10 Viking River Viking Ve Senior Cruise Reviews

We lucked out - fantastic weather (only rained on once for about 10 mins), we had no water level issues, and although we had to swap ships half way through, due to a broken lock, Viking handled the entire swap seamlessly. We have had ... Read More
We lucked out - fantastic weather (only rained on once for about 10 mins), we had no water level issues, and although we had to swap ships half way through, due to a broken lock, Viking handled the entire swap seamlessly. We have had great experiences on on several ocean cruises (not Viking) before this Grand European river cruise with Viking - OMG this is a whole different world. I can't list all the pluses: the smaller ship is so easy to get around and less people getting on/off in each port; you are able to get to know most of the staff; the ability to find a seat in the lounge or on the top deck when you wanted to; the free water in our room and when we left the ship each day; never being hounded to pay for photos that a ship's "professional photographer" would insist they take of you; the relaxed atmosphere; not having to get on a bus for every single shore excursion; the list goes on and on. We traveled with my parents (in their mid-80s, we are in our late 50's) We stayed in a French Balcony room at the end of the ship. Loved being able to open the large sliding door to watch the world go by and enjoy the fresh air when we wanted to - but to be honest, with so much room in the lounge or the top deck, we didn't spend all that much time in the room (but again, we had post card perfect weather the entire trip) My parents had a balcony room on the 3rd level, and the extra room and the balcony to sit out on was perfect for them. We did all the included shore excursions and we were able to go back to the ship to have a relaxing lunch in every port because we were docked so close. Yes, Viking is expensive compared to the other cruises we've taken, but all of the above mentioned made it worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Heard about Viking.....checked out alternatives.....determined that Viking had best to offer for us....of course, it had nothing to do with the fact that we are Norwegian Americans! Our flight got us to Amsterdam quite early.....airport ... Read More
Heard about Viking.....checked out alternatives.....determined that Viking had best to offer for us....of course, it had nothing to do with the fact that we are Norwegian Americans! Our flight got us to Amsterdam quite early.....airport representatives did not have us on any list....nonetheless, the representative that was there had us transported by vehicle to our boat - too early to access room, as departing cruisers had not left yet (for the most part). We had access to the lounge and the dining room for breakfast - got to engage with departing cruisers, and got pointers on highlights of the trip.... We were NOT disappointed, even though we had to switch boats at the 7th or 8th day. The switch was seamless, and almost not noticeable (except for having to pack and unpack midcruise). The staff of the Viking Gefjon was simply superb - most notably Lubo the tour director. His leadership and seeming omnipresence throughout the cruise was noteworthy and greatly facilitated the transition midcruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We loved our veranda cabin. Everything from the heated bathroom floors to the lovely decks was first-class. The crew was outstanding and could not have been friendlier or more committed to making this the best cruise of our lives. The ... Read More
We loved our veranda cabin. Everything from the heated bathroom floors to the lovely decks was first-class. The crew was outstanding and could not have been friendlier or more committed to making this the best cruise of our lives. The dining experience was heavenly - both the regional specialties and the standard menu. Our shore excursions were always well-planned and expertly done. We could not have been happier with our experience. We flew to Amsterdam and participated in the Pre-Cruise package. We loved the city and feel it's wise as some people had plane trouble and were late catching the cruise. The extra few days in Amsterdam gave us some leeway. We've already signed up for Viking's "Paris to Paris" cruise and the "Mediterranean Odyssey". One of the other things we really liked was only having to unpack once. This is one of the main reasons we will continue doing river and ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
A river cruise through Europe has been near the top of our wish list for many years ... and our 15 days on the Grand European Tour was everything we had hoped for. Our program director on Viking Ve, Marik, was brilliant - funny, ... Read More
A river cruise through Europe has been near the top of our wish list for many years ... and our 15 days on the Grand European Tour was everything we had hoped for. Our program director on Viking Ve, Marik, was brilliant - funny, knowledgeable, caring. His enthusiasm and engagement made the onboard experience special, and his one-man-show as Mozart was amazing. The ship's layout and appointments were excellent, and the staff was delightful. It was so nice to be greeted with a smile and a hello throughout the day and by every member of ship's company we encountered. The food was quite good, the bar well stocked. Shore excursions were informative, if occasionally too brief. The only challenges we encountered were created by Mother Nature: very hot weather, and low water between Nuremburg and the Danube. Viking had the perfect solution to the latter problem: we transferred to Viking Gefjon - a minor inconvenience, but far better than abandoning the cruise. We missed almost nothing, the ships are identical, and we got to meet and be pampered by a new cast (fortunately, our program director transferred to Gefjon with us). Overall, the Grand European Tour on Viking Ve was an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We were interested in the history of Europe and wanted to see the Medevial history and buildings. We also wanted to see what the countryside was like. The trip was wonderful and the crew were exceptional. The ship was great, the meals were ... Read More
We were interested in the history of Europe and wanted to see the Medevial history and buildings. We also wanted to see what the countryside was like. The trip was wonderful and the crew were exceptional. The ship was great, the meals were excellent, the rooms were comfortable and the crew went above and beyond to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. They took care of you from when you arrived at the airport until you were ready to board your flight home. The activities on board were good and the shore excursions were very interesting. The Program Director was excellent and was very entertaining. He would try to make everything on the trip very enjoyable. The Captain and his crew were very professional and were very interesting to talk to. The Hotel staff were exceptional and catered to all your needs. The Restaurant crew were very efficient and entertaining, the food was excellent and very varied. The Reception Desk were very helpful and ran their activities very efficiently. Overall the whole crew could not have been better I would take another trip with Viking Cruises any time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our first river cruise and experience of this kind. It was an absolutely wonderful experience and the crew of the Ve was "the best"! Our cruise director Maya was terrific and could not have done more for us. For the ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and experience of this kind. It was an absolutely wonderful experience and the crew of the Ve was "the best"! Our cruise director Maya was terrific and could not have done more for us. For the most part, our shore excursions were great! The only negative thing was that we experienced low water and could not continue on the Danube to Vienna. We had to pack up and bus to Vienna. Viking could not have done more to make the trip great, however. With deluxe accommodations in a hotel in Vienna to side trips to see some of what we were missing. As no one can control the weather, the crew, Maya and Marco in particular did everything humanly possible to help make everything wonderful! It was a fabulous experience and one that we hope to do again in the near future. Our thanks to the entire crew of the "Ve" for their very caring attitude and kind attention to detail! We don't know if all crews on other ships are the same but the crew of the Ve were all so welcoming, kind, caring and attentive. The entire cruise left us with a thirst to see more and to repeat this experience! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the options available on tours, the lower number of passenger's, and the broad range of countries traveled. We were absolutely delighted with the friendliness, helpfulness of the varied staff. Our tour ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the options available on tours, the lower number of passenger's, and the broad range of countries traveled. We were absolutely delighted with the friendliness, helpfulness of the varied staff. Our tour director knocked it out of the park. I honestly can't see anyone doing his job better. He was freakin awesome! How awesome..... very helpful, flexible,adaptive,informative, well organized, and ultra great sense of humor! So take the following with a grain of salt. I'm a member in a rock band. Something other than just piano and vocals would have been more attractive for evening entertainment. The gentlemen that were providing entertainment were talented and delightful. Also, the older crowd and very limited space wouldn't probably allow for a more complete music experience..in my limited perspective and humble opinion. Food was well prepared, varied, interesting. Hospitality was off the charts. Thoroughly delightful experience. This was our first trip to Europe. It was, for my wife and I, our first trip to celebrate retirement. It will always rank this trip as very memorable! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have never had such a magical experience. From the Concierge to the room cleaners they were all wonderful. The ports of call were fantastic even though the weather didn't cooperate. The food servers were wonderful and the meals ... Read More
We have never had such a magical experience. From the Concierge to the room cleaners they were all wonderful. The ports of call were fantastic even though the weather didn't cooperate. The food servers were wonderful and the meals were fantastic. We participated in and musical guessing game and won a bottle of wine. I am handicapped and was treated with genuine care and concern. We brought a travel wheelchair along and it didn't work very well on the cobblestone streets so our wonderful concierge let us use a wheelchair that was on board and worked much better because it had larger tires. I would like to particularly mention a couple of people who made our trip so much more enjoyable: Carl, the Cruise Director, Bili, the Concierge, and two of the servers Norman and Robert who were both so special. We hope that some day we will be able to cruise with Viking again. Thank you for an unforgettable time Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our crew from the Viking VE was simply great. Whenever, there was any type of change to the itinerary, it was in addition to & I considered it an upgrade. We were one of the ships that was caught up in the low water problems. Our ... Read More
Our crew from the Viking VE was simply great. Whenever, there was any type of change to the itinerary, it was in addition to & I considered it an upgrade. We were one of the ships that was caught up in the low water problems. Our cruise director, Kane, carried us through that transition without a glitch what-so-ever. I felt it was giving us more for our money, not less. We were able to bus through the countryside and never missed any of the scheduled tours. Great Job. All the shore excursion were very informative. The extension hotel in Amsterdam was so very convenient to public transportation that we explored the outskirts easily. The food, the cabins all of the common areas and our staff were simply wonderful. They catered to us from the time we landed in Budapest until we went through out gate to depart in Amsterdam. I watched as they helped with someone who lost their passport, prepared special food for special diets, furnished refreshment at the door when we returned from a hot tiring tour, furnished umbrellas for those who needed one and blankets if we wanted to sit outside when it was chilly. I will definitely travel Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
After numerous foreign travels by air and coach, our experience with Viking and Viking VE fully met or exceeded all expectations for comfort, meeting our diverse interests and providing an overall satisfying experience. From the moment we ... Read More
After numerous foreign travels by air and coach, our experience with Viking and Viking VE fully met or exceeded all expectations for comfort, meeting our diverse interests and providing an overall satisfying experience. From the moment we stepped off our plane in Amsterdam until we departed Budapest, Viking and the crew of the VE were there with friendliness, guidance and help. Our hotel in Amsterdam and accommodations on the VE were spot on what we expected from Viking and desired. The Viking VE crew was simply outstanding. Viking's attention to detail, efficiency of operations and provision for multiple options for their travelers is unsurpassed in our experience. Our satisfaction was such that we immediately signed up for another Viking cruise as soon as we got home! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Viking Ve Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.5

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