Sail Date: June 2018
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with the Grand European tour. This is 15 nights. We went from Amsterdam to Budapest, but you can also book going the other direction. The Magni and it’s staff managed to be efficient and ... Read More
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with the Grand European tour. This is 15 nights. We went from Amsterdam to Budapest, but you can also book going the other direction. The Magni and it’s staff managed to be efficient and friendly while being both elegant and relaxed. The longships are well designed and comfortable. We were concerned that it would be difficult to make friends, however, the majority of people were open and friendly middle aged or better couples. There were a couple of honeymooners and multi-generational families with older teens, but everyone was mixing by the second week. We got to know lovely people from Australia, England, and parts of the U.S that we have not visited. The tables in the dining room are for 6, and the lounge areas are also, so it was not difficult to mix naturally. We also got to know people in our excursion group pretty well. We booked the air and a pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam, along with an optional tour. So glad we did! Viking staff took good care of us from the moment we arrived to claim our luggage at the Amsterdam airport. Our airline had lost my bag, and the Viking guide helped me talk with the mostly Dutch-speaking airline employee. It was delivered to our hotel that afternoon. When it was time to go home, an airline strike affected our plans, but the desk staff handled it for us, so we could enjoy our last day without worry. This was a wonderful, stress-free way to see many places and get a taste of the culture on a first-class floating hotel. Highly recommend. My only wish would be more outside dining space. The ports of call and included excursions ranged from enjoyable to amazing. Not all will suit everyone’s fancy, but we learned many new things each place we went. Lots of freedom to explore on your own as well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first experience with Viking cruises we chose the 15 day cruise through Europe vacation. The experience beginning with ease of booking - and information from my viking agent was superior. Every need was met.. greeted at ... Read More
This was our first experience with Viking cruises we chose the 15 day cruise through Europe vacation. The experience beginning with ease of booking - and information from my viking agent was superior. Every need was met.. greeted at the airport.. Quick service to the dock using purchased Viking transfers. The room was very nice with every amenity needed and the crew I can’t say enough about. All excursions choice we’re excellent Allowing for all degrees of walking abilities from strenuous too easy I highly recommend a Viking cruise experience… But be warned you will be spoiled treated like a king or queen and not want any other vacation cruise line. It has been three months since our return and we have chosen to book the Viking ocean cruise beginning in Spain during the Mediterranean. Food choices on a river cruise or superior I have no complaints about a single item went wrong !! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We had been thinking about a river cruise for some time. We travel a good deal but have been tiring of the pack/unpack routine between destinations and were looking for a trip where we could relax and let others make the plans. We could ... Read More
We had been thinking about a river cruise for some time. We travel a good deal but have been tiring of the pack/unpack routine between destinations and were looking for a trip where we could relax and let others make the plans. We could not have been more pleased! From the beginning of the trip until the end we felt pampered. Our flight over to Amsterdam was uneventful and had no trouble meeting our Viking representatives at the airport. With just the two of us, we were a little apprehensive about making friends but that immediately disappeared as we gathered as a group to head to the ship. By the end of our cruise I don't believe that there was anyone on board (staff included) that we had not met. And now, we have a new group of lifelong friends. Our cabin was ready when we arrived so we immediately settled in. Our expectations for the ship, cabin and community spaces were already set high but, upon arrival, they exceeded our expectations. The food quality, quantity and presentations were over the top. Unfortunately so much so that we both gained weight! One of the things we enjoy is interacting with the staff and we learned so much about their different cultures which added to our overall experience. We were always greeted with a smile...not to mention our Cruise Director who was exceptionally prepared, always seemed to be in form from the time we awoke until retiring, and made every effort to insure a grand experience. Being two of the younger guests we were a little apprehensive about the excursions and activities. Once again we were pleasantly surprised to find that there were a variety of tours and activities geared to different fitness levels, so we selected activities that met our own. Each port was well selected with plenty to see, and our tour guides helped to fill in the blanks. We hope that this is the first of many future Viking river cruises! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
After over 30 'ocean' cruises we were excited to experience our first river cruise. We chose Viking based partly upon their itinerary and partly upon their 'dominance' in the river cruise market. As I sit here after ... Read More
After over 30 'ocean' cruises we were excited to experience our first river cruise. We chose Viking based partly upon their itinerary and partly upon their 'dominance' in the river cruise market. As I sit here after over two weeks aboard, I am sad to report that though there were good times, accentuated by many very devoted crew members, the 'Viking experience' left me sadly disappointed. This disappointment is primarily due to Viking's dominance in the river cruise market (lots of riverboats) and their policy of 'rafting up' while at port to save on docking fees. Let me explain... Viking has over 60 riverboats cruising the rivers of the world primarily in the European market. At any one port you can expect 3 or more Viking riverboats to be docked on any given day. To save on docking fees Viking 'rafts up' (ties their boats side to side) up to three vessels deep. This results in about one foot of space between balconies, thus NO view and NO privacy for 50% or 100% (if you are the middle of three boats) of the cabins. If you are in port for a couple of days this can be very unpleasant. Utilization of the balcony and the view you paid a premium for are gone. This Viking 'experience' isn't much mentioned in the brochure or the photos of the lovely European cities (which you cannot see from your blocked cabin). The resulting 'Viking experience' is more like paying a premium for the lowest price inside cabin. Lights on 24/7 to see or just move about in your cabin. While rafting is not unique to Viking, due to the number of Viking vessels on the rivers and canals of the world (68 and growing, as I understand), you are way more liable to wind up in this unpleasant scenario with them than any other riverboat cruise line. It is for this reason that I would recommend that before booking your next riverboat cruise you should seriously consider any other cruise line than Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose to travel Viking for a European River Cruise because of their reputation and a previous journey with Viking. The ship - Magni- was sensational, the crew was the best you could ask for - every member - went above and beyond - all ... Read More
We chose to travel Viking for a European River Cruise because of their reputation and a previous journey with Viking. The ship - Magni- was sensational, the crew was the best you could ask for - every member - went above and beyond - all the time. The daily included shore excursions were well chosen , interesting and the guides were very well chosen. The extra excursion in Nuremberg was super extraordinary - the guide was the best you could have asked for. The added journeys were also well chosen. Tour director was excellent, friendly, informative and always nearby to be helpful. The food was also extremely good. The cookies - always available for snacks wee the best you could ask to have to much upon. The cabin was spacious and extremely comfortable. Water was provided in the rooms, replenished constantly. Overall best service, atmosphere you could possibly imagine - A once in a lifetime trip - well worth it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The trip passes from Western Europe with its familiar culture,castles and vineyards on the Rhine, across the continental divide via a canal first envisioned by Charlemagne, then down the Danube through Central and Eastern Europe to the ... Read More
The trip passes from Western Europe with its familiar culture,castles and vineyards on the Rhine, across the continental divide via a canal first envisioned by Charlemagne, then down the Danube through Central and Eastern Europe to the beginnings of Asia at Budapest. As an historic adventure I can think of nothing that surpasses it. The ship and its amenities are excellent. The included excursions are well managed and the guides are knowledgeable. They provide a view into each changing venue of the European mosaic as the ship passes from West to East. There is a small library aboard that provides information on the history and art and culture of each area as you proceed. The food is excellent and the wines are as well. They change with the regions so one can experience both the dishes and wines of each place. The crew is pleasant and helpful; the relatively small number of guests turns the trip into something like a family excursion. I recommend this trip without reservation. Take some time in Budapest at the end. The city is well worth seeing. Do it on your own; I recommend the Hotel Corinthia. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Pre and Post stays made a great transition to and from the river cruise. Everything about the Grand European River Cruise was excellent. -The Captain was up early working with his crew. -All staff were very professional and had ... Read More
Pre and Post stays made a great transition to and from the river cruise. Everything about the Grand European River Cruise was excellent. -The Captain was up early working with his crew. -All staff were very professional and had excellent customer service attitudes. Aleksandra the suite attendant was great, dining staff were great, Gary Nicholson the Cruise Director was a hoot and kept us laughing, entertained and organized on our excursions. -The ship was open, extremely clean and limited to about 180 guests which was fantastic compared to other company ocean cruising which is overcrowded. -We did in 15 days what would probably take us months to do on our own, getting a taste of a wide variety cities, towns, history and culture. -The food was wonderful, great, excellent. My husband was pleased with the variety of offerings. Coffee, Tea and snacks were always available. -The ship was very accommodating with dining for shore excursions that ran throughout the day. We cant really identify one or two excellent points on this trip, because everything was top notch. -Not to mention the beauty of the river with its castles, towns, cathedrals and peoples which made this a trip of a lifetime for us. Viking became our go to vacation group for us, just from this one trip. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Our experience with Viking was excellent right from the time we embarked. The whole trip went very smoothly. Our cabin was compact but we didn't spend a great deal of time in it. Always well taken care of. Enjoyed the heated ... Read More
Our experience with Viking was excellent right from the time we embarked. The whole trip went very smoothly. Our cabin was compact but we didn't spend a great deal of time in it. Always well taken care of. Enjoyed the heated bathroom floor. Every meal was excellent. Good selection and the dining staff went out of their way to look after us. Lots to eat, no reason to go away from the table hungry. All the staff that we interacted with were exceptional. They were ready to answer any and all questions that were presented to them. We especially enjoyed Gary our program director. He went out of his way to look after us. We had some interesting trivia games in the evening. . The shore excursions and tours were very interesting. We saw many interesting castles, churches etc. The scenery was beautiful along the Rhine and Danube River. We would most certainly travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise quite by accident because some friends were already booked and we decided to tag along. We could not have been luckier. We ended up with the last room on the boat, suite 308 - which we loved! The ship is constantly ... Read More
We chose this cruise quite by accident because some friends were already booked and we decided to tag along. We could not have been luckier. We ended up with the last room on the boat, suite 308 - which we loved! The ship is constantly being cleaned, we never had a dirty window. The crew was young and friendly and from a variety of countries through Europe and abroad. We loved the diversity. With the suite you also get free laundry service - which sounds silly - but it was the icing on the cake for me! The space in our room and the additional light was wonderful. I never felt closed in. Our cruise director was Gary and he was incredibly organized, everything went off without a hitch. He made it very clear that the excursions leave on time and don't be late. I appreciated that. Each excursion was wonderful. The daily talks from Gary on what to expect the next day were very helpful. The food was pretty good. Loved breakfast - lunch was only so/so and dinner was sometimes fantastic and sometimes missed the mark. But we weren't there for the food, we were there for the itinerary - which did not disappoint. Each small village after another was unique and wonderful. The bigger cities were also interesting and charming. Loved it - can't wait to go back - I would do the same trip again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
My husband and I love to travel often taking backroads to truly see the countryside. We have been on a half dozen cruises (big ships) and the large crowds and shuffling of people just doesn't appeal to us. A good friend had ... Read More
My husband and I love to travel often taking backroads to truly see the countryside. We have been on a half dozen cruises (big ships) and the large crowds and shuffling of people just doesn't appeal to us. A good friend had suggested a European River Cruise and we had seen some ads for Viking Cruises. Our trip was a spur of the moment decision, literally, and we have no regrets, in fact, we sing the praises of our Viking Grand European Tour. We flew to Miami from St. Croix, and then took advantage of the 2 day pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam. What an incredible City with its marvelous transportation system, open markets and friendly people. We took a trip to Kuekenhof Gardens and I spent hours photographing the colorful tulips. The Hotel Okura was exceptional and the service outstanding. Departure went so smoothly, with our luggage being delivered to our cabin, a warm greeting and introduction by staff of the adventure ahead of us. The ship was well designed with spacious lounges, large dining room and lots of areas where you could find a cozy chair to read and relax. Our standard room was comfortable with ample storage. Even the bathroom had a good sized shower and plenty of hot water. The food service on this ship was outstanding with so many choices and great service. The buffet always had local delicacies and the presentations were photo worthy. The wait staff genuinely wanted to make our trip memorable and went out of their way to take care of us. I was amazed at the number of excursions offered and always, there were free options at each port and all were well worth attending. In fact, the choices were exception and it was hard to choose what to do. The walking tours were my favorite as we got to really see the towns and villages we visited. While on board, there was daily entertainment and lectures and evening gatherings. Our Program/Tour Director, Gary, was fantastic and his sense of humor kept us entertained. He was a great resource and truly contributed to the success of our trip. To me, one of the best parts of the trip, were the many new friends I have added to my life. With the limited number of travelers on the ship, we had the opportunity to meet the majority of people over the course of the tour. After a few days of sharing meals and excursions, we developed a group of friends that enjoyed the same interests. Months after our tour ended, we still stay in touch and one couple plans to come visit us. Just 3 months have passed and we have now signed up for a new cruise....CUBA. This time it will be on an ocean liner but smaller and more intimate. We look forward to another trip with Viking! Kudos to all of the staff and management for making our trip one of a lifetime! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We just completed a Viking River cruise called Tulips and Windmills on the Viking Magni. This will be the last Viking cruise we will take! We have been on two previous Viking and three previous Uniworld river cruises. This is the worst ... Read More
We just completed a Viking River cruise called Tulips and Windmills on the Viking Magni. This will be the last Viking cruise we will take! We have been on two previous Viking and three previous Uniworld river cruises. This is the worst cruise we have ever been on. We had planned to be able to drop off our bags at the boat and be in town to do some sightseeing and we had tickets to the Anne Frank house at 1:30 PM. We arrived at the airport early at 8:00 AM and found the Viking transfer people as expected just outside baggage pick up. However, we and others sat around for an hour waiting for other passengers to arrive. There was more than one bus but we waited and waited and finally got on the bus that took us to the boat arriving around 10:30 AM. We were able to make our prepaid ticketed tour at the Anne Frank House, but had to go there directly, losing any opportunity for our planned sightseeing along the way. Don’t know how they sorted out who they put on which bus, but this day it was not efficient for any of the travelers. Our Room: #323, Veranda A Stateroom, was reasonably well thought out, although the shower is quite small. Our first surprise was that our towels were like sandpaper, and I’m not exaggerating. We complained to the hotel management desk and were told by the clerk, that it’s probably just the water in Amsterdam causing the problem. We then spoke to housekeeping and were told they would try washing our towels separately and adding extra softener to see if it would help. That was marginally successful, but it was not the quality of our previous two Viking boats. Food service. The servers were good and worked very hard. However, the ship was severely understaffed in the dining area. We have never seen so few servers dealing with so many tables. On average, it took over two hours for a meal. Most meals started at seven and a considerable number of passengers were not able to finish the meal before the upstairs entertainment began. On our first evening meal, there was an accident in the kitchen over some pea soup that created an extended delay and obviously no soup for that night. There was a similar kitchen failure later with some equipment. We were also surprised at how small the portions had become compared to our previous trips. Breakfast was bacon, eggs, pastries and made to order omelets. On the breakfast line, the bacon was severely under cooked and was stuck together such that it was almost impossible to separate out one or two pieces. The scrambled eggs were like soup. Complaints got a correction for one day and then returned to the same situation which remained for the rest of the trip. Omelet line was the only safe alternative for warm breakfast. On one night, probably the best food of the whole trip was completely overshadowed by the incompetent way it was set up to be served. It was a free-for-all buffet line starting at the desserts and then going to the carved main dishes. Everyone entered the room as usual and went to their table where wine and drinks were served. On this evening, at about the time everyone was almost seated, the chef announced the buffet was open. It looked like the California Gold Rush. Many folks just gave up and went upstairs. What a disaster! For reasons, completely unprecedented in our experience, the Captain’s farewell dinner was moved up to the second night before disembarking. A glorious meal of surf and turf was on the menu. The steaks were just okay, but the lobsters were grossly unprepared. Most returned them to the kitchen. We found out that the lobsters were not boiled, rather they chose to cook in the oven…. Ugh. The Tours: All the tours were exceptional and the one extra charge tour was outstanding. We loved the included tours. Guides were informative and local. Climbing up in a windmill and walking through the unbelievable gardens of Keukenhof is a sight we will long remember. The extra trip to Market Garden in Arnhem is well worth the additional cost. Unlike our previous 5 riverboat trips, water to take along was only available from our boat a few times. Since we were tied to other boats we nicked a water from them. We were rarely met upon return. No refreshments were offered. Substantial change from our past experiences. Like many other passengers we filled out the comment form required by Viking. Our responses were as per this review. Viking contacted us after returning home. That person had read the review and said she was sorry. She asked if we wanted to talk to customer service. We declined. We were called at a later date, after tweeting our experiences. She had the usual response of let us give you a credit for a future trip. It was not substantial and we declined as we no longer can trust Viking for riverboat cruising. It appears that Torstein Hagan has abandoned customer service on the river to concentrate on his new ocean ships. So, Sad. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Exploring Amsterdam before sailing was an excellent way to deal with jet lag and get in the spirit of being in Europe. As the weather was lovely we spent our time wandering the city, taking a canal tour and visiting Naarden. While our ... Read More
Exploring Amsterdam before sailing was an excellent way to deal with jet lag and get in the spirit of being in Europe. As the weather was lovely we spent our time wandering the city, taking a canal tour and visiting Naarden. While our embarkation location moved to outside the city center, the change was handled smoothly. A city tour was offered but since we'd already explored Amsterdam we decided to get settled on the Magni. Our cabin was cozy but comfortable. We spent little time in it as the common areas where well appointed and we took the opportunity to chat with other guests. The on-board musician and bartenders made the common room a fun place to be, with lectures, cooking and glassblowing demonstrations and game nights rounding out the program. They say an army travels on its stomach and you can say the same about the cruise. Our chef and his staff highlighted the local cuisine daily, and there was numerous options for guests who felt less adventuresome. A leisurely three course meal and open seating gave us the opportunity to meet most of our fellow passengers. There was an included tour at each stop, with optional tours available to satisfy different interests. The included tours were structured so that all fitness levels could participate, and local guides gave a personal flavor to the cities we visited. A favorite was the Chef's Market tour in Vienna. The best part of the cruise was the staff and the level of service they provided. Our cruise took place in the fall, where water levels can throw obstacles to smooth sailing. Despite the river periodically being closed our staff handled everything, from arranging buses to lunch for 200 people in a small German city. They made it interesting and fun, though I expect they were sweating the details it never showed. Their enthusiasm and care made our trip extra special. I was sorry to reach Budapest and the end of our trip. While it was necessary to vacate our cabin early we were welcome to stay on board until the ship was scheduled to leave, making travel arrangements easier to manage. I would definitely go again, and I hope you take the opportunity as well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We liked the Viking approach. Quiet, but not dull, active, but not exhausting. We had also not met anyone who had not enjoyed their experience with Viking. We enjoyed the pace of the activities, the choices, and the guides. The food ... Read More
We liked the Viking approach. Quiet, but not dull, active, but not exhausting. We had also not met anyone who had not enjoyed their experience with Viking. We enjoyed the pace of the activities, the choices, and the guides. The food was wonderful and the portions ample but not overdone. Our room was quite nice and our steward made sure that we were always comfortable. From the moment we got off the plane to the moment we went through security on our return trip we were always in the capable hands of the crew and associates. Visiting a lot of sites could be tiring but the pace was perfect and the choices of excursions and extras was just right! We especially liked the personal and smaller groups that enabled us to really explore and enjoy so many new places. Free time was welcome because of the opportunity to stay on the ship or go for walks in the many towns and cities that we visited. The ships were very often docked in the midst of the lovely towns. Perhaps the most important part of our journey was meeting wonderful people, some of whom will be lifelong friends! We have already booked our next cruise with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Previous to our river cruise, my husband and I were approached by 2 different couples to go on a Viking Cruise. Because I hadn't retired yet we weren't able to go the 2 different times. Since we had never been on any ocean ... Read More
Previous to our river cruise, my husband and I were approached by 2 different couples to go on a Viking Cruise. Because I hadn't retired yet we weren't able to go the 2 different times. Since we had never been on any ocean or river cruise, we didn't know what to expect. The Viking experience set the bar higher for traveling again! Even though we had taken several trips with Trafalgar and one with Globis and thoroughly enjoyed these land trips, we prefer being on the cruise where we didn't have to pack and repack. Plus we were treated like royalty with the extras of the warm wash cloths and canapés when we returned to the ship after an excursion, loved the educational presentations and entertainment of the countries we were traveling to, and eating the ethnic foods of each country. With the 2 different dining rooms,we had so many choices of what kind of meal and food we wanted. We definitely will be doing a Viking Cruise in the future! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We picked this cruise (Amsterdam to Budapest) because we felt we should take a longer cruise if we're going to fly all the way from the West Coast to Europe. It's beautiful ship, the cabin was wonderful (perhaps my favorite of ... Read More
We picked this cruise (Amsterdam to Budapest) because we felt we should take a longer cruise if we're going to fly all the way from the West Coast to Europe. It's beautiful ship, the cabin was wonderful (perhaps my favorite of any cruise we've been on), and the service was outstanding. Our only complaint was the dinner. First, we would prefer an earlier dining time. Beyond that, it sometimes took a long time to get our meal, it's very noisy and we felt the servers were pushing that evening's "special" too hard, almost trying to intimidate us into ordering it (our only service-related complaint). After the first couple of nights, our four traveling companions ended up having dinner in the Aquavit. Our menu selection was more limited, but we found the dinner there to be more relaxing. That said, the food on the ship was generally very good. I wouldn't rule out another Viking cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I just returned from a wonderful cruise aboard the Viking Magni. I couldn't be happier with my decision to cruise with Viking on this ship/itinerary. The ship itself is fairly new (2013) and is well maintained. Since I was traveling ... Read More
I just returned from a wonderful cruise aboard the Viking Magni. I couldn't be happier with my decision to cruise with Viking on this ship/itinerary. The ship itself is fairly new (2013) and is well maintained. Since I was traveling alone I had a cabin on the lower deck of the ship. I thought this might turn into a disappointment, but I was well pleased with the cabin, its location, and the cabin service. For example, mid trip when I opened the closet door the light bulb inside the closet died. I thought about contacting housekeeping, but decided I didn't really need the light. The next time I was in the closet, the bulb had been replaced without me ever mentioning it. My room steward was that thorough the whole trip, every detail seen to. The meals on board were outstanding with only one meal being what I would rate only as average. This was due more to the meat cut than the seasoning. When the waiter noticed I was only picking at it he quickly replaced it with a different selection. All the waiters were very attentive and most of the time would anticipate your needs without your needing to ask (drinks filled, bread replaced, etc.) The included ports and tours were very good. There were only two tour guides I had (each grouping had a different guide) that were only average, but most were very informative and entertaining. All of the optional tours I took were exceptional. However, I enjoyed Rothenburg and Schonbrunn palace the most of the tours I booked. Everyone that went had great things to say about the Salzburg and Numerburg War tours as well, but I personally didn't go on those (but after hearing about them I wish I had). There were several on board entertainments offered. These were all well done. My favorite being a glass blowing demonstration. A couple of other thing of note, Viking and the program director did a wonderful job of keeping everyone informed of everything that was taking place. Any types of issues effecting our travels (traffic jam at the locks for us), we were informed as soon as they knew and we were told if and how this would effect our timetable. We were never left guessing what was going on or why. Also I was amazing at how prompt everything was. If the tour bus was supposed to leave for the ship at a certain time, it did. The buses didn't wait on stragglers. I was told that Viking had someone who stayed behind to deal with the late arrivals, but I was never late so I can't speak from experience on that, I was just pleased that since I showed up on time I wasn't left waiting on the bus due to someone else being late. Overall the whole trip exceeded my expectations. From the time I was met at the airport until I was escorted back to the airport, Viking took care of everything. I couldn't have been happier with my experience with Viking and wouldn't hesitate to book with them again. Note: I was a full fare paying passenger on this cruise. I wrote this review because I wasn't finding many recent reviews about the Viking Magni when I was researching my trip and wanted to help others who were considering this ship/trip. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
The best vacation we ever had. I can not find fault with any part of this great cruise. First, the customer first attitude is instilled top to bottom. The ship was more than perfect. The cabins were so well built , beautiful, functional ... Read More
The best vacation we ever had. I can not find fault with any part of this great cruise. First, the customer first attitude is instilled top to bottom. The ship was more than perfect. The cabins were so well built , beautiful, functional and the Scandinavian design was great. The bath featured a heated floor, ample room, luxury bath products and was kept spotlessly clean by the steward who came at least three times a day, when we were at Breakfast, at lunch and during dinner to turn down the beds. On the first day he noticed I had a CPAP breathing machine. He asked if it should have distilled water. A large two gallon container was in the room when we got back from dinner. The meals were superb, always a regional dish was offered as well as seven or eight entrées. The first course had four choices, a cheese course, desserts and beer and wine were free at meals. The tours were beyond compare, with gentle options for people not very fit. They have thought of everything and from the time you land to the time you board your flight home, they are with you every step. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
this was our second Viking cruise. Wanted a longer trip, since we were going to Europe. All worked perfectly. Ship great. people nice. Weather great. Was surprised by some extras given to us. Well worth the price. Didn't know what to ... Read More
this was our second Viking cruise. Wanted a longer trip, since we were going to Europe. All worked perfectly. Ship great. people nice. Weather great. Was surprised by some extras given to us. Well worth the price. Didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. Ship quite contemporary, with nice touches. Food was gourmet, including breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Had wine every nite. Something I'm not used to. Can get quite spoiled on a trip like this. Met with tours at every stop. Local guides were very knowledgeable and provided us with great insight of all the areas we stopped at. Had lots of free time on tours to explore on our own. Also, enjoyed slowly cruising the rivers, as the host narrated along the way. Saw many castles, vineyards, towns along the way. Made for a very interesting history class. All in all, would highly recommend a Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
This was the Tulips and Windmills Cruise, our second with Viking. Choose this cruise to see Tulips and sites in The Netherlands/Belgium. This is not a cruise with great views from ship. FYI our group of six was 55-65, the younger end of ... Read More
This was the Tulips and Windmills Cruise, our second with Viking. Choose this cruise to see Tulips and sites in The Netherlands/Belgium. This is not a cruise with great views from ship. FYI our group of six was 55-65, the younger end of spectrum for this cruise. Some observations about Viking and this cruise: * As with previous Viking cruise the staff was excellent, from the cruise director to our transportation coordinator from the airport... service top notch. *Did the pre cruise package in Amsterdam, Not pleased with hotel location, i would advise checking where you will be carefully based on what you wish to do in your pre-cruise time. * Ship/ cabin wonderful,very efficient, clean, comfortable. Cabin service perfect! *Entertainment caters to an older client I would like to see entertainment/music from this century, *Food is very good, above average for a cruise. Wait staff Fabulous! *Loved the port choices, some excursions better than others, ranged from A+ to C-. Some guides excellent others need to make their program's shorter/crisper I would take another Viking River Cruise. I recommend them highly for first time travelers to Europe who do not want to deal with the details of airports/trains/transport. Viking operates a wonderful floating hotel, allowing you to see places without moving your stuff!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our first Viking Cruise. We wanted to see the tulips in Holland. We made a good choice. We were very satisfied with the service and staff. Mathias was very good, as were all the guides. The tour guides were wonderful. We were ... Read More
This was our first Viking Cruise. We wanted to see the tulips in Holland. We made a good choice. We were very satisfied with the service and staff. Mathias was very good, as were all the guides. The tour guides were wonderful. We were so happy with this trip we book another one. The cabin was very nice, the ship was awesome and the food was excellent. The service was great and the ports and shore excursions were also excellent. We learned a lot about every where we went. We loved the entertainment. We loved the verity of the acts and people that entertained us. We loved that we could get coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies anytime of day. We also liked the fact that we got water when we left the ship to go on excursions. Overall we had the best time and I highly recommend Viking cruises to my friends. I am really looking forward to our next one in July of 2017. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
We had heard Viking was very good to cruise with. It met and exceeded our expectations. We have cruised on the Princess, Norwegian, an now the Viking, it far exceeded any of the others. The crew when acting as a guide were far superior to ... Read More
We had heard Viking was very good to cruise with. It met and exceeded our expectations. We have cruised on the Princess, Norwegian, an now the Viking, it far exceeded any of the others. The crew when acting as a guide were far superior to any guides we have ever had. The evening talks on what was the next day served as an excellent spring board for the next day activities. The entertainment at night at the local ports was often far superior to what we had seen on large ships. The intimacy of the small tables and excellent cuisine with outstanding service allowed to make multiple friends each new day. Our steward quickly understood our quirks and habits, making our room even more habitual. We never woke once during the night as the ship moved. We have already purchased a second cruise for our 50th in March 2017 to France because of the outstanding Viking service provided, especially the spacious rooms and now look forward to having another delightful week with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
I wanted to see the tulips in bloom on mass.Haven"t been to the Netherlands in many years wanted to see the changes. Was disappointed that we could"t see Ann Frank"s house and museum. The ship was not able to get tickets ... Read More
I wanted to see the tulips in bloom on mass.Haven"t been to the Netherlands in many years wanted to see the changes. Was disappointed that we could"t see Ann Frank"s house and museum. The ship was not able to get tickets . I was slightly annoyed with the answer,we were told not everyone wanted to see that. That is a major attraction for Amsterdam,so many people wanted to see it. It should have been offered as a tour to take. Over all I thought the tour was good,but the sides tours should have more depth to them,not should drive by and say hi. The chef was very accomodating,he cater to all special needs for the food. There was plenty of variety. Each night he made us sorbet of a different flavor as we are lactose intolerant. The cabin kept us nice and warm as Europe was experiencing a terrible cold and rainy spell. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2016
I wanted to experience the tulip fields of Holland. And they were magnificent!!! The tour of the windmills was also a draw. Loved it!! Only wish we had more time in the tulip fields and gardens. The Viking cruise itself was terrific, as ... Read More
I wanted to experience the tulip fields of Holland. And they were magnificent!!! The tour of the windmills was also a draw. Loved it!! Only wish we had more time in the tulip fields and gardens. The Viking cruise itself was terrific, as usual. The attention to detail was amazing. For example, one afternoon when we returned to the ship after a walking tour, we were handed a pure white tulip. I thought the gesture was lovely, but also thought, "What am I going to do with this tulip?" When we got to our rooms, there on the counter was a crystal bud vase! The room cabin, the dining room and the front desk and concierge service were impeccable. The food was just yummy--lots of selections at every meal. Our veranda room had plenty of space. The itinerary was busy, but not too busy. We especially enjoyed visiting with the locals in Hoorn. We got to spend an hour in a home and asked questions about life in Hoorn and were served tea and apple strudel!!! Although we booked on March 1st, for a departure date of March 31st, we were amazed at how smoothly our booking process went. Thank you, Viking, for a trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
Great food. Nice that there was always some standard, right side of the menu items. Nice that there were two options of where to dine. Only bad meal was the celebration night, everybody scrambled for seats and buffet at same time. ... Read More
Great food. Nice that there was always some standard, right side of the menu items. Nice that there were two options of where to dine. Only bad meal was the celebration night, everybody scrambled for seats and buffet at same time. Buffet worked great at breakfast and lunch since is was over an extended time. Service excellent and staff very attentive. Excursions were good mostly, except one private walking tour we took in Amsterdam was much better than the sponsored one. Pickup and transfers flawless. There was a good amount of free time but little what I would call scenic river cruising. A little surprised at age of group. We are in our mid 60's and the vast majority were 70+. Maybe we should have expected this being tulips and windmills. This was a problem on excursions since the slower people set the pace or the groups got widely separated and at times people got lost/left behind. Wheelchairs dont work well on gravel or cobblestone. Would had been disappointed with a veranda or suite since we were sometimes docked sandwiched between other boats, although when docked the last place we wanted to be was in our cabin. TV and wifi didnt work or was spotty, but again we spent very little time in the cabin and tv and computers are not why we took the voyage There was plenty of seating (indoor and outdoor) on top or in the lounge areas. The room was good (french balcony) shower a little tight but fine. Bed was the best ever, I even made an inquiry to find out more info on it (beat our 3k pillow top hands down). Overall was a very relaxing, quiet, and safe time. Still working on losing the pounds I gained even with all the walking. . Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2015
The Viking River Cruise longship from Amsterdam to Budapest doesn't go to Budapest it goes to Nuremberg, then to where you get to pack your bags again then get on a bus for three + hours to Passau where you get another barge. And ... Read More
The Viking River Cruise longship from Amsterdam to Budapest doesn't go to Budapest it goes to Nuremberg, then to where you get to pack your bags again then get on a bus for three + hours to Passau where you get another barge. And unpack your bags. That's right your Viking Longship is a barge. A self powered barge, but a barge just the same. Which is not all bad. Stable and roomy come to mind. All of the crew are great! But the people in charge of running the cruise are not. They lie by omission. Asking about barge changes will get you no where. They haven't run a single barge from Amsterdam to Budapest in over three months and they don't want you to know this. The office did not respond to a single inquiry. Other than a 'don't reply' acknowledgement of email receipt. They ( corporate headquarters) put all the burden on the crew aboard the barge. The barge also SKIPPED THE REGENSBURG STOP! unless you want to take another long bus ride. Then the second barge DOES NOT GO TO BUDAPEST IT GOES TO KORMARON 60 + miles TO BUDAPEST FOR THE FIRST OF THREE BUS TRIPS TO BUDAPEST. Over an hour and 15 minutes each way. To summarize, no single Viking boat is going from Amsterdam to Budapest, and hasn't for three months. Even the second boat goes only to KORMARON. The Viking company ( based in Switzerland) is keeping this really quiet. They sent me an email two days before departure saying this might happen. Never mentioning Kormaron. However most of the passengers onboard were completely shocked at this trip changing news. And I, like many passengers was already in Amsterdam. Making it too late to back out. Total failure for Viking. Also VERY IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE UNDER 65 DON'T TAKE THIS TRIP. All senior citizens are not infirm or stodgy but a sizable fraction are. I am 59 and quite probably the youngest guest. Also many days your boat will be sandwiched between other boats making the additional expense of veranda worthless. Read Less
Viking Magni Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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