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319 Viking Family Cruise Reviews
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ire2aus
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
We had an absolutely fabulous time on this cruise. We have only done Carnival before, so this was a bit of a change. Our party was my husband and me, his parents and our three children, our ages range from 73-12. Everyone had a great time. ... Read more
LoriAllor
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed July 2017
This was a family/friends group of 25 multi-generational and widely diverse persons traveling together (ages 18-82). We choose the Rhine Getaway Amsterdam/Basel for our 1 week journey with post-Lake Lucerne. With such a wide range of ... Read more
DCBullets02
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
My family likes to have annual summer vacations and this year it was decided we would take a river cruise in Europe, specifically the "Paris and the Heart of Normandy" itinerary that sails the Seine river in France. We had a ... Read more
erich.karthan
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed July 2017
My wife and I were invited to spend a vacation on the Viking Hermod by my parents. Everything about our cruising experience was fantastic. The entire staff immediately made us felt special, and members of said staff who made us feel ... Read more
Binakayan
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose this Viking River Cruise (VRC) because of the destinations, Switzerland to Paris. Our group was large (14 family members) and we were celebrating my mother's 85th birthday. The entire staff of the Viking Hild catered to us ... Read more
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jniner
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose to try Viking after going on many Carnival Cruises and one Celebrity cruise. We picked Viking for the itinerary and price. We were very pleased. Although very different from our ocean cruise experiences, we loved it. We started ... Read more
nessamauricio
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
I was really skeptical coming into this trip. My grandma had told me that she loved the river cruises she had been on but that people my age don't typically go- that there would be all old people. BUT, within the first couple hours in the ... Read more
Cruiser1886
Member Since 2017
1 review
I was pleasantly surprised with my first cruise experience. The ship is small with only about 180 customers. There was always a place to curl up with a good book or watch scenery. It never felt too crowded. Food was exceptional. Every ... Read more
Peter in Minneapolis
Member Since 2017
1 review
We traveled as a group of eight family members, staying for a few days prior to the cruise in Budapest and ending our journey in Munich after the conclusion of the cruise. Our family enjoys traveling together and Viking makes that an easy ... Read more
Teri 01
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
The representative met us at the airport and took us to the ship. They were very courteous and gave us a mini tour on our way. Once on board we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff. Our cabin was very clean and easy to ... Read more
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Chapman1969
Member Since 2017
1 review
we have been on several ocean cruises and was told by a couple that had been on thirty or more cruises that the river cruise experience was excellent. We quickly learned that they were correct. The ship is smaller therefore you get to meet ... Read more
jgilles3
Member Since 2017
1 review
Our third river cruise and we've done one ocean cruise with Viking. It's always a great experience. Superb Cruise Director, Stephen, was the best of all our cruises. The "hotel manager" Thomas and the maitre d', Ria were ... Read more
fishlovermail
Member Since 2017
1 review
* Very impressed with personal journey booklet, all details if we were needed, which were perfect because our flight were delayed. * Our cabin was always very clean and the cruise service were polite. * I am impressed with cruise ... Read more
wmgroot
Member Since 2003
1 review
24 forum posts
Sailed April 2017
Our first time on Viking and we were very impressed! The ship was in excellent condition, the crew was so gracious and helpful! Always willing to lend a hand. Embarkation went well, the only complaint would be that Basel is closed on ... Read more
Robin Price-Dirks
Member Since 2017
1 review
We started getting treated very well from the moment we checked our bags. We didn't have to touch them till we got on the Idi. We were cruising for the first time together and without our children for the first time also. The ship was ... Read more
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DALMAN88
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
88 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Our first river cruise. It was very good! Now. It was the Viking TOR - a small ship - not what ocean cruisers are used to. Everything is smaller and limited. The staterooms are smaller, the public spaces are smaller, and the dining ... Read more
PJ_Travels
Member Since 2015
1 review
36 forum posts
We were incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to take this cruise with my Mom and step-Dad and our 2 kids (13 year-old girl/12 year-old boy) this past season. What an extraordinary trip! Everything about Viking was top notch! Their ... Read more
Dit Clapper
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
8 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Our Profile: my wife and I are young 70 year-olds. We are both very fit and we both are very careful about what and how much we eat. No fatty meats and I don't eat pork - opposite diet to what Germans crave. We exercise vigorously ... Read more
Deb T.
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Chose this cruise for the historical and UNESCO sights as well as the Christmas markets.If you are going in November make sure the countries have started their Christmas markets because it has a wonder ambience to experience.Ship is top ... Read more
MaryEllen3
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed November 2016
Loved the small number of passengers. Loved everything about the trip, but the excursions could have been better. Organization and communication about the excursions had a lot of room for improvement. The tour director did not tell us a ... Read more
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FrenchChateau
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We wanted to cruise the little ports in Germany and this cruise seemed to be as close to what we wanted to see. The ship was clean and tidy at all times. We upgraded our room to a suite since when we saw the French balcony room we were ... Read more
markhinman
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
The trip was perfect from start to finish. The staff was incredibly well trained and seemed to anticipate our every need. The food was incredible. Our Chef,Karl, was quite the showman but he backed it up with delicious meals. I liked that ... Read more
Paul B Schuerlein
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed November 2016
The Cruise takes you thru Switzerland,Germany, France ,Holland and Amsterdam. **Switzerland : The Alps were amazing, Lake Lucerne was clean and beautiful . Restaurants were great , delicious and all dining was a great ... Read more
em99iel
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We were impressed with the Captain down to the dishwashers on the ship. The cabin was ample for our stay. The heated bathroom floors was an extra. The tours and guides were experienced and very knowledgeable. They were priceless when they ... Read more
DEARLY
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
I traveled the Rhine in 2015 and the Danube in 2016. I had a wonderful time both trips. The cabins are wonderful and clean and all . The beds were comfortable. The showers were hot.The food was wonderful and delicious . The ... Read more
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