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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
It was my third cruise with Viking River Cruises and I was extremely excited to return on board. Cruising the Passage to Eastern Europe with Viking was something I had been looking forward to this year as it had four countries I’ve never ... Read More
It was my third cruise with Viking River Cruises and I was extremely excited to return on board. Cruising the Passage to Eastern Europe with Viking was something I had been looking forward to this year as it had four countries I’ve never had the chance to visit and I was eager to explore. This time the ship was Viking Aegir but is good to know that the longship boats of Viking are essentially set up the same, the dining is good, and the staterooms are exactly what you need for the journey. The crew on board was what you normally expect from Viking: attention to details, manners, professionalism and always a special care for all passengers on board. Our waiter in the restaurant, a very pleasant young man from Argentina was mixing perfectly a family like atmosphere with very high standards and the manager in charge of housekeeping, Mirijana from Serbia, found always time to answer and solve all our request. The German hotel manager was a little bit abrupt and too much in to selling vouchers for next cruises (I bet he get a big commission with that) forgetting sometimes that he supposed to be a host and not a door-to-door salesman (especially during the Frequent Travellers cocktail when he invited everybody on board, talking for a very long 50 minutes and after that walking around forcing you to book your next cruise) On a negative side: the captain was very rude and unsociable and made everybody to feel uncomfortable during his evening lecture, despite the efforts of the Program Director to create a pleasant Q&A evening. Most shore excursions were very good, with interesting and knowledgeable local guides. However, many required very lengthy bus trips to the excursion sites. I will say that after doing three different itineraries with Viking River Cruises, this one was the most educational and enlightening. And all the praise goes to the Program Director Leonard for his huge knowledge of history, traditions, culture of the spaces we visited. He was working non-stop, almost 24 hours a day bringing his positive energy, his amazing personality, great sense of humour, elegant manners and enchanting conversations in a journey that gives you an opportunity to step into the Balkan’s turbulent past and experience the energy of a new generation moving forward. On each and every of his evening briefings, lecture, commentaries on the open deck or 1:1 conversation with all on board Viking Aegir, Leonard knew how to enlighten and open your perspective — the very core of travel for us. And for every moment of our trip he had a different approach: mixing historical facts with legends in his Dracula evening, genuine and heart-breaking talking about his early year in Ceausescu’s Romania, knowledgeable and incredible organised when coordinating in-depth tours at each stop and itineraries that touch on the highlights that make a memorable trip and fun and charming when he was leading the parties and entertainment on board Viking Aegir. What an asset for Viking! Bottom line: Viking River Cruises & Leonard – OUTSTANDING! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise initially because of the very reasonable price offered, and we did enjoy the whole package. The food on the ship was excellent. The only thing we were not happy with was the size of the room; it was very, very small ... Read More
We chose this cruise initially because of the very reasonable price offered, and we did enjoy the whole package. The food on the ship was excellent. The only thing we were not happy with was the size of the room; it was very, very small with extremely limited closet space; much smaller than an inside cabin on a cruise ship. Really, it would have been ok for only one person.The entertainment was fabulous, the ship service great, and the ports and included shore excursions were very informative.We might go again, if the price was right. I would have given it 5 stars, except for the room size. Getting on and off was a breeze, but security was a little lax because in most ports almost anyone could get on-board without anyone checking their credentials. Shopping was great, and we actually found a Woolworth's Department Store at one of the stops in Germany. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
Had a friend who had taken a river cruise in Germany. Very impressed with Viking and taking another ocean cruise in May 2017. This river cruise was after a 7 day cruise on the Delling. Enjoyed Delling more mostly because of the place ... Read More
Had a friend who had taken a river cruise in Germany. Very impressed with Viking and taking another ocean cruise in May 2017. This river cruise was after a 7 day cruise on the Delling. Enjoyed Delling more mostly because of the place visited in southern France. Staff and facilities on both ships were excellent. Staff seemed to anticipate guest needs. The food was superb and chef and staff very friendly and helpful. The cabins were comfortable and bathroom and shower were above average. Enjoyed Normandy the most even though it was a long bus trip. Gave us enough time to see all the sites and do any shopping we wished to do. Paris was so large and could only do a limited number of tours but feel received best value for tours I was on. Also Paris was very crowded. Loved Notre Dame and had the best shopping. The guides on the tours were all very knowledgeable and very friendly. Overall a very wonderful vacation. Impressed with Viking so am on another ocean cruise in May 2017. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We (the Aussie girls) did the Rhine River Cruise recently & loved it. The crew were great & our cruise director worked tirelessly throughout the cruise. We had to change ships (VE to Gefyon) in the middle of the cruise due to ... Read More
We (the Aussie girls) did the Rhine River Cruise recently & loved it. The crew were great & our cruise director worked tirelessly throughout the cruise. We had to change ships (VE to Gefyon) in the middle of the cruise due to water levels. Wasn't looking forward to that but it was so well organised you would hardly know you changed ships apart from the packing & unpacking. We were compensated for that by Viking taking all the guests to the music performance in Vienna which was wonderful. Overall we had a great time & met some lovely people. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my first river cruise, after several cruises on large ships. Our group of four (all single retirees) had decided on a short cruise this time in order to see how well we traveled as a foursome and to learn a bit more about Viking. ... Read More
This was my first river cruise, after several cruises on large ships. Our group of four (all single retirees) had decided on a short cruise this time in order to see how well we traveled as a foursome and to learn a bit more about Viking. We were not disappointed and found the cruise to be delightful. The only negative was the plane travel. The food on board the ship was excellent, and the staff was more than helpful with just the right amount of attentiveness and cheer. The entertainment was OK, but I felt that the cruise itself and all the people we met at dinner and on the excursions were the main event and purpose of the cruise. I would have liked to spend some time in the embarkation/disembarkation cities before or after the cruise. The hotels listed by Viking for "our" cities were a little too pricey, but now we realize that we could have made our own arrangements. All four of us plan on taking another river cruise with Viking in the future. Read Less
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