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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this itinerary because besides Prague, we had not been to any of the other places and had heard good things about it. The cruise itself was good, did not get to spend much time in any of the places we visited while on the boat and ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because besides Prague, we had not been to any of the other places and had heard good things about it. The cruise itself was good, did not get to spend much time in any of the places we visited while on the boat and would have liked to have had a bit more free time on shore after the excursions. We have traveled on 2 other prior cruises with Viking and absolutely loved everything about it. This go, the food was sub-par, we were told they ran out of certain foods, like the steak on the everyday menu and would not be getting anymore. Service in the dining room was mostly non-existent, if you were served one glass or wine, beer or soda, no more was offered unless you tracked them down, or did as I did and walked over to the shelf and poured my own. For those who travel with Viking, you know how attentive the service is normally. I believe the staff in the dining room had checked out since this was the last cruise of the season. Our cabin was spotless and very comfortable, I did miss the heated tile floor, but the young lady that took care of our floor was just wonderful and very kind. The reception area was also wonderful, very friendly. Really liked the captain, he was very social the entire cruise. The excursions were absolutely fabulous. We were very impressed with the majority of them. We will be going on another cruise with Viking, just hoping to not have a repeat of the not that great of food. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
This was my first cruise and it appealed to me because I wanted to see as much as possible with a group of friends. I did not want to organize anything or unpack. I am not interested in swimming, big shows or getting dressed up. This river ... Read More
This was my first cruise and it appealed to me because I wanted to see as much as possible with a group of friends. I did not want to organize anything or unpack. I am not interested in swimming, big shows or getting dressed up. This river cruise was perfect. The City of Light is part bus and mostly ship. I was able to see both Prague and Paris on this trip. Every sight along the rivers was gorgeous! The included tours were fantastic. The food on board offered a huge variety. I did not gain weight because I chose to not eat desserts each day. You don’t eat all day! You visit sights. There were things for people to do who did not have the stamina. Dining was always informal. Some people changed for dinner, most wore casual clothes or what they wore during the day. The evening entertainment was light and fun! Some nights we listened to music, other nights we danced. Many people went to bed. You make it whatever you want. I am looking forward to my next Viking Cruise. It sure sold me. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise as my grandmother was born in Prague. We liked the idea of a small ship with fewer passengers than an ocean cruise. Our first 2 days in Prague were exceptional with a wonderful walking tour with our guide Charlie. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as my grandmother was born in Prague. We liked the idea of a small ship with fewer passengers than an ocean cruise. Our first 2 days in Prague were exceptional with a wonderful walking tour with our guide Charlie. We then enjoyed plenty of time on our own to explore the city. Everything went smoothly from being met at the airport and transported to the hotel where Claudia Diederix our tour director met us and stayed with us through to Berlin. She was organized, knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor and made our time exceptional. The Beyla was a small ship. The cabins were small but efficient and comfortable. Janos, the hotel manager, was delightful with a wonderful sense of humor. The food was outstanding, something for all different palates, beautifully presented and plentiful. We enjoyed listening to Robert the piano player. The shore excursions (some tour guides were better than others) were very educational and we were happy to use the Quiet Vox so we did not miss anything said by the guide. All of the crew were outstanding and worked together like a well oiled machine. They worked tirelessly and made for a great cruise. We enjoyed getting to know them. We would recommend Viking River Cruises and hope to take another one. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted a river cruise for the relaxing and interesting experience. The Viking cruise on the Elbe River did meet our expectations as to interesting ports and a relaxing cruise. However although the quality of the ship, the Cruise ... Read More
We wanted a river cruise for the relaxing and interesting experience. The Viking cruise on the Elbe River did meet our expectations as to interesting ports and a relaxing cruise. However although the quality of the ship, the Cruise director and ship service staff were wonderful, the cruise did not meet our expectations on a couple of issues. The entertainment on ship was not the best. We had two classical concerts that although technically excellent were quite boring. There was not enough variation and the music tended to be very low key. We also had a talk from an individual on the Russian occupations that was very poor and tedious. You should reevaluate on ship entertainment. The Folkloric Dance and Dinner outing was excellent and provided a good example of local talent and culture. Wine provided at meals was good but pretty much did not change. Drinking the same wine choices (white and red) every day was poorly designed and appeared to be a cost saver for Viking. You should offer better wines and more choices. Food was generally very good but there was one meal that I found at best mediocre. That was the German night. It was a buffet and I for one did not get a serving that was edible although I tried twice. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Everything about Viking from the initial booking through to departure is first class all the way. What better way is there to spend 10 days being pampered, well fed with Michelin Star food in great company. We try to find fault but ... Read More
Everything about Viking from the initial booking through to departure is first class all the way. What better way is there to spend 10 days being pampered, well fed with Michelin Star food in great company. We try to find fault but impossible. Again made great friends with Americans and English fellow passengers. Never short of a conversation, Trump, Brexit etc. Rik's Music Quiz was a real onboard highlight. We teamed up with 4 delightful American friends, Jamie, Cheryl, Joe and Beth. As 'Allied Forces' Team name, Although a bit rowdy at times, fantastic fun. We annihilated the opposition. We achieved the highest number of points any team had achieved for a long time. A glass of bubbly to celebrate our victory was well deserved. Next cruise to Vietnam/Cambodia already booked with Viking for November 2018. Booking so far in advance ensures we get the cabin and cruise we want. The only small complaint I would have is cruises are booked up immediately the new brochure is out, if not before. We have 2 additional cruises next year with other lines. We are hoping to slot in another Viking cruise, this time an ocean destination in between. Most of them are fully booked already. A great attraction is that Viking offer £100.00 cruise vouchers worth double at the time of booking. There is no restriction with other offers. These possess an indefinite validity and can be given as presents. We always indulge in these purchases. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this particular tour both for its starting point in Prague, which allowed us to return to a city we loved, as well as the opportunity it offered to journey through parts of Germany familiar through history but outside of our ... Read More
We chose this particular tour both for its starting point in Prague, which allowed us to return to a city we loved, as well as the opportunity it offered to journey through parts of Germany familiar through history but outside of our previous travel routes. We were not disappointed! The stay in Prague was enhanced by the.Viking offerings of music and local insight. We were so pleased to be able to embark the ship in Decin and cruise on as scheduled, because of recent rains and thus the raised water levels. Hiking in the stunning Bad Schandau bluffs, marveling at the beauty of Dresden, walking through the remarkable Reformation streets in Wittenberg— the list of adventures goes on! And this doesn’t even include the ongoing transformation we saw in Berlin, our fellow passengers on the ship or the terrific crew. Claudia, our Activities Director, made us smile every day! Our Captain was terrific. Janos, our Hotel services director, was excellent! Joseph and Arturo, from the Philippines, were so helpful and attentive to us in the dining room. It was a stimulating experience for us and one we will remember fondly! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
I love Viking - it is the best river cruise company! The service is unbelievable - the staff seems to know your name after the first day! They can't do enough for you. The food is amazing - The German Food night was on point - I ... Read More
I love Viking - it is the best river cruise company! The service is unbelievable - the staff seems to know your name after the first day! They can't do enough for you. The food is amazing - The German Food night was on point - I am very persnickety about German Food and this was just like having a meal with the German Relatives! The food is always delicious - there is always a nice variety - and even if you don't want exactly what they are offering, they will accommodate you. They truly want you to have a wonderful dining experience. The itinerary is perfect for all activity levels - I am not the best walker and I appreciate that they always offer a Leisure Walking Tour - it is definitely always at my pace. I could go on one EVERY year - in fact, I think my husband and I plan to do just that! It is such a no-hassle trip where you get to see so much! Your hotel just follows along with you - no packing and unpacking - it is perfect! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We choose the cruise because of Wittenberg and the 500 Reformation anniversary. We enjoyed all ports and tours especially Prague and Berlin. Food on ship was fantastic especially the dinners. Our cruise director was fantastic. ... Read More
We choose the cruise because of Wittenberg and the 500 Reformation anniversary. We enjoyed all ports and tours especially Prague and Berlin. Food on ship was fantastic especially the dinners. Our cruise director was fantastic. She went out of her way to make sure everything went smoothly even walking with us to show us where a restaurant was in Berlin. One one the best things Viking does is provide local guides. The guide in Prague grew up there and lived through the change from the Soviet Union to independence. He knew the history of the Czech Republic extremely well. The guide in Berlin grew up in East Berlin with family in West Berlin. She had personal information about the end of World War 2, the division of The city and life under the Sovietts. She also lived through the reunification of Germany. It was a wonderful experience. The guide in Wittenberg knew the history of the Reformation and made us feel like we were there. We have already booked our next Viking adventure. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We had gone on several ocean cruises, but not on Viking. We decided to try a river cruise. We loved it!!! Many of our friends recommended Viking and we can understand shy. Our pre and post ports and hotels were very nice and in good ... Read More
We had gone on several ocean cruises, but not on Viking. We decided to try a river cruise. We loved it!!! Many of our friends recommended Viking and we can understand shy. Our pre and post ports and hotels were very nice and in good locations. We were able to access restaurants and shops easily before and after being on the river. The Viking staff in Prague and Paris took very good care of us! Having someone meet you at the airport was very helpful and stress relieving. They answered all our questions and displayed lots of patience. The service on the ship from the cruise director, office staff, room steward and wait staff was outstanding. Everyone was very accommodating to our needs and questions. The food was delicious and wine and bar selections were very good. Another thing that impressed me were the tours and local guides. We learned so much and enjoyed getting to know the local area, citizens and history. We are planning on taking another river cruise and possible ocean cruise on Viking!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise as our third river experience, all with Viking, because we wanted another taste of reconstructed former Eastern Europe, and we were offered free air fare. We were in great hands from the moment we stepped off the plane ... Read More
We chose this cruise as our third river experience, all with Viking, because we wanted another taste of reconstructed former Eastern Europe, and we were offered free air fare. We were in great hands from the moment we stepped off the plane until we waved goodbye to come home. The ship, one of Viking's smaller, made for an intimate and very personable voyage downstream to Martin Luther's Wittenberg, and the service was outstanding, from the captain to every member of the crew. The entertainment aboard as well as the excursions that included entertainment were varied and reflected the rich Czech, Bohemian, and German cultures along the Elbe. We enjoyed the days in Prague and the immersion in Berlin's Cold-War history. My only disappointment was the "Prague by Night" excursion -- I had been expecting a pub crawl as we had had in Cologne two years earlier, instead of the panoramic tour we received, seeing the lights of the city from several viewpoints. I certainly plan to cruise Viking again, probably somewhere in Europe. Read Less
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