Sail Date: June 2018
We had just spent 2 weeks traveling in Italy and thought this would be a good way to wind down and relax after a hectic travel schedule. We arrived in Basel by train the day before we boarded the Alruna, so we did have a day and a half to ... Read More
We had just spent 2 weeks traveling in Italy and thought this would be a good way to wind down and relax after a hectic travel schedule. We arrived in Basel by train the day before we boarded the Alruna, so we did have a day and a half to explore Basel before we left on the cruise. The cruise was interesting, many lovely people on board, good food. The cabin was large enough with enough amenities. There were however, too few crew members, and they had several roles to fill on the cruise. Several times the "bartenders" didn't know how to make a simple drink, such as a Margarita They admitted they were not really bartenders, but filling in as necessary. Most of the excursions were interesting and well planned. Our problem with a few of them were that the tour guides were moving too quickly for many of the cruisers. They need to understand that most of the tourists on this type of cruise are a little bit older, many with mobility issues, especially on the uneven terrain in castles, cobblestone streets, etc. We asked several times for the guides to slow down but the usual answer was "they were on a schedule". We understand that, but to either leave the tour or lag way behind and hear nothing of the history, or description of what we were seeing was not acceptable. The on board entertainment was very limited, and we should have expected that with a ship of its size. The comradery among the passengers was, to me, the highlight of the trip. We made many new friends that we hope will carry on for years to come. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I chose this cruise when recommended by another family member. Included excursions made it easy to see the highlights of the cities visited. I would have like to see more entertainment available especially at night. It was fitted for a ... Read More
I chose this cruise when recommended by another family member. Included excursions made it easy to see the highlights of the cities visited. I would have like to see more entertainment available especially at night. It was fitted for a more mature crowd. Our group was ages 55-65 but we still like to be active after dinner. No lights on the shuffleboard for nighttime playing was a damper to the fun we were having. The food was good. Many, many choices. Staff were excellent and friendly. We were definitely dotted on! Transportation to and from ports and excursions was top of the class. Post and pre excursions were magnificent! Don't pass those opportunities to spend a few days before and after disembarking as this only added pleasure to our vacations! Airline transportation was very bad (American Airlines)! Delayed departure, food was horrible and as well as the choice of movies. The plane's drop down seat trays we're filthy. On board staff were below standards of friendliness. When flying overseas I prefer to have my own television with choices of movies/music/television shows. The movies were very juvenile which made the flight seem even longer. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
It was every thing we expected and more. The crew was wonderful, the food was wonderful the rhine is spectacular, we are very very satisfied,hoping to do another with viking! The next will be another river cruise and we will add ... Read More
It was every thing we expected and more. The crew was wonderful, the food was wonderful the rhine is spectacular, we are very very satisfied,hoping to do another with viking! The next will be another river cruise and we will add days on either end to expand on the cities we can visit. We met two other couples at dinner the first meal and became good friends and we ate together at every meal for the entire trip. My favorite meal was breakfast. Our waiter was excellent, anticipating our every need. We marveled at the way the locals made use of the land, particularly the vineyards, spectacular. The castle tour was very informative and an architectural marvel as well. Watching the captain negotiate the locks with so little room to spare was very impressive, especially to a retired yacht captain who did a few lock passages in his day but none so spectacular!! The other cruise ships docking alongside and departing into very strong currents was a thrill to watch. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Always wanted to do a European river cruise. The size of the ship, number of passengers, day tours, all were wonderful. Only suggestion might be to offer more German sausages since we were in Germany so much. Also, be careful with any pre ... Read More
Always wanted to do a European river cruise. The size of the ship, number of passengers, day tours, all were wonderful. Only suggestion might be to offer more German sausages since we were in Germany so much. Also, be careful with any pre stay trip, as getting to the boat was quite an adventure. Lock up you transportation before you go. Also, research your pre or post trip amenities. Our agent booked us in a hotel in Zurich that was a 20 franc cab ride each way to downtown, where all the fun stuff to do was. We would definitely recommend a few days in Zurich. A very beautiful town. Great farmers market. Make sure you take all the day tours(mostly walking, some by bus). The cathedrals and castles are definitely a must see. The information given about them is well done and the details in the buildings ( stained glass, cut rock work) and the length of time to build each is amazing as well. You won't be disappointed with anything on this trip. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Since there are plenty of postings already available for this cruise, I am just going to add what I did not find when I was doing research and what I deem worthwhile to also mention. At the time of booking, we took advantage of the ... Read More
Since there are plenty of postings already available for this cruise, I am just going to add what I did not find when I was doing research and what I deem worthwhile to also mention. At the time of booking, we took advantage of the promotional price of $395 per person to have the flight arrangement through Viking. Overall, this promotion did not work out well for us. The schedule we received about three months prior involved three flight segments each way. We ended up having to pay an extra $150 per person in order to have two flight segments each way and to have different dates. Therefore, the airfare deal did not turn out to be as good as advertised. I feel that we were given an undesirable air schedule purposefully. In addition, since we booked through AAA, Viking representatives would only deal with the travel agent from AAA and not directly with me. I am glad we changed the flight schedule as our ship did not depart according to schedule because two passengers who had three flight segments arrived late to Basel. We had gone through that stressful experience once before and wowed not to put ourselves in that situation again. For the schedule of the return flights, we only had a 65-minute connection time. I questioned it but I was told to not worry about it as the gates will be close by. That was not the case. We also had to go through passport control. In the end, we had to dash through the terminal and only made the second segment by 5 minutes. Our luggage did not make it onto the plane though. For this trip, the best we were able to manage was to arrive one day before the cruise. We booked our own hotel a tram stop away from the train station in Basel. Thanks to the Cruise Critic community, I learned about Bus #50 to transport from the airport to the train station. We had our hotel information ready to show the bus driver so that we don’t need to pay for the bus fare. But no one asked for proof. In fact, we were never asked to show the transport pass we received from the hotel on subsequent rides on various trams. After we checked in to our hotel, we went back out looking for dinner near the train station. We ended up eating at the Markthalle. It is essentially a food court. It is less than a 5-minute walk east of the SBB train station. If you ride the number 50 bus from the airport, you will see it on the left just before arriving. Since I did not book the hotel through Viking, I needed to know the port of embarkation. The MyVikingJourney.com site identified three potential ports. While we were waiting to board the plane for our first flight segment, I called the 800 number for Viking. I was informed that the port will be at St. Johanns. After we retrieved our luggage in Basel, we saw Viking representatives who were there to pick up our shipmates. One of those representatives confirmed that the port will be at St. Johanns. We took Tram #11 from the SBB train station to St. Johanns Tor stop the next day. The dock is a short 5-minute walk downhill from the tram stop. However, our ship was not docked there. Fortunately, I had done the research and knew where the other two ports are relative to the St. Johanns port--across the river. I ended up walking along the river to find our ship while my wife stayed with the luggage. Upon getting close enough to see the name of our ship, I deduced that it was docked at Klybeck. We retraced our steps and took Tram #11 back three stops to transfer to Tram #8. The information for the transfer points are displayed on the tram. We got off at Kleinhuningen and dragged our luggage to the dock. Before you become overly concerned, the extra hassle can be avoided by booking everything through Viking because pick-up and drop-off services are part of the package. We elected the alternative because we don’t mind the extra research and pay only a fraction of the price for the add-ons. We had a quick lunch after we checked in so that we can join the first walking tour at 1:30 p.m. There was another tour scheduled for 3:00 p.m. At the conclusion of our tour, we wanted to spend more time in the city. Our options were to either catch the bus back to the ship with the second tour or take Tram #8 back at our desired time. We opted for the latter in order to have time to visit the monument at the meeting point of three countries (Switzerland, France and Germany). We got back to the ship with 30 minutes to spare ahead of the 6 p.m. briefing. We received a letter to make disembarkation arrangement at the front desk. We were informed that our ship is going to dock at a port in an industrial area of Amsterdam. The two options are to take a taxi to the hotel that Viking can help arrange or to take a Viking shuttle to the Centraal Station at 10 a.m. I elected the free shuttle option since I did not know where the dock is going to be but I already knew how to get to the hotel from the train station. While on the shuttle, we learned that the shuttle runs a loop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between the port where we got on and the port by the train station. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
What a beautiful perfect experience...from the flight.to the moment we landed.greater by the lovely “Viking hostess” Luzern was magnificent...hotel Montana..overlooking the Alps and lake luzern...BARBATTI restaurant..the cafes..the ... Read More
What a beautiful perfect experience...from the flight.to the moment we landed.greater by the lovely “Viking hostess” Luzern was magnificent...hotel Montana..overlooking the Alps and lake luzern...BARBATTI restaurant..the cafes..the tours...onward to Cologne Heidleburg..Strasbourg..LOVE THE SMALL TOWNS..FULL OF HISTORY..SOME VERY SAD..with young wonderful welcoming people..Kinderdijk..Amsterdam..the tours were magnificent..THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE brought me to tears ... the canal ride was delightful...Casa David.. the most wonderful little Italian restaurant..went back twice! the museums wew MAGNIFICENT..the education was fantastic..the KEUKENHOF WAS THE GRAND FINALE..awaiting 164 tulip bulbs in the fall! MEMORIES ABOUND..the staff of the ship were amazing..from the moment we got on the ship we felt like family..the cabin was lovely..the director, the service, was beyond reproach..there is a misunderstanding as to nothing to do at night...just enough after a full day to meet perfection..loved the loved the lounge..welcome relaxed atmosphere...the food was delicious and drinks perfection..sitting on the deck where we could watch the countryside was magical..we left a deposit...just need to decide what’s next!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the cities we stopped in were ones I always wanted to visit. The daily excursions were hosted by knowledgeable, friendly guides. The rooms and entire ship were impeccably clean and expertly ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the cities we stopped in were ones I always wanted to visit. The daily excursions were hosted by knowledgeable, friendly guides. The rooms and entire ship were impeccably clean and expertly managed. Dining on board was a treat, every dish we enjoyed was delicious. I can’t compliment the on board staff enough, they allowed everyone to relax and enjoy. The entertainment and activities they provided made the voyage fun and memorable. Their service was superb. We added a post extension, the transfers from ship to hotel to airport were a pleasure. We used local pedicab services in two of the cities we visited, we only had to ask reception to schedule them and they arrived in around ten minutes. I thought, a good economical way to tour the sites, the drivers are locals that know the areas, and return you to the ship. I was with my mother and she could enjoy everything without having to walk too much. The week we went might have been the best weather all year! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
We wanted to cruise on the Rhine. The people were friendly, the crew was excellent and the trip was beautiful! We were lucky with the weather. We went through 11 locks and saw 32 castles. Viking provided super guides— especially for ... Read More
We wanted to cruise on the Rhine. The people were friendly, the crew was excellent and the trip was beautiful! We were lucky with the weather. We went through 11 locks and saw 32 castles. Viking provided super guides— especially for The Taste of Strausburg and the guide at the monastery in Rudesheim. The music on the ship was lovely and the service was good. We especially enjoyed the German night with German food. All of our tours and excursions were very interesting. We found Kinderhook to be extremely amazing.. We enjoyed going into an old windmill there. It was unusual to be on land that was below sea level. Another great excursion was at the monastery. We had a wine tasting and dinner and had a tour of the whole monastery, which was built in 1140. The church is now used for concerts and the acoustics are unbelievable. I definitely would recommend this cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Friends had gone and raved about the total experience. I found a woman friend who would share my first experience with me. The fact that the company covered all the details and the planning was superb was such a delight and so reassuring. ... Read More
Friends had gone and raved about the total experience. I found a woman friend who would share my first experience with me. The fact that the company covered all the details and the planning was superb was such a delight and so reassuring. We had weather that was cool and damp yet not unlike Maine in Spring, so not a bid deal and everyone on board were such good sports. I was disappointeded that museums were closed on one of our days ashore (Monday in Cologne) after being told how great the museums were there, yet seeing storks in their nests in the Orangerie in Strasbourg made up for it big time!! The kitchen isn’t super prepared to deal with vegetarian AND gluten free, so some of my dinner meals were a bit scanty, yet the wine flowing non stop made up for that! Overall, will do it again, no question . Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Have always been interested in taking a river cruise and had a chance to join relatives on this one. The Rhine itinerary is wonderful with each and every stop full of interesting things to see. The ship staff was truly fantastic and were ... Read More
Have always been interested in taking a river cruise and had a chance to join relatives on this one. The Rhine itinerary is wonderful with each and every stop full of interesting things to see. The ship staff was truly fantastic and were attentive to our every need. We have ocean cruised many times and found river cruise staterooms a little small and missed having a chair or something in the room. However we did not spend a lot of time in the room. The view of the river from a French Balcony is wonderful and we really liked being close to the water. I guess our only slight disappointment was in the food. Breakfast was fantastic, lunch was usually great, but dinner was often somewhat of a disappointment. The waiters were incredibly busy and even though they were using electronic devices to take our orders we failed to get items we had ordered like a soup or salad. They were so busy it was hard to get their attention to correct the problem and we certainly didn't go hungry because In fairness when we realized they had skipped the item we didn't mention it to them. For our taste the food was also a little bland. On a positive note if you liked wine with your meal your glass did not stay empty long! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
I have heard from many acquaintances the Rhine cruise is one of the best. This was our first River Cruise and we chose Viking based on our Experience on the Ocean Cruise which was outstanding. We were not disappointed. Getting on board ... Read More
I have heard from many acquaintances the Rhine cruise is one of the best. This was our first River Cruise and we chose Viking based on our Experience on the Ocean Cruise which was outstanding. We were not disappointed. Getting on board and settled in was a snap and meals and drinks were available as soon as we boarded. On the day all the castles were coming in bunches we had a glorious sunny day and the upper deck was full of people lounging and enjoying the weather and the views. The PA system was providing descriptions as we cruised past the multiple castles for several hours. Waiters were bringing hors' d oeuvres refreshments. It was a fantastic day of cruising. We enjoyed the day trips on all the dockings. The evenings were occupied with music and dancing in the lounge and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The piano player bartender and wait staff were very good in the lounge. The debarkation was well coordinated to get us on our way at the completion of the tour. After being on the Ocean cruise we were a bit disappointed in the meals on board as there was less selection and service was not as good, Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
After seeing advertisements for many years, and talking to people who took the tour, It was something we just had to do. The trip was rewarding in that we saw things we had only heard about. The trip was impressive and should not be ... Read More
After seeing advertisements for many years, and talking to people who took the tour, It was something we just had to do. The trip was rewarding in that we saw things we had only heard about. The trip was impressive and should not be missed. Traveling on a river is quite different than sailing in an ocean-going vessel, but it has it's advantages. Baggage handling is very much the same. However, there are no rough seas to be concerned about, and there are frequent port stops featuring diverse local customs and enjoyable diversions. Passengers are given individual attention and relationships are developed with a large portion of the crew. The food is exceptional and the bar is well stocked. It also appears that the cabins are fully and completely cleaned each day. And finally, your fellow passengers are probably the friendliest and most interesting people you could hope to find. They add considerably to the overall enjoyment of the trip. It appears that Viking knows how to do it. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
Have talked about seeing the Christmas Markets thought this cruise would be a great way to see the Christmas Markets. The "party" started before the ship left Basel and never stopped until we left the ship at the end of the ... Read More
Have talked about seeing the Christmas Markets thought this cruise would be a great way to see the Christmas Markets. The "party" started before the ship left Basel and never stopped until we left the ship at the end of the cruise in Amsterdam. The crew was exceptional in every sense. Each crew member was always cheerful and willing to do what ever was necessary to make the trip memorable. The ports and included excursions were outstanding. Every one of the guides on the excursions showed amazing ability to explain what was being seen and why it was important. The mobile transmitters made it so easy to hear and understand the guides without having to be standing as close as possible to the guide. Being able to easily walk from the ship to most of the towns and cities without having to be shuttled was wonderful. Absolutely would do this cruise again, especially the last week before Christmas. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise because of the opportunity to take advantage of our extended time off from work during this time of year. We had never been on any type of cruise and my wife and I have no desire what-so-ever to take an ocean cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the opportunity to take advantage of our extended time off from work during this time of year. We had never been on any type of cruise and my wife and I have no desire what-so-ever to take an ocean cruise where the endless food is the star. This was a great opportunity to visit one of the great wine regions of the world, an item on our bucket list is to hit them all, and then to spend a week in Amsterdam where Christmas was purported to be beautiful. Now to the cruise itself. The staff of the Viking Alruna were fabulous! Everyone on board was so gracious and accommodating because, even though this was one of those trips of a lifetime for us, nobody bothered to tell my wife's immune system and she caught the flu the day before we were scheduled to leave. She spent almost 15 hours a day in bed for virtually the entire trip. We upgraded to a Veranda Stateroom and the extra room and generous bathroom with the heated floors made the trip a little more bearable for her. There were lovely choices for dining for every meal even though we chose to eat alone for many of the early meals in an attempt to not get others sick. We did take several excursions on the trip partially because we had already paid for them, partially to get her some fresh air and allow our wonderful room attendant to completely change out the linens and towels, but mainly because we really wanted to explore France and Germany. I must confess to ditching my lovely wife at night and having too much fun in the lounge after dinner dancing and sing karaoke with many of the other guests. The staff of the Alruna seemed just as festive as the people on the cruise and a good time was had by everyone in the lounge after hours. Our excursions were centered around wine events with two tastings and a dinner at a monastery. The wine tastings were very enjoyable even though we both lean towards red these would be a must for any white wine drinker. The Eberbach monastery itself was very interesting but the meal was only slightly above average and below the quality of food on the Alruna. One of the major reasons we want to return at the same time of year is the Christmas fairs which we didn't get to see enough of (pretty sure my wife could spend 6 hours a day in those). We did not travel with children and really don't think this type of cruise is ideally suited to children which is one reason why we chose this type of cruise rather than a larger boat for our first foray in to cruising. Getting to the boat was very easy and had we been to Amsterdam before I would have arranged for our own transportation leaving the boat as the cab fare was very steep compared to the plentiful inexpensive public transportation in Amsterdam. We were both very much agreed that we would repeat this trip in a heartbeat with only a couple of minor changes. We would start in Amsterdam and end in Basel as we think there would be added romance in spending Christmas in Switzerland. Also, I'm not sure the private veranda was needed in the middle of winter as we spent no time on it at all. My advice is book early, wait for the deal you want (we got a great deal I felt), and above all book with Viking because they were top drawer on every aspect of the trip itself. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
The cruise was great. The food was very good and there was an excellent choice for dining. Small ship with no crowds of people for dining and events. Weather in December was a little cold and wet but the trip was enjoyable anyway. ... Read More
The cruise was great. The food was very good and there was an excellent choice for dining. Small ship with no crowds of people for dining and events. Weather in December was a little cold and wet but the trip was enjoyable anyway. Shore excursions were educational and guides were knowledgeable. From the time we arrived in Basal we were escorted from the airport to the ship. The trip home was the same as we were escorted from the ship to the airport. The trip was very organized. It was great to meet other people from other parts of the world. This was my second Viking cruise and have recommended Viking to friends and family looking to travel. The value of the cruise was very good with everythig being all-inclusive (including air fare). The cabin was a little small but workable. I would defintely select Viking River Cruises for another trip. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I wanted to go on another Christmas cruise and loved the Rhine River stops. The markets were different and I would highly suggest going on both cruises. We started in Basel and choose to stay there for two nights to make sure we had no ... Read More
I wanted to go on another Christmas cruise and loved the Rhine River stops. The markets were different and I would highly suggest going on both cruises. We started in Basel and choose to stay there for two nights to make sure we had no jet lag. Viking offers wonderful excruisions and I didn't want to miss a thing or even be tired. Loved going to Strasberg and having the time to see other things in the city. Had a wonderful lunch at Chez Yvonne, which is located close to the Cathedral and Christmas market. Loved all of the places the ship docked for it made for easy walking into the cities, except for Strasberg, we were transported to a Viking 44 passenger bus. It is cold in December but it was what we expected. Had a chance to see some snow, always a high light. Amsterdam is great and we stayed over two days extra. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Always had been told the Viking River Cruise was great, well, it was! Totally catered to every wish and request. If they didn’t have it, they would find it, make it or substitute something to make us happy. Always on time and almost ... Read More
Always had been told the Viking River Cruise was great, well, it was! Totally catered to every wish and request. If they didn’t have it, they would find it, make it or substitute something to make us happy. Always on time and almost OCD organized. Attention to detail was superior. Food was amazing ....totally lover our waiter, sat in his station every meal. Best cruise I’ve ever been on....if you are 50 plus, you’ll be impressed and delighted.our expectations were high but from the moment we arrived until the moment we disembarked I was very impressed. The small number of passengers on the ship is so much more intimate and personal than a huge cruise line that is mediocre. It was just what we were looking for but more than we expected. I will go on several more river cruises and will try the ocean cruise as well... if it has the Viking name attached, I’m sure it will be GREAT! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
While I did join my cousin and her husband on this cruise, I appreciated the ease with which a truly solo traveler could be accommodated with a number of dining choices on board ship and no worries about finding food in an unknown city. ... Read More
While I did join my cousin and her husband on this cruise, I appreciated the ease with which a truly solo traveler could be accommodated with a number of dining choices on board ship and no worries about finding food in an unknown city. When I came home I booked a Viking ocean cruise traveling truely solo. The included excursions were excellent reflecting a key aspect of the country and with top notch guides. I enjoyed the little surprises Viking included in the trip such as offering refreshment upon returning from a shore excursion. I also appreciated how we were kept informed with daily briefings and a daily newsletter. Having choices at meals made my dietary restrictions easy to accommodate without a fuss and I never felt deprived plus the food was excellent! The booking experience through Viking was a breeze with very helpful travel agents. The whole experience was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Christmas markets in the different European cities. The cruise was peaceful and quiet while traveling during the night time. You couldn't even tell you were moving. The boat was very ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Christmas markets in the different European cities. The cruise was peaceful and quiet while traveling during the night time. You couldn't even tell you were moving. The boat was very quiet which made sleeping easy. The activities and different excursions offered at each port were wonderful. We took advantage of every one that was offered. The transportation to and from the excursions was very well coordinated and the guides seemed very knowledgeable. The personnel on the boat were friendly, kind, and overly helpful. We didn't want for anything while we were on the boat. The crew was at your service every step of the way. They waited on the guests constantly. You didn't have to wait for a thing! The food was exceptional and the dining area was like a fancy restaurant. The seating arrangements were such that you could meet new people every night of the cruise and share your experiences with them. I would recommend a Viking cruise to anyone. I want to take an Viking ocean cruise next. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We have done numerous Viking River Cruises and had never been to the south of France. This was an outstanding river cruise in the middle of the wine region. All the stops along the way were outstanding. Started off at Tarascon, then on ... Read More
We have done numerous Viking River Cruises and had never been to the south of France. This was an outstanding river cruise in the middle of the wine region. All the stops along the way were outstanding. Started off at Tarascon, then on to Arles and the Arenes d'Aries, the Pope's Palace in Avignon. Of course we saw the famous bridge there. Visited and did a wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Did a Steam train ride from Tournon up thru the Douz Valley. Saint Vincent's Cathedral in Viviers. A suspension bridge over the Rhone River by Marc Seguin. Wine tasting in Beaujolais- Villages. The Temple of Augustus and Livia in Vienne. All the city tour guides were the best. They were so knowledgeable. One of the the guides sang to us in the smallest cathedral above Mont Pepit to demonstrate to us the sound quality of the cathedral. Van Gogh had a significant presence along the Rhone River. Viking River Cruises are the best. The staff on board is fantastic. They make you feel like family. When you arrive back at the ship from a city tour, they are there to greet you with some sort of treat, cookie, wine, apertiff, etc. The food on Viking is excellent, but this cruise went far and above their normal quality. We look forward to doing our next Viking River Cruise in the Spring of 2019. We will be travelling from Budapest to Buckarest. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Brenda and I always thought a river cruise would be a pleasant experience .We booked the Rhine River cruise because , even though we thought it pricey, we figured we weren't getting any younger and better to do it now while we could. ... Read More
Brenda and I always thought a river cruise would be a pleasant experience .We booked the Rhine River cruise because , even though we thought it pricey, we figured we weren't getting any younger and better to do it now while we could. So,now I'm writing to tell all readers and prospective cruisers that it was worth every penny. In a word, the cruise was fabulous . We have already booked another one (next time for the Danube) in 2019 because our experience was that good. Viking does a great job so, if you are thinking about a river cruise, stop thinking and just do it. You'l be glad you did. The entire staff of the Viking Aluna worked hard to insure our trip was the best it could be. They succeeded admirably all the way from the captain to the maintenance crew. The entire atmosphere made us feel, not like passengers, but like members of the Viking family. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our first river cruise as well as our first overseas trip. It was so easy to plan and Viking made it even easier by booking our airfare for us. The whole process from booking, to embarking, to making it to the airport to fly ... Read More
This was our first river cruise as well as our first overseas trip. It was so easy to plan and Viking made it even easier by booking our airfare for us. The whole process from booking, to embarking, to making it to the airport to fly home was a breeze! We thoroughly enjoyed the included shore excursions - in fact, we only took a couple of extra ones due to receiving a shipboard credit. The tour guides were AMAZING! We learned so much about each city we visited. The crew on the ship was wonderful and went above and beyond to make our first cruise memorable. I was amazed at how they remembered us and our preferences at lunch and dinner. I enjoyed trying different local wines and dishes at lunch and dinner. My husband even tried dished he normally wouldn't have. We will definitely book with Viking again - in fact, we are looking to take a LONGER cruise with them! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
The best of everything. The ship was the best, the service was great, the country side was wonderful. I can not say enough about the service and the crew being able to speak all the different languages was amazing. The transportation was ... Read More
The best of everything. The ship was the best, the service was great, the country side was wonderful. I can not say enough about the service and the crew being able to speak all the different languages was amazing. The transportation was brand new Setra buses. They were very clean and the drivers were wonderful. The food was excellent. I have never eaten better in my whole life. The other guests were very nice and friendly. I made several friends. I enjoyed the excursions and being able to see all the different places. I think they picked the very best places to go. Everyone was nice and able to speak English. I look forward to going on another cruise. The number of people on the River cruise was perfect. I never felt crowded or rushed. I could keep up with the pace. I should not have waited so long to go on a cruise; it was a dream come true. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Traveled with sister and booking was last minute decision so the only cabin available was owner's suite, Explorer. Thus airport transfer and ship embarkation was private and perfect. Cabin and service were up to expectations. ... Read More
Traveled with sister and booking was last minute decision so the only cabin available was owner's suite, Explorer. Thus airport transfer and ship embarkation was private and perfect. Cabin and service were up to expectations. Weather in November was cold thus didn't enjoy any outdoor dining or balcony cruising. As it being our first river cruise, found both positives and negatives with the style. Evening dinner call was at 6:30 pm after the next day tour review in lounge (not to be missed) which meant 150 + people trying to save seats for each other in main dining room. That was a mess. Did eat dinner at the alternative limited menu restaurant every night. Food was good as with most cruises. Tours are organized and well planned. Do not pre-book and pay for any online optional tours unless you are certain. Ship could not change or refund your money for anything done online. Missed spa and pool services of ocean ships as there is nothing to do on the river boat. It is truly a destination oriented, floating hotel style of traveling. Read Less
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