Sail Date: August 2015
We sailed the four rivers of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. The newly christened ship was gorgeous and the staff was fantastic. Kane, the cruise director was phenomenal with a wealth of information and extremely hospitable. We had a ... Read More
We sailed the four rivers of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. The newly christened ship was gorgeous and the staff was fantastic. Kane, the cruise director was phenomenal with a wealth of information and extremely hospitable. We had a balcony cabin which was worth the money and provided us days of beautiful scenic viewing. The food was superb and the wait staff was spectacular. We can't say enough about this journey. There was a complication of the Mein River was low as it has been that way for a few weeks so they bused us from Nuremberg to Passau - a 2 1/2 hour trip. We boarded the sister ship Gefjon and had the same cabin. Kane stayed with us and the cre was equally as good. Because of the complication Viking provided us with a free concert in Vienna - Mozart and Strauss. Just spectacular. Stops were great to include Melk, Kinderdjik, Cologne, Miktenberg etc. Viking has 35 ships and 250 buses so they are well prepared for low water levels and provided excellent tours in each stop with wonderful guides. Cabins are equipped with American and European electrical outlets. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Our crew from the Viking VE was simply great. Whenever, there was any type of change to the itinerary, it was in addition to & I considered it an upgrade. We were one of the ships that was caught up in the low water problems. Our ... Read More
Our crew from the Viking VE was simply great. Whenever, there was any type of change to the itinerary, it was in addition to & I considered it an upgrade. We were one of the ships that was caught up in the low water problems. Our cruise director, Kane, carried us through that transition without a glitch what-so-ever. I felt it was giving us more for our money, not less. We were able to bus through the countryside and never missed any of the scheduled tours. Great Job. All the shore excursion were very informative. The extension hotel in Amsterdam was so very convenient to public transportation that we explored the outskirts easily. The food, the cabins all of the common areas and our staff were simply wonderful. They catered to us from the time we landed in Budapest until we went through out gate to depart in Amsterdam. I watched as they helped with someone who lost their passport, prepared special food for special diets, furnished refreshment at the door when we returned from a hot tiring tour, furnished umbrellas for those who needed one and blankets if we wanted to sit outside when it was chilly. I will definitely travel Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
The Viking Grand European cruise exceeded all of our expectations. The facilities on the ship were first class, the day tours very well organised with excellent local guides, and the ship crew and staff were the best we have experienced ... Read More
The Viking Grand European cruise exceeded all of our expectations. The facilities on the ship were first class, the day tours very well organised with excellent local guides, and the ship crew and staff were the best we have experienced on any of our travels. All meals were top quality, especially the 5 course farewell dinner. Special mention goes to Kane the cruise director. He was tireless in making sure everyone on board was entertained and well informed of all activities. Also fantastic service from Edward and Maynard in the restaurant. All movements on and off the ship were effortless including the embarkation on disembarkation. Viking have these processes down to a fine art. The itinerary for this cruise has many wonderful sights, both the scenery along the rivers and the towns and cities we visited. Viking has secured its own docking facilities at several of the cities - all in prime locations. If we decide to do another river cruise Viking will definitely be our first choice. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
This was our first river cruise experience and we were impressed. From the initial greeting at the airport in Amsterdam to the assistance at departure from Budapest, Viking crew and team members were extremely courteous and hospitable. ... Read More
This was our first river cruise experience and we were impressed. From the initial greeting at the airport in Amsterdam to the assistance at departure from Budapest, Viking crew and team members were extremely courteous and hospitable. They were like family and knew how to anticipate what we might need or want. Our veranda state room was well equipped with what we needed, but we found ourselves enjoying the views from the public areas of the ship in the midst of new found friends. The day excursions were guided by knowledgeable and interesting guides. The additional excursions were well worth the added costs. The food was delicious, but our favorite was the pork knuckles we ordered at the cafe in Cologne. We have fond memories if this trip and look forward to more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Having been on ocean cruises, this was by far the most enjoyable. Our suite gave us the ability to be able to sit on the veranda or sit in the living room and really enjoy being on the ship in our rooms.The Activity Director certainly had ... Read More
Having been on ocean cruises, this was by far the most enjoyable. Our suite gave us the ability to be able to sit on the veranda or sit in the living room and really enjoy being on the ship in our rooms.The Activity Director certainly had his work well planned and made the shore excursions very enjoyable and informative. It was so nice to have every passenger able to sit down at the same time to enjoy dinner In the dining room. Th/de on ship entertainment was very enjoyable and of great interest as to what location we were in so we had a little experience of their culture. The fact that there were off ship events planned each day made the trip so very enjoyable and we got an idea of just how the area was. Having spent pre days in Amsterdam really gave us an idea of life in that city. In hind sight was wishing we had spent extra days in Budapest also. Our onboard experience with the personnel was beyond expectations with the exception of the concierge and it seemed like he was new to the job and was uncertain about things off ship and he was very hard to understand. I have been extolling the trip to everyone who asks about my adventure. Currently I am planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand in Nov. of 2016 and will be looking to see if Viking offers anything we might be able to take advantage of. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
After numerous foreign travels by air and coach, our experience with Viking and Viking VE fully met or exceeded all expectations for comfort, meeting our diverse interests and providing an overall satisfying experience. From the moment we ... Read More
After numerous foreign travels by air and coach, our experience with Viking and Viking VE fully met or exceeded all expectations for comfort, meeting our diverse interests and providing an overall satisfying experience. From the moment we stepped off our plane in Amsterdam until we departed Budapest, Viking and the crew of the VE were there with friendliness, guidance and help. Our hotel in Amsterdam and accommodations on the VE were spot on what we expected from Viking and desired. The Viking VE crew was simply outstanding. Viking's attention to detail, efficiency of operations and provision for multiple options for their travelers is unsurpassed in our experience. Our satisfaction was such that we immediately signed up for another Viking cruise as soon as we got home! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
We had a great cruise on Viking's new ship the Ve. The room was comfortable but a little tight. We had a small outside balcony which was adequate. The bathroom was small but very usable and the shower was great. Lighting was excellent ... Read More
We had a great cruise on Viking's new ship the Ve. The room was comfortable but a little tight. We had a small outside balcony which was adequate. The bathroom was small but very usable and the shower was great. Lighting was excellent in the room. Wifi was available in our room but was way too slow !! (satellite connection) TV was large and had decent programing including cameras in the ship. The food was good and plentiful but not very creative and rather bland to the taste. Unfortunately the only drinks that were part of the all inclusive package was WITH the meals. (pretty chincy) The shore trips were all very nice and "adequate". The use of what they call a quiet box was fantastic for the shore trips. There were numerous extra cost shore trip options. Fair amount of free time to explore on your own. We felt that the 14 day trip that spent a lot of time in Germany was just a lot of seeing the same things. All our stops were picture perfect but became monotonous! One stop in Germany for this type of trip would have been enough !! Our program director Kane was excellent and made the trip better than expected. Everybody on the crew was very friendly, gracious and helpful. I was very impressed by the consistency of their training. Too many old folks as guests though not enough of an age mix. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
Glad to land on the maiden voyage of one of Viking's vaunted long ships for this 14 day journey from Amsterdam to Budapest. Even happier to be upgraded from below decks, you know, to mid decks, perhaps because of AC problems with the ... Read More
Glad to land on the maiden voyage of one of Viking's vaunted long ships for this 14 day journey from Amsterdam to Budapest. Even happier to be upgraded from below decks, you know, to mid decks, perhaps because of AC problems with the original room. Whatever, am happy for the upgrade, for I spend a good third of my time watching the river go by from my French sliding doors, wide open. Another third in the bow watching the riverine world go by. Another third sleeping. The Rhine from its meeting with the North sea upstream is magnificent and not to be missed by boat, much less a luxury river cruiser with fair to decent breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Can't drink free at breakfast, but lunch and dinner, wine and beer, no problem. Nice. Kane, the program director, fantastic. Wine visits to the Wachau, done. Mineral baths in Budapest, done. Yet we were TOO often, including in Vienna, docked absolutely side by side with one or TWO other Viking ships. This was too much. The stink. The lack of light. The lack of access to the water. Nasty. Not acceptable. Amusing was when we ran aground early on in the Danube. Thank god for the local river police and a fine-looking Dutch barge captain who bailed us out. I still wonder about the fate of our poor captain. We were never told the tale of how it happened, and we should have been told. It was easy enough to imagine, however, and it is just a good thing we all were safe. We missed some excursions because of the grounding, including Passau. So I will make sure the next time I book Viking that Viking makes good on that. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Maiden voyage of the VE - enjoyed thoroughly - excellent food, accommodations were perfect, staff was very attentive, friendly- in fact outstanding - worked well together - could not do enough for you Program Director Kane was the best ... Read More
Maiden voyage of the VE - enjoyed thoroughly - excellent food, accommodations were perfect, staff was very attentive, friendly- in fact outstanding - worked well together - could not do enough for you Program Director Kane was the best Director of any cruise we have been on - in fact he was beyond OUTSTANDING - tours were very very good, on board entertainment was appropriate for the age level of the passengers - very enjoyable highly recommend Viking and the VE Read Less
Viking Ve Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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