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Sail Date: July 2019
Ship rooms comfortable and elegent. Ships food- top notch. Crew Service-exempliary. Above and beyond, near fanatical in ensuring you want for nothing that they can provide. All you need do on a Viking Cruise is sleep, get up and ... Read More
Ship rooms comfortable and elegent. Ships food- top notch. Crew Service-exempliary. Above and beyond, near fanatical in ensuring you want for nothing that they can provide. All you need do on a Viking Cruise is sleep, get up and slog off to a tremendous breakfast selection. Then go back to your stateroom and get ready for the tours they will take you on, fully arranged of course. They fgeed you some wonderful lunch somewhere or catch you own. After touring and walking about in new places, return to the ship for a 5 star meal. The bar is always open and great beers flow. Sit in laxurious lounge to view the fabulous scenery from a riverboat. Enjoy the evening river sights and smeels with new friends, good beer and great cigars. It just doesnt get any better. Viking strives to handle any and all logistics related to travel and to make your experience enriching. They sure did. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We were in cabin 105 so only a window. All cabins are 2 room suites and lovely. Full size shower. Ship smaller in size so max of 50 people. The chef was a genius and some of the best food on a cruise. We had prime rib roast, lobster, giant ... Read More
We were in cabin 105 so only a window. All cabins are 2 room suites and lovely. Full size shower. Ship smaller in size so max of 50 people. The chef was a genius and some of the best food on a cruise. We had prime rib roast, lobster, giant prawns, lamb.....and my favorite was an Egyptian night with many delights. The tours were wonderful and the guides/egyptologists did a great job of navigating you through The Valley of the vendors. The balloon ride over The Valley of the kings was amazing as was the trip to AbuSimbel. On our return to Cairo some folks set up private tour to inside the Sphinx. We opted to go to the Coptic quarter which was very interesting and the prettiest Coptic Church we have seen. We also did Pretrip Jerusalem which is where I clocked 15000 steps. In Egypt i never made it past 10,000 while touring. You will be walking on stone and uneven terrain so those with bad knees/hips may find things difficult. At first we could not understand why this trip was more expensive than some of the Europe ones but you have a minimum of 2 in country flights. This is the fastest way to get around. We had private security with us daily and large comfortable Viking coaches with extra space between seats for comfort and USB ports and WiFi on the bus....better than the ship Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The itinerary was inviting and did not disappoint. Did the pre trip Israel for 4 nights (King David Hotel)then on to Cairo for 3 nights ( Ritz Carlton Cairo ) then a short flight to Luxor to catch the Viking Ra which was lovely. We had ... Read More
The itinerary was inviting and did not disappoint. Did the pre trip Israel for 4 nights (King David Hotel)then on to Cairo for 3 nights ( Ritz Carlton Cairo ) then a short flight to Luxor to catch the Viking Ra which was lovely. We had cabin 105 and it was near crew/stairs/elevator but very quiet and a beautiful 2 room suite. The Egyptologist guides were top notch and took care of bathroom tips along the way. The only thing you had to pay was “camera” fees at some sites to take photos inside. They told you well in advance so you could get money in local currency. The ship staff were guided by seasoned Viking reps who did an outstanding job with training the local Egyptian staff. Drinks a bit prucey due to Egyptian taxes but I brought 3 bottles of Italian wine and a bottle of Jamison’s Irish whiskey with no issues. The local wines were fair. The bus drivers on “Viking” bus stay with you so you tip them at the end. There is also a restroom on the bus. Water in bottles is handed out on bus and ship and you should never need to purchase any. Temps in late Dec were perfect high 60-low 70’s. Food on the boat was great with the Egyptian night offering a ton of tasty treats. We used ATM’s along the way to get local currency’s and brought $100 in Dollar Bills and never had a problem with any being accepted. We did the optional Balloon ride over The Valley of King/queens and it was amazing. Also did optional trip to Abu Simbel via short plane ride, which was well worth it. We had security with us who watched over us and never felt worried, or unsafe. We ventured on our own into a couple of markets in Cairo and Aswan and had no problems. Please do not hand money to kids in the street as it encourages begging from tourists. There is a school visit so bring things like pencils crayons coloring books to donate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our 3rd cruise with Viking. All three experiences were A-1, Top Shelf, Some additiona busing on one,but we still had a fabulous time. The staff on our most recent cruise was particularly enjoyable. Mario the cruise director was ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with Viking. All three experiences were A-1, Top Shelf, Some additiona busing on one,but we still had a fabulous time. The staff on our most recent cruise was particularly enjoyable. Mario the cruise director was knowledgeable and always ready to assist and answer any questions. The two game nights were especially entertaining. The wait staff in the dining room, were beyond delightful. Carman, one of the dining room captains, along with Chip, were a delight to be with, and they took the extra time to assure we had everything we needed. The staff in the lounge, led by head bartender Armando, and his trusty, knowledgeable duo of Robert and Matej, made sure whatever drink we desired was prepared, and prepared properly. The Chef and his staff always had a great menu planned, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. My all time favorite, from a cruise in 2012, is the oatmeal. don't know how, but I've never tasted anything quite like it. In closing, Viking River Cruises, delivers a quality product.if you haven't been on one of their cruises, you should, you won't be diappointed. I'll be booking my next cruise later next year and can't wait to see the next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked this far in advance in order to see both the sights and the Christmas Markets. Viking did a great job keeping us informed about the low water levels and the workarounds (buses). But even after the “final” ship/bus itinerary ... Read More
We booked this far in advance in order to see both the sights and the Christmas Markets. Viking did a great job keeping us informed about the low water levels and the workarounds (buses). But even after the “final” ship/bus itinerary was announced, we were fortunate to get enough last-minute rain (8 feel of water added to the river in 48 hours) that the original all-cruise itinerary could be maintained. Kudos to Viking for what had to be a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics! The three-day pre-cruise addition in Prague was well worth it, and the Art Noveau Palace hotel had a great location (easy walk to the Old City Square), excellent room amenities (more electrical outlets than a typical American hotel), and a fabulous breakfast buffet (including multiple gluten free and vegan offerings). This being our second Viking river cruise, we expected top notch friendly shipboard service from the crew and first-rate food. We were not disappointed in either of those two respects. The one-star rating for Fitness & Recreation is not Viking’s fault. It was just too cold to use the sun deck at all, which was empty throughout the trip. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This trip was with 8 of our closest friends and THAT made it very special to us. We generally travel alone, but this time we took along friends. We all spent 2 extra days in our arrival city, Basel, Switzerland. Most of us took a side trip ... Read More
This trip was with 8 of our closest friends and THAT made it very special to us. We generally travel alone, but this time we took along friends. We all spent 2 extra days in our arrival city, Basel, Switzerland. Most of us took a side trip to the Swiss Alps which were covered in snow and the sights were fantastic. I highly recommend you ask your Viking rep about this trip to Lucerne if you have the time.Our embarkation and debarkation went very well. No complaints about that part and they took care of all the luggage from the hotel to the ship, and since most of us also extended for 2 more days at our ending city - Amsterdam - all our luggage was taken from the ship to that hotel as well. Very nice. The ship is very nice. Smaller than the regular cruise liners, but that makes it special. I believe there were only about 190 folks on our ship. We got the balcony cabin even though it was December, but that extra room was nice. Some of the did not get this room type and said their room was much smaller. As for the dining, fantastic. The food is very good and lots of it. Breakfast was either buffet or order from the menu. Dinners were multi-course and always several options to choose from. Wine or soda if you didn't drink wine was always included with all meals. Many of the lunches we were out on an excursion or in town enjoying the local cuisine and visiting the Christmas Market. My only complaint about the dining was that they didn't do reservations. There were two large groups on the ship, but only one table setup that would hold 10 folks. There was some "territory" issues the first couple days, but in the end, our group did get the larger table. I can't say that I was a fan of the entertainment on board the ship in the evenings. Usually it was a gentleman playing piano and singing. We did not usually stay to listen to him. Dinners were late - started at 7PM, and with our larger group lasted a while, so usually we just went back to our cabin after dinner. I can say that the included excursions for each port city were very nice. They were mostly walking tours so if you have difficulty walking, some of them may have been a little hard to do. What I really liked was that they were all early in the morning and were usually done by the time the markets opened, so we had plenty of time to walk through them. This gave my husband the opportunity to hear the history and me the time to spend in the markets, nice! We did do a couple extra excursions at an extra cost and they were also very nice. The service on board was also very good. The room stewards had the rooms cleaned up most days before you got back from breakfast and turned down by the time you were done with dinner. The waiters were exceptional and stayed with one area, so by the time the cruise was done, we all knew each other quite well. Our weather was not the best - very rainy. However, due to this rain, our cruise was the first one this year that was able to sail all the way up the Rhine River and NOT have to switch boats as we thought we might have at the start of the trip. THAT was VERY nice!! Of course after we made it through the lower part of the river, would have been nice to have a couple sunny days. We made out though. The only bad thing about the rain was the day we were at Kinderdijk. This was were the windmills were, but it was raining so bad and very windy that most of our group opt'd not to venture out and those that did came back early. Only one couple in our group was brave enough to stay the whole time and they were completely soaked by the time they returned to the ship. Would I go again? I would defiantly do a Viking cruise again if I were to take another river cruise. We have done the Danube (different cruise vendor) and now the Rhine, so if I decide to do another area that Viking cruises to, definitely. The break on the airfare was nice too. Most of us upgraded to Economy Plus which helped with the long flight from the states to Switzerland. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
First of all I apologize for the lateness of this review as I've been busy with life since getting back. We went on the Viking Emerald Yangtze River cruise because a.) we wanted to see the real China, and b.) our daughter was ... Read More
First of all I apologize for the lateness of this review as I've been busy with life since getting back. We went on the Viking Emerald Yangtze River cruise because a.) we wanted to see the real China, and b.) our daughter was studying abroad in Shanghai and we decided to tack on a few days at the end of the cruise to visit her. It was our first Viking cruise, and if it was indicative of how Viking operates I am looking forward to being a repeat customer. Our journey started in Beijing. It took use four hours to get through the multiple lines, two artificial intelligence photos, one misplaced bag and countless immigration officials at the Beijing airport. We were sure that the Viking official who was to pick us up would have left by the time we made it through the gantlet. I was preparing to get a cab to our hotel. But no, Leo, who would serve as our guide throughout the trip, was waiting at the end of the maze for us. That got everything off to the right foot. It really is more of a tour than a cruise. You are split up into groups of about three dozen, and you stay in that group the duration of the trip with the same tour guide. You also start to make friends with a variety of people you did not know before. Leo was fantastic. The poor guy was herding cats the whole trip, and it started five minutes into our first tour at Tiananmen Square, where one person made a wrong turn almost immediately as we got off the bus. But Leo was patient, and eventually he was reunited with the group. China is a strenuous tour. But not impossible. There's a lot of walking, Viking did arrange a wheelchair for one person in our group, and even though China is not an accessible-friendly country, he did manage quite well with the aid of a Viking associate. Basically our tour started with land tours in Beijing, Xi'an, and Chongqing. That took about five days. In Chongqing we boarded the Emerald and traveled down the Yangtze for about six days. Then from Wuhan we flew to Shanghai to complete the tour. Viking offers the same tour in the opposite direction. In addition to the tourist sites, we got to see how regular people live, meeting an artist in her home in one of the poorest sections of Beijing, and visiting a primary school that is sponsored by Viking. The food was spectacular. We had Peking Duck in Beijing, and a variety of food throughout the trip both o the ship and in restaurants. I don't drink so I can't attest to the wine and beer, but I heard no complaints. The ship was great. The public rooms and our guest room were well-maintained and clean. The staff was friendly and always available to help. If China is something on the bucket list, I would highly recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We had a large group of college classmates...average age 67...with their spouses. It was awesome to do the daily excursions together, meat for drinks and dinner and entertainment every night. The Viking Kadlin was so welcoming, clean, ... Read More
We had a large group of college classmates...average age 67...with their spouses. It was awesome to do the daily excursions together, meat for drinks and dinner and entertainment every night. The Viking Kadlin was so welcoming, clean, quiet. Our one-room cabin was roomy with lots of storage (who would have thought it?). The bathroom was spotless with a heated floor. The food was scrumptious and the service crew assiduous and polite...all spoke English very well even though most of them were Eastern European by birth. Each day we had a ship newspaper with the schedule of activities and meals and other events. One day we had a tour of the bridge with Captain (the vessel crew were all French)...the Kadlin is a very modern ship with all the bells and whistles of navigation and power systems to enable the Captain to ensure a smooth and safe trip. The excursion guides were all local experts...we learned so much of about the towns, battlefields and France. The activity director was super...funny, patient, and knowledgable. Wow! We were so impressed that we want to take another Viking Cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Loved the boat and got to experience Paris for 4 days post cruise. Visiting the different wineries was awesome. We came as a group of 3 couples. We were all celebrating anniversaries. The staff was not only great, but made us feel we had ... Read More
Loved the boat and got to experience Paris for 4 days post cruise. Visiting the different wineries was awesome. We came as a group of 3 couples. We were all celebrating anniversaries. The staff was not only great, but made us feel we had become friends by the end of our week. The drink package was a nice addition to our enjoyment. We liked the fact that our French balcony was just above river level. Slept with window open to here the water going by. We were alway offered water when going on shore. The excursions were always interesting and lead by professional and knowledgeable tour guides. We enjoyed all excursions and our time in Bordeaux on our own. The cruise director was a great addition to our already great time. Our dinner table was always perfect and we met another couple that made for great conversations. Keep up the high quality of Viking cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Wanted a quiet relaxing experience, but not boring. the ship, crew, food, programs made it entertaining and stimulating while the scenery relaxed you and the sites immersed you and taught you history. Overall a well rounded experience. ... Read More
Wanted a quiet relaxing experience, but not boring. the ship, crew, food, programs made it entertaining and stimulating while the scenery relaxed you and the sites immersed you and taught you history. Overall a well rounded experience. Everything went smoothly and appreciated the staff caring for one guest at a time, even in the group excursions. The facilities were comfortable and cruising was gentle. only problem was when another ship would park next to ours and we would lose the view and some privacy. The food was very good, good variety and reflected the region and country. The entertainment completed well the day experience. The included shore excursions were very didactic and made interesting by the tour guides. They were appropriate and we did not go on any optional tours. We had not been to that area of France previously and were pleased with the choice as well as with the time of year. The Spanish performers were great. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
So let me begin by my impression of Russia, at least cruising from Moscow to St. Petersburg, stopping at several towns on the way. My fourth river cruise, but none so beautiful as the rivers between Russia’s two largest cities. We ... Read More
So let me begin by my impression of Russia, at least cruising from Moscow to St. Petersburg, stopping at several towns on the way. My fourth river cruise, but none so beautiful as the rivers between Russia’s two largest cities. We found Russia impeccably clean, their population friendly, St. Petersburg an incredible beauty and Moscow, as my title suggests, enchanting. Tagging (wall art/graffiti) visible in only a few small areas. I would strongly encourage everyone to visit this country if your are able. What has always been clear is that once governments are removed from the equation, we are all the same. Now as to our 13 day Viking cruise. The ships are not the usual long ships owned by Viking but rather vessels leased from Russia. They are very clean, but devoid on any luxury. Our staff was cordial, a few members exceptional, the food good (not great) and the shore excursions generally well managed. I realize you can’t please all of the people all of the time, but a few less palaces, monasteries, etc., and more occasion to mix with the population would be vastly more appealing to us. As usual, almost all passengers were from America so ones horizons are not much expanded by interactions. There are other cruise lines that have the same or similar itineraries, so I look over the reviews carefully before making a decision. The guides that Viking uses are almost to a person bright and learned. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
A group of 7 couples decided on the Viking Rhine River cruise. We liked the various ports, but particularly the opportunity to visit Basel (our departure city) and Amsterdam. The boat was lovely and just spacious enough. We have a ... Read More
A group of 7 couples decided on the Viking Rhine River cruise. We liked the various ports, but particularly the opportunity to visit Basel (our departure city) and Amsterdam. The boat was lovely and just spacious enough. We have a French Balcony room and were very happy with our accommodations. The bed was very comfortable, and we were able to look our the balcony door. Most of our sailing time was at night, and we were out on excursions and touring during the day. One unexpected issue, was that the boats often dock & tie off to another boat. So when you woke up in the morning, you weren't looking at the river, but another boat - six feet away. Glad we didn't upgrade to a balcony suite, don't expect we would have had much time to use it. There was more than adequate clothing storage. The shower and bathroom were small, but had space for the necessary bathroom items. Our room attendant was amazing, things were always fresh and cleaned. The common areas were bright, with large floor to ceiling windows. The dining room was comfortable and the meals all very good. There were a few standard items on the menu and then a daily menu. Lots of offerings at both lunch and dinner. Breakfast options din't really change much. The omelet station was good, but would have been nice had they changed some of the ingredients during the trip. There was also a buffet offering on the Aquavit for breakfast and lunch - not sure about dinner. The crew was amazing - the front desk, dining staff, and especially the lounge staff. All were friendly and very accommodating. Our cruise director, Candy was amazing, making sure our excursions and time on the trip was enjoyable. My only issue was the regular lounge entertainment was lacking. We did have a couple of special guest come in and they were great. The ports and excursions were very good. Most of the excursions brought you in to the old town area of the ports and provided an overview (about 2 - 3 hours). As we are accustomed to independent travel, we liked this format. We usually had several more hours in each city to explore at our leisure. Our favorite stop were the windmills in Kinderdijk. This was an rare opportunity to see 18 functioning windmills and to see how the Dutch used the windmills to drain their land. We had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people and am looking forward to our next Viking cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
There aren't a whole lot of ways to "go see" Russia. Viking River Cruises seemed like an ideal way to see some of this big country. We flew into St. Petersburg a few days early through Viking & were met at the airport ... Read More
There aren't a whole lot of ways to "go see" Russia. Viking River Cruises seemed like an ideal way to see some of this big country. We flew into St. Petersburg a few days early through Viking & were met at the airport and whisked away to our very nice hotel right downtown across the street from St. Isaac's Cathedral. We spent some time exploring the city on our own, then went on a Viking sponsored walking tour as well. Finally we checked out of our hotel and Viking collected our luggage and bussed us (and other Viking Passengers) out to where the Ship was moored. We spent a couple more days in St. Petersburg exploring more of the city and surrounding countryside. We did Viking Bus tours, Walking Tours, and even a boat tour seeing all of the major sites in and around the city. Our Guides were all very knowledgeable and professional and had unique access to a number of the sites. The ship has appx. 200 passengers on board. Our cabin was spacious enough so we could easily unpack all of our clothes and not worry about re-packing and moving as if staying in a hotel. Our room had all the amenities of a modern hotel. The ship was very clean and the staff super friendly. Most all meals were on board the Ship and were bountiful and tasty with a wide variety of food choices, including Russian and regional dishes. Both Ala Carte and Buffet dining options are available. The cost of all your meals and drinks with dinner are included in the cruise price. There is no assigned seating for meals, so we dined with many different interesting people. Other activities while on board include informational lectures about Russia, both historically & current times, and Russian Language lessons. Viking offers several onboard fun activities like Vodka Tasting too. There is plenty to do while on board: there is a small gift shop, a small library, of course a bar/lounge with musical entertainment, an open air deck topside with a covered area, and a second lounge area at the stern. The crew and staff work hard so you feel like a pampered guest, and they succeed. The ship stops every day to visit interesting places along the way with shore excursions. We stopped at two open air museums (Kizhi & Mandrogy) with buildings that had been brought in from various parts of Russia, these were often staffed with period correct craftspeople who could answer questions, as well as sell hand crafted items. We also stopped at a small city (Uglich) where we went on a walking tour and visited a local Russian couple in their home to talk of their life in Russia. And we visited a larger city (Yaroslavl) for a walking tour, a visit to the food & craft market and visits to other sites. We visited many religious sites (Russian Orthodox), Churches, Cathedrals and Monastaries. I was surprised by the amount of religious art, treasure and influence that has survived in Russia. There are also ample shopping opportunities along the way & your guides will let you know where you can get the bes deals. Finally it was on to Moscow for the finish of our trip. We spent several days in Moscow, again seeing all of the major sites through walking tours, bus tours, and a boat tour. The only downside in both St. Petersberg & Moscow is the ship docks are outside the cities a ways, so you will be in for daily bus rides of an hour to an hour and a half to get from the ship to the city centers. Overall on this trip I feel like we saw the best parts (and a wide variety) of Russia. Both St. Petersburg and Moscow are large cosmopolitian cities with lots of attractions to visit. The Russian people were friendly and open and honest with us. The open air museums give a sense of what life in the countryside was like, and it helped to visit smaller towns and cities to see what daily life in Russia is like. We went to many museums and palaces and religious sites. The guides of Viking are terrific and knowledgeable as are the site specific guides they use. This was a very enjoyable and easy trip and I would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Never been to Europe and never been on a river cruise. Been on several ocean cruises and really liked the “smallness” and tranquility offered by the river cruise. Selected this river cruise because of its itinerary. We were more ... Read More
Never been to Europe and never been on a river cruise. Been on several ocean cruises and really liked the “smallness” and tranquility offered by the river cruise. Selected this river cruise because of its itinerary. We were more than pleased with the quality our rooms and quality/variety of our meals. Because there were less than 200 people on board, we got to several people over our two weeks plus we got to know many of the staff. Excellent choice of tours to take at each city and the guides were all very, very good. All the tours were well-organized and the transportation to all the tours was comfortable and organized well. The evening get togethers in the loungewete both fun and informative.Breakfast choices were excellent as were the lunch choices. I also really enjoyed sitting on my veranda in the evenings when we were cruising because it was so peaceful. Service was awesome and I will do another Viking river cruise in the future!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We arrived a few days early to explore Paris on our own. After boarding the ship, we enjoyed our time on ship and explored Le Pecq (port city). Our experience in Normandy was very moving as Viking gave us flowers to place on the grave of ... Read More
We arrived a few days early to explore Paris on our own. After boarding the ship, we enjoyed our time on ship and explored Le Pecq (port city). Our experience in Normandy was very moving as Viking gave us flowers to place on the grave of our choice and conducted a service in memory of our troops who lost their lives. Viking's longboats are very comfortable, the staff is always working to make life onboard fun, the food is excellent and the excursions are informative/educational. We traveled with a group of 18 who took our own excursions, but joined together in the evenings for cocktails and dinner. The dining staff was very helpful in securing a section for our group to assure we had the opportunity to dine together. When we returned to Paris, our group chose to take the fast train to Lyon and connect with another Viking ship to Avignon. We were coached to the train station and a Viking representative was with us until we boarded. A Viking representative was waiting for our arrival in Lyon where we were coached to our new ship. Well done, Viking! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Although we were onboard the Viking Hild for seven nights, also included were two nights in Zurich, Switzerland and two nights in Paris, France. Those hotel accommodations were excellent! Our hotel in Paris was right at the Eiffel Tower! ... Read More
Although we were onboard the Viking Hild for seven nights, also included were two nights in Zurich, Switzerland and two nights in Paris, France. Those hotel accommodations were excellent! Our hotel in Paris was right at the Eiffel Tower! We visited 4 different countries on the trip (Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, and France.) Free excursions were provided daily where we got to visit the nearby cities with transportation provided by Viking. We received and experienced the real culture and beauty and history of these beautiful places. There were only 189 passengers, so everyone received personal care and attention. The foods were prepared according to the country we visited .... all were DELICIOUS! The staterooms were pristine, and the beauty of the world we visited were breathtaking. Our Cruise Director, Emma, and all the Viking Staff (airport, hotels, cruise tour guides, and ship) far exceeded our expectations. GREAT GREAT JOB, VIKING! THANK YOU!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Thanks to all the staff for making our vacation the BEST EVER! This is an absolute must for everyone! Check your bucket list and write this cruise down! Once in a lifetime experience is a minimum! We plan to come again year after year. ... Read More
Thanks to all the staff for making our vacation the BEST EVER! This is an absolute must for everyone! Check your bucket list and write this cruise down! Once in a lifetime experience is a minimum! We plan to come again year after year. The destinations were amazing! The food and service is first class, truly 5 star! We will definitely travel the world with Viking, thanks again for everything! I just can’t write enough good words and praise for Captain Tomasz Danelski & his crew. Our trip was made incredibly memorable by Hotel Manager Alexandra Woods, Master Chef Nuno Maia (World renowned), Director Daniela Ebert, Maitre D’ Marci Jasinski, Bartender Extraordinaire Goska Kurowska! Also cannot ever forget The Legendary Dominika Lipska, Caramfil Florin Andrei and of course Rumen the Musician! These people are doing such a great job and I really hope to see them again on our next epic adventure! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first river cruise, and we chose Viking because of their excellent reputation. Cruise representatives were waiting for us at the airport and were expeditious in helping us get to the buses for transport to the beautiful ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we chose Viking because of their excellent reputation. Cruise representatives were waiting for us at the airport and were expeditious in helping us get to the buses for transport to the beautiful Viking Forseti. The moment we stepped on board, the crew was waiting with beautiful smiles to receive us. The ship and our cabin were immaculate. I'm extremely particular about cleanliness and Viking is up to my high standards! The meals and service were divine. . .spectacular! We had our favorite waiter, who quickly learned our names and remembered our favorite beverages at each meal. We enjoyed the onboard entertainment and the excursions, each planned to the detail! Service was outstanding from each and every crew member. The ports of call were a delight - we were on the Chateaux, Rivers and Wine cruise. We would definitely travel on another Viking Cruise! For a first river cruise, this could not have been more wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We choose to go on the cruise to celebrate our Priest 10 year Ordination. We had a wonderful time. We felt pampered and looked after. Our Cruise Director Anthony was Wonderful from start to to finish. When we had to change to ... Read More
We choose to go on the cruise to celebrate our Priest 10 year Ordination. We had a wonderful time. We felt pampered and looked after. Our Cruise Director Anthony was Wonderful from start to to finish. When we had to change to the Skinir he gave us every detail Then we had to leave the boat he was with us every step of the way even to our leaving the hotel and loading our bags in the van for our trip to the airport. Our wait staff was Amazing and they remembered the names of our whole party of 8 from the first night. When we changed boat the Skinir staff was equally Great. The Entertainment was was Outstanding. We had a Great time each evening. The staff was always there to answer any questions we had. All 8 of us had an amazing time celebrating Fr Kirk. We have booked an Ocean Cruise for June. The Homeland. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We were on the Tobin James cruse. Some friends had been prior on Viking river cruise and raves about it. We loved every aspect of this adventure. The staff was the best, very helpful and informative. The shore excursions were on time ... Read More
We were on the Tobin James cruse. Some friends had been prior on Viking river cruise and raves about it. We loved every aspect of this adventure. The staff was the best, very helpful and informative. The shore excursions were on time and informative. Viking does it right as most of the excursions are all run by their employees and you can tell they love their jobs. The food was exceptional prepared the way you liked it and plenty of it. The ship was really quiet as when you were under power you never heard it. When they docked you never felt the banging and jarring as you feel on other ships. They are amazing shipmates. During the sail days the cruse director was very informative as what we were passing by, mostly castles and talking about the history of them. Also talked about the towns we passed. She was great with keeping us informed without being annoying. I’m summary it was the best cruse, love the small format of ship, never really felt like we were being hearded like cows as you do on the monster ships . Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
My first experience with Viking and it did not disappoint. Both the travel and the service was first class. The food was excellent and the cultural experience was wonderful. Each of the excursions guides were well versed, provided helpful ... Read More
My first experience with Viking and it did not disappoint. Both the travel and the service was first class. The food was excellent and the cultural experience was wonderful. Each of the excursions guides were well versed, provided helpful ideas for venturing off on your own, and had special local knowledge that enhanced our visit. No request was dismissed by the crew or the cruise director. We immediately booked our next Viking cruise before departure. The arrival and departure itself was well organized and Viking personnel made the transition easy and efficient. The lounge entertainment in the evenings was fantastic and our group (known as the Texas Mafia) closed the bar down every night. The cultural meetings held on the ship as either a preview or enhancement of excursions was both entertaining and educational. The dining service was exceptional as the crew made a significant effort to connect with the guests. The menus were varied and the food was excellent. Everything about the trip made us want to come back again. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
We chose the cruise because of the cities we were visiting and the brochure which spoke to some education regarding the history. The service was wonderful. Food was good but definitely not exceptional . I like the concept of have ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the cities we were visiting and the brochure which spoke to some education regarding the history. The service was wonderful. Food was good but definitely not exceptional . I like the concept of have beverages available during the dinner and lunch. The lounge was very comfortable and the front deck, when the sun came out ,was fantastic. It was a bit cool during the first half of the cruise so the top deck was not available. That and the locks prevented the top deck from being open. For the most part, the ship was lovely and very well attended to. Due to the brochures prior to the trip I expected more discussion regarding the city and the surrounds to be visited next, prior to the each excursion. There were announcements each evening prior to dinner, however the dialog was very difficult to comprehend/understand due to linguistics etc.With the only information to come was from the tour guides and the crowds of the excursion it became impossible to keep together and hear clearly what the guide was saying. The connection upon arriving at the airport was great and very organized. However the announcements prior to the first excursion were unclear and consequently we missed the first one we paid for and got on the wrong shuttle bus. For the staff standing on the stairs in lobby of the hotel and shouting out "instructions for the next event it was impossible to comprehend instructions with large groups of people and poor organization in that instance. The departure in Paris was quite different - it was a real nightmare with not nearly enough help at the airport. Our flight was canceled so we were hustled to another flight, but left with little an to no assistance. We were delivered to a little room for assistance but had no idea why and little knowledge of how to get to our plain. As it was we almost missed our flight causing a great deal of stress in an unfamiliar airport and staff who kept telling us we had to wait in line for a wheel chair which we did not need. The staff had no idea why we were left in a room with one service person (who spoke little Eng) and waiting for help. Viking really missed the mark on this issue as it was way to close to being a disaster for my us as well as another couple who were in the same predicament. Often the excursions were not given enough information regarding the difficulty walking etc. Quite often we got half way into a tour and found out we would not be capable to completing (i.e the Castle and Trier) We got up to the castle and then were told that the climb would be far too difficult for my spouse, so we could do nothing but sit and wait for all to complete the tour. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit our calendar and took us to new places and some we wanted to see again. Staff was great and several stops were excellent and a few could be improved upon. Prague was superb but we had been there ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit our calendar and took us to new places and some we wanted to see again. Staff was great and several stops were excellent and a few could be improved upon. Prague was superb but we had been there before and knew how to use the public transportation. The included tours were good. We also went off the Czech National Technical Museum which I had seen before. It is an amazing place for those with an interest in technology history and especially the birth of modern astronomy, which took place in Prague in 1600. There is a tie in between this and Jewish community which might be an interesting thing to develop. The Lobkowicz Palace tour is well worth its cost. The walk through the Bastei in the Saxon Alps was also very good. The Meissen stop was also excellent. A large part is a factory demonstration, museum and shopping trip but very well done. The town itself is also fine walking tour. Wittenburg was also well dpne and well planned. It is hard to argue with the amount of Luther shown but I would have preferred to see more of the Kranichs (elder and younger). I would like to have spent more time in Torgau. I suspect we missed a lot. I did not find the Worlitz stop worthwhile, although I did enjoy seeing details of how they do their plantings, I would prefer skipping the stop and spending more time in Potsdam. A city walking tour might be very good. On or last visit there we did the Palaces from t4he outside and spent more time at the Potsdam conference site and I think that is a better choice for a first visit; We did want to see the inside and it worked for us. We did not spend a lot of time in Berlin as we had a place to catch the next morning so I can't comment on the regular activities, but for me the one place I would not want people to miss is the Pergamon Museum. I see there is a section on fitness and recreation. Most of the exercise is walking on shore excursions. I do Yoga fairly regularly. I brought along a mat to do this. It would be nice if mats were available on the ship and this was made known to passengers. It would save me a bit of space in my bag. I did get added use for theYoga mat to protect the piece we bought at Meissen so it is not all bad to bring a yoga mat. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
OK, this was a great vacation with Viking, our first using Viking! It was tough getting to our embarkation point. Germany and Switzerland had increased security at the airports. So may sure you check with the airlines before you leave. If ... Read More
OK, this was a great vacation with Viking, our first using Viking! It was tough getting to our embarkation point. Germany and Switzerland had increased security at the airports. So may sure you check with the airlines before you leave. If this is the case, you will need to take a deep breath when you land at these countries airports. Now, when we landed in Basel Switzerland (this is funny), we followed the exit signs and ended up in France side instead of Switzerland side. Lucky for us that a Viking rep was waiting for us to make the mistake and got us on the right side of the border. Once we had our bearing, Viking reps were they to help us with bags and getting on the correct bus to deliver us to the longboat. Once to the boat, we checked in walked about Basel before having to report back to the boat for departing. As for the boat, she was only two years old, very comfortable along with the cabin. The dining experience was unbelievably great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I would highly recommend having a diet plan in place when you return home because you will not be able to help yourself. As for the staff, it did not matter, if it was the room, dining, or excursions, you were taking care of. If you had an issue with anything, it was taken care ASAP! Now shore excursions, we greatly enjoyed all of them. The only negative would be to work with Viking when selecting them. There are some you have to pay for that are not included. I made the mistake of not speaking with Viking when making the selections. There were opportunities where you could have done the included excursions in the morning and included one of the paid excursions that afternoon. I did not know this, by the time you are on the boat and I found out, it was too late. The paid excursions were full. So, work with Viking when selecting. You may be able to do multiple excursions per visit. Now for disembarking, pay attention to what's happing at that disembark point. You may be going to the airport instead of seeing the city you disembark in. You may have to add a day(s) on the end to see the disembark city. This could be ending your great vacation on a negative note if you are not paying attention during booking. As for Viking, we highly recommend them. We have already booked another Viking river cruise in 2020 and we are looking forward to it! You may think, what about 2019, Ireland won out! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I chose this cruise when recommended by another family member. Included excursions made it easy to see the highlights of the cities visited. I would have like to see more entertainment available especially at night. It was fitted for a ... Read More
I chose this cruise when recommended by another family member. Included excursions made it easy to see the highlights of the cities visited. I would have like to see more entertainment available especially at night. It was fitted for a more mature crowd. Our group was ages 55-65 but we still like to be active after dinner. No lights on the shuffleboard for nighttime playing was a damper to the fun we were having. The food was good. Many, many choices. Staff were excellent and friendly. We were definitely dotted on! Transportation to and from ports and excursions was top of the class. Post and pre excursions were magnificent! Don't pass those opportunities to spend a few days before and after disembarking as this only added pleasure to our vacations! Airline transportation was very bad (American Airlines)! Delayed departure, food was horrible and as well as the choice of movies. The plane's drop down seat trays we're filthy. On board staff were below standards of friendliness. When flying overseas I prefer to have my own television with choices of movies/music/television shows. The movies were very juvenile which made the flight seem even longer. Read Less
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