Sail Date: November 2017
We had day tripped the Rhine near Rudesheim in the Summer., wanted to see old Europe along the Rhine, Main, Danube, Chritmas Markets.It was enchanting! Saw the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, walked the Riverfront sights in Cologne, Had ... Read More
We had day tripped the Rhine near Rudesheim in the Summer., wanted to see old Europe along the Rhine, Main, Danube, Chritmas Markets.It was enchanting! Saw the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, walked the Riverfront sights in Cologne, Had Coffee and Sacher Torte in the heart of Vienna, saw Rudesheim, the Loreli, Christmas Market setting up in Neuremberg, two separate Chrismas Markets in BudaPest. We added a day in Amsterdam, 2 days in Budapest. (Use the hop-on-hop off canal ride in Amsterdam, the Hon-H- off bus in BudaPest. The Embla veranda staterooms are great, and we had 24/7 coffee and tea with am rolls and pm cookies near the library. The lounge/dining room was a central meeting point, with a pianist/ singer, and excellent lectures each day about what was next to tour or spot from the ship.The meals were good, with a chance to try local dishes in each area. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
It was an amazing trip. The service was impeccable, with all the staff being friendly and helpful, basically perfect. Our room was much better then anticipated. While very small the design was such that we were able to use it like a much ... Read More
It was an amazing trip. The service was impeccable, with all the staff being friendly and helpful, basically perfect. Our room was much better then anticipated. While very small the design was such that we were able to use it like a much bigger room. The French Balcony was ideal, with the bed only a few feet from it (enough to slide between it and the bed) and I felt like a balcony would have been underutilized and a hinderance to the view from the bed. I spent most river cruising time on the sun deck so I could get the 360 view I would not have seen by sitting on a balcony. The front of the boat is great, so when it was cold I could sit behind a wind screen and have an unobstructed forward view. I noticed most boats had the front terrace behind an anchor. It did get a bit cold and windy after Regensburg so I was happy to have that. While no one else spent as much time on deck as I did, people would come forward to take pictures as we got to locks or other sites and being right on the front made for a great picture. We also go lucky in that the router for the wifi must have been near our room because we could get on line (very slow internet) while others had to go to the lounge. Room 226. The bathroom was also tiny but well designed so we could wash and dry our cloths each night. The included tours were also very good though in Bucharest and Budapest we got stuck in traffic on the bus. We always had at least an hour of free time and often more, which I initially thought was short but it turns out to be about right, there is no way we were going to see everything so we just had to accept that. Viking had two issues while we were on board. One was a bridge that was going to be repaired and they had to close the river for five days. We needed to get past that bridge by Monday. Because of that we had to sail all night through one of the most scenic parts of the Romanian Danube - the Iron Gate. The reception desk offered to wake anyone up who wanted to go on deck to see it at night and they flashed flood lights on the cliffs as we weaved up a narrow gorge. The other was two generators blew in Budapest so we could not sail full speed. The only effect this had on us is that we went through the Wachau Valley slower. The docking sites were pretty good, in most cases where we could not dock in town it was because the river does not run by the old part of town. We were right in town in Vukovar, Nova Sad (just past the closing bridge and instead of Belgrade - where we would have been in town), Budapest, Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Wertheim, Koblenz and Cologne, not in Nuremberg, Bamberg or Wurzburg (I guess I should not complain :-) ). In Vienna it was a 1/2 mile walk back to the boat. In Vidin and Russe we took an hour bus ride through Bulgarian countryside to the sites we visited. The food was good, and sometimes really good. We ate on board every meal except two lunches. The portions were perfect and the wine never ending during lunch and dinner. Breakfast had lots of options for custom omelets, Eggs Benedict, French Toast and pancakes, to bagels and cream cheese and lox, yogurt and lots of pastries and fruit. The soups at lunch and dinner were always a treat, and the two theme nights, Balkan and German were a great sample of the regional foods. Otherwise there was usually a fish, meat or chicken and vegetarian dishes as well as a always available prime rib that was pretty good and a chicken dish I did not try. The other guests tended to be 70 or older but there was one family group including 30 year olds on the first leg of the trip and a few young people like us, in their early 60s. Everyone was considerate and timely, the Program Director was on top of us all and herded us to buses as needed and popped up in the middle of cities whenever we seemed confused. We did not go to most of the evening entertainment but local artists came on board at least 5 times and music and other games were organized a few nights. A lot of people spent a lot of time in the lounge, and while we did not bond with a group of guests, it was pretty clear others did and socialized, played cards and hung out in the lounge. Everyone we spoke with on board loved the trip. 47 of us did all 23 days. Many guests were repeat customers, some multiple times on the river and ocean cruises and they all only had great things to say about Viking. We too had a great time but at least for the foreseeable future we will not do another river cruise. It was just as we expected a sampling a of a lot of places, but only a sampling and we often felt we did not get to explore the ins and outs of the towns we visited. However, one goal was to find places we would want to return to and we totally succeeded in that. The Wachau Valley was amazing and a crew member told us that Linz, where we did not stop, is his favorite city. We could see returning there to bike, hike and visit other close by sites we missed on the boat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Overall trip was great. The arrival was handled with such ease and made it the start of a great trip. Ship was very well appointed and crew and staff did a great job of welcoming and very nicely setting boundary's. Ports of call ... Read More
Overall trip was great. The arrival was handled with such ease and made it the start of a great trip. Ship was very well appointed and crew and staff did a great job of welcoming and very nicely setting boundary's. Ports of call were very interesting someday's we wished we had more free time in cities, but we have made a list and are looking at how we can go on our own make this work. Service on board was beyond anything we had expected. Staff and crew were always neat, clean, friendly, and always willing to help. Who ever handles this for your company is outstanding. Dining was a fun time we like most settled in with "table mates" which almost included the wait staff.Food was very good the only thing I would have changed was when we went into Germany the wine was changed to a very sweet Riesling. Wish we had had choice. My wife and I are talking about other Viking trips we can take, Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because we were able to see so many beautiful cities and travel down three rivers in a relatively short amount of time. Additionally, most excursions were included--which is not the case on most cruises, and the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were able to see so many beautiful cities and travel down three rivers in a relatively short amount of time. Additionally, most excursions were included--which is not the case on most cruises, and the excursions were wonderful! Since the ship was small, in most cases we were within walking distance between our ship and our destinations, which made it easy to go back and forth between the port and our ship. Buses and shuttles were also included, so we didn't have to worry about getting lost or left behind. Since the ship was designed for only 190 passengers and 50 crew members, we got to know most of our fellow passengers and crew very easily. Having less passengers also meant that we never had to stand in line for meals or wait for seating. The crew was outstanding...catering to all of our needs. We ate gourmet meals with most drinks included. Our cruise director was outstanding--presenting informative programs, demonstrations, and small scale entertainment, which made the whole experience more personal and enjoyable. Finally, we felt very safe and secure traveling on a river cruise, where we could see the shoreline! Our captain and the riverboat crew were excellent navigators. The cruise was wonderful! Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Coming from Hawaii I wanted to see as much of Europe as I could and I like the idea of unpacking one time. The smoothness of the river journey made the trip even more enjoyable. When we on board we didn't even know we were moving. ... Read More
Coming from Hawaii I wanted to see as much of Europe as I could and I like the idea of unpacking one time. The smoothness of the river journey made the trip even more enjoyable. When we on board we didn't even know we were moving. Except for the stunning scenery passing by. Visiting the towns, castles and countryside were exhilarating. The meals on the boat were exceptional. It made coming home and having to cook painful. LOL We were very impressed with the crew. Working with the public is not easy, but the Viking crew was delightful. They were always so friendly, helpful and personable. We stayed on the second level and since we were not in our cabin that often it served its purpose. Mainly sleeping. I was totally amazed at the cleanliness of the boat at all times. We really had to schedule time for the various activities on board. Like the glass blowing demonstration. All the activities on board were well Every time we reached a new port we were amazed at how easy the disembarkation and embarkation went. Even when we had to pass over another ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
RIver Cruising is a totally diff experience. We would not do it again. Nice to see so many spots but outside of a few ports if you are a traveler and have seen a lot of Europe there is nothing new here. Boats lack amenities such a space, ... Read More
RIver Cruising is a totally diff experience. We would not do it again. Nice to see so many spots but outside of a few ports if you are a traveler and have seen a lot of Europe there is nothing new here. Boats lack amenities such a space, gym, spa, dining choices. Our suite was nice however. We were thankful to have the balcony and Living room as the top deck was closed for the last 4 days of the trip. Food ok, breakast was the best part. VERY loud dining room. Budapest, Cologne Highlights, go to the TOP of Cologne Cathedral its breathtaking. If you want privacy stay in your room. Unless you get to dinner early there is a good chance you will be sitting with whomever. We enjoyed meeting people, but there were times when we wanted to eat along, and thats not possible. Suites include laundry service and drinks which is fabulous. Also saved on Businessclass airfare through Viking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Worst cruise we have ever been on. Food was bland. Had beef tenderloin one night..couldn't cut it..too tough. Food was so unappetizing that we ate as many meals off the boat as we could. Miserly entertainment on board. Cocky wait ... Read More
Worst cruise we have ever been on. Food was bland. Had beef tenderloin one night..couldn't cut it..too tough. Food was so unappetizing that we ate as many meals off the boat as we could. Miserly entertainment on board. Cocky wait staff in bar. Viking used to dock close to downtown spots so you could walk around. This trip, most dockings were in commercial shipping warehouse areas. Room was so small, I had to crawl across bed to get in and out of it. Wine selection at dinner was an insult, a cheap red and cheaper white. Both were undrinkable. Several staff members seemed to be on their first cruise...inexperienced. Shore excursions were rushed, couldn't really delve into the locations. We didn't take any extra-cost excursions this time as they were terribly overpriced. I could go on, but why bother. We will never go on Viking again. They used to be a lot better. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We had wanted to take a river cruise for a long time. After talking with friends about their experience on Viking, we decided to take one. We were not disappointed. From the meeting at the airport by Viking staff to the trip to the airport ... Read More
We had wanted to take a river cruise for a long time. After talking with friends about their experience on Viking, we decided to take one. We were not disappointed. From the meeting at the airport by Viking staff to the trip to the airport after our extended stay in Amsterdam, we were wonderfully taken care of by Viking staff. We really enjoyed the personal contact with the guides. Our on board cruise director was great. She was very informative in her knowledge of the places we went. She was very personable and knew who you were. In fact, all the staff knew the quests by name. The waiters new our choice of drinks with meals and brought them to us without even asking.The food was delicious with local dishes representing the places we visited. A representative of the cruise line was sailing on our cruise. He was very personable and had some meals with us. We also liked the pace of the cruise. Some of the shore landings were in the afternoon. That gave us time to sleep in and relax in the morning and enjoy the view of the countryside. The only two things we were a little disappointed about were (1) the brochure literature led us to believe we would be docked right in the heart of each city/town. We were not at some destinations and had to take motorcoaches in. (2) We had a veranda. At some docking, we were stacked side by side with another Viking ship obscuring our view (unless we liked looking at the side of another river boat). However, this did not preclude us from enjoying the cruise. In fact, we have booked another Viking cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Our journey via BA to Bucharest was uneventful. We stayed at the Athenee Palace which was OK. My wife did order Ravioli in Robertos restaurant there but was cold both times and she refused any more food then. The Danube is a rather ... Read More
Our journey via BA to Bucharest was uneventful. We stayed at the Athenee Palace which was OK. My wife did order Ravioli in Robertos restaurant there but was cold both times and she refused any more food then. The Danube is a rather pleasant way to travel through these parts. Viking Embla basically a smooth passage with only 2 locks, one at night. Entertainment on board limited . Excellent keyboard player Honario . Some added itinerant musicians arrived en route and were good. Cabins small but acceptable. Restaurants, 2, were generally good but occasionally we had things go wrong. One of our friends waited 10 mins for a beer. We had Chicken a la King which was cold and we sent it back. My wife had cold grilled Salmon, sent it back and it returned warm but atop original cold veg. We waited at breakfast 10 mins for French toast which duly arrived cold, sat in pass we suspect. Excursion to Parliament building in Bucharest brilliant. Best afternoon was with family in Croatia where we had a Q & A session with the local family. Best cooking demo was when we witnessed cooking Homemade Banitsa dish from a Bulgarian family in their home. Trips included visiting churches. Far too much detail and really impossible to remember or take in. One church , the Holy Cross church in Osijek, we had a keyboard vocalist called Martina who was absolutely brilliant. In Budapest we visited the Church atop Buda which was excellent if a little boring in detail. Next day we visited the Synagogue on our own saveing 100 euros by walking there. We also visited St Stephen's basilica . A remarkable building completed in 1905. Very interesting and well worth the visit. We also visited the house of Horrors in Budapest relating to the occupation by German and Russian forces. Descriptive and depressing. Our Hotel in Budapest was the Hilton, West End. A soulless unloved hotel. TV in our room froze. Bathroom door was impossible to close. Journey home by BA was good and Viking staff looked after us well at the airport. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
We had heard that Viking had wonderful river cruises, so decided to see for ourselves and were pleasantly rewarded. If it weren't for the interminable international travel aboard airlines, we'd do it again soon! Enjoyed all the ... Read More
We had heard that Viking had wonderful river cruises, so decided to see for ourselves and were pleasantly rewarded. If it weren't for the interminable international travel aboard airlines, we'd do it again soon! Enjoyed all the cities we'd heard and read so much about, with extra activities to make it even more exciting. Thank you, Viking, for an exceptional experience aboard a beautiful longboat. Food at every meal was delicious, as was the service. Our stateroom was big enough and laid out in a very efficient manner, lots of drawers and shelves with room under the bed for empty luggage. It was always cleaned promptly at convenient parts of the day when we were otherwise occupied. We were glad to have the 24-hour beverage service at our disposal with tasty choices of snacks as well. Shore activities were interesting and informational, with the opportunity for even more should we have chosen them. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I chose this cruise for the 2 for 1 sale, and it was supposed to go from Bucharest to Amsterdam. The first news we were given was that we would be changing boats in Budapest. Not ideal, but manageable. The good. The Cruise ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the 2 for 1 sale, and it was supposed to go from Bucharest to Amsterdam. The first news we were given was that we would be changing boats in Budapest. Not ideal, but manageable. The good. The Cruise director was amazing. His nightly port talks were not only informative but full of comedic content. He could easily make a good living as a night club comedian. The house keeping staff was great. Their attention to personal detail was very polished. The restaurant staff was very personable and their attention was top notch. The bad. The food was just okay. I equate it to the food in a restaurant of a three star hotel. It was good, but not nearly what I expected. The chef told me that he had to prepare the menus dictated by the corporate office. We were in a French Balcony stateroom on deck two. It was really small to say the least. The bathroom was nice, but also really small, one person at a time, and barely enough floor space for both feet. The bed was large and reasonably comfortable. The air conditioning worked well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Did Amsterdam to Budapest in 2016 and wanted to continue down the Danube to Bucharest. Viking gives wonderful views along the river and always has interesting excursions available. On board entertainment is excellent and special guests ... Read More
Did Amsterdam to Budapest in 2016 and wanted to continue down the Danube to Bucharest. Viking gives wonderful views along the river and always has interesting excursions available. On board entertainment is excellent and special guests almost nightly. Since we spent so little time in our cabin on our last trip, we settled for the the lower deck. As it turns out, these rooms are a little larger than the French Balcony rooms with additional space for storage in the window ledge. Everything you need is there. Service was the usual Viking standard of excellence. No problem they couldn't handle, not that we had any. Food was delicious and plentiful and the flexible dining meant we could meet new people or dine with recent friends. Ports of call on this trip had fewer amenities than our previous trip but it is Eastern Europe. Short bus trips took us to amazing sites and we gained insight into local history both ancient and recent. Well worth the trip. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Viking was our go-to river cruise company because of it's heavy advertizing. We had checked out most of the major river cruise lines prior to booking and found Viking to be in the upper middle, pricewise. We did like the ads we saw. ... Read More
Viking was our go-to river cruise company because of it's heavy advertizing. We had checked out most of the major river cruise lines prior to booking and found Viking to be in the upper middle, pricewise. We did like the ads we saw. Viking really knows how to take care of their guests! When we arrived In Amsterdam, there were two Viking representatives to meet incoming flights. As soon as all new arrivals were present, we proceeded to our bus for the ride to our hotel. Except to unpack, we never had to think about our luggage. We chose to arrive two days early so that we could poke around Amsterdam. The hotel we stayed in was probably a 4 star. Quite nice. Viking had representatives at the hotel who could answer all of our questions, tell us where to go and eat. And may I say, EVERY Viking employee was attentive. Even if they were doing something, they would stop, look you in the eyes, smile and ask how they could be of assistance. That is not common in this day and age. Of course, Viking included one free tour at each stop, which was every day. In the large cities it would be a bus tour. In the smaller villages, it was a walking one. Prior to leaving for daily tour, Viking had free water available for us to take. If it was supposed to rain, Viking had huge Viking umbrellas available for us to use. When we arrived back at the ship after a tour, staff had a treat awaiting us. It could be a canape, a cookie, fruit juice cocktail or something similar. On particularly hot days, the staff was waiting with lemon scented hand towels for us to freshen ourselves. These were the little touches that made our Viking river cruise simply the best. We expected to have clean rooms, great food and service. Viking handled that end with style. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
I wanted to go with my friend. i always wanted to tour these countries but a bus tour, checking into a new hotel every night and checking out next morning did not appeal to me. Also all that sitting on a bus would have been painful. ... Read More
I wanted to go with my friend. i always wanted to tour these countries but a bus tour, checking into a new hotel every night and checking out next morning did not appeal to me. Also all that sitting on a bus would have been painful. The disappointing things were: no wifi for first several days until router replaced, only day in Vienna was a Sunday and all stores were closed. Because of water in part of the Danube was too shallow, we were bused to many towns so many hours on a bus. None of the ships could sail between Passau and Nuremburg, so we were bused about 3 1/2 hours from Embla to Nuremburg to be transferred to Aegir for the balance of the cruise to Amsterdam. Embla crew was excellent, especially Stephan, the tour director and thankfully he came with us on the Aegir. Although I am not completely handicapped, many other passengers were and like myself could not participate in the many difficult shore excursions on cobblestone streets and many hours of walking. The shore excursions are geared to younger people with no physical difficulties. I will be very selective as to who I would recommend this trip to even though I loved seeing the places I did get to see. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
I chose this cruise because of my physical limitations. I could walk the easy tours but stay on the ship if I needed to. It was very easy to board and disembark. We loved Budapest, but did not like Amsterdam. We enjoyed the rest of ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of my physical limitations. I could walk the easy tours but stay on the ship if I needed to. It was very easy to board and disembark. We loved Budapest, but did not like Amsterdam. We enjoyed the rest of the tours. The passengers all became ill with a chest cold which we acquired our last 4 days on the trip. Must remember to bring along cold medication next trip. The crew and dining service was excellent. The ship was limited due to a bad engine and forward progress was limited. The crew did a good job of adjusting. It was quieter in the aft cabin with only one engine. We switched ships at the low water point and that went smoothly. We liked the Embla crew better but they all did very well. We are looking to do other Viking cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose the Passage to Eastern Europe because it included cities we had never visited before. This was our first river cruise but definitely will not be the last cruise with Viking. The staff was exceptional, hospitable, and very ... Read More
We chose the Passage to Eastern Europe because it included cities we had never visited before. This was our first river cruise but definitely will not be the last cruise with Viking. The staff was exceptional, hospitable, and very knowledgeable about the areas we visited. The cabin was fine, but very compact! Room for only 1 chair so 1 of us always had to sit on the bed. Fortunately we had a veranda so we could sit outside to read or relax during the day. The dining experience was very good and the wait staff was efficient, attentive and friendly. We did not expect the type of entertainment available on a large ocean liner but what was offered was entertaining and utilized several local folk groups. The local guest speakers were so informative and willing to answer many questions. Our shore excursions were all very good except for the city tour in Bucharest. Guide did not compare very favorably with all of the others we had. She was not very knowledgeable about the city or much of its history, nor was there much of a city to see. Would not recommend the city tour. The tours had some very long bus rides! The guide in Budapest was outstanding thus enhancing a great tour. The Prague extension was certainly a bonus to the trip. Having traveled extensively in Europe, we are searching now for a Viking river cruise that does not repeat places we have already seen. Viking is a winner in our book. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise because it covered countries that we had not visited yet. Hungary and Croatia were the highlights of the cruise. Romania and Bulgaria were disappointing and we could have skipped them. Some tours were very good and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it covered countries that we had not visited yet. Hungary and Croatia were the highlights of the cruise. Romania and Bulgaria were disappointing and we could have skipped them. Some tours were very good and interesting but others were a waste of time. Service aboard the Embla was good as expected since we had already cruised aboard the ship Odin and consider it the best choice. They seemed to have difficulty with fish dishes as they were not good. The time for the evening meal was a bit late for us seniors and they often competed with other activities in the lounge. On the day that we were to board there was great confusion and guests were required to sit in the lounge area for at least two hours before the cabins were ready for occupancy. I would have to think hard about taking another Viking river cruise since our six ocean cruises were definitely more enjoyable. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
It covered areas that we had not visited before or had not been exposed to that culture. We had sailed on the Oden previously from Paris to Prague and enjoyed that cruise even though there were snags in the itinerary. We would never ... Read More
It covered areas that we had not visited before or had not been exposed to that culture. We had sailed on the Oden previously from Paris to Prague and enjoyed that cruise even though there were snags in the itinerary. We would never have taken the cruise on the Embla if our experiences on the Oden had been the same. The first part of the cruise was in Budapest and enjoyable. Croatia was the only part worth going ashore for. The visit to a citizen home was a joy. Bulgaria and Bucharest were the worst of all tours. Food was just okay most of the time and the day of boarding the vessel was very disorganized and we had to find a place to sit in the dining are to await the preparation of our rooms. There were a few snacks but generally we waited without food or service. Considering the cost of Viking River Cruises, I think that I will stick to ocean cruises. Maybe try a Viking ocean cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We heard from many folks that the Viking cruises were outstanding and highly recommended. Having a stop every day with included tours as well as optional tours made it an experience to remember. Everyone on board was marvelous. Very ... Read More
We heard from many folks that the Viking cruises were outstanding and highly recommended. Having a stop every day with included tours as well as optional tours made it an experience to remember. Everyone on board was marvelous. Very courteous and helpful. The tour guides were all the best. Very friendly and lots of good information. Meals were very well done with the open seating. One improvement would have been more local influenced meal options. All in all a trip of a lifetime. Everything was coordinated from meeting us at the airport to leaving the boat in Budapest. It was great having the upper deck to enjoy the sailing. Even the 100+ locks were a fun experience. Probably the only "fly in the ointment{" was the glass blowing demonstration. They offered to engrave and ship items to us if we ordered instead of taking the items with us. Unfortunately, despite multiple attempts to contact them, we were unable to get a response or the glassware and had to dispute the credit card charges. This certainly wasn't Vikings fault. They made an effort to have the vendor contact us with no success. Overall, an amazing adventure that my wife and I will always remember. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
The itinerary brought me into the heart of Europe. Each day of our 15 were full of fun adventures. The activity level was perfect. The staff all over the ship was very professional and made sure that my vacation was enjoyable everyday. ... Read More
The itinerary brought me into the heart of Europe. Each day of our 15 were full of fun adventures. The activity level was perfect. The staff all over the ship was very professional and made sure that my vacation was enjoyable everyday. We have never been on a river cruise before this adventure. We were very pleasantly surprised that there was no feeling of the ship moving. Sea sickness was never an issue. The excursion into Salzburg was the highlight of our European vacation. The bus dropped us off in the center of the city and the guided made sure we understood exactly what place and time we needed to meet the group. We enjoyed the Sound of Music tour very much. As a part of our tour they had several actors sing many of our favorites from the play. The food was very nice as was the atmosphere. As we left Salzburg we even saw snow on the Alps. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
The representative met us at the airport and took us to the ship. They were very courteous and gave us a mini tour on our way. Once on board we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff. Our cabin was very clean and easy to ... Read More
The representative met us at the airport and took us to the ship. They were very courteous and gave us a mini tour on our way. Once on board we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff. Our cabin was very clean and easy to maneuver. Plenty of storage and nice bathroom. Our shore excursions were very good guided tours with plenty of free time to shop,relax and sightsee further. The dining is top of the line with a very good selection of meals. The staff makes you feel right at home. I took a personal liking to many of them. The lounge and the restaurant have floor to ceiling Windows so as you cruise along the river you always have a wonderful view. I really enjoyed the upper deck very much. I probably spent more time up there so I had the ability to soak up the beautiful scenery along the way. Since there are only 190 passengers you soon make new friends. I could go on and on but I think you get my point. Will be booking another one for 2019. A trip so worth the money. No regrets except it ended.. I think I will be doing the 23 day cruise next. Although that one goes to many of the cities I already visited I don't mind because I could catch things I missed the last time. Viking is top notch. I think if you went on one of their cruises you would agree. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
Overall everything was better than I expected, the crew were super friendly and always making sure that you were having a good time. Facilities great. I will travel again with Vikings. Good size cabin for a cruise, we plan in expending ... Read More
Overall everything was better than I expected, the crew were super friendly and always making sure that you were having a good time. Facilities great. I will travel again with Vikings. Good size cabin for a cruise, we plan in expending time on the deck rather than the room. Food choices were great, excellent breakfast choices. Included excursions where great the guides were very energetic and kept you interested and attention, no to long no to short enough to get an idea of the town and get history, enough time to expend on your own. Service was excellent room was clean and organized all the time. Our Event organizer had everything under control. Getting to the ports, transportation and coming back to the ship was a very easy to go and comeback to the Ship. I have travel a lot all over the world, but was a great experience. Planning already in another River Cruise with Vikings of curse. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first river cruise after 36 ocean cruises its was for a 50th wedding anniversary, we fly Business class with Viking air and booked a Veranda suite so about 25k cost, the suite has a sitting room and separate bedroom separated ... Read More
This was our first river cruise after 36 ocean cruises its was for a 50th wedding anniversary, we fly Business class with Viking air and booked a Veranda suite so about 25k cost, the suite has a sitting room and separate bedroom separated by a pocket door which was opaque so the light was not eliminated from the bedroom when shut a big mistake, we had two TV’s but when I would go in the sitting room to watch late at night the remote would turn both sets on waking my wife, it took them six days to get that fixed room was 275 Sq ft. but hardly any storage at all beds were very narrow and easy to fall out of. Bathroom also had opaque glass should be blackout the food on the boat was truly poor quality and badly prepared, the free wine at lunch and dinner was almost always the same one lunch the had fish and chips the chips were fine but the fish was so strong could not eat it most of the fish was very strong or way overcooked, most of the soups were watery and very salty, I could not find any clam in the clam chowder. Shrimp cocktails were never available as appetizers nor was escargot ever served one night for the farewell dinner for those getting of after two weeks we were supposed to have lobster, scallops and filet we were served a small filet no lobster no scallops just two quarter size shrimp other examples baby back ribs turned out to be short ribs they pre cooked the burgers so they were like hockey pucks and the buns were left out so the were stale one night they had spaghetti with meat sauce with cauliflower in it! The waiters and staff tried very hard to please but they had nothing to work with! I CANT REMEMBER A CRUSI WHEN WE HAD WORSE FOOD!!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our fourth Viking cruise. We decided to take the Grand European Tour as a means of gaining broader knowledge of Europe. Everything about the cruise was great! The site tours were informative and there was sufficient ... Read More
This was our fourth Viking cruise. We decided to take the Grand European Tour as a means of gaining broader knowledge of Europe. Everything about the cruise was great! The site tours were informative and there was sufficient "alone" time for private exploring. We met some great people on board and ended up dining repeatedly with them. By the way, meals are always excellent. The on-board lectures and cultural events were great fun. We definitely will do a fifth Viking cruise! Spend a bit more money and get a suite. We have had a suite on the Portugal trip and it was spacious and more relaxing than a simply room - though the interior design of the staterooms is really beautiful. In fact, the whole ship's interior design is exceptionally elegant. We bought the alcohol package and I was able to try more than a dozen brands of scotch whiskey not to mention several vodkas. The free wine and beer at lunch and dinner is a pleasant benefit of Viking. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2016
Having cruised on the high seas 15 times, I finally convinced my sister to splurge on a Viking River Cruise. We selected a unique itinerary, Passage to Eastern Europe, figuring it highly unlikely that we visit many of these countries on ... Read More
Having cruised on the high seas 15 times, I finally convinced my sister to splurge on a Viking River Cruise. We selected a unique itinerary, Passage to Eastern Europe, figuring it highly unlikely that we visit many of these countries on our own. The itinerary did not disappoint. It was not a trip filled with breathtaking scenery (although there were beautiful stretches along the Danube, particularly on the day cruising the Iron Gate), magnificent castles or world-class museums, but it offered a glimpse at the lives of people who live in former Iron Curtain countries, now a full generation removed from the end of the Communist period. The shore excursions and cultural shows (mostly singing and dancing) on-board while in port were the highlights of the trip. The Viking staff have logistics down to a science, from the airport transfers and hotel staff, to the ship's program director. All of the excursions were well executed, on-time and had excellent local guides who spoke very good English. A visit with a local Croatian family was fascinating as we sat in her dining room and enjoyed homemade strudel, coffee, tea and home-made fruit brandy while asking about her life during the communist times, during the war with Serbia in the 1990's and in the more recent past. Another highlight was a discussion with 2 Bulgarian teenagers about life in their little-discussed country. This discussion and other interactions with the younger generation offered me some hope for the future success of the region. As to the onboard experience, I must admit that my sister and I were somewhat disappointed. Perhaps we had different expectations, but we thought Viking would offer a higher-end cruise than we experienced. Some specifics: -The balcony stateroom was smaller than we expected. While the shower was ample for a cruise ship, the rest of the room seemed cramped and the single bed was very narrow. Unfortunately, the weather was largely too cool to make much use of the verandah. -There were few public areas where one could go to have some peace & quiet, play cards or a board game or just read quietly, beyond the large lounge. This might have been better had the weather permitted more use of the Sun Deck. There is no gym and only a small walking track on the Sun Deck. I understand many prefer the intimate size of a Viking long ship, but I prefer a bit more varied and larger public spaces that a larger cruise ship offers. -The cuisine was disappointing overall and had a relative lack of variety and ethnic diversity. While generally tasty, this was not a gourmet experience in the least, and no better than what we have experienced on Princess and Holland America. The free wines included at lunch and dinner were fine, and we did enjoy the included soft drinks at meals and no limit to or corkage fee for wine brought onboard. Breakfast was essentially identical each day, including the exact same 3 flaky pastries offered (no danish, no nut roll, no pain au chocolat, etc), the same pork sausages and American "streaky" bacon, etc each day. Lunch was fine with a combination of a buffet with a pasta and salad bar (with excellent tomatoes and cucumbers-why can't we find tasty tomatoes in the US other than in summer?), along with a few items you could order off the menu. Dinner had 3 main course offerings that were relatively routine with some real hits and misses (stringy beef, fishy-tasting fish). On several occasions, the bread appeared to be leftover from previous meals (including cut up hamburger buns and rock-hard bagels). Maybe this was a function of this being the final cruise of the season, but I've never experienced this on another cruise. -Dining service was inconsistent, ranging from rather cool and aloof to wonderful. We did find an excellent waiter, Vladimir, and rushed each evening to sit at one of his many tables (no reservations are possible, as open seating is available at every meal). On the special Balkan Evening theme meal, the overall experience was marred by a chaotic and not very well explained combination of a buffet and tasting plates ordered from the waiter both offering the exact same items. We suggested to the maitre d' that they call groups of table to the small buffet line (like at a wedding) to bring more order to the otherwise delicious and interesting food that evening. -The bar staff twice did not know that they offered a champagne (Drappier) by the glass (as it was not listed on the printed bar menu, but I had seen the bottle being stocked the first day and had seen it on another Viking ship's wine list online prior to the cruise). You would think that by the final cruise they would have been aware of this offering and that it would have been on the printed menus. -We had hoped for more organized activities after dinner beyond dancing to the tunes of the ship's musician. There was only one fun musical trivia/dance event on one of the last days of the cruise. We did suggest to the program director that additional activities like this should be offered on other days. Perhaps the lack of a larger cruise staff precludes such things. But we truly missed something to do after dinner besides dancing or drinking in the lounge or retreating to our rooms to read or watch one of 6 available TV stations. Couldn't additional cultural enrichment activities be offered, a crew talent show (as I've heard other Viking ships do) be performed, a trivia quiz or two (perhaps related to the region we were sailing in) be held or even a decent movie be shown? I don't wish to give the impression that we did not enjoy the cruise-we did immensely, but we had hoped for a better overall onboard experience, especially for the amount of money spent (double what we would typically pay on a Princess cruise, for example). There seemed to be some disappointment from other passengers who have done previous Viking river cruises. Based on our experience, I'm not sure I would do another Viking river cruise, unless it was to another unique or hard to get to region, but I might try one of their new ocean-going ships, mainly for the shore excursion and cultural experience they offer. Read Less
Viking Embla Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 1.0 2.8
Family 1.0 2.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.7

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