Sail Date: December 2018
This experience was our first cruise and it was brilliant for a huge variety of reasons. All staff on board did an excellent job. It goes without saying that the ship was clean and the food on board was the finest I've ever had ... Read More
This experience was our first cruise and it was brilliant for a huge variety of reasons. All staff on board did an excellent job. It goes without saying that the ship was clean and the food on board was the finest I've ever had although for me, it was not the most important aspect of the trip because that's just how I am. To single out anyone would almost seem unfair on everyone else but I was the type of person who really appreciated the dedication that the cruise manager gave, it's like he was available 24/7. (Did he ever have time to sleep?) The fitness guy was fantastic but for all sorts of different reasons. His daily classes and his conversations with me have inspired me to help change my lifestyle and here I am, almost 3 months after the cruise, continuing to live a more healthy life. I have taken time to send this review so that I could find a moment to choose my words carefully and I didn't want to leave anyone out. The guides and entertainment professionals were all great characters and all had their charm and enthusiasm for what they were doing. They all had their own style and managed to convey a love for what they were doing which in turn helped me and my family to love the fun-packed, informative holiday through a number of interesting European places finishing in Amsterdam. Before travelling the overall cost sounded a lot to me. However, when you consider what we did and how there was such attention to detail by the staff, I am sure this represented excellent value for money. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Family recommended the Amawaterways cruise company . We couldn’t of had a better trip. The ship was in excellent condition from brass bell down to the on board bikes to take ashore . We were wowed by the crew especially the cruise ... Read More
Family recommended the Amawaterways cruise company . We couldn’t of had a better trip. The ship was in excellent condition from brass bell down to the on board bikes to take ashore . We were wowed by the crew especially the cruise manager “Marcia”. The food was excellent and suited all types of tastes and appetites along with the abundant poured wines paired with all the meals .(except breakfast Thank God)! We saw lots of other cruise companies as we traveled up the Rhine and our ship always looked the best and had active guests and crews having fun on deck all the time . Others cruise ships seemed to not have the same energy . Our on shore activities were great especially the hired by ama tour guides in each port , turely amazing and so knowledgeable and fun to follow through village listening to all the history and amusing details of our visit . Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
We started getting treated very well from the moment we checked our bags. We didn't have to touch them till we got on the Idi. We were cruising for the first time together and without our children for the first time also. The ship ... Read More
We started getting treated very well from the moment we checked our bags. We didn't have to touch them till we got on the Idi. We were cruising for the first time together and without our children for the first time also. The ship was large but intimate. The ship was clean, quiet, and the trip up the river was very smooth. Our cabin felt huge. and it had a massive bed that was very comfortable. We had the pleasure of having a Veranda suite, right on the river level. It was spectacular. I enjoyed seeing swans and ducks most mornings. Every inch of the Idi was well cared for and that care was reflected in the care that the crew extended to its passengers as well. Our cabin was attended to at least twice a day by our steward Petra. She always had a smile on her face, as did every person we encountered working on the ship. Every meal we ate was a feast of the local cuisine. Dinner was local specialties but breakfast was everything you could think of. Dimitri (our chef) paid very close attention to our food allergies and every meal was vetted to make sure they were safe. Our servers Igor and Bogdan were exceptionally nice. We had a great deal of fun going on the tours during the day and at night the staff including Arturo and Vicki were so entertaining. Vicki detailed all the activities that were to follow in the morning and Arturo made sure everyone got bottles of water and a smile before the tours. The tour buses were so plush and very clean. We got to see castles and the stories that went with them. Windmills and what they did. Shopping and bicycle's, canals and castles, chocolate, interesting street markets. Vicki even helped us rent a car to go see my old unit where I was stationed when I lived there. We hit the markets at every port and loved it. We also had a wonderful time meeting all the different people on the Idi. We were among the younger bunch but everyone was so friendly and kind. I felt like I had a hundred friends who were all enjoying this fantastic voyage with us and it was all the better for it. Our tour guides were a variety of characters. Our favorites were Vicki from the Idi, Vicki with the hat, and the best was Rocko in Cologne. He was so funny and irreverent. A true comedian . The cruise was a relaxed special time to recharge and relax. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. We met people from Korea, Great Britain, Czechoslovakia and so many other places too numerous to recount. We met so many delightful and varied persons it was so sweet. I hope to take another river cruise on the Idi and many other Viking river ships in the future. I miss my friends on the crew and every soul we traveled with. It was awesome!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
I enjoyed this trip very much, the cabinet, the beautiful variety food, the nice service that made us feel at home. we were deeply impressed. we are waiting to plan the 2nd visit. I have just reviewed my diary of "my Viking River ... Read More
I enjoyed this trip very much, the cabinet, the beautiful variety food, the nice service that made us feel at home. we were deeply impressed. we are waiting to plan the 2nd visit. I have just reviewed my diary of "my Viking River Cruise on May 11, 2016 to May 31" it says, "it was the most enjoyable cruise I have ever went in all these 12 years .... " my advice - continue to keep the excellent work! I was impressed. things need to improve - the only thing that needs to improve is the evening entertainment. i think, Viking may add more musical entertainments after dinner time because every night was piano and singing would become kind of boring after few days on the ship. therefore, I would like to suggest the following idea - have a DJ or some one who works on ship to invite customers to stand out to tell jokes, stories of funny experiences, play bingo, play cards, set prize for the winner. a little prize may bring up the atmosphere, may create more fun! I understand today everything costs money, but with our smart brain, I am sure Viking would be glad to try to give customers the most satisfactory cruise every time they cometo visit. All The Best! Jane Chin Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2015
Scenic guests travelling from Britain have a free choice or air travel, or first-class rail. As I had never been through the Channel Tunnel before, or used Eurostar or TGV, I chose the rail option. SCENIC REALLY MUST PROVIDE BETTER ... Read More
Scenic guests travelling from Britain have a free choice or air travel, or first-class rail. As I had never been through the Channel Tunnel before, or used Eurostar or TGV, I chose the rail option. SCENIC REALLY MUST PROVIDE BETTER GUIDANCE TO GETTING ACROSS PARIS! If you've transferred between Paris stations before, you shouldn't have any problems, but if you've not done it before, expect a nightmare! Eurostar terminates at Gare du Nord and TGV leaves from Gare du Lyon. You can either transfer between stations via taxi, or the Paris Metro (=Underground). Signage on Paris Metro and Gare du Lyon is very poor: I tried to get to the right platform on the Metro, but struggled to find the right lift (I had a suitcase) and ended up on the wrong platforms a couple of times. ...On the Underground in London, they don't allow suitcases on escalators and you must use lifts, I assumed Paris was the same, but it appears it wasn't, so I gave up on the lifts and used escalators! ...All this confusion made me miss the 10:15 train to Basel! The woman in the ticket office made me pay full price (189 Euros) for a new ticket on the 12:15 train. Even then, it was difficult to find the platforms (on a higher level than the ticket office) and I only just made the 12:15. Also, rail & Metro staff in Paris are far less helpful than London's rail and tube staff. ...Fortunately I was still well in time for the ship, as it didn't depart Basel until 23:45 and the free taxi transfer arrived promptly. Breakfast was excellent on Scenic Jade, everything you could possibly need: Full English, Continental, fruit, yoghurt, fish, fruit juice, etc.. HOWEVER, dinner was as bad as breakfast was good. I was a solo traveller, this is my first river cruise, but I've done sixteen seacruises. On seacruises single travellers are offered the option of going on a large table with other singles AND everyone has a reserved place at dinner: NOT SO ON SCENIC! ...Sit where you want and if you're single, either eat on your own, get room service, or take the plunge and risk a "They're reserved for our friends" reply, or a "What's he doing here?" look. It would be so much easier if they reserved seats and had a big table option for singles! Early on in the cruise, dinner service was slow and confused, but they seemed to improve on week two. A big drawback with a lot of seacruises is the airconditioning is always on, even when it's only about 12C/54F outside, so everywhere's freezing cold. Not so on Scenic Jade:YOU CAN TURN THE A/C OFF, YESSSS!!! ...I had a Balcony Suite (237, starboard aft). It's not a fully open balcony. It has a large electric sash window on the outside, which has a noisy motor and can be a bit difficult to close: so it's best to leave the balcony window slightly open at night, to avoid disturbing your neighbours, if you get upin the night to photograph or film where you're going through. The balcony has inner doors, so the cabin doesn't get cold, even in Europe in October. Most of the passengers were Australian (I guess about 80%), Canadians made up about 14% and Americans about 5%. I believe I was the only British person. River cruising is a lot more free and easy than sea cruises: you can freely wander on and off ship, without having to constantly show your pass, or yield to bag searches. Also, there are quite a lot of overnight moorings, so you could stay out all night, or visit people in the areas the ship moors in. There was entertainment on Scenic Jade in the evenings, but I didn't go to any, as there's plenty to do anyway: the ship is often moored in the evenings and there are also inclusive off-ship dining experiences in some places the ship moors at. I did go to the crew show, but this was not as good as the general standard on seacruises: most acts were just larking about, with a couple of exceptions. Germany was a real eye-opener, it's always been a place to drive through in the late evening or night, to & from Switzerland or Italy, but the Moselle River is as impressively scenic as much of Switzerland (I know, I've been to CH five times). The Netherlands was very enjoyable too: helped by unbroken sun on the days we were in Veere (a quaint New England-like village), Antwerp (Belgium) and Amsterdam. Read Less

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