Sail Date: December 2013
Since this year was fraught with lock strikes, high water and the possibility of bad weather we were a little skeptical that this cruise would go without a problem. Also, the airfare was very reasonable through Viking and we were a little ... Read More
Since this year was fraught with lock strikes, high water and the possibility of bad weather we were a little skeptical that this cruise would go without a problem. Also, the airfare was very reasonable through Viking and we were a little skeptical about our flights. Well, there was absolutely no problem at all. The flights were direct from Dallas to London then to Munich and back to London from Budapest. Timing between flights was excellent, gave us enough time to navigate Heathrow. The Magni was beautiful. We had the Explorer Suite and it was such a luxury for us. More room than we really needed as we were not in our cabin much. The 110 outlets were a plus, very easy to plug in Ipad, Iphones. The safe was large and held the ipads, etc. Heated floors in the bathroom were great, even though we did not have any ice or snow on the trip. The food was good. Enjoyed the lobster and the filet with foie gras. A couple of the nights the pork dishes were good, but not great, however my husband had the steak most nights (optional) and it was good and cooked to his tastes. The wait staff from Pam who poured the drinks and wine to Karyzma who waited on us was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. They went out of there way to learn our names and what we liked. My husband had his coke light even before sitting down. Made us want to eat in the dining room and at Karyzma's tables only. Friends traveling with us wanted to go to the Opera in Budapest (we had already gotten our tickets on line) and utilized the Concierege. That was done without a worry and they had great seats. Marek, the Cruise Director was fantastic. His Mozart show is not to be missed. The information he gives is correct and done in a manner anyone can enjoy and learn. I would love to see his Dracula show sometime, I can only wonder. Tibor was our cabin steward and worked hard and had taken care of our needs. All the staff was great and personable. Kyle did a great Tina Turner impersonation. The ports were the usual. But in Vienna they had a by subway walking tour of Vienna, which we took (we had been to Vienna several times, but not on the subway). We now feel comfortable on the subway there and got to see the Schmetterling Haus (butterfly house) and the Royal Treasury at the Hofburg. The hotel, Le Meridien in Budapest was beautiful and perfectly located for our Opera excursion. It was a short walk to the Opera, and the Christmas Market around the hotel was still open till Jan. 1. In short, this trip was perfect from start to finish. Weather was good, river levels good, no lock strikes and the ship functioned well. This is our fourth Viking trip and most of them had a small glitch or two due to weather or water levels, but we enjoyed those trips too. Thank you Viking and the staff of the Magni for a great Christmas to New Years cruise that we won't forget for a long time. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Sailed on Viking Magni Christmas 2013 with another couple. Only glitch was airline 'lost' luggage for 1 of the 4 I was traveling with (no fault of Viking). Luggage lost was delivered to our stateroom next day (thank you Viking ... Read More
Sailed on Viking Magni Christmas 2013 with another couple. Only glitch was airline 'lost' luggage for 1 of the 4 I was traveling with (no fault of Viking). Luggage lost was delivered to our stateroom next day (thank you Viking staff for calls made). 1. Stateroom was clean, well kept 3 times daily (stow your luggage under the bed folks) & spacious. 2. Meals were served 3 times daily with ample hours to figure out when we wanted to eat on board. Selections were great: Breakfast included eggs, fruit, omelets, juices, coffee / American and European favorites. Lunch was the same (included special orders from the menu) and Dinner was always the best ever ... adult beverages, fine steak, salmon, salads, appetizers, deserts. Service was a '10'. 3. Tours included were easy to figure out (not only were they written out in the package we received when embarking; the evening before we got to the next port ... cruise director would remind all of us when to hook up with the bus, the walking tour, etc). 4. Entertainment ... fun!! If we stayed on board (trying to get over a cold we caught before boarding) we had access to the on board library, the Wi-Fi access on 2 deck levels, the sun deck on top side, the video in our stateroom showing the camera of which lock we were going through and we had the on board staff repeatedly asking if we needed anything (dang, the staff was amazing!!!). 5. Close quarters - Yes, it was fun to get to know the other 180 +/- fellow guests. Some were nice, some were not. All were a lot of fun to meet. I (personally) love traveling like this!!! I swapped emails with a bunch of the nice ones and waved good bye to others (no email offered). Can't believe how nice this trip was!!! All transfers, cabs, tours, meals, towels, smiles included - I was able to do my own thing when I wanted to AND had all details set up by Viking for 90% of everything else. I will be traveling with Viking again. Loved it!!   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
We just returned home from our most excellent river cruise. There is something to be said about a new ship - Magni being only in service for 3 month was beautiful, clean and decorated for the Holidays. We found the staff to be absolutely ... Read More
We just returned home from our most excellent river cruise. There is something to be said about a new ship - Magni being only in service for 3 month was beautiful, clean and decorated for the Holidays. We found the staff to be absolutely wonderful. Everyone on the ship made us feel welcome. This was to be our Thanksgiving Cruise, however as it turned out it was also a Christmas Market Cruise - all the Christmas Markets were open or just opening... We were very lucky as far as the weather goes - it was cold but sunny most of the trip - not a drop of rain was to be seen the entire time - we heard that the people on the previous cruise were not so lucky, as it rained every day. The trip started out with a greeting from the staff and a glass of champagne and the news that we had been upgraded to the 3rd deck, can you say room with a Balcony? Amazing - the room was small but beautifully laid out. We had sufficient storage for all our clothes and the suitcases fit under the bed. Bathroom was tiny but big enough for our use. No clingy shower curtains here, but a glass door separating the toilet from the shower. Food on the ship was also amazing. Breakfast was a buffet (or you could order), Lunch was also a buffet served both in the dining room and in the Sun Room. Beer and wine was served for Lunch and Dinner. I am not a beer drinker but had several glasses at lunch time and it was excellent, in my opinion. Dinner consisted of three courses - the main course always included a vegetarian meal (which was great for me). Wine was flowing freely..... Tours consisted mainly of bus and walking tours, and almost each tour included a Christmas Market with the wonderful smells of Christmas filling the air and the hot wine (gluewein) calling my name. Tours were well organized and attended well. Each evening we had a meeting to go over the next days events and some talk or entertainment from the different countries we visited. A shout out to our wonderful and amazing Cruise Director who went above and beyond organizing everything. The passengers on this cruise were a delightful, well traveled group and we enjoyed meeting and dinning with many of them. We got lucky at the Captains Farewell dinner and were invited to dine with the Captain and the Hotel Director. It goes without saying that the behavior of the staff reflects on how the Captain and Hotel Director treat them and this was one very happy group of employees. Places we visited: Passau - a very cute town that was still recovering from high flood waters Salzburg - a wonderful city with lots of history and the ride to the city which took about 1 1/2 hours was beautiful. Landscape covered in snow covered mountains. would not have missed this for the world. Melk - amazing tour through Melk Abby and of course don't forget to try the Apricot Liquor that the town is famous for.... Vienna - what can one say about this city? A must see for history and music buffs. There were several Xmas markets open but if you are there on a Saturday, beware - shopping is almost impossible with all the people at the markets it's hard to see anything - still an experience you have to try. Bratislava- Slovakia is a fairly new country and is still building itself up - it's charming to walk through a town that has not yet reached the 21st century.... Budapest- Wow, so much to see and do in this gem of a town. Highly recommended for all you History Buffs out there. I hope this makes each and every one of you reading this review want to go on this amazing journey just ones in your life time. As for my husband and I - we shall try and go again....soon... If anyone has any questions please contact me at ghorton@zod.com Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
I have never done a cruise before, ocean or otherwise, but my friend and I who are both in our 50s decided to do the Passau-Budapest Danube Waltz. The advertisements were compelling, but they don't do justice to the stunning sights. ... Read More
I have never done a cruise before, ocean or otherwise, but my friend and I who are both in our 50s decided to do the Passau-Budapest Danube Waltz. The advertisements were compelling, but they don't do justice to the stunning sights. Our flight to Munich was great; a Viking agent picked us up immediately and put us on a cushy bus to Passau....absolutely no problems. The boat, the Magni, is clean, new, tasteful, and we were greeted with a champagne cocktail. Our room was ready when we arrived, even though we were there before check-in time. It had ample room for our luggage and ourselves and was chic and well-designed--down comforter and smart finishes. No wasted space. A huge flat screen TV that offered CNN, BBC, and a few other channels, (that seemed to show American crime dramas only), as well as the weather, movies, and travel videos. The floor in the bathroom is heated!. We had the French Balcony room and could open our door and look out whenever we wanted. I was surprised at how quiet it was. And smooth too--I couldn't tell when we were moving or docked. The food was delicious--mind you I am not a connoisseur---and certainly not adventurous with food---so I was pleased to see food I recognized. American cuisine along with local/European dishes. They have GREAT coffee machines--espresso, cappuccino, coffee, tea, hot chocolate---anytime of day or night. Everyday there are activities planned--mostly bus or walking tours of various places--but you are free to go off and do what you want. I am not much of a group-tourist--I prefer to go on my own, but I did find that the 45 minute bus and/or walking tours did give me lots of information and afterwards we would go exploring on our own. Don't underestimate the places on the tour. Our first site in Passau was a cathedral. I yawned at the thought, but the place just floored us! Baroque style (get used to it--it's everywhere in Europe) and we even got an organ concert! There are other excursions you can do. We did Schonbrunn Palace but I wouldn't do it again. It was crowded, vast, and held so much ornateness and over-the-topness that I became overwhelmed after the first few rooms. It seemed to me that the stops got better as we went--first Passau, then Melk (whoever heard of Melk? It has an abbey that is nicer than anything you have ever seen--who knew?), Salzburg, then Vienna. I didn't think there could be anything grander than Vienna---until Budapest appeared. We arrived at night and the place was lit up like a birthday cake for God! DO NOT MISS IT. The service onboard is impeccable. Rooms cleaned thoroughly. Food served quickly and special requests honored gracefully. Every one of the staff, from the program director to housekeeping, were friendly and attentive. Bed turn-down service with next day's itinerary on your bed when you come back from dinner. I had never been treated so well and at the end of the cruise, I didn't want to leave. That is service. Okay now for the downside :# 1. We went to shop the Christmas markets, but everything was way too expensive. Wait until Bratislava or Budapest to shop--prices are much more reasonable. But it was still fun drinking their mulled wine and soaking up the atmosphere. #2. If your airfare is included and Viking is making your reservation, you cannot upgrade your seats beyond economy 'comfort' class. The seats were roomier but not like in first class. Overall, we had a great cruise. I have no other cruises to compare it with, but at this point, I don't plan on cruising with anyone but Viking again.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
We were on the beautiful new long ship Magni on the Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest. This was our second Viking cruise so we had some expectations as to how fabulous our trip would be. We were traveling with friends who had ... Read More
We were on the beautiful new long ship Magni on the Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest. This was our second Viking cruise so we had some expectations as to how fabulous our trip would be. We were traveling with friends who had not been on a cruise before. We were met at the airport by the Viking staff as promised. They told us that the ship had electrical problems discovered during the previous cruise that were repaired but that the ship was not in Amsterdam. We were taken to a very nice Amsterdam hotel from which we were easily able to tour around the city. The next morning we were greeted by two buses (half the Viking guests were in another hotel) to go off to the Kinderdijk Windmills tour. The bus trip, tour, lunch and bus ride lasted all day and we arrived at the ship in time for dinner that night. Our bags had been delivered from the hotel and we were ready to start our cruise. About midnight, on our way to Cologne, as we were leaving a lock (there are 66 on the trip), the first mate made a miscalculation and we ran aground. After much revving of the side thrusters the boat was able to break free. We had to dock immediately and apparently authorities had to be informed. The next day buses again arrived, this time to drive us to Cologne for the day's tour. Since the boat was not in Cologne, and probably because they wanted us all out of the way while they took care of business, the half day tour turned into a full day, half of it on the tour, half on our own. Because the weather was cold and rainy, the second half of the day was long and tiring. You couldn't sit in the outside areas and we didn't want to eat again since our tour had included an ample lunch. If the boat had been in Cologne we would have been able to walk back to the ship and relaxed for part of the afternoon. When we got back to the ship we were informed that the divers had not yet arrived and that we would get an update after dinner. The update at 9:00 was that the divers found a dent in the propeller but one that wouldn't affect our performance and that we were now on our way...having lost 18 hours of travel time. I won't give you a daily play by play but this mishap affected our cruise for one week. Because of the multiple locks you can't just speed up and make up 18 hours of travel time. Until the second week we were never in the town/village we were scheduled to be and as a result half day tours turned into full days tours. We were really exhausted after a week of this. This was not the leisurely trip we had promised our friends. The second week went perfectly and even the weather improved to the point that we were experiencing Indian Summer in Budapest. Because the Magni is brand new, everything was spotless and up to date. Each room had a TV, although many times the programs we chose were not available. I'm not complaining about that, just making an observation. We didn't take a cruise to watch TV. The staff was WONDERFUL. The Program Director, Marek, did a spectacular job in managing the frustrations that people were experiencing. His calm presence and good humor helped a lot. The breakfast was predictable and I enjoyed the lunch and dinner selections. My husband thought they were bland. I have read other reviews complaining about the speed of the service but either we didn't experience it or we were enjoying the company at the meals that we didn't notice. Every meal has open seating so we sat with different people all of the time. We enjoyed getting to know so many fellow passengers. We extended our trip by adding three days in Prague. In reality it isn't three days in Prague when you spend one day (8 hours) driving there on a bumpy road. Maybe if we hadn't spent so much time on buses the first week I wouldn't have minded it but we had enough of buses to last a long time. The 23-year old Viking escort on the bus prattled on and off for 8 hours describing the area and what he knew 2nd hand about living under Communism. Just when you found yourself dozing he would start up again. The balance of our time in Prague was wonderful. All of our local guides on the trip was outstanding. Viking does a good job weeding out less knowledgeable and personable guides. Our cruise ended two weeks ago and I would have expected to be contacted by Viking about our experience. Our voyage was adversely affected not by conditions outside of their control (such as the flooding Europe experienced in the Spring), but by the carelessness of one of their employees. This experience (the grounding) impacted our enjoyment of half of our cruise. While we were able to keep to the touring schedule there were daily comments about not signing up for a bus tour but a river tour. Some guests were rethinking plans to take another cruise with Viking. We'll see if our future plans are impacted. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
We sailed on the Viking Magni (the newest of the long ships) from Budapest to Amsterdam on it's second voyage. This was our second river cruise, but I cannot compare it to the one I took 20 years ago. We have cruised on Holland ... Read More
We sailed on the Viking Magni (the newest of the long ships) from Budapest to Amsterdam on it's second voyage. This was our second river cruise, but I cannot compare it to the one I took 20 years ago. We have cruised on Holland America, Cunard, and our last two were on Regent 7 Seas. Comparing a Viking river ship to Regent is not a fair comparison. Viking does not claim to be a 5 star line, and it is not one. The new long ships are very nice, and larger than previous Viking ships. We paid for one of the suites which gives you a larger bathroom, and a sitting room with a couch, larger second TV, and is double the width, so you have a walkout, and a French balcony. For the significantly higher price, we did not see the value in the suite after looking inside the regular rooms. We also upgraded to the silver spirits package which is 598 euros for the two of you. It is not worth it. You can drink what you what whenever you want when you want it. Liquor selection is good, and you have about 5 beers instead of one to drink. The wines were a big disappointment. The ad says you are upgraded to premium wines from around the world instead of just wines from Hungary, and Germany. We tasted the complimentary wines that everyone can have at lunch, and dinner, but would rate them as one buck Chuck, yes lower than the Charles Shaw you get at Trader Joe's. The premium wines were in the $7-9 dollar price you find in a store. Their highest rated one (only California wine) was 2011 Hacienda Cab - check out it's price online $7.99 - $8.99. You have the option of buying wine in each city on your stops and bringing it on board with no corkage fees. For 11-12 Euros we found wines that would have been far superior to the German, and Hungarian offerings. If we cruise with Viking again I would buy my wines at each port city, and not get the silver spirits package. BTW two others told me they bribed a bartender for free drinks. Breakfast and lunch offerings were fine and as expected. Dinners were an issues on numerous evenings. The first and third nights fish offerings were way overcooked. They gladly would bring you a different selection from the menu. Again we were spoiled by the quality of the food on Regent 7 Seas, but the dinners were way below what even had on Holland America. A lot of the older passengers felt the food was fine, but to those of us under age 65 the quality was not very good. This was the opinion of 10 people in our age bracket. The first 10 days were great, but starting with four nights to go the electrical issues started in the middle of the night. Room lights came on for about 10 seconds, five minutes later the TV in the bedroom came on displaying a computer reboot screen, and you could not turn it off. It went off after a few minutes, followed by the second TV coming on. This cycle repeated a second time. The climate system shut down for about 2 hours. Only emergency lights were in in the hallways. NO ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE. The next morning we tied up to the side of the river 25 miles from our destination. We were told after breakfast that the state of the art energy management system was having issues, and an electrical engineer would arrive at lunch time. We were bused to our tour for the day. A second pair of engineers from the shipbuilder arrived at 7PM. They claimed to have it fixed, and set sailed at about midnight. The next day we were bused 2 hours to Heidleburg (not our scheduled stop in Koblenz). Upon returning to the ship it had not moved, and the issues started up again. I finally cornered the captain and had him tell me that they only had enough power to run one engine, but the hotel manager, and cruise director only stated that they were working on the issues. The next morning still moored in the middle of nowhere we were told to pack up, and the cruise was ending two days early. We were bused to Frankfurt for a one hour city tour (nothing to see), then bused to Mainz for a night in the Hilton. The final day we were bused two hours to Boppard for a 2.5 hour cruise on the Rhine in an older day ship, then bused 5 hours to Amsterdam for our final night in the airport Sheraton. We encountered 16 hours of unscheduled bus rides, lost three days of our stops, lost half a nights sleep, and lost a lot of time cruising the rivers especially the Rhine. The next cruise was going to be disrupted until the ships issues were resolved. In all fairness management had to work with corporate to arrive hotels for 190 people, reschedule some tours at the last minute, and try to make the best of the situation Read Less
Viking Magni Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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