1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
March 31, 2019 on Viking Magni River Cruise Budapest to Passau. First suggestion, do your homework. We booked a French “Balcony” (sliding door) on 3rd Fl. Very small. Just enough room for a double bed. No chairs so reading or TV ... Read More
March 31, 2019 on Viking Magni River Cruise Budapest to Passau. First suggestion, do your homework. We booked a French “Balcony” (sliding door) on 3rd Fl. Very small. Just enough room for a double bed. No chairs so reading or TV is lying on bed. Small bathroom. Very efficient but claustrophobic. Room has fridge but only useful for bringing in shore beverages or food. Hint. Don’t upgrade the liquor package. Buy duty free or in town and save $$ as you can bring this on board and no corkage. Fridge is useless otherwise as no room service and cannot bring any bottles from bar into room (even with their best upgraded liquor package!). WiFi is free as it should be because it was terrible. With modern service I’m sure this could be improved if they wanted to but would increase expenses. Service was impeccable from everyone. As were the excursions, even those included. That is the expectation and the standard for this caliber of cruise. The entrees we had were all good but not exceptional. Superb buffet is always in addition to table menu service. Best meal was grilled sea bass served on last day. Meals are mostly served in main dining room with tables of 6-8+. Great opportunity to build friendships and share conversations with fellow travelers. Still good value and a we hope to go again but equipped with new knowledge to fine tune our experience. 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
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
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Each port and Viking tour at each port was OUTSTANDING. The crew on our River Boat was very helpful and I must say they all went out of their way to please the passengers. This was our first river cruise and I must say that one sees ... Read More
Each port and Viking tour at each port was OUTSTANDING. The crew on our River Boat was very helpful and I must say they all went out of their way to please the passengers. This was our first river cruise and I must say that one sees sights that we would never see cruising on one of the oceans. My wife said it was like taking a train through the center of town. I only rated this cruise with 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons. First, the cabins were truly small. We didn't even have a chair in the room to sit on. It was sit on the bed or stand. The bathroom and shower made an Ocean liner cabin seem humongous. The second reason for disappointment was the lack of things to do in the evening. We missed the many different options offered on our ocean cruises. It would take an awful lot to make me consider another river cruise. We will be sailing on the ocean in 3 weeks and then again in October. We are truly addicted to travel on the ocean via a large cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
This was the Tulips and Windmills Cruise, our second with Viking. Choose this cruise to see Tulips and sites in The Netherlands/Belgium. This is not a cruise with great views from ship. FYI our group of six was 55-65, the younger end of ... Read More
This was the Tulips and Windmills Cruise, our second with Viking. Choose this cruise to see Tulips and sites in The Netherlands/Belgium. This is not a cruise with great views from ship. FYI our group of six was 55-65, the younger end of spectrum for this cruise. Some observations about Viking and this cruise: * As with previous Viking cruise the staff was excellent, from the cruise director to our transportation coordinator from the airport... service top notch. *Did the pre cruise package in Amsterdam, Not pleased with hotel location, i would advise checking where you will be carefully based on what you wish to do in your pre-cruise time. * Ship/ cabin wonderful,very efficient, clean, comfortable. Cabin service perfect! *Entertainment caters to an older client I would like to see entertainment/music from this century, *Food is very good, above average for a cruise. Wait staff Fabulous! *Loved the port choices, some excursions better than others, ranged from A+ to C-. Some guides excellent others need to make their program's shorter/crisper I would take another Viking River Cruise. I recommend them highly for first time travelers to Europe who do not want to deal with the details of airports/trains/transport. Viking operates a wonderful floating hotel, allowing you to see places without moving your stuff!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
I wanted to see the tulips in bloom on mass.Haven"t been to the Netherlands in many years wanted to see the changes. Was disappointed that we could"t see Ann Frank"s house and museum. The ship was not able to get tickets ... Read More
I wanted to see the tulips in bloom on mass.Haven"t been to the Netherlands in many years wanted to see the changes. Was disappointed that we could"t see Ann Frank"s house and museum. The ship was not able to get tickets . I was slightly annoyed with the answer,we were told not everyone wanted to see that. That is a major attraction for Amsterdam,so many people wanted to see it. It should have been offered as a tour to take. Over all I thought the tour was good,but the sides tours should have more depth to them,not should drive by and say hi. The chef was very accomodating,he cater to all special needs for the food. There was plenty of variety. Each night he made us sorbet of a different flavor as we are lactose intolerant. The cabin kept us nice and warm as Europe was experiencing a terrible cold and rainy spell. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
Great food. Nice that there was always some standard, right side of the menu items. Nice that there were two options of where to dine. Only bad meal was the celebration night, everybody scrambled for seats and buffet at same time. ... Read More
Great food. Nice that there was always some standard, right side of the menu items. Nice that there were two options of where to dine. Only bad meal was the celebration night, everybody scrambled for seats and buffet at same time. Buffet worked great at breakfast and lunch since is was over an extended time. Service excellent and staff very attentive. Excursions were good mostly, except one private walking tour we took in Amsterdam was much better than the sponsored one. Pickup and transfers flawless. There was a good amount of free time but little what I would call scenic river cruising. A little surprised at age of group. We are in our mid 60's and the vast majority were 70+. Maybe we should have expected this being tulips and windmills. This was a problem on excursions since the slower people set the pace or the groups got widely separated and at times people got lost/left behind. Wheelchairs dont work well on gravel or cobblestone. Would had been disappointed with a veranda or suite since we were sometimes docked sandwiched between other boats, although when docked the last place we wanted to be was in our cabin. TV and wifi didnt work or was spotty, but again we spent very little time in the cabin and tv and computers are not why we took the voyage There was plenty of seating (indoor and outdoor) on top or in the lounge areas. The room was good (french balcony) shower a little tight but fine. Bed was the best ever, I even made an inquiry to find out more info on it (beat our 3k pillow top hands down). Overall was a very relaxing, quiet, and safe time. Still working on losing the pounds I gained even with all the walking. . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
The Grand European River Cruise was not a disappointment. It was our first river cruise and we appreciated seeing so many cities and historical sites in one trip, The smaller ship with fewer passengers gave everyone a chaqnce to get to ... Read More
The Grand European River Cruise was not a disappointment. It was our first river cruise and we appreciated seeing so many cities and historical sites in one trip, The smaller ship with fewer passengers gave everyone a chaqnce to get to know each other. We chose to have a French balcony room and were so glad we did. We would not have used the veranda with the weather in October and had better views from our room. The Magni and its staff were excellent. We were warmly welcomed and felt at home after the first day. While it was a disappointment to not have as much time in Budapest as planned and to have to change ships (to the Baldour) halfway through the cruise, Viking made a great effort to compensate for the inconvenience. Stein,our Cruise Director on both ships, was very organized and handled all the changes well. We enjoyed the food and wine selections especially the emphasis on selections highlighting local culture. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Very comfortable cabin with faultless service. Staff enjoyed what they did and it showed with unexpected extras. Changing ships because of low water is certainly not the fault of Viking and they would very much wished it didn't have ... Read More
Very comfortable cabin with faultless service. Staff enjoyed what they did and it showed with unexpected extras. Changing ships because of low water is certainly not the fault of Viking and they would very much wished it didn't have to happen. The cruise director made it sound like the low water thing was just happening when we all know it has happened for many cruises this year. Food was above expectations as was the entertainment. On disembarkation the Viking staff helped us all the way to the airport checkin. I believe that I would have liked more time in Budapest and Vienna but other than that the ports were well planned and touring at each port was made very enjoyable with knowledgeable guides. The only negative that we encountered was sometimes the dining room put on table cloths that although certainly clean, were stained. They should NEVER put on a stained tablecloth. 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: 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
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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