4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Recommendation of travel agents and friends who had traveled with Viking previously. This company knows how to do things well. Everything was just an outstanding experience. Staff on the ship was top notch. Food was great. Excursions, ... Read More
Recommendation of travel agents and friends who had traveled with Viking previously. This company knows how to do things well. Everything was just an outstanding experience. Staff on the ship was top notch. Food was great. Excursions, both the included ones and the optional ones were terrific. Everything was extremely well organized and we loved how the staff took care of everything from the moment of embarkation to disembarkation and even for the three days that we extended in our final destination, Amsterdam. We would definitely recommend getting a cabin with a veranda which, although small, was a treat. It was so nice to be able to sit or stand and see the riverside views and take photographs. We especially like the optional excursions to Salzburg, Austria and Rothenberg, Germany. Highly recommend those two excursions. We are already thinking about the next Viking Cruise we would like to do. Thinking about the one that covers the part of the Danube that we didn't travel, from Budapest to Bucharest, or the Viking Homelands ocean cruise. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND VIKING CRUISES. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Exploring Amsterdam before sailing was an excellent way to deal with jet lag and get in the spirit of being in Europe. As the weather was lovely we spent our time wandering the city, taking a canal tour and visiting Naarden. While our ... Read More
Exploring Amsterdam before sailing was an excellent way to deal with jet lag and get in the spirit of being in Europe. As the weather was lovely we spent our time wandering the city, taking a canal tour and visiting Naarden. While our embarkation location moved to outside the city center, the change was handled smoothly. A city tour was offered but since we'd already explored Amsterdam we decided to get settled on the Magni. Our cabin was cozy but comfortable. We spent little time in it as the common areas where well appointed and we took the opportunity to chat with other guests. The on-board musician and bartenders made the common room a fun place to be, with lectures, cooking and glassblowing demonstrations and game nights rounding out the program. They say an army travels on its stomach and you can say the same about the cruise. Our chef and his staff highlighted the local cuisine daily, and there was numerous options for guests who felt less adventuresome. A leisurely three course meal and open seating gave us the opportunity to meet most of our fellow passengers. There was an included tour at each stop, with optional tours available to satisfy different interests. The included tours were structured so that all fitness levels could participate, and local guides gave a personal flavor to the cities we visited. A favorite was the Chef's Market tour in Vienna. The best part of the cruise was the staff and the level of service they provided. Our cruise took place in the fall, where water levels can throw obstacles to smooth sailing. Despite the river periodically being closed our staff handled everything, from arranging buses to lunch for 200 people in a small German city. They made it interesting and fun, though I expect they were sweating the details it never showed. Their enthusiasm and care made our trip extra special. I was sorry to reach Budapest and the end of our trip. While it was necessary to vacate our cabin early we were welcome to stay on board until the ship was scheduled to leave, making travel arrangements easier to manage. I would definitely go again, and I hope you take the opportunity as well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We liked the Viking approach. Quiet, but not dull, active, but not exhausting. We had also not met anyone who had not enjoyed their experience with Viking. We enjoyed the pace of the activities, the choices, and the guides. The food ... Read More
We liked the Viking approach. Quiet, but not dull, active, but not exhausting. We had also not met anyone who had not enjoyed their experience with Viking. We enjoyed the pace of the activities, the choices, and the guides. The food was wonderful and the portions ample but not overdone. Our room was quite nice and our steward made sure that we were always comfortable. From the moment we got off the plane to the moment we went through security on our return trip we were always in the capable hands of the crew and associates. Visiting a lot of sites could be tiring but the pace was perfect and the choices of excursions and extras was just right! We especially liked the personal and smaller groups that enabled us to really explore and enjoy so many new places. Free time was welcome because of the opportunity to stay on the ship or go for walks in the many towns and cities that we visited. The ships were very often docked in the midst of the lovely towns. Perhaps the most important part of our journey was meeting wonderful people, some of whom will be lifelong friends! We have already booked our next cruise with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Previous to our river cruise, my husband and I were approached by 2 different couples to go on a Viking Cruise. Because I hadn't retired yet we weren't able to go the 2 different times. Since we had never been on any ocean ... Read More
Previous to our river cruise, my husband and I were approached by 2 different couples to go on a Viking Cruise. Because I hadn't retired yet we weren't able to go the 2 different times. Since we had never been on any ocean or river cruise, we didn't know what to expect. The Viking experience set the bar higher for traveling again! Even though we had taken several trips with Trafalgar and one with Globis and thoroughly enjoyed these land trips, we prefer being on the cruise where we didn't have to pack and repack. Plus we were treated like royalty with the extras of the warm wash cloths and canap├ęs when we returned to the ship after an excursion, loved the educational presentations and entertainment of the countries we were traveling to, and eating the ethnic foods of each country. With the 2 different dining rooms,we had so many choices of what kind of meal and food we wanted. We definitely will be doing a Viking Cruise in the future! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We picked this cruise (Amsterdam to Budapest) because we felt we should take a longer cruise if we're going to fly all the way from the West Coast to Europe. It's beautiful ship, the cabin was wonderful (perhaps my favorite of ... Read More
We picked this cruise (Amsterdam to Budapest) because we felt we should take a longer cruise if we're going to fly all the way from the West Coast to Europe. It's beautiful ship, the cabin was wonderful (perhaps my favorite of any cruise we've been on), and the service was outstanding. Our only complaint was the dinner. First, we would prefer an earlier dining time. Beyond that, it sometimes took a long time to get our meal, it's very noisy and we felt the servers were pushing that evening's "special" too hard, almost trying to intimidate us into ordering it (our only service-related complaint). After the first couple of nights, our four traveling companions ended up having dinner in the Aquavit. Our menu selection was more limited, but we found the dinner there to be more relaxing. That said, the food on the ship was generally very good. I wouldn't rule out another Viking cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
Looked like interesting places, and the only place we'd been to before was Amsterdam. Everything about the cruise was fabulous--the ship, cabin, staff, food, cleanliness, service. From the moment we got to the ship (we had added on ... Read More
Looked like interesting places, and the only place we'd been to before was Amsterdam. Everything about the cruise was fabulous--the ship, cabin, staff, food, cleanliness, service. From the moment we got to the ship (we had added on 4 nights in Prague on our own), we were taken care of like royalty. The meals were superb, the staff very nice. I fell on my face in Wurzburg, and everyone was so helpful back on the ship, bringing me special food when I couldn't chew much, making sure I was okay, etc. We loved the shore excursions--the local guides were all great. We were amazed at how well-designed the cabins were. Plenty of storage space. We also booked the 4 nights after we got off the ship, 2 in Amsterdam and 2 in Ghent, w/ a day trip to Bruges, which was magical! I want to go again--maybe next year. Oh, and we were on the Magni, because of the Baldur getting delayed by a lock (?), and fortunately, we didn't have to switch. We loved the staff on the Magni! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our first river cruise and first time to Europe and we did not want to travel on our own. A river cruise was very appealing as we aren't ocean cruise fans. The itinerary was wonderful and we planned for a year! We felt ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and first time to Europe and we did not want to travel on our own. A river cruise was very appealing as we aren't ocean cruise fans. The itinerary was wonderful and we planned for a year! We felt "looked after" from the minute we arrived at the baggage claim area, actually in Prague where we did a wonderful pre-extension. Transfer to the hotel, then from Prague to Budapest was seamless. The speediest check-in ever experienced was a joy. All the tours along the way were narrated by experienced local guides and very well done. We loved the size of the ship, the accommodations, the common rooms. Tasteful. The dining experience was top-notch, beautiful to look at as well as to eat. Our chef, Gabor, was wonderful and entertaining. The wait staff remembered your name from the first introduction - no small feat when we moved around to different tables. Our program director, Marek Snelly was the BEST. Entertaining, witty, knowledgeable, a most wonderful man who made the trip extra special. The evening entertainment was spot-on for the locations. The service from everyone was impeccable, always smiling faces, anticipating every need or desire. All the ports held their own magic from tiny towns to the larger ones. WE POSITIVELY LOVED THIS CRUISE!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
My husband and I decided in July that we wanted to try and squeeze another cruise vacation in this year and August, 2016 was wide open for us. Viking had availability on the Elegant Elbe tour, leaving from Berlin and going to Prague. ... Read More
My husband and I decided in July that we wanted to try and squeeze another cruise vacation in this year and August, 2016 was wide open for us. Viking had availability on the Elegant Elbe tour, leaving from Berlin and going to Prague. Because we booked so last minute, we got a great deal on our flight from Seattle to Berlin returning from Prague to Seattle for only $200!! The pre and post extensions were booked so we flew into Berlin three days early and toured the city ourselves. We stayed at the same hotel the viking pre-cruise patrons stayed at. We had no trouble hooking into Vikings program director, who gave us tips for touring Berlin. The river cruise, like our two previous ones was just plain wonderful. The Viking service, food, daily tours and onboard entertainment were terrific. However, The Elbe River was very shallow and the ship was unable to get into the last port of call. The cruise director was a seasoned veteran and obviously "knew his stuff", but he kept reminding us of the shallow river situation and it tended to put a negative spin on the cruise. Also the average age of passengers was quite a bit older than the last two Viking cruises we were on. And the program director being older as well, just wasnt as much fun as the other two program directors we experienced. The only other thing, I'd like to note is that the cruise covered a lot of Eastern Germany and the history of WWII and the Cold War. The history of Hitler's regime isnt exactly uplifting and a lot of the information gained was quite sobering. But I cant believe how much I didnt know and was grateful for the knowledge and expertise of our tour guides. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I just returned from a wonderful cruise aboard the Viking Magni. I couldn't be happier with my decision to cruise with Viking on this ship/itinerary. The ship itself is fairly new (2013) and is well maintained. Since I was traveling ... Read More
I just returned from a wonderful cruise aboard the Viking Magni. I couldn't be happier with my decision to cruise with Viking on this ship/itinerary. The ship itself is fairly new (2013) and is well maintained. Since I was traveling alone I had a cabin on the lower deck of the ship. I thought this might turn into a disappointment, but I was well pleased with the cabin, its location, and the cabin service. For example, mid trip when I opened the closet door the light bulb inside the closet died. I thought about contacting housekeeping, but decided I didn't really need the light. The next time I was in the closet, the bulb had been replaced without me ever mentioning it. My room steward was that thorough the whole trip, every detail seen to. The meals on board were outstanding with only one meal being what I would rate only as average. This was due more to the meat cut than the seasoning. When the waiter noticed I was only picking at it he quickly replaced it with a different selection. All the waiters were very attentive and most of the time would anticipate your needs without your needing to ask (drinks filled, bread replaced, etc.) The included ports and tours were very good. There were only two tour guides I had (each grouping had a different guide) that were only average, but most were very informative and entertaining. All of the optional tours I took were exceptional. However, I enjoyed Rothenburg and Schonbrunn palace the most of the tours I booked. Everyone that went had great things to say about the Salzburg and Numerburg War tours as well, but I personally didn't go on those (but after hearing about them I wish I had). There were several on board entertainments offered. These were all well done. My favorite being a glass blowing demonstration. A couple of other thing of note, Viking and the program director did a wonderful job of keeping everyone informed of everything that was taking place. Any types of issues effecting our travels (traffic jam at the locks for us), we were informed as soon as they knew and we were told if and how this would effect our timetable. We were never left guessing what was going on or why. Also I was amazing at how prompt everything was. If the tour bus was supposed to leave for the ship at a certain time, it did. The buses didn't wait on stragglers. I was told that Viking had someone who stayed behind to deal with the late arrivals, but I was never late so I can't speak from experience on that, I was just pleased that since I showed up on time I wasn't left waiting on the bus due to someone else being late. Overall the whole trip exceeded my expectations. From the time I was met at the airport until I was escorted back to the airport, Viking took care of everything. I couldn't have been happier with my experience with Viking and wouldn't hesitate to book with them again. Note: I was a full fare paying passenger on this cruise. I wrote this review because I wasn't finding many recent reviews about the Viking Magni when I was researching my trip and wanted to help others who were considering this ship/trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
To visit areas of Europe we had not previously seen. The tours were uniformly excellent. The crew was superb, especially the cruise director, Stein and the head chef, George. They made every day special. The concierge, Cathy was ... Read More
To visit areas of Europe we had not previously seen. The tours were uniformly excellent. The crew was superb, especially the cruise director, Stein and the head chef, George. They made every day special. The concierge, Cathy was extraordinarily helpful and supportive and we deeply appreciate the arrangements she made for us. Ship was clean throughout, cabin was spacious, cabin service excellent. Meals were uniformly excellent. On board lectures were educational and entertaining. The Vienna concert was a true hilight of the tour. The tour of Nurmberg gave us an opportunity to see the locations which shaped World War II, and provided a conclusion to the Travis events of that time. The tours of Passau and Regensburg allowed us to see the heart of ancient European architecture. The organ concert, I believe in Passau, was a superb end to that excursion. As the Passau tour ended in the center of the city, we had ample opportunity to explore the area on our own. We found a wonderful restaurant in which we were the only Americans and enjoyed a lovely lunch with seats overlooking the Danube River. In Regensburg we ate in the little sausage shop under the bridge surrounded by local citizens. The Bishopo's Residence in Wurzburg was truly spectacular. We highly recommend this cruise. 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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