9 Viking River Viking Vili Family Cruise Reviews

Food was superb. Crew was very congenial, helpful, and accommodating.Ports of call were as good as they could have been. Local tour guides were passionate about their work/leadership. On board educational services were excellent. Crew ... Read More
Food was superb. Crew was very congenial, helpful, and accommodating.Ports of call were as good as they could have been. Local tour guides were passionate about their work/leadership. On board educational services were excellent. Crew personnel went out of their way to be hospitable and friendly. Tour director, Marek, was so wonderful we wanted to take him home with us!! The issues with low water were handled superbly. I didn't;t see them as an inconvenience and I feel that Viking was more than fair in refunding 50% of the cruise cost towards a future cruise. More businesses should be so generous!!! We also felt that two weeks was a good length for a vacation. It often takes at least a week just to unwind and get into 'vacation mode.' WOUld have opted for more time in Amsterdam after discovering how much there was to see and do. Have to go back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
It was our 25th wedding anniversary present to each other. We decided on a river cruise and always wanted to do a Viking River Cruise. With all the was included and nothing for us to do but show up at the airport, Viking was top notch ... Read More
It was our 25th wedding anniversary present to each other. We decided on a river cruise and always wanted to do a Viking River Cruise. With all the was included and nothing for us to do but show up at the airport, Viking was top notch all the way. We NEVER worried about anything as they took care of everything for us. From the second we arrive, we felt like family from the beginning. Every day seemed to be better than the last until we finally had to say good-bye. The final evening in Budapest was one of the best spectacle we had ever seen with the city lit up along the river. Every tour and guide were top notch and the buses were clean and owned by viking themselves. The cabin was perfect and the Villi/Mimir was hands down the best ship we saw along the river. If we ever get the chance again, we will be doing another Viking River Cruise! Worth every cent! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Numerous friends and family highly recommended Viking to us. We were not disappointed. Starting with our experience with the consultants who assisted in booking the cruise through our experience after the cruise, we consistently had a ... Read More
Numerous friends and family highly recommended Viking to us. We were not disappointed. Starting with our experience with the consultants who assisted in booking the cruise through our experience after the cruise, we consistently had a wonderful experience. The level of customer service is outstanding in all aspects - booking, departure,aboard ship, excursions, and departure to return home. We found this to carry over to the 2 days we spent in Amsterdam prior to the cruise. The attention to detail and personal preference is unmatched. We very much valued the support and guidance received from Viking staff both at the hotel in Amsterdam and during the time onboard ship. They readily offered suggestions and alternative excursion suggestions based on our preferences and mobility limitations. No detail was too small or trivial. We met some really wonderful people and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know folks which is facilitated by the limited number of travelers. The quality of food, variety of entrees and service by the servers made mealtime truly enjoyable. if a passenger requested a special entrée, for example, that was not on that meal's menu, most often that request was granted. Many of the servers made an effort to learn our name and would address us as such whenever we saw them. We really enjoyed the chef's nightly briefing prior to dinner to advise what was on the night's menu and how it complimented the particular location of the ship on that day. We also really enjoyed the opportunity to tour the kitchen and hear the chef's presentation how so many wonderful meals were prepared in such a small space by only a handful of staff. Overall this was one of the best vacations we've ever experienced. We are already planning our next cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We choose this cruise after having many friends recommend a river cruise through Europe. We planned this trip for a number of years with college roommates, one of whom who had never traveled through Europe. The idea of unpacking only once ... Read More
We choose this cruise after having many friends recommend a river cruise through Europe. We planned this trip for a number of years with college roommates, one of whom who had never traveled through Europe. The idea of unpacking only once during a long trip was especially appealing to me and my husband. We were very impressed by the friendliness of the staff and crew, especially our cruise director Terry Turnbull. One day, Executive Chef Roderick Serrano even prepared a special pork belly adobo for our table of six, after our maitre-d overheard us speaking about it to guest from Albuquerque, New Mexico. What a special treat! I submitted the photo of the adobo to the Honolulu Star Advertiser that ran the story and a recipe that I replicated. We enjoyed all meals, all evening programs, all tours and the very comfortable Viking accommodations. Learning about the European cities was fascinating and walking the same streets and seeing the beautiful buildings of historical lore was enchanting. My friends from Hawaii admit, shopping for Christmas ornaments was exciting. As a culinary teacher, I enjoyed sampling all foods. I purchased spices, mustards, chocolates and cookies to stuff into my luggage for the long trip home to Hawaii. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I'm hooked on Viking Cruises for their outstanding customer service and seamless excursions. The food is always top quality and the ships are well laid out. Our room was efficient with a veranda and was very comfortable for the two ... Read More
I'm hooked on Viking Cruises for their outstanding customer service and seamless excursions. The food is always top quality and the ships are well laid out. Our room was efficient with a veranda and was very comfortable for the two weeks onboard. The excursions are always well planned with professional and expert guides in each city. We always do the pre and post extensions because Viking is so good with the hotels they select and with those excursions as well. Our concierge put together a bicycle ride in Austria which was one of the best experiences I have had. It was difficult to leave the staff and friends that you get to know during the time on board. Viking also brought in entertainment from each area we visited like a glass blower from Germany, opera singers from Vienna, and there were always nightly informational gatherings. I can't say enough positives about my experiences with Viking. I'm already planning my 4th sailing with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
For my Mother and I this was our first river cruise. We traveled on the Villi from Budapest to Amsterdam. We so enjoyed our trip. The staff on the boat were very nice and helpful. The food was great. The ports and tours all were fun. I ... Read More
For my Mother and I this was our first river cruise. We traveled on the Villi from Budapest to Amsterdam. We so enjoyed our trip. The staff on the boat were very nice and helpful. The food was great. The ports and tours all were fun. I was probably one of the youngest on the ship being in my mid 50's. The second we arrived at the ship the wonderful service started. The staff took our luggage and we had lunch and explored the ship as we waited for our cabin. The cabin was small as expected but had enough space for all our things. The cabin was very clean and nicely appointed. There was enough closet space with shelves and drawers to keep all our things organized. The bathrooms heated floors were a nice touch. The food on the ship was fabulous! Every meal had so many choices. There were also choices of where to eat. In the front of the ship was a small informal dining area that you could get all your meals at. This was nice if we wanted to sit outside to enjoy the weather, or just see the country side as we were going by. The main dining room was large and you could pick where to sit. Big windows on both sides of the dinning room made it nice to see out. The food was very good with lots of choices.The wait staff were very accommodating and extremely efficient. We enjoyed the ports and excursions. Every evening there was an itinerary for the next day waiting for us on our beds. For our excursions we were broken up into smaller groups...about 10-12 and assigned a guide. We had audio boxes with ear buds so we could all hear the guides. This was very nice because we could look around while the guide was speaking. The local guides we had were very knowledgeable and easy to understand. A couple of times in the beginning we weren't sure of the time or place to meet back up to get back on the ship, but this was better as the cruise went on. I loved the sun deck (on top), however it was closed a good portion of the trip because of low bridges. This cruise is geared toward less active people. I did find time at some ports to get out and run. Disembarkation went very smoothly. The staff had everything very organized. I would recommend this Trip. The length of the cruise was nice I think a week would be too short. Overall a great experience and can't wait to go on another Viking river cruise and see another part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife and I and four friends took the Viking Grand European River Cruise and ALL SIX RATED IT A 10 OUT 10....it was fantastic! Viking had made our airline reservations and our room was ready when we arrived at the Viking Vili Cruise ... Read More
My wife and I and four friends took the Viking Grand European River Cruise and ALL SIX RATED IT A 10 OUT 10....it was fantastic! Viking had made our airline reservations and our room was ready when we arrived at the Viking Vili Cruise Ship. The ship was almost new (it had only made three trips prior to ours) so it was clean and comfortable. Anyone that has taken a cruise knows the rooms are small, and there were also, but it was well planned and all space utilized. Even though we had three suitcases and two CPAP machines, we had plenty of room for the luggage and all of our clothing. The excursions were well planned with clear, English speaking tour guides. Each city and country we visited was beautiful (I took over 1,800 photos this trip!). The food was excellent as was the service on the ship. The crew was excellent and our Program Director was superior! I'm ready to go again! What a great way to remember our 40th wedding anniversary! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam from August 20-September 4, 2015. It was very well-paced, the days were well planned without being crammed, and there were a few days on which we didn't ... Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam from August 20-September 4, 2015. It was very well-paced, the days were well planned without being crammed, and there were a few days on which we didn't have to be up early and could relax a little. The places we visited were great - very picturesque, interesting towns and historic sites. I would have liked another day in Vienna and the surrounding area, maybe instead of Koblenz. I also understand Bratislava is being eliminated from this tour next year, which is very disappointing - my party all loved that city! I hope it's being incorporated into another cruise. The tours were all very good, the highlights for me being Nuremberg and the concert in Vienna. We had very good guides throughout with very fluent English-speaking skills, so they were easy to understand. Although I liked Kinderdijk very much, I was disappointed we didn't have time in Amsterdam. Also, in a few stops, we had too little leisure time for exploring and shopping on our own. The on-board entertainment and lectures were all excellent, and I especially liked the pianist and violinist from Cologne who performed, and the opera singers from Munich and Nuremberg. The lecture on the Netherlands dike system was also very interesting and informative. One thing I particularly liked about Viking was that there was a representative at the airport at the end of our tour, not just at the beginning, who helped with our luggage and directed us to the proper airline desks for check-in. We weren't just dropped off and left to find our own way around the airport. Nice touch! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Danube River cruise with Viking- I recently took a Viking river cruise, the Danube Waltz with other adult family members. The weather was perfect so we enjoyed the sun deck on the ship and our outdoor time in respective ports. A cruise ... Read More
Danube River cruise with Viking- I recently took a Viking river cruise, the Danube Waltz with other adult family members. The weather was perfect so we enjoyed the sun deck on the ship and our outdoor time in respective ports. A cruise can be a great way to explore a new area without having to arrange for your own tours or transportation. However, there are a couple of things to be mindful of: River boats are often docked together in port so often your views are completely blocked by another boat and the fumes from the idling boats are noxious. River boats are tiny- our small stateroom would not have fit anyone over about 5 ft 9 or anyone overweight The lower staterooms have some funky smells at times and can feel cave-like when docked in a port Riverboats have no Dr. onboard- passengers must go into port for any medical attention The Viking included tours are very general and buses are packed. Little time to visit places like museums, etc. with this type of travel. AirFrance held a strike on our day of departure, we were packed into another airline and missed 6 hours in Prague. The Viking selected hotel had no bureaus for unpacking, you will live out of a suitcase and could have a very old room or bathroom (ours was circa 1986). The needs of the elderly or immobile are not adequately meet with Viking River cruises. No access to sundeck via elevator or a lift. No room service for folks who can't make it to the one meal time seating. The tour operators were clueless about the meaning of "incapable" of walking and immobile guests had to make own arrangements to return to the ship if they could not walk back. The lack of understanding for easy access was also evident with hotel concierge in Prague. She put us at a restaurant that required walking over a bridge and down some stairs. My guest fell. She also fell during one of the Viking excursions and fractured a bone. Buyer beware before booking a river cruise- allowing others to make arrangements does not always lead to the best travel experience. I trust my own skill in arranging the best accommodations and excursions rather than relying on a corporate formula for what they have negotiated. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking Vili Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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