overview of the ports of call. Nürnberg was one of our favorites. I lived there back in the late ‘60’s and was able to spend a night in the house where I lived. Viking made it easy for us to leave the ship for a night and meet back up with them. Spending time with the current owners of the house was an experience my sister and I will never forget. I even slept in my old bedroom after 50 years. Vienna and Salzburg were magical. The weather was kind and the vistas were wonderful. My wife loved seeing the Lipizzaner horses and stables. A lifelong dream come true. Would we go again? Well we have been on three cruises in the area with Viking and if they took better care of Explorer Suites we might consider a future trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Over the years many of our friends have taken Viking River Cruises and spoke very highly of them. So when we were finally able to take a River Cruise, we went with Viking. We choose the Grand European Cruise because it included stops and ... Read More
Over the years many of our friends have taken Viking River Cruises and spoke very highly of them. So when we were finally able to take a River Cruise, we went with Viking. We choose the Grand European Cruise because it included stops and tours of many cities that were on our travel "Bucket List". Viking did not disappoint - our cruise was outstanding from arrival to departure. We were impressed with Viking from our first experience at the airport pickup to our final departure. We were very impressed with the entire Viking crew members. The suite room staff, concierge staff, lounge and dining room staffs,chefs, and excursion guides were to a person, friendly, very knowledgeable, and courteous. They made us feel welcomed and responded to all of our requests and needs quickly and completely. Th cruise director was outstanding and her knowledge, enthusiasm, and humor made everyone comfortable and relaxed. We really enjoyed the late afternoon cocktail time in the lounge The lounge was a perfect size for our group and perfect for meeting people and relaxing.The bar tenders and wait staff always made us feel welcome and their service top notch.The dining room was beautiful with a simple elegance that made us feel welcome. The layout of the dining room made it easy to share dinner with all kinds of people. The wait staff was excellent, thorough, efficient and friendly. The food was outstanding and the menu variety perfect. The entire sailing experience is one we will never forget. We will definitely take future Viking River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first river cruise and this cruise was exceptional. It was a great way to see the countryside as well as an opportunity to visit several different places. Viking was top notch from the time we arrived at the airport until we ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and this cruise was exceptional. It was a great way to see the countryside as well as an opportunity to visit several different places. Viking was top notch from the time we arrived at the airport until we checked in at the airport to return home. We have never experienced a company which was as prompt as Viking was. My husband was relieved to see a Viking representative at the airport to pick us up as we have had experiences where the representative wasn't there or never showed. Every tour, and other activities.were always on time to the exact minute. We never had to wait. The ship was spotless and well maintained. There was always fresh baked goodies next to the coffee stations and when you returned from a tour there was always something great to try. The staff members were around to welcome you back. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful throughout the entire cruise. Our cabin was spotless and well stocked with toiletries and towels. All important information was always placed on the bed every evening so we would not miss anything. The bar staff was entertaining, friendly and knowledgeable. Their memories were exceptional. After the first day they would ask if we wanted the same beverage. Our steward was wonderful and always greeted us with a smile and asking if we needed anything. The food was delicious and plentiful. The soups were exceptional and wonderful especially when you returned from a tour and were a little chilly. The chef was always willing to tell you what was in them and how to make them. The before dinner briefings were extremely informative. The staff even provided blankets for those chilly days when we were up on the deck. What other cruise line does that. They took very good care of us from the beginning until the end.We were so impressed with Viking that we accepted their offer that they would match a $100 if we bought a coupon for another cruise. We are in the process of deciding where our next Viking adventure will be. It was an extremely positive experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Had a previous experience with Viking in Egypt and loved it. This cruise was as wonderful as the one we had done in Egypt. The ship is lovely! Our room was very comfortable. We were on the lower deck as we had booked late, but we spent ... Read More
Had a previous experience with Viking in Egypt and loved it. This cruise was as wonderful as the one we had done in Egypt. The ship is lovely! Our room was very comfortable. We were on the lower deck as we had booked late, but we spent so little time in the room that it didn't really matter. The food was excellent. I especially enjoyed the theme night. The service is wonderful. The cruise director was friendly, enthusiastic and did wonderful presentations to get us ready for our excursions. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. The excursions are awesome. One of the things that I really love about Viking is that one excursion per stop is included and so the trip is really complete without adding anything. The knowledge of the people that they hire for the excursions is outstanding. You can add excursions and they are definitely worth it. I would highly recommend Viking and will definitely take another cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This adventure was over the top. The staff was excellent in serving the guests. Every detail of the trip was superbly executed. I would do it again. The shore excursions were well plans and guided for specific group levels. Free time for ... Read More
This adventure was over the top. The staff was excellent in serving the guests. Every detail of the trip was superbly executed. I would do it again. The shore excursions were well plans and guided for specific group levels. Free time for shopping was giving usually at the end of each shore excursion. Meals on ship were great, service great, and the food was great. There was always a good variety to choose from at breakfast, lunch , and dinner. The evening meals were a bit more formal although dress wasn’t required. The whole cruise was a very relaxed atmosphere. This was my third trip to Europe it my first on a European river cruise. I would highly recommend to extend the trip either before, after the cruise or do both. By doing this you would add much more to your adventure. Again, I would definitely go again with Viking. And the Eir is one of their best by far. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We loved everything about this cruise. The excursions with one exception (the excursion to the Belvedere Museum/Palace was our most expensive one and by far the worst one--staff was so unorganized) were fabulous. We learned and saw a ... Read More
We loved everything about this cruise. The excursions with one exception (the excursion to the Belvedere Museum/Palace was our most expensive one and by far the worst one--staff was so unorganized) were fabulous. We learned and saw a lot on each of the excursions. I really enjoyed all that we learned in Nuremberg at the rally grounds, museum and courthouse where the top Nazis were tried. We went on a lot of the excursions. The food choices were really good. We also enjoyed when we had to eat in a restaurant off-site because of where a tour took us. The staff was always pleasant and exceptional in so many ways. I think that they always went out of their way for any request. The only big downside of this trip was that because of low water levels, we had to change ships and ended up having one of our excursions cancelled. It was a really bummer to have to pack up all your stuff and then unpack again. This is my third Viking River Cruise. I can hardly wait to be on another one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Previously sailed with Viking and the experience was great. When we started sailing with Viking the included tours were more packed with exciting things to see. Now everything you might want to see is optional and the prices are very high. ... Read More
Previously sailed with Viking and the experience was great. When we started sailing with Viking the included tours were more packed with exciting things to see. Now everything you might want to see is optional and the prices are very high. I would like to see less optional and more included. Food quality has also gone down, not as many choices and the food is not the same quality. We had to change ships because of the low river, thought Viking did a good job of making it as easy as possible. Received a voucher and tried to use it on a future booked trip, told we could not use until we booked another trip. Not sure why we could not use for the one we had booked. Also after paying for a trip I think it's cheap on Vikings part to charge you another $100 to arrange your air, petty however annoying. Who wants to end their trip getting up at 2am to go to the airport? Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our previous experience with Viking Cruises has been exceptional. So naturally, Viking was our only consideration when we decided to take a Rhine cruise. From the beginning of booking the cruise to stepping onboard the Viking reps left ... Read More
Our previous experience with Viking Cruises has been exceptional. So naturally, Viking was our only consideration when we decided to take a Rhine cruise. From the beginning of booking the cruise to stepping onboard the Viking reps left no detail unattended, answered our questions and the web site is easy to navigate. All staff on board were superb, attention to detail, anticipated every need and very welcoming. My husband always wanted to see Marksburg Castle and Colmar. The tour and education exceeded his (our) expectations. The only disappoint was the Black Forest tour. The day was very foggy, rainy which could not be helped. But the stop at the village felt more touristy than Viking quality. Our guide was phenomenal and gave interesting history and facts on the drive. However, having a opportunity to walk on some trails OR meet local farmers, tour a home, etc would have made the visit more impactful. We loved,loved our pre trip in Amsterdam! Wonderful city, people, shirt bike ride and the museums (Anne Frank House, Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum). Public trams very easy to navigate the city, plus we enjoyed walking to take in local experiences. We are grateful to have experienced a wonderful visit to Germany, Rhine cruise, new friendships and life long memories. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were treated to a fun time by all the staff and was surprised at the things we got to experience. The passengers were very friendly and soon became like Family. The scenery was beautiful. The food was delicious and the Staff was ... Read More
We were treated to a fun time by all the staff and was surprised at the things we got to experience. The passengers were very friendly and soon became like Family. The scenery was beautiful. The food was delicious and the Staff was awesome. The excursions were very interesting and loaded with history about the places we visited. The Captain was very visible to the guest and very friendly. He would come around and socialize with the guest a lot. We had great weather and the River was very inviting. When it came time to leave, no one wanted it to end. Leaving such great people and a Super Staff made debarking a difficult thing to do. If we could have gathered up everyone, Staff and all, we would have just continued to great times back home. We are so pleased to have experienced this great River Cruise. Looking forward to getting to go on another River Cruise with Viking. Highly recommend Viking. They give you First Class service all the time. Thank you Staff of the Viking Herja. Happy times! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We've never wanted to do an ocean cruise but were intrigued by river cruises. We chose Amsterdam to Basel because we have family in Basel and wanted to visit at the end. The ship itself was clean and easy to find our way around. ... Read More
We've never wanted to do an ocean cruise but were intrigued by river cruises. We chose Amsterdam to Basel because we have family in Basel and wanted to visit at the end. The ship itself was clean and easy to find our way around. The cabin was comfortable and spacious with plenty of storage. The water in the mini-fridge was nice and the room was always welcoming. Dining was great fun and the food was very good. It was nice to meet up with people at the end of the day and talk about what we'd seen and done. We didn't participate much in the entertainment or activities, choosing to rest in between excursions. Though we'd heard good things from our cruise mates. Service was incredible and the entire staff and crew were kind and helpful. I even left a bag on the ship and it was mailed to me right away. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, especially given this was our first cruise. Viking made it very easy. Transfers were amazing. My husband and I are currently trying to plan another cruise and hope it will be soon. I recommend Viking River Cruises to everyone I can. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We choose this "bucket list" cruise for the places it was going, excursions that were happening and impressive reviews by others. It was more than I even dared hope it would be. Staff was amazing: attentive but not intrusive. ... Read More
We choose this "bucket list" cruise for the places it was going, excursions that were happening and impressive reviews by others. It was more than I even dared hope it would be. Staff was amazing: attentive but not intrusive. We were able to become part of the "leisure" tourers and had many of the photographers with us, which was wonderful. Lots of variation in what we saw and did. Learned about the "stumbling stones" in Cologne and looked for them everywhere else we went, impressing guides that we knew about and wanted to find them. Being offered water every time we got off the ship was an impressive and appreciated touch. Also enjoyed the "day before" briefings and info sharing in the lounge before dinner. Music and activities after dinner were varied and fun, but didn't (at least for us) go on too long! Staff and other cruisers introduced us to new-to-us libations and then staff knew to offer them the next time we appeared in the lounge! One thing which I particularly liked was the small sampling dishes at lunch; made it easy to try something new without overcommitting to a full serving! Don't think we realized all the goodies which came with our suite, until about day 4. Fresh fruit, flowers, wine, champagne, etc. We were very glad we'd gotten the suite, as it just made space for breathing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We had been on an ocean cruise with Viking before and spoke to fellow travellers about their experience of river cruising which was very positive so we wanted to try it for ourselves. We were not disappointed, in fact quite the reverse. ... Read More
We had been on an ocean cruise with Viking before and spoke to fellow travellers about their experience of river cruising which was very positive so we wanted to try it for ourselves. We were not disappointed, in fact quite the reverse. it exceeded our expectations. The service was good, the food outstanding. Our cabin was clean and functional and it was nice to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the world go by. The excursions were well organised. We particularly liked the food and wine tour of Strasburg which was probably the highlight for us. All in all a great trip. We also liked Cologne and Heidelberg but one of the best days was spent scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge, past the Lorelai and the vineyards of the Rhine spent sipping the Riesling which those vineyards had produced. I would have no hesitation in recommending this trip although I would suggest that the best direction would be not the one we took from Amsterdam to Basle but from Basle to Amsterdam as you would be cruising with the tide and not against to so the journey would be quicker. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
First river cruise- Easy on and off ship. We were let out right on the edge (or sometimes the middle) of a historic town. Amsterdam was incredible and the hotel was centrally located. Our cruise director ( Anna) was wonderful. She ... Read More
First river cruise- Easy on and off ship. We were let out right on the edge (or sometimes the middle) of a historic town. Amsterdam was incredible and the hotel was centrally located. Our cruise director ( Anna) was wonderful. She helped me the minute I arrived on the ship. Also I enjoyed the trivia contest (btw, my team won), the question were designed well. Thank you for not cancelling bike rides, even though I was the only one who signed up in advance. Each ride was a different, Kinderdyke was easy and scenic, the next one went along the river, and the third one (on ebikes) up to a farm was incredible. I had a bike problem on the final ascent, but the two guides brought an extra battery and saved the day. Service in the dining rooms was very good. The servers were flexible about orders. I would have liked a little more variation in the dinner menu. Breakfast was always delicious, the omelette guy knew what he was doing. Better cookies and between meal pastries. I don't think there were chocolate chip cookies ever. There should be more exercise equiptment, there was a walking track but that was all. OMT- My wife and I had a wonderful time. Thanx , Alan Miller Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Viking was an amazing company to deal with from the initial booking conversation to the follow up phone call after the cruise. The service was impeccable from start to finish. We did a pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam and a post cruise stay ... Read More
Viking was an amazing company to deal with from the initial booking conversation to the follow up phone call after the cruise. The service was impeccable from start to finish. We did a pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam and a post cruise stay in Prague and were pleasantly surprised at the constant access we had to Viking hosts to answer any questions and give us suggestions to maximize our stay. We were greeted by a Viking host at the airport before we had even collected our luggage. The speed and ease of check in onboard ship was another surprise. Our previous experiences involved much larger ocean going vessels. Wes, the cruise director, was fantastic, helpful, knowledgeable, and fun. Delicious variety of food with options to please everyone. Many of the included walking tours involved a lot of walking, which was fine for us, but a challenge for those not used to or able to exercise regularly. Incredible scenery each day both as we traveled and at our stops. We signed up for all the "included" tours and not many of the optional tours, which gave us a great balance of scheduled guided time vs free time on our own. Because of low water in the Danube when we traveled, we actually had to be bused one day from one port to another and switch ships. This meant we had to pack all our things and they transported them with us. While this was annoying, the Viking crew made it as hassle free as possible. Both ships are made the same and we kept our same cabin, room number and all, on the 2nd ship. Wes, our cruise director, switched ships with us, although the rest of the crew was new to us. The ships' decor was typical Scandinavian, AKA clean lines, not fancy, minimalist, unlike most ocean vessels we have been on. However, we found the furniture in both the lounge and the dining room very comfortable, which was important because the evening meal could easily turn into a 2 hour event as you got to know your fellow ship mates while you dined. Viking occasionally brought on local entertainment and speakers, all of which were excellent. The Viking musicians (pianist, singers) in the lounge were also very good. We recommend this cruise and this company. Would love to do another of their river cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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