1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
This early springtime cruise was incredibly affordably priced when we booked for six couples to sail. We were treated with superb service in every way: rooms were beautifully cleaned each day, meals were delicious and some of our group ... Read More
This early springtime cruise was incredibly affordably priced when we booked for six couples to sail. We were treated with superb service in every way: rooms were beautifully cleaned each day, meals were delicious and some of our group sat together for meals while others chose other tables to meet more like-minded river cruisers, the onboard entertainments were fun for our group to join in, and the absolute care and attention given to the tours at all ports of call is what makes a Viking River Cruise the best experience possible. My husband and I especially appreciate the fact that VRC includes all drinks during meals in package price. We do not drink much, so it is fine to have one or two drinks a day for us. We have fun with friends-both old and new ones-during the evenings without extra alcohol. We have been on two VRC cruises (Rhine in 2013) and have not spent any extra money on drinks. The tour guides are always very fluent in English. They are also very familiar with the city you are visiting that day. So, when we ask for extra information or reccommendations of where a local might eat or what a local does, we know we can trust the answers. I love history and I feel each and every tour guide we've met is me in other skin! They always fill the allotted time and I know they would have that much more to share if time permitted. The Danube cruise highlights Hapsburg rule for more than a hundred years. Churches, palaces, cities: all are full of Hapsburg projects. On the Danube cruise one visits many Catholic cathedrals and learns about the interactions between the Roman Popes and the European monarchs. On the Rhine cruise there were many cathedrals which are now Protestant and the history of cities is influenced by the Reformation of the church and men like Martin Luther. This cruise was also blessed with unbelievable weather for the end of March! We sat on the upper deck in pleasant 70Fahrenheit weather with just our short sleeves. It was so calm the day we sailed along the Danube canal that we were able to play cards in the open air! Four of our couples traveling together also renewed wedding vows one day. The captain and concierge were most helpful when we shared our plan to do this when we boarded the ship in Passau. Right away, they said they knew a perfect part of the cruise to do so, and our pictures of the event have a beautiful castle in the background. Unfortunately, the photographer (one of the couples not renewing vows) had her computer stolen soon after returning to the States, so some thief stole the physical memory of that event. We do have beautiful pictures in our minds though, and we do have our spouses to share memories with each day! A VRC is also a very relaxing trip, in our opinion. Unpacking once for an entire week is wonderful. You do NOT have to bring a dozen outfits. Seasoned travelers were on both cruises: I noticed quickly on our first cruise that women wore an outfit a couple times or mixed and matched. Men wore jeans or casual slacks and shirts a few times. So don't overpack, it's just a hassle you don't want to deal with when you are traveling to the ship from the airport and back to it when your cruise is done. Again, let me urge you to PACK LIGHT! Almost everyone wore jeans on day tours and casual dress for dinner at night. Because of the small number of passengers and their decorum, one can also enjoy resting in the large lounges as well as one's stateroom. Watching the landscapes change as you sail a river is a remarkable thing! Here vineyards, there a cathedral, look a crumbling castle, oh there's a train... There's just so much to see and savor and the floor to ceiling glass walls make sightseeing so easy. Our Rhine River cruise was in late November and we visited Christmas markets in each city. Truthfully, for us that got to be a bit stale by day four. We are not shoppers (I tell family and friends they have to GO and SEE Europe for themselves, I am not bringing bits and pieces of it home as gifts in my luggage). We asked for alternative things to do and tour guides were more than happy to share other delightful ways to spend a day in a city. We've also seen a couple cities with friends who live in them and skipped the guided tours. As I am writing this review, I am saddened to know that yesterday (Dec 11, 2018) an act of terrorism occurred in Strausburg, which was a city and Christmas market we visited in 2013. How sad that our world is so broken and some souls are driven to such acts of violence. I conclude this long review by stating that I believe visiting other places and learning about local customs and enjoying them without judging them, is a lasting treasure one receives after going on a VIking RIver Cruise or generally traveling abroad. You aren't just a tourist with VRC if you take the time to talk to your tour guides and the ship's crew. Instead you know in your heart you have expanded your "family" with new friends. Even if we never see a person again, the memories live in our hearts and minds and we are forever aware of other ways of seeing life, of experiencing a day, of being human. We are dairy farmers. We travel when we find great deals. Both these VR cruises were priced right. A week of travel that includes transportation, lodging, meals, drinks, tours, and entertainments for less than $1500-1999/person is a great deal. We book the least expensive cabins: on our first cruise the booking agent tried to persuade me to upgrade. "Why?" I asked him. "It sounds like all I am going to do is sleep in my cabin because VRC has lots for me to do all day." He agreed we would be entertained all day if we wished. We were; and I see no reason to book a "better cabin" because really a bed is a bed and a shower is a shower. I watch VRC emails and mailings constantly. I am waiting to find the next great deal and see more of the world while river cruising with Viking! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We'd been wanting to try river cruising and this was our first. We took a Viking ocean cruise to the Baltic last year and absolutely loved it. As expected, the service was above average, but the food was not as good as we ... Read More
We'd been wanting to try river cruising and this was our first. We took a Viking ocean cruise to the Baltic last year and absolutely loved it. As expected, the service was above average, but the food was not as good as we thought it should be. We had a veranda cabin, which we were unfortunately unable to enjoy because of the cold weather. The cabin was smaller than on an ocean vessel, but we knew it would be. The included tours were as expected and the optional tours we took to Heidelberg and Rothenburg were very enjoyable. We loved cruising the Rhine and seeing all the castles on the hills. Passengers were very friendly and many had been on multiple river cruises before. I don't know that we will river cruise again - we think we just like all the additional perks of ocean cruising, which Viking does exceptionally. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Wanted to see more than 1 city in Europe and this way of travel made sense. Everything we experienced was above our expectations. This was our first and won't be our last. the service and food was amazing. The shore excursions were ... Read More
Wanted to see more than 1 city in Europe and this way of travel made sense. Everything we experienced was above our expectations. This was our first and won't be our last. the service and food was amazing. The shore excursions were well planned with guides that were easy to understand and able to answer all our questions. All entertainment on the ship and on land were fantastic. The food every night was worth looking forward to. everything was well thought out and prepared perfectly. The breakfast each morning was worth starting our day with. It was freshly purchased and prepared to our order or we could go up to the buffet. The service aboard the ship was excellent and way above our expectations. We never had a want for anything and the staff in the lounge went over and above our needs. There never was a need to ask twice for anything. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I wanted to do a Danube cruise. The staff was outstanding, it is difficult to single out any of them, but the concierge and entertainment director were certainly wonderful. Enjoyed the stops and excursions, even though the weather was ... Read More
I wanted to do a Danube cruise. The staff was outstanding, it is difficult to single out any of them, but the concierge and entertainment director were certainly wonderful. Enjoyed the stops and excursions, even though the weather was pretty rainy and cold during the entire cruise. The food, as well as the service were also great, and the visit to the kitchen was very interesting. So was the strudel making lesson! The nighttime arrival to Budapest was spectacular! In my opinion, perhaps the visit to Vienna was the least interesting part of the cruise, a few hours are not sufficient to get to know Vienna even in the most superficial way. I would recommend that the ship spend two night there, it would allow a visit to some of Vienna's great museums. Much enjoyed the visit to the market, led by the Chef of the ship. All in all this was a most enjoyable cruise, spectacular views, excellent staff and service, great food and the included alcoholic beverages are also excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We wanted to experience some of the best cities along the Danube River. However, we also wanted to spend some time in Prague before the cruise began. It was all absolutely super. The Hilton hotel was great - the restaurants were ... Read More
We wanted to experience some of the best cities along the Danube River. However, we also wanted to spend some time in Prague before the cruise began. It was all absolutely super. The Hilton hotel was great - the restaurants were excellent - the tours were the best - - the one that comes to mind was at the Lobkowitz Palace. After the bus trip from Prague to Passau, It was great to unpack once and then begin one of the best cruises anyone could ask for. The crew, the food, the tours led by locals who knew what they're talking about, the new long ship boat, the accommodations - - everything - - was of the highest caliber. We loved the many churches and abbeys. We wished that we had more time in Vienna and Budapest was fabulous. I would highly recommend Viking to anyone considering taking a river cruise anywhere. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
This was my 2nd Viking Riverboat Cruise. As before the experience was amazing. The Christmas Markets is something everyone should see and experience. Our ship the Tor was impeccable. Service was wonderful, the cabins attendants ... Read More
This was my 2nd Viking Riverboat Cruise. As before the experience was amazing. The Christmas Markets is something everyone should see and experience. Our ship the Tor was impeccable. Service was wonderful, the cabins attendants where there to answer our needs, even if we did not ask. The entertainment the ship provided was nice. Enjoyed the shore excursions, and having time after to enjoy the Markets. I tell everyone I drank and ate my way across Germany! Such a good time. My group of ladies decided to experience Prague after our cruise. The disembarkation when very well. The bus ride was very comfortable. Enjoyed seeing the countryside. The excursion the tour provided was so nice. T see the city and hear the history. The guide was very good. We paid extra for the tour of the Lobkowicz Palace. We where not disappointed. We looked into another day tour that the Viking assistant told us about for the next day. We where so glad we took it. The tour guide was excellent. We learned so much of the history of the area. We enjoyed the area and walking the streets going to the market and tasting the food. The activity person spoke too much on Gratuities, the last night. I appreciate everyone who services me. I always make sure everyone is taken care of. Thank you, looking forward to my next trip in October with Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
Out Viking Tor cruise along the Rhine, from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland, was filled with beautiful sights (and sites), wonderful food, and terrific people. From the windmills of Kinderdijk and cafes of Cologne to the ... Read More
Out Viking Tor cruise along the Rhine, from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland, was filled with beautiful sights (and sites), wonderful food, and terrific people. From the windmills of Kinderdijk and cafes of Cologne to the castles of Heidelburg, the beautiful streets of Strasbourg, this trip had something for everyone. Learning how to construct a Black Forest cake or simply catching the glorious view floating up the middle Rhine presented only two aspects of the trip. On board, the crew and staff were thoughtful, helpful, and fun to be around. The food was delicious and not like the overpowering piles found on those huge vessels. The intimacy of the Viking ship makde for a friendly, accessible atmosphere. Having gone as part of the Pied Piper group enhanced the atmosphere in which we could get to know our fellow travelers well enough to create some lifetime friendships. I highly recommend this cruise (and the Seine River cruise) to anyone. If you are queasy about being on the rough sea, there's no need. The rivers are smooth and steady. Read Less
Viking Tor Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 3.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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