7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
After 35 cruises, this was the most disappointing ever, mostly a bus trip and Viking cruises are not cheap! We have been on a Viking Ocean cruise and loved it and decided to give their river cruises a try. Viking emailed us just before ... Read More
After 35 cruises, this was the most disappointing ever, mostly a bus trip and Viking cruises are not cheap! We have been on a Viking Ocean cruise and loved it and decided to give their river cruises a try. Viking emailed us just before the cruise about the Danube river problems and we would now spend the1st night on a boat docked in Budapest, then pack up and take a bus 150 miles, thus losing half of the river cruise. They did offer a discount for the situation, but not for this cruise. We have to book a future cruise to get any compensation. We had a French balcony cabin, floor to ceiling sliding glass, how great that should have been for a view. Only for the first 4 days we did not move and had another Viking boat tied up next to us so we looked right at another ship's cabin. I could open the glass door and touch the other ship's cabin rail.....what a view! Even if the boat did not move we at least should have been able to enjoy looking at the river. Finally one day the boat moved for around 3 hours so we had a day time cruise to enjoy the shoreline. The next few nights we only moved during the pitch black night, no view. So out of our "7 day cruise" we had only 3 hours of day light cruising to see the river. Bummer. Sure not like the TV ads you see. The last few days we were at a dock with a view of the bank, still unable to enjoy a river view from our cabin. The dining was OK, but we expected more. Only a choice of the same 4 entrees that did not change, or 2 entrees of the day. Real hassel was there was not a single table for two in the dining room. Only tables for 6 or 8. Sometime after a busy day you just feel like eating dinner and calling it a day, or maybe you and your wife would like a nice dinner alone. Can't happen here. It is nice to eat with strangers sometimes, but not every meal all week long. An hour plus of chitt chat is hard every meal. The Viking Ocean cruise we took did have tables for 2 in the dining room. The boat it's self was wonderful. Cabin great. Captin on down, all the staff could not have been better. The cruise director, Sonya, was the hardest working person maybe in the world. She had such up in the air matters to deal with on this cruise, (all the buses all the time) but did a wonderful job. The shore tour guides were all very good and interesting. We do plan to take future Viking Ocean cruises, but not Viking River cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Danube Waltz - the cities we were going to with the rich history in each was the leading factor. Seeing the comfort of being on the ship and cruising down the river was total enticing. Unfortunately, we arrived when the river was ... Read More
Danube Waltz - the cities we were going to with the rich history in each was the leading factor. Seeing the comfort of being on the ship and cruising down the river was total enticing. Unfortunately, we arrived when the river was historically low and did not get to spend the afternoon in Budapest. We got a panoramic bus ride then bused all the way to Vienna by passing Bratislava. We were bused back for a panoramic bus ride tour of the city and no free time again. Had to get back on ship. Next day awoke in Krems and had to move with the water going down more. We moved to Melk and were bused back to the Gotweig Abby. Lots of busing for the first 4 days! The Viking staff and program director bent over backwards trying to please everyone. Lesson learned - Viking should cancel when mother nature is in control. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
The cruise exceeded expectations despite the problems associated with the river's low levels. The locations visited and the excursions all were excellent. The guides were knowledgable and usually from the area so included stories ... Read More
The cruise exceeded expectations despite the problems associated with the river's low levels. The locations visited and the excursions all were excellent. The guides were knowledgable and usually from the area so included stories about the location and their life in the villages. The crew and particularly the cruise director worked hard to make this a fantastic trip and succeeded. Their friendly and helpful attitudes made the trip even that more fun. The room was always quickly serviced and the people working in the dining area made each meal an enjoyable experience. One excellent facet of the river cruise was the small number of both crew members and fellow travelers allowed one to get to know everyone more easily. The live music provided was very good and the extra entertainment was excellent. The three young women providing both classical and popular music were particularly enjoyable. Overall, an excellent and memorable experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Wanted to maximize our tour while traveling to Europe. The Grand European made sense. Pre trip two days in Budapest. Enjoyed the extra time exploring both sides of the city. The low water meant bus trip from Budapest to Vienna. This did ... Read More
Wanted to maximize our tour while traveling to Europe. The Grand European made sense. Pre trip two days in Budapest. Enjoyed the extra time exploring both sides of the city. The low water meant bus trip from Budapest to Vienna. This did not go over well. Had to move to a different hotel. Pack the bags extra time. Then 3 hour bus trip before getting on the Viking VE. The crew did everything possible to make us fell welcome. The crew on the VE was exceptional. Then we got under way but 5 days later we had to again be bused because of low water. Change ships was not good. Had to pack all the bags and bus to next ship. Also had to be bused to shore excursions which added a lot of bus time. The new crew did very well but my opinion they did not match the Viking VE crew. Rest of the trip went well. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
River Cruise VS Ocean Cruise, We are home and this adventure has ended but there is one last thing I want to do. Several have asked which we prefer, an Ocean Cruise or a River Cruise so I have decided to do a comparison. First of all ... Read More
River Cruise VS Ocean Cruise, We are home and this adventure has ended but there is one last thing I want to do. Several have asked which we prefer, an Ocean Cruise or a River Cruise so I have decided to do a comparison. First of all I will compare a Viking River cruise with a Princess Ocean cruise since those are the only ones I have ever done. To make certain I am comparing apples with apples I am comparing a Princess cruise in a B Balcony with a Viking veranda cruise. First of all I went on line and got the cost information for a 7 day Princess and an 8 day Viking. Then I divided accordingly and arrived at the per day cost for each. The Viking Cruise would have cost about $769.00 Canadian dollars per day per person and the Princess cruise would have cost about $279.00 Canadian dollars per day per person. These figures are based on 2 people in each cabin with no sales or promotions.. The adventure begins with a wonderful booklet personalized with all of your information. It includes flight plans and booked excursion and everything you need to know about your cruise. It also contained a lovely leather luggage tag which we will use for years to come. That was a very nice extra special touch. One hundred eighty passengers versus three thousand or more means you see a lot more familiar faces each day, The room on Princess is larger as is the balcony. There is a lot more storage space in a Princess cabin and it is laid out much better. Our Viking room had the desk right next to the patio door so the person working at the desk had to get up if the other wanted access to either the balcony or their bed. The Viking ship has much nicer bathrooms. The shower is almost twice as big and the floor is heated which is an amazing feature. The included toiletries on the Viking ship are of higher quality and they continue to provide individual products. Princess has switched to having the pumps on the shower wall which is not as nice by far. The meals on both ships were wonderful but there were more meal selections with Princess. Princess has specialty dining venues and several other areas where you could dine such as a pizza parlour and a hamburger and hot dog eatery and the 24 hour international Café. A fruit bowl is available with Princess and the only thing available in between meals with Viking is cookies. Room service is not available with Viking and there is 24 hour room service with Princess. There is only one seating for meals with Viking where as Princess has 2 seatings which gives guests a better choice of times. Personally I found that 7:15 or 7:00 was too late. I like to have assigned seating. In that way you get to really make new friends. But if your table mates change every day you never get to really know anyone. The couple who travel alone get left out when it comes to deciding where to sit, assigned dining solves that problem. The dress code for Viking was very casual with no formal nights. Whether or not that is a plus or a minus depends on your personal preference. Personally I like to dress up once in a while. Embarkation and disembarkation is much smoother and much faster with Viking. That is to be expected. Getting 180 people on board has to run smoother that getting 3600 people on board. The same is true of getting them off of the ship. I really appreciated the daily news letter supplied by Viking. Princess has nothing like it and I miss knowing what is happening in Canada and the world while I am travelling. Neither line has TV reception or channel choice that is good. The choices are terrible. I enjoy the production show after dinner. Princess does a superb job of providing entertainment on their cruises. Between big shows and comedians and magicians and musicians they really do provide memorable evenings..Viking had the same 2 people every night in the lounge. There were special guests 2 or 3 times and that is all. There are several lounges and bars on the Princess Ships providing lots of music and entertainment well into the evening. The enrichment lectures on sea days are something I look forward to and this is basically lacking with Viking, partly because there are no sea days, just sailing afternoons or evenings.. There is little or no shopping on a Viking Ship where as there are several shops on the Princess ships. That can be a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. They play BINGO on Princess ships and they have casinos on Princess ships . That also can be a plus or a minus depending on the passenger. The same is true of Art Auctions. The art lecture can be very entertaining however. There are no pools or hot tubs or SPAS on the Viking ships and there are always several on Princess ships. Princess gives everyone a lovely recycle bag with their logo. You do not have to tender with Viking, and you do have to tender sometimes with Princess and that is a major MINUS with Ocean cruises. However docking along side of each other and having to pass through other ships to get to shore in no picnic either. Your balcony is useless if you are butted next to another ship. If you are on the side which is next to the other ship you do not have a view of the city you are in. This is a major minus for Viking River cruises. Viking includes an excursion for each port and that is a big plus. Princess does not offer included shore excursions. You must pay extra for such things.+ For these excursions you are provided with what is called a quiet Voice. It is basically private ear phones. You wear it around your neck and install an ear bud. Even if you are several feet from your guide you can here the commentary. I just loved my quiet voice. Viking supplies a bottle of water to each passenger as they leave the ship to go on an excursion. Plus they put fresh bottles of water in your room each evening. On Princess you must pay for your water if you do not want to refill your bottle. This saves on plastic pollution but it was nice to get a new bottle when you headed out for the day. Princess has the Princess Patter and Viking has the Viking Daily. Both provide the information you need for the next day’s activities. The patter is more extensive but they have a lot more to cover. For me the major item was lack of laundry facilities. Viking has none but Princess has a self serve laundry on every deck. Being able to run an iron over something that may have gotten wrinkled in your suitcase is a big PLUS for me. I think the biggest plus was UNLIMITED free internet. Because I blog it is important to do things quickly to save minutes. But with Viking it did not matter if it too 15 minutes to download one picture. When ever we were dock in city centers the uploading was very fast but speed did not matter as much when it is unlimited. I love the chocolates on my pillow at night and Viking does not provide that. Viking really wears their cruise director our where as Princess has a cruise director’s staff. Because there are fewer passengers, one staff member can be worked where as it would just not be viable with 36 hundred guests With Princess a passenger may bring one bottle of wine to drink in their room. Viking allows you to bring any amount of wine to the table at no corkage fee. If you enjoy wine or beer with your meals at no extra cost then Viking wins the prize. These items are included with the cost of a Viking cruise. So in conclusion which one to take depends on a person’s personal preferences. The river cruises cost a great deal more and that would not be good value for us. We are not drinkers and we would never spent hundreds every day on excursions, water and alcohol. We would choose 2&1/2 ocean cruises over 1 river cruise. BUT we are happy to have sailed with Viking, we had a fabulous time!!! A river cruise is something we can take off of our bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My husband always wanted to do a European river cruise... I always thought we couldn't afford it. We received a 2 for 1 offer with free airfare (Danube River) and jumped on it! I can't say enough good things about Viking. The ... Read More
My husband always wanted to do a European river cruise... I always thought we couldn't afford it. We received a 2 for 1 offer with free airfare (Danube River) and jumped on it! I can't say enough good things about Viking. The ship was impeccable, the staff was super friendly and helpful, the excursions were wonderful and the tour guides were top notch! We loved that the ship held a small number of passengers...by the end of our voyage, we had gotten to know several of them. The cabin (veranda stateroom) was plenty big enough and very comfortable (being able to stow your empty suitcases under the bed was a big plus!). The food was good; I especially liked that the portions weren't gigantic (seconds or thirds is always an option). The entertainment was good, although some variety would have been nice. We've already booked our Rhone River cruise for next June! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Fantastic cruise! Everything was perfect, treated like royalty the entire time. Would change nothing, in fact scheduled another Viking River cruise as soon as we return. All Viking hosts were professional and all crew functions exceeded ... Read More
Fantastic cruise! Everything was perfect, treated like royalty the entire time. Would change nothing, in fact scheduled another Viking River cruise as soon as we return. All Viking hosts were professional and all crew functions exceeded expectations throughout the entire cruise. Food choices, presentation and table service were five star in my book. The homemade cookies available throughout the day were great an I got to really looking forward to them. The cabin and cabin service were exceptional and surpassed any previous cruise we had been on or any hotel we had ever stayed. I could not say enough good things about our cabin steward, just exceptional service. The entire ship crew were willing and ready to answer any questions and explain just what they were doing at any time. Shore excursions were well coordinated and all tours guides were extremely knowledgeable. The command staff and activities crew keep us updated at all times. The bottled water and lemon scented moist towels handed out upon return from shore excursions were an excellent touch. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We have done three other river cruises on Vantage Travel and loved them. We would have booked this on Vantage again, but we had an issue with being given the air discount so booked with Viking and actually saved a little money. We had ... Read More
We have done three other river cruises on Vantage Travel and loved them. We would have booked this on Vantage again, but we had an issue with being given the air discount so booked with Viking and actually saved a little money. We had Vantage to compare with and thought Vantage was above the high rating of Viking. Viking did not do the little things that Vantage does. First of all on Vantage you get a 10% discount for paying early, Viking a lowly 3%. We did the extension in Budapest, as we had been there twice before and missed some things to do. Vantage has a welcome dinner and meeting with the travelers and on post extensions does a farewell dinner. Viking did none of this, but had a program manager, but not sure why. We were informed that we were suppose to be on the Gefjon, but due to low water we were shifted to the Ve. Both were the newest ships in their fleet. We went to the ship early on our own and had trouble finding our ship, as there were a number of Viking ships at the dock area. There were no signs or personnel to direct you. The ship was very nice, slightly above Vantage, but thought the rooms were smaller, as they add the veranda in the square footage. Having heated bathroom floors was a nice touch. Dinner at times was good, but other times a disappointment. I perhaps had the worst dinner on this cruise than on any river cruise. The Chef for whatever reason, decided to present Chicken A' La King one night. It was not creamy and still had pieces of the chicken cartilage in the meal. This level of cruising never should have had this occur. The Chef would come up every night to recommend items for dinner. Seem he would have been better served to stay and prepare out meals. They seem to have less dinner selections than did Vantage, breakfast also lacked, no cheese offered at lunch. Dinner salads were always leaf lettuce, which I don't care for. I love soups and a good soup and small salad at lunch serves me fine. Soups were fairly good, but not unique at times. Vantage provides a list of the passengers with home towns and name tags that helps in socializing, Viking did none of this. They also supplied no information about the 60 or so locks we went through. Vantage provided this and a map. You had to buy a map on Viking for 7 Euros. Viking did not reserve seats on the bus for handicap and no chairlift to the top deck as does Vantage. At times you had to walk quite a distance to the coaches, seems they could have had a golf cart in these situations to aid the handicap, as I was. Coaches usually were owned by Viking and very nice. Charged 10% to convert money to Euros and had no US. money on board. Not the case with Vantage. Vantage impressed me by providing Euros to passengers not on tour to buy lunch as lunch was no being served on board, not the case with Viking. Vantage gives you cultural experiences sometimes having lunch in locals homes or with college students. Viking did none of this. The highlight to the cruise was the cruise director. We had many problems and he worked his tail off to correct them and satisfy passengers. Instead of just a piano player in the lounge we had two lounge singers, who we enjoyed. Not much entertainment, but the cruise director did games at night that were fun. We were suppose to change ships halfway through the cruise but did not have to, to every ones pleasure. We saw the Gefjon go by in one of the canals. We paid for many of the excursions, as we had been to most of these ports before. Many of them did not allow you to take pictures, so what is the sense to that? You cannot save your memories. We went to see the Lipizzaner Stallions and could not take any pictures, but was not told this when booking. They were suppose to have a slow group for handicap, but the tour guides seem to take off and never look back or slow down. The ship was a little better than Vantage, but no workout facility as does Vantage. We did not think the staff understood English very well and had a few problems with that. Many on the cruise raved about it and said it was the best cruise they had ever done, but they had nothing to compare it to, as we did. We had to have a luggage out at 4:30 a.m., which we did not know why and was inconvenient. Never had to do this before. We are going on a Viking Ocean Cruise in November and hope we like it. We have done over 25 ocean cruises, so we have much to compare it to. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We wanted to see Central Europe and experience the great cities and countryside along the Danube, Main and Rhine. We were not disappointed. We loved the daily included tours that gave us a wonderful overview of the people and cities. ... Read More
We wanted to see Central Europe and experience the great cities and countryside along the Danube, Main and Rhine. We were not disappointed. We loved the daily included tours that gave us a wonderful overview of the people and cities. Being near the center of the cities when docked also provided an opportunity to explore on foot on our own. My wife was particularly thrilled with the Organ recital in Passau and the Mozart/Schubert concert in Vienna as she is a pianist/organist. Wow!!! The service was great -- and the size of the ship gave the opportunity to really get to know the crew as well. Food and entertainment was super. We started with a pre-trip with Viking in Prague so we got to know about 18 people who went on with us to Budapest, etc. It really enriched the experience and we formed the Praha Group that is still in communication back in the States. My mother's parents both came from the Czech Republic so the pre-trip was especially enriching for me. Read Less
Sail Date: May 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
This cruise introduced us to the history and culture of many European countries and ports of call. We stayed in Prague for 3 days for a pre-excursion trip were so glad we did. It was a wonderful city to visit. All of the shore excursions ... Read More
This cruise introduced us to the history and culture of many European countries and ports of call. We stayed in Prague for 3 days for a pre-excursion trip were so glad we did. It was a wonderful city to visit. All of the shore excursions were excellent and we got to enjoy a wonderful concert in Vienna by the Vienna Resident Orchestra. On other excursions we visited abbeys, castles, cathedrals, historic cities and venues and loved every minute of each excursion. The Viking tour guides were excellent. The Cruise Director, the Hotel Manager and the Captain were always available and extremely knowledgeable. The food on board the ship was outstanding with a wide variety of choices and able to satisfy and pallet. The restaurant service was always exemplary as was the cabin service. The really great think about Viking is that virtually everything is included (except for gratuity) in the cost. My best way to explain how I feel about Viking Cruises is that we plan on another Viking cruise in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We are first time Viking river cruisers and everything about the cruise exceeded our expectations. The smaller size of the river boat gives travelers the opportunity to meet people and make new friends. The included excursions were well ... Read More
We are first time Viking river cruisers and everything about the cruise exceeded our expectations. The smaller size of the river boat gives travelers the opportunity to meet people and make new friends. The included excursions were well organized, informative, and fun. My only complaint was that some ports had little time for shopping. The dining room was nicely decorated and the food was delicious. We had the choice of a full service meal or a smaller venue for a lighter meal. The cabins were on the small side, but very clean and nicely appointed. The room stewards were friendly and eager to make sure all of our needs were met. Our cruise director and his staff were friendly and knowledgable, making sure we knew exactly what to expect at each port and on the ship. I would definitely do another river cruise, but I have my eye on a Viking Ocean Cruise to do next. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
The idea of confort and quality expected. Over all the trip was very good, but we need more time a shore, to visit some locations like salzburg, and Munich. Some of the local guides did have issues with racism which came clearly out ... Read More
The idea of confort and quality expected. Over all the trip was very good, but we need more time a shore, to visit some locations like salzburg, and Munich. Some of the local guides did have issues with racism which came clearly out with me as a hispanic black american in Budapest and some small towns in Germany. A tour guide lady did not to accept me because I was not part of the group and some of the people in the group had to verify to her that I was in the group, that was a little offensive, although I do not have a hyper sensitive behavior about the color of my skin, just because it is not part of mentality to feel like and outsider any where I am. The best experience of the trip was the staff a board the boat, service, food, music and activities in addition to the fact of the size of the group which allowed to a more social interaction with other travelers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
We have cruised the Rhine earlier with Viking and were quite pleased by the tours and also the ability to get on and off the ship without taking forever and being run through security constantly, like the large cruise ships. Pulling into ... Read More
We have cruised the Rhine earlier with Viking and were quite pleased by the tours and also the ability to get on and off the ship without taking forever and being run through security constantly, like the large cruise ships. Pulling into small towns and villages and walking a path to the old section is just our style. Yes, there are some coach tours and they are well worth it. On the Rhine, the tour to Colmar cannot be missed, and is close. On the Danube tour, they changed the coach tour from Salzburg (one of our favorite small cities in Europe) to Chesky Krumlov (which we fell totally in love with). It is a long drive from Linz but a beautiful drive through the countryside, and one of the best days of our Danube tour. Starting in Budapest gave us a chance to explore the city by arriving a few days earlier and enjoying the families and restaurants during the Christmas season. Extending a few days in Prague was the same experience, where you have the time to just stroll and get the real feel of a place. Ending the tour in central Europe gives you a further chance to extend somewhere else as well, for an inexpensive plane ride. For us, it was Rome for another 6 days. The portages on the Danube Cruise, including Budapest, Vienna (climbed St. Stephens tower for the view and to burn off calories), and the incomparable towns of Melk and Durnstein are the true Europe still left. We also loved visiting Bratislava, with very eclectic art and a truly friendly people, and of course Passau was marvelous. Having the chance to climb up to forts and castles as we went, because we didn't need to run or miss the ship, made it all the more wonderful for us. We are active and like to add climbing up church towers or hills for views (or a beer) to our daily activity. My only concern, and I've shared it with Viking, was in Vienna, which of course is a large city. After the daily tour they had the option of a night tour to the Opera House which many people took. The coaches picked them up from the ship which was docked quite a way away from anything else. For the many of us who just wanted to go back to town, check out the Christmas lights at night, hear some Jazz, they had no shuttles. The walk from the ship to the metro was quite long and it was dark and at this time of year, chilly. We had no problems, but for many this made it impossible to leave the ship at all, or an expensive cab ride both ways. Suggest they have optional shuttles to at least take passengers to the metro terminal, quite a ways a way, or better yet at a drop off point near the center. And back. It would make Vienna much more accessible for everyone, and what a fantastic city it is. The Ve is one of the newer Viking ships and we had a French Balcony room which is our favorite. We don't usually book balconies as we don't use them, but the French balcony gives you a wall of views and the ability to open one half of it and enjoy the fresh Danube air (and ice, as was the case in December, but we loved it). The cabins are nicely appointed, the bathrooms quite roomy compared to the older ships, and the crew was marvelous as always. They cleaned the room at least twice a day, I think our cabin steward spent more time in my room then I did, but I missed him when we left. The Oktoberfest themed dinner was one of the best I have ever seen in all my years of cruising, the food amazing and beautifully presented, and a terrific oompah band went table to table. Each evening there was a piano player and a themed game or contest. Best bartenders in the business on these ships, and a very nice liquor selection as well. All in all, this cruise totally outdid itself!! We will be back, and will try a Viking Ocean voyage next. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
Although we had been on many ocean cruise this was our first river cruise. We began our journey with a 3 day pre-cruise visit to Prague before boarding our ship in Budapest. Prague was a beautiful city to visit. Before leaving home we ... Read More
Although we had been on many ocean cruise this was our first river cruise. We began our journey with a 3 day pre-cruise visit to Prague before boarding our ship in Budapest. Prague was a beautiful city to visit. Before leaving home we were a little apprehensive about traveling on a smaller ship but found the intimate environment onboard the Viking ship to be great. We met lots of new friends and had an enjoyable time interacting with them both while dining and out on shore excursions. The included shore excursions for each port provided an incredible history lesson. Tour guides were excelent and in some ports there were options available depending on your particular interests. We did take an optional tours in Vienna for a Mozart concert (highly recommended) and city highlights of Salzburg. The Salzburg tour emphasis was The Sound of Music and while very interesting we felt rushed. Just needed a couple of extra free time hours to explore the city further. The ship's accommodations were great and the crew was terrific! Onboard lectures and entertainment also added value to the experience. Overall the cruise far exceeded our expectations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We are very glad we took a two week cruise to have more time to unwind and relax. Enjoyed meeting the other passengers on board, but it was the staff that made us feel very special which made for a most enjoyable cruise. The chef met with ... Read More
We are very glad we took a two week cruise to have more time to unwind and relax. Enjoyed meeting the other passengers on board, but it was the staff that made us feel very special which made for a most enjoyable cruise. The chef met with me every morning with the day's menus to discuss my dietary issues. He made me feel that it was a privilege for him to be able to cook for me and all the meals were delicious. All of the staff were very courteous and pleasant. The cabin provided plenty of space and amenities - comfortable bed, full length sliding door to view the river bank, plenty of bathroom space and storage space to unpack. The excursions were well planned and the guides most knowledgable and pleasant. My only disappointment was not hearing the Vienna Choir Boys, but our concert in Vienna was great. Our program director was very personable and knowledgeable and brought such energy to our tours. We recommend Viking to anyone thinking about river cruising and The Grand European Tour in particular. Read Less
Sail Date: July 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
Viking Ve Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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