1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We had been thinking about a river cruise for some time. We travel a good deal but have been tiring of the pack/unpack routine between destinations and were looking for a trip where we could relax and let others make the plans. We could ... Read More
We had been thinking about a river cruise for some time. We travel a good deal but have been tiring of the pack/unpack routine between destinations and were looking for a trip where we could relax and let others make the plans. We could not have been more pleased! From the beginning of the trip until the end we felt pampered. Our flight over to Amsterdam was uneventful and had no trouble meeting our Viking representatives at the airport. With just the two of us, we were a little apprehensive about making friends but that immediately disappeared as we gathered as a group to head to the ship. By the end of our cruise I don't believe that there was anyone on board (staff included) that we had not met. And now, we have a new group of lifelong friends. Our cabin was ready when we arrived so we immediately settled in. Our expectations for the ship, cabin and community spaces were already set high but, upon arrival, they exceeded our expectations. The food quality, quantity and presentations were over the top. Unfortunately so much so that we both gained weight! One of the things we enjoy is interacting with the staff and we learned so much about their different cultures which added to our overall experience. We were always greeted with a smile...not to mention our Cruise Director who was exceptionally prepared, always seemed to be in form from the time we awoke until retiring, and made every effort to insure a grand experience. Being two of the younger guests we were a little apprehensive about the excursions and activities. Once again we were pleasantly surprised to find that there were a variety of tours and activities geared to different fitness levels, so we selected activities that met our own. Each port was well selected with plenty to see, and our tour guides helped to fill in the blanks. We hope that this is the first of many future Viking river cruises! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
After over 30 'ocean' cruises we were excited to experience our first river cruise. We chose Viking based partly upon their itinerary and partly upon their 'dominance' in the river cruise market. As I sit here after ... Read More
After over 30 'ocean' cruises we were excited to experience our first river cruise. We chose Viking based partly upon their itinerary and partly upon their 'dominance' in the river cruise market. As I sit here after over two weeks aboard, I am sad to report that though there were good times, accentuated by many very devoted crew members, the 'Viking experience' left me sadly disappointed. This disappointment is primarily due to Viking's dominance in the river cruise market (lots of riverboats) and their policy of 'rafting up' while at port to save on docking fees. Let me explain... Viking has over 60 riverboats cruising the rivers of the world primarily in the European market. At any one port you can expect 3 or more Viking riverboats to be docked on any given day. To save on docking fees Viking 'rafts up' (ties their boats side to side) up to three vessels deep. This results in about one foot of space between balconies, thus NO view and NO privacy for 50% or 100% (if you are the middle of three boats) of the cabins. If you are in port for a couple of days this can be very unpleasant. Utilization of the balcony and the view you paid a premium for are gone. This Viking 'experience' isn't much mentioned in the brochure or the photos of the lovely European cities (which you cannot see from your blocked cabin). The resulting 'Viking experience' is more like paying a premium for the lowest price inside cabin. Lights on 24/7 to see or just move about in your cabin. While rafting is not unique to Viking, due to the number of Viking vessels on the rivers and canals of the world (68 and growing, as I understand), you are way more liable to wind up in this unpleasant scenario with them than any other riverboat cruise line. It is for this reason that I would recommend that before booking your next riverboat cruise you should seriously consider any other cruise line than Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
It really was the best trip we ever had. Accommodations, service, activities / tours and food were way above our expectations. Our pre and post cruise extensions in Prague and Amsterdam were great as well. Cabin was always clean ... Read More
It really was the best trip we ever had. Accommodations, service, activities / tours and food were way above our expectations. Our pre and post cruise extensions in Prague and Amsterdam were great as well. Cabin was always clean Restaurant was great, food selection and service were outstanding Ship is kept in great condition at all times All our questions and concerns were addressed in the timely manner All the stops were interesting and exciting, the tour guides were great We are definitely coming back for another Viking cruise. We would like to thank everyone at Viking for making our vacation an unforgettable travel adventure! Our total trip was 20 days with extensions and it flew by very fast (I am so glad that we took a lot of pictures). We have created a lot of unforgettable memories and we are looking forward to many more cruises with Viking Lines in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Vacationing on a river cruise is somewhat like an ocean cruise, but in some ways very different. Viking cruise is top notch. Very refined, luxurious experience. The Danube has so much history and activities to offer! Extra stay in ... Read More
Vacationing on a river cruise is somewhat like an ocean cruise, but in some ways very different. Viking cruise is top notch. Very refined, luxurious experience. The Danube has so much history and activities to offer! Extra stay in Budapest was amazing - the prettiest city I’ve seen at night (and that includes NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, Seattle, among others)The included excursions were great, and the extra excursions available were very well done also. Our cruise director (Wes) was fantastic and did a great job of advising us on things to do. He wasn’t afraid to tell us the excursions or things to do that he didn’t like as much, and made the entire experience so much fun. Food was incredible, with a wide selection of American and local foods. Staff onboard was exceptional. Awesome people we met on the cruise, and since there were less than 200 passengers, we got to know them better - and still in touch with several of them! It is a bit pricey, but well worth the investment for a vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
I selected this cruise because all the ports were places I had never visited before. I was AMAZED at how smoothly everything ran. Form the moment we arrived at the boat it was like being greeted by family. They were ready for us, no long ... Read More
I selected this cruise because all the ports were places I had never visited before. I was AMAZED at how smoothly everything ran. Form the moment we arrived at the boat it was like being greeted by family. They were ready for us, no long lines to check in. Our concierge learned our names and greeted us by name daily. Every tour guide was exceptional! They were knowledgeable, funny, as well as courteous and considerate. And the staff on the ship - well I really can't say enough about how wonderful they were! The meals were so delicious and I really appreciated the self-serve coffee/tea/water station with snacks. Loved that we could choose between fresh fruit or homemade cookies! I also appreciated that the food changed and offered regional selections as we traveled across countries. Viking thought of everything and I felt so cared for! I loved it so much I already booked another Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We had heard nothing but positive reports from friends who have traveled with Viking and since it was my husbands first cruise ever, thought what Viking offered would be an ideal starter for him. It more than met our expectations from the ... Read More
We had heard nothing but positive reports from friends who have traveled with Viking and since it was my husbands first cruise ever, thought what Viking offered would be an ideal starter for him. It more than met our expectations from the moment we entered the ship. The attention to details from taking our luggage to our cabin, the dinning experience even offer us a lunch since we embarked a bit earlier than 3 p.m. Never felt "rushed" and yet everything was very prompt. The entire crew, was respectful, helpful, conversational but not intrusive. We enjoyed every shore excursion and those too were well planned with excellent guides. One could fill up their day as much as desired or utilize the included excursions and then have time to explore on ones own or just enjoy some relaxing time on deck. Even when we were cruising down the river during daylight hours, the Cruise Director provided information about what we were seeing and the history involved. The whole trip was very educational and for two history lovers we, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. As a matter of fact, enjoyed it so much we've booked another cruise for this Fall. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We had never gone to this part of Europe and we love sailing with Viking. Everything about the whole trip was fantastic, We got upgraded to a suite which was a very nice surprise. Everyone on the cruise was in the same mindset,,,out to ... Read More
We had never gone to this part of Europe and we love sailing with Viking. Everything about the whole trip was fantastic, We got upgraded to a suite which was a very nice surprise. Everyone on the cruise was in the same mindset,,,out to have a wonderful time. The food was fantastic and the service was beyond compare. I have some health issues and did not feel like going to dinner a couple of times. When our waiter found out he insisted on bringing me a tray so I would not go hungry. The excursions are always top notch but sometimes a bit much for someone with disabilities. The entertainment was especially nice on this cruise, a duo that was very talented. If you have never cruised with Viking this is a trip you should take. It is not for children or people that need casinos, bright lights and lots of shipboard activity. If yo want to enjoy the scenery at a slower pace and learn something about what you are seeing in luxury, this is the line for you. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Before I go any further, you must keep in mind that I am a smalltown senior citizen from New York state in the USA. This old gal had never been on a weeklong trip that required a passport. However, the beauty of my local surroundings and ... Read More
Before I go any further, you must keep in mind that I am a smalltown senior citizen from New York state in the USA. This old gal had never been on a weeklong trip that required a passport. However, the beauty of my local surroundings and the Fingerlakes region of New York state places the bar pretty high. That being said and all things considered, this boat cruise vacation was a WOW. Embark in Budapest, Hungary; What a way to start my vacation. Immaculate accomodations, cozy cabin, and gracious crew members to make all guests welcome. We started right off with a delicious dinner shared with other vacationers. Everyone was friendly and seemed quite happy. Our first night cruise was spectacular. Everyone went to the upper deck to take photos of the magnificently lit historic buildings, bridges, and statues. The daily (optional) tours kept us as busy as we wanted. We skipped one tour because relaxing on board sounded good. Recharged by afternoon, we decided to tour the locale by bus and on foot. You guessed it, more photos. One of the extra tours we chose was a special Mozart Concert in Vienna. Thank you Viking Cruises for this special event. Another item I must share is regarding the Viking Magni staff. Everyone, and I mean every one of the staff members who we had occasion to meet was kind, good humored, respectful, and helpful in every way. I was delighted with the beautifully appointed restaurant and dining rooms. Nicely set table service, well groomed wait staff wearing perfect uniforms, with personalities and social skills that brought a smile to my face every day. Oh, let us not forget the Chefs. There was a bountiful supply of great food prepared just the way you want it (cooked and served with a smile). We loved the on shore excursions/tours. Words really cannot do them justice. The churches were breathtaking, the shops were quaint and very appealing, the countryside vast and beautiful. All were a must see. I really want to do it again (and again). Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Although we have taken many cruises, this was our first river cruise and our first Viking cruise. We were very impressed. It was so nice being on a smaller boat with just a few hundred people. We felt like we got acquainted with most of ... Read More
Although we have taken many cruises, this was our first river cruise and our first Viking cruise. We were very impressed. It was so nice being on a smaller boat with just a few hundred people. We felt like we got acquainted with most of them. The service was outstanding! Everyone on board was delightful with deal with- any question was answered with a smile. I especially like the excursions. Each day we had an overview of the city and most days had a chance to explore on our own. An added bonus was the excursion to Cresky Krumlov. It was very interesting. My two favorite events were the night cruise in Budapest and the afternoon cruise down the river. The lights on all the buildings and bridges were magical. The afternoon cruise was relaxing and entertaining. For such a small ship, the entertainment was fantastic. Every night there was something fun happening in the main lounge. The last night on board was our 45th wedding anniversary and the staff did not disappoint. We arranged to have dinner at Manfredi's on the Aquavit Terrace and everything was perfect - the setting, the food and the service. It was a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Excellent ship, itinerary, service and overall the very best vacation we have taken in over 40 years. This is absolutely the way to go to relax, enjoy new countries, experience new countries and cultures, enjoy excellent food and service ... Read More
Excellent ship, itinerary, service and overall the very best vacation we have taken in over 40 years. This is absolutely the way to go to relax, enjoy new countries, experience new countries and cultures, enjoy excellent food and service while cruising down the historic Danube. Nothing gets better than a Viking River Cruise! If you have never taken a cruise, this is the one you should take. The big ships are really nice, but the service, personal attention, guest relations and overall atmosphere of the River Cruise is terrific. We have already scheduled our next cruise for next year on the Viking Sigrum. The cost of this cruise is very reasonable and the air fare from Texas was ok. Not much you can do about the high cost of flying but the trip on the Viking Magna was well worth the price and travel requirements. Great Job Viking, see you again in April 2019! Read Less
Viking Magni Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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