Sail Date: April 2019
The entire April 3, 2019 Tulips and Windmills cruise on the Viking Mimir was flawless. We were fortunate. The weather was nice: cool but windy. The tulips were in full bloom. Timing for us could not have been better. From the shore ... Read More
The entire April 3, 2019 Tulips and Windmills cruise on the Viking Mimir was flawless. We were fortunate. The weather was nice: cool but windy. The tulips were in full bloom. Timing for us could not have been better. From the shore excursions to the dining, all services were provided with grace and charm. Almost too much to fit into one week, but what wonderful memories. I was particularly charmed by the Belgian and Dutch citizens who were so pleasant. They wanted to share and show the love of their countries. I am Catholic and had the unexpected opportunity to attend daily Mass in Antwerp and Bruges. I didn't miss out on any part of the ship's tours because it so happened that Mass was offered in small chapels adjoining the large cathedrals in the town center at 11:00 A.M in both towns and the times coincided with the "free time" to shop or browse. Have another cruise with Viking already booked. I don't have to research shore excursions options. I need only to show up with good walking shoes on my feet! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Stay away from this one! Viking....ugh. Worst cruise we have ever been on. Drought impacted the river levels and they SHOULD have cancelled the cruise but of course they didn't want to lose the money so they kept it going. Didn't ... Read More
Stay away from this one! Viking....ugh. Worst cruise we have ever been on. Drought impacted the river levels and they SHOULD have cancelled the cruise but of course they didn't want to lose the money so they kept it going. Didn't see many of the areas we were supposed to see on the shore excursions. Had to change boats middle of trip. Lengthy bus rides because couldn't get up the river. Minimal water and no food on the bus rides. Boat parked beside train tracks and loud trains rumbling past all night. And of course half the time they wouldn't tell us what was happening; probably because they knew people were getting more and more angry over the course of the trip with the changes to the itinerary vs what we had all paid for. The icing on the cake? Credit vouchers issued for a future cruise to make up for the disaster that was this trip. ...but then when you go to use them you find out that the vouchers aren't valid. Call guest relations and find out that they were "issued by mistake". Why didn't they tell you they were cancelling them? "They were issued due to a system error. We don't advise they were cancelled." So after you think weeelll, maybe I'll use the vouchers and give Viking another try, they show their true colors...that they don't give a flaming, flying furry rat's behind about customer service or doing the right thing. In contrast, a friend is traveling on another cruise line soon. That cruise line listed inaccurate pricing for their beverage package...people booked at the lower price (1/3 of what it should have been). The cruise line sent out a message to passengers advising of the error, and OWNING their mistake. Viking? Own their mistake? Their mistake in a horrible cruise? Their mistake in cancelling vouchers offered in compensation for the horrible cruise? Pfft. So long, Viking. In a world full of competition, you can bet your actions will serve to drive you to the bottom of the industry, where you belong. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I booked this cruise to have a nice, relaxing time on the river, having been inspired both by a friends past trips and by their wonderful television commercials. Sitting leisurely on the deck, with a glass of good wine and enjoying the ... Read More
I booked this cruise to have a nice, relaxing time on the river, having been inspired both by a friends past trips and by their wonderful television commercials. Sitting leisurely on the deck, with a glass of good wine and enjoying the gorgeous views along the Rhine and Danube rivers, eating great food with excellent service at meals, and having the occasional guided tours by expert guides was my dream fantasy, and unfortunately, that's what it turned out to be, a dream fantasy. Instead of having the wonderful time on the river I anticipated, we had a series of bus trips to connect with our next of four separate boats. Because of low water, we spent more time on buses than on water which meant that almost all of the actually river was seen only through bus windows occasionally. I understand that Viking cannot control the water levels in several countries in Europe, but they knew about this as early as July and when asked about it before hand, were told everything was fine. Not until approximately 4 days before our plane ride to connect with the boat in Amsterdam were we notified of any problems, and that was for Passau, a city toward the end of our trip. Because of the busing, most of our excursions were reduced by as much as 65% which meant that the 'expert tour guides' were rushed and our 'free time' almost non-existent. The boats were mostly dock at ports that were anything but scenic, especially when we paid for a veranda stateroom with a balcony and the boats were often parked sandwiched together putting us in the middle which gave us a 'wonderful' view of the adjoining boat. Much of the time when we were on water, we were in lochs, which meant that our view was of concrete walls and our upper decks, where on only one night were we allowed outside to take pictures of the sunset while the rest of the time this deck was closed due to low bridges. Supposedly this would not have been true on the most scenic parts of the river, but because we were on a bus, not a ship, we did not have that experience. On each bus they had a guide. I was never sure sure why as there was only one time that this guide gave us any real information about the landscape or history of the area. Mostly, they told us what we needed to know at the potty breaks and when we got off the bus to get on the new ship. For that, we got to tip the guide and the bus driver 2 Euro each for everyone of these bus rides. At the last rest stop, all 7 Viking buses stopped which meant our 1/2 hour break took almost the entire time waiting on line to use the aforementioned potty as the line wrapped around the building. At each of these stops, the potty cost money, and most people got something to eat or drink because 4 hours on a bus takes it's toil on you and the bottle of water given to each of us just didn't do it. That meant more expenses incurred to our already costly trip. On one of the excursions, we were forced to pay for our own lunches for which Viking repaid us 25 Euro shipboard credit. As I did not intend to drink other than wine at dinner, and as I was not interested in their pricey products, all with the Viking name on them, the money was not used. They would not apply it to decreasing anything on the trip, consequently, that meant I paid for my own lunch when all lunches were meant to be paid for on the trip. Another 2 times, we were herded as a group to mediocre at best restaurants because we were not on the boat. Because of the need to continually change ships, we were living out of our suitcases, or repacking every other day. Our luggage had to be out in the halls an hour or so prior to disembarkation to cue at the buses which meant that getting a good nights sleep was impossible as we left early to have any time to see any sights. Meike, our program director, did an amazing job and should be complimented, but at the same time, she was giving us the company line that we had to wait till the day before to know whether we would be changing boats. This could not have been true because in everyplace where we talked with the locals, it would have taken days if not weeks of pouring rain for the water levels to be high enough. Some of the stories about our bus trips are also laughable; the first bus broke down, the second bus back into a tree destroying the back window, and the buses were over 1/2 late picking us up at one point leaving us to stand on the sidewalk on a busy street for over that time. The one saving grace, we were close to a public bathroom. The staff on each ship were obviously frazzled as they had to do so much more work; meeting a greeting different groups of people almost daily and then having to get ready for a new group the next day. As you might imagine, some of the staff was better than others. Out of the four boats, I feel 2 had good service, the other two less than good. The desk staff, however was great on all boats as was Meike. The boats were identical but some were obviously more worn than others. The last one being their 'hotel' as it is permanently moored at Budapest. It did show its wear. We were given a key to open the doors to the room which was VERY hard to use and many of the people around us had to ask for help. Except for the glassblowing entertainment, we did not participate with the planned activities. They held no interest for us and were not very exciting; Country and Western night, an historian, and a musical duo for each separate ship. I must say that I was disappointed in the food. One night we ordered a Ribeye steak that was so touch and gristly, I could barely eat it. Most soups appeared to be made in a Vitamix and were so pureed that there was no substance only a rather bland liquid. When I ordered the potato soup, I was amazed that their was absolutely no sign or taste of potato. The wines they served with dinner, always the same every night on every boat unless you paid an additional price for their special selection, were often cheap table wines that were more vinegar than wine and needed at least 2 hours to breathe to be palatable. Lastly, our flights. I cannot complain about our flight to Amsterdam. Everything went well, but our flight home is another matter. We had Viking book our flight. We live in Phoenix, Arizona, which is one state East of California for those who are in other countries. Our flight was booked through Los Angeles, California, where we also had a 4 hour stopover. When we ask about changing this so that we could go directly home, we were told that would cost an extra $50 each just to talk to someone even though they were responsible for this booking. This meant that we were either in the air or in airports for over 24 hours. As Vikings customers or mostly seniors, this seems like a lot to ask. To summarize a long account, if I had wanted a bus tour of Germany, Hungary, Austria and the Netherlands I would have booked with a company that specializes in them. This tour would have cost much less and also been much better in every way I am sure. Do not believe Viking's hype. They do not put their customers first. They could have informed us in advance of what was happening, offered to decrease the price of the cruise or allowed us to cancel, especially as we paid for cancellation insurance, but instead all we heard was, "We cannot be responsible for the weather." Think twice bout Viking, it is not worth it. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because the reviews were good and we like to cruise but have only done ocean cruises with Princess Cruise Lines. On this “cruise” we spent a lot of time on busses being transferred from one boat to another, which ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the reviews were good and we like to cruise but have only done ocean cruises with Princess Cruise Lines. On this “cruise” we spent a lot of time on busses being transferred from one boat to another, which meant we had to waste time packing and unpacking multiple times. The people on board wouldn’t tell us if or when we would have to jump ships again until after dinner the night before the swap, and we had to have our luggage outside our cabin by 07:00 the next morning, so that evening and morning were wasted packing and traveling by bus to the next boat. The cabins were all fine, although the last boat was kind of dated, the service personnel were attentive and seemed to know their jobs, but the food was mediocre. They spent WAY too much time TELLING us what a great time we were going to have, and wasting our touring time in the process, after all, all of that information was in the bulletin they left in our cabin each evening. This cruise was VERY EXPENSIVE, about $15,000 for two including airfare from the USA and pre and post extensions in Amsterdam and Prague respectively. Changing ships so often took a lot of time out of our vacation, so much time that we only had about 4 hours in Budapest, when we were supposed to have two days. The low water in the rivers wasn’t Viking’s fault, but they KNEW the problem in advance and SHOULD have given us the facts and the option to reschedule to a time when we could actually DO the expensive tour we paid for, but they didn’t! Viking wouldn’t even be honest with us about when and how many ship changes we would have to make! We spoke with customers of other companies and they were given a full refund and sent home, I would have liked that option, but Viking never brought it up, and when asked directly, wouldn’t answer the question. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This is going to be your most expensive bus tour, if you have it scheduled cancel if you can!! Started the tour on Oct 12th 2018. A week before VRC sent an email stating that there might be a ship swap at Regensburg. Nine days later ... Read More
This is going to be your most expensive bus tour, if you have it scheduled cancel if you can!! Started the tour on Oct 12th 2018. A week before VRC sent an email stating that there might be a ship swap at Regensburg. Nine days later we are on our THIRD viking boat, Vili. Mimir and Gefjon are a distant memory. Packing and unpacking is the highlight of the day. Had VRC informed us on a timely manner about the low water level on Europe’s rivers I would have cancelled this expensive trip. We will be in Passau for 3 days being bussed around for hours to the tours which have not been canceled. The ships Vili and Embla are docked as a pair, and we have no window view of the industrial docking area. Rumor has it that we will reach Budapest by bus. The crew releases the news one day at a time, so nothing is clearly known. Everybody gets more tired and I am counting down the remaining days while my luggage is ready for the next ship swap. Cancel your trip if you can!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We had never been to Europe and thought a Viking River Cruise would be the best way to see several countries. Viking has a great reputation and they didn't disappoint us. From start to finish, we were pampered and treated ... Read More
We had never been to Europe and thought a Viking River Cruise would be the best way to see several countries. Viking has a great reputation and they didn't disappoint us. From start to finish, we were pampered and treated luxuriously the whole time. River levels were at an all-time low on the Danube, so we had to swap ships at the midpoint, but even that was handled with such excellence that we hardly noticed. We also did a pre-trip 2-night stay in Amsterdam. The hotel Viking chose for us couldn't have been in a better location. We could walk to absolutely everything! The guides they use for their excursions are always local and absolutely the BEST! The 2500+ pictures we took don't even do the trip justice. The ship overall, our rooms, the staff, the food, the excursions.....everything was A+!!! We didn't want it to end. We will definitely consider another Viking river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this particular cruise because it was comprehensive and included wine growing regions. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. The only glitch was the low water levels on the Rhine which necessitated us switching ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because it was comprehensive and included wine growing regions. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. The only glitch was the low water levels on the Rhine which necessitated us switching boats and missing one port. However, the cruise line made the switch as painless as possible- the water levels were beyond their control but they handled it flawlessly. All of the included shore excursions were excellent and the optional excursions we did were great fun. We particularly enjoyed the winery visit (Morwahld). Spending two days in Vienna was a bonus as it provided us the opportunity to go off on our own the first day without worrying about getting back to the ship before departure. We found that the food and service were very slightly better on the Mimir than the ship we moved to after our switch. Perhaps we’d been spoiled. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Viking was suggested by my sister-in-law and I read reviews here on TripAdvisor before deciding to go. I couldn't be more disappointed. Prior to our trip we had heard from a german neighbor that the river levels were low. We called ... Read More
Viking was suggested by my sister-in-law and I read reviews here on TripAdvisor before deciding to go. I couldn't be more disappointed. Prior to our trip we had heard from a german neighbor that the river levels were low. We called Viking who told us, that rain was coming and that they were well versed on how to handle the situation and if not to our satisfaction we would be fairly compensated for ANY inconvenience. The first sign things were going awry was when they told us we would be on the Mimir, not the Vili that we were originally slated to be on in our contract. For all the ports on the Rhine and Main, we were NOT docked at city ports, we were at ugly industrial areas far from the ports that were advertised in the brochure and had to be bussed to them on supposedly "short" bus rides. With the elderly population on the boat, it always took at least 2 hours for this transport. Two hours each day of our valuable vacation time for most days of our 15 days on Viking. It did appear that other river cruise lines were docked in the towns. When we got to the Danube, we were told that we were to transfer to the Vili. Again this consumed valuable vacation times to re-pack and re-unpack. Vienna and Budapest were the ONLY two ports that we were docked in town, not at some ugly industrial port that we were then bussed to and from. There were other disappointments but these were the major ones. When we called Viking customer service to register our complaints and ask for compensation and told them that we recorded the promise of possible compensation, we were threatened with being sued for recording the conversation. Many lies, many misleading statements, and being threatened. Their people are trained well to deflect. They are focused on quantity, not quality and making money, NOT customer satisfaction. We may take another river cruise but Viking would have to make this up to us for us to chose them again. With global warning and more drought they need to change their practices. I wish I had seen a review like this, prior to our decision to take Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because of the tulips -- it turned out to be much more. We took the 2-day pre-extension and enjoyed every minute. The walking tour was different from the walking tour that we took after boarding the boat, so we got ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the tulips -- it turned out to be much more. We took the 2-day pre-extension and enjoyed every minute. The walking tour was different from the walking tour that we took after boarding the boat, so we got to see much more of Amsterdam and learn much more history. Of course, the museums were wonderful and we enjoyed both walking and riding the tram. After boarding, each place we stopped had a fascinating history, plus so much to see and enjoy. The crew was wonderful; the service was impeccable; activities were fun; excursions were interesting; the food was delicious; our accommodations were comfortable; the weather turned out to be beautiful -- and now I want to go back to Amsterdam! We made wonderful friends on the boat and are still in contact with some of them. I took about 3,000 photos -- so much beauty and history to record, it was difficult to put the camera down. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Enjoyed all the small towns in Germany and the outstanding countryside. We especially enjoyed the Rhine valley area, absolutely stunning. Overall the food and service on the ship was good. We enjoyed getting to know our servers and they ... Read More
Enjoyed all the small towns in Germany and the outstanding countryside. We especially enjoyed the Rhine valley area, absolutely stunning. Overall the food and service on the ship was good. We enjoyed getting to know our servers and they did a great job taking care of us. Even though we were traveling with 12 other people, we enjoyed meeting other people from either the United States or countries outside the U.S. We unfortunately ran out of water on some parts of our trip but realize that is out of the control of Viking. They did their very best to accommodate us with bus trips or changing ships.The shore excursions were very enjoyable, and loved that they were mostly done by locals who love their towns they live in. We would have loved to have seen more of Budapest, absolutely gorgeous. We did add several days to Amsterdam which was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I would definitely take another Viking River Cruise. The staff was very friendly and the food was good (always cookies in the galley). Our accomodations were spacious (great bathroom and sitting room). They use the ship spaces very well ... Read More
I would definitely take another Viking River Cruise. The staff was very friendly and the food was good (always cookies in the galley). Our accomodations were spacious (great bathroom and sitting room). They use the ship spaces very well for entertainment in the lounge as well as conveying ship information. The onboard ship discussions of the places we were sailing by on the river was wonderful. Due to river levels we had to change ships. The crew handled the change marvelously. We did not travel with children and there weren't any on our cruise. We went on many shore excursions and loved the winery tour, cheese tour and Melk Abbey. There were many small touches like fresh flowers in our room and common areas. I also enjoyed the warm towels and small drinks upon returning from excursions. We used the ships laundry service and the clothes came back the next day, clean, pressed and ready for the next adventure. My favorite part of the trip was docking in town and walking around after our included or extra excursions. To walk off the food and drink, there was a track on top of the ship. I highly recommend a river cruise on Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was a most disappointing holiday for the high price we paid. When booking this trip we assumed that you are able to step off the boat in to the towns listed and enjoy exploring on our own. Unfortunately we spent more time on buses as ... Read More
This was a most disappointing holiday for the high price we paid. When booking this trip we assumed that you are able to step off the boat in to the towns listed and enjoy exploring on our own. Unfortunately we spent more time on buses as the docking stations are too far away. We also had to change ships which meant a 3 hour bus journey therefore missing an afternoon in Nuremberg. That then necessitated a 1.5 hour coach journey back to visit Regensburg from Passau on the following day. When in Koblenz the ship only docked for 2 hours so again little time to explore. If you intend to book find out exactly where you will be docked and for how long. We were also not informed at booking that the sun deck would be closed for 2 days because of low bridges. Had I been informed at booking I would not have paid extra for a balcony as we could not sit on it for about half the trip as the ship was docked along side other Viking boats a number of times. The included tours would have been good had it not been so busy. The number of tourists at the venues being taken around on guided tours meant they were packed (many of them from other Viking ships). Most of our guides however were knowledgeable and interesting. I cannot complain about the ship, cabin , staff or food. The sip was clean, the cabin whilst small was good and the food very good. I would not do another river cruise and would not recommend this one. We have emailed Viking but as expected have had no response. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Cabins as well as the boat were very clean. The waitstaff in the dining room were excellent. The excursions (included with the fare) were decent, but the logistics were horrible. Tour director blamed all errors on everyone but Viking. Lack ... Read More
Cabins as well as the boat were very clean. The waitstaff in the dining room were excellent. The excursions (included with the fare) were decent, but the logistics were horrible. Tour director blamed all errors on everyone but Viking. Lack of shuttles, poor docking spaces and "everyone else has the same problems" was the norm. When we booked, the airfare was included. Our agent (not Viking) suggested that we don't use that service since there were multiple flights and no seat assignments until you reach the gate. So we paid for a direct flight, and didn't ask for, or were offered a rebate or concession for not booking via Viking. I was ok with that since it was my decision. Now comes the ultimate insult! When departing, i asked when the shuttle to the airport was leaving, and was told since i didn't arrange flights through Viking I had to get my own taxi to the airport. I paid for, but didn't book through Viking, so I couldn't get on the bus. Even charge me to use the shuttle would have been less of an insult. Profit driven, not customer driven. Viking may be the most popular and have the most boats on the river, but anything would have been better. Shame on you Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We liked this cruise so much we booked two for next year! Viking takes care of everything--all you have to do is get to the airport in your home city. The pre-extension helped us shift into "vacation" mode. Our ship was ... Read More
We liked this cruise so much we booked two for next year! Viking takes care of everything--all you have to do is get to the airport in your home city. The pre-extension helped us shift into "vacation" mode. Our ship was beautiful. We especially enjoyed the "extra touches" such as fresh flowers in many places. The entertainment was a great combination of different musicians and types of music. The pace was relaxing yet full of many interesting places with the excursion guides telling stories to help us understand the local culture and history. When Viking takes care of the transfer off the ship to the airport, that definitely eliminates stress. The Program Director was a wealth of knowledge and clearly committed to passenger satisfaction. All staff were very friendly and many got to know us by name. One of the most relaxing and definitely the most stress-free vacation we've had. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
After going on several ocean cruises this was on our list for a long time. We chose Viking after doing a lot of research and chose the Mimir departing Amsterdam on May 27th to try and catch the Tulips in bloom which we did. After the trip ... Read More
After going on several ocean cruises this was on our list for a long time. We chose Viking after doing a lot of research and chose the Mimir departing Amsterdam on May 27th to try and catch the Tulips in bloom which we did. After the trip we both said that was the best trip we had ever been on. The Viking experience was great from the arrangement of air transportation to the excursions, food, entertainment and hospitality of the ships crew. Already looking to take another one on Viking. The Grand European cruise was all anyone could ask for. Experiencing the different cultures in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary as well as the scenic aspect and food was incredible. The excursions that Viking offered whether the included ones or the extra ones that are offered were excellent. Our Cruise Director Niki was fantastic. Will definitely sail with Viking again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Have been on 9 previous Viking cruises. Wanted to do the Tulips and Windmill cruise. I think Viking is more focused on quantity rather than quality. If this had been our 1st Viking cruise, I would probably have rated it excellent. But ... Read More
Have been on 9 previous Viking cruises. Wanted to do the Tulips and Windmill cruise. I think Viking is more focused on quantity rather than quality. If this had been our 1st Viking cruise, I would probably have rated it excellent. But after 8 or 9 previous cruises, it did not measure up to my expectations. The cruise director was below average. The guides were only acceptable. Service on board met our expectations but was not exceptional. This was the least favorite of our Viking cruises. We have had recent experience with AMA cruises and they are beating you on the same routes even though they may be slightly more expensive. I think Viking is giving more attention to their ocean cruises to the detriment of their river cruises which should be their bread and butter for the business model. Don’t lose track of what has made you successful. Thanks for listeny Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Viking Mimir – April 9 – 19, 2018 – Tulips & Windmills Why this cruise?. We have done 37 ocean cruises, but only three river cruises, so we thought this one would be a good idea. And we were correct. It was a very nice ten ... Read More
Viking Mimir – April 9 – 19, 2018 – Tulips & Windmills Why this cruise?. We have done 37 ocean cruises, but only three river cruises, so we thought this one would be a good idea. And we were correct. It was a very nice ten days sailing on canals and rivers through the Netherlands and Belgium; and seeing huge amounts of flowers and windmills. We had Viking arrange the air which was a non-stop British Air from Phoenix to London and then a short hop to Schiphol in Amsterdam. Our flight was overnight, so we opted for business class. We were met by Viking at the airport, which is second only to Heathrow for size in Europe; and arrived at the boat in time for dinner. We were probably the last on board. Shore excursions Viking offers at least one free excursion every day, and a choice of paid trips. The cost of the paid trips is not high by cruise standards Our first day was spent touring Amsterdam by canal boat for a few hours in the morning. We have been there a few times; but love the central city. In the afternoon we took a paid tour of the Delft “Porcelain” factory. It is not true porcelain, but ceramic ware; striking nonetheless. The next day we arrived in Hoorn, which is on an enclosed bay north of Amsterdam. We took a paid tour which included a visit to a farm with a wind turbine owned by the farmer; but managed by his wife. Her explanation of the turbine, which is one of many supplying electricity throughout the country was fascinating. We then went to a tulip farm which was an amazing operation, growing millions of tulips, all for shipment outside Holland. It was difficult to understand the full process of this family run enterprise, but it was extremely enlightening. Thursday was spent in Arnhem; which was the location of a major battle, and allied defeat, in 1944. Driving through the beautiful countryside was nice, with the tour guide providimg a very detailed history of the battle. We stopped at a small, partly finished museum, and enjoyed a very good cup of coffee. We sailed at 4:00 A.M for Kinderdijk, arriving at 1:00 P.M. where Edith enjoyed a walking tour of a historic windmill, which showed how the family once lived in it. There also was a lecture on water management which she found very enlightening. Saturday we arrived in Antwerp in Belgium. The walking tour was conducted by a California girl. Most of our time was spent in the Cathedral, which had some very nice art works, but our guide did not manage time well and we had to return to the boat without seeing much else of the city. The next day was spent in Bruges, which is a very attractive old city that we had visited before. Our guide did an excellent job, and we particularly enjoyed the busy central square as well as the canal with its boats. Monday we were in Zeeland, which adjoins the North Sea and is entirely below sea level. We learned about the disastrous flooding which occurred in 1953, killing more than 1800 people. It led to the building of huge dikes to protect the land from the sea, and they are an amazing sight. We sailed that afternoon past Rotterdam, which is the major western Europe port, and very active. Tuesday we were in Amsterdam and our tour was of the Keukenhof Gardens. This is a stunning place containing a huge array of all sorts of flowers; both in the open and in buildings. It is open for only eight weeks each year from the end of March to the end of May. It occupies over 69 acres and is truly spectacular. This was a provided tour by Viking, which was nice considering that the normal entrance fee is 59 Euros. This did not stop a very large crowd of visitors, and it shouldn’t. We returned to the boat for our farewell dinner well satisfied with the day. The next day most of the passengers returned home, but we stayed overnight, visiting the Stedelijk Museum in the afternoon and attending a concert at the Concertgebouw that evening. This hall has perhaps the finest acoustics of any concert venue, and the orchestra is one of the top five in the world, so we enjoyed a Beethoven piano concerto, the Harry Janos Suite by Kodaly and a Prokoflev orchestral piece. The following day we flew home. The Mimir This is one of Viking’s “Longships” and was launched in 2015. It will carry 190 passengers and we had 183 on board, so it is as big as any river boat. The cabin furnishings are in a largely pleasant light wood, with enough room in our verandah cabin for everything. The bathroom was quite adequate with a shower that worked very well, maintaining the desired temperature. The stateroom had a small couch and coffee table, with an adequate desk. The verandah was small, with two chairs and a table. The weather did not encourage much outdoor seating. Deck two forward had the large dining room, with tables for six and eight, inviting interaction with one’s fellow passengers. The tableware was Villeroy and Boch, hotel quality of course, but very attractive. The boat’s lounge was on Deck three, and had comfortable seating, but probably did not hold all the passengers. There was an “alfresco” small dining area forward of the lounge, and an outside viewing area forward of that. The sky deck had a large covered area mid-ships, and, as always on riverboats, one could look into the captain’s bridge. A visit was provided here, and the equipment was quite impressive. The Food As river cruise boats go, the dining was quite good, although Edith felt that the vegetarian offerings fell short on some days. The choices were fewer than on ocean going ships, but the quality of the cooking and service was high. The baked goods were especially nice. The breakfast buffet did not have the full fruit selection we were accustomed to see on our ocean voyages, and the toaster was out of service for a few days. Lunches were also limited as to the items available; but we never went hungry. Wine and beer were freely poured at all lunches and dinners as well as at a few special events. The Crew Viking does a superb job with its guest relations and crew efficiency. Our cabin was made up by the time we returned from breakfast every day. The cruise director was always available, on board or on shore, and very helpful. The Captain was quite young, but always around and friendly. All the waiters were pleasant and efficient. The front desk people were especially nice. The atmosphere on board was as good as anyone could hope for. Onboard Entertainment There was a pianist and singer providing music every day. Twice a group of local musicians provided entertainment, and there were some talks on local life and culture as well. The cruise director explained the next day’s tour options every evening before dinner. Fellow Passengers A scurvy lot! No, of course not. The percentage of people from the UK was probably higher than 50%, which made conversations quite interesting. As usual we were almost all retired and enjoying life. While most on board had done a fair amount of river cruising, the number of ocean cruisers was low compared to our experience at sea. The Overall Experience This was a very enjoyable cruise, matching the AMA Waterways AmaVida we took on the Duoro River ln Portugal 4 years ago. While the weather was quite cool at times, we were able to dress warmly enough, and we had no rain on shore. The care and attention of the crew was superb, the boat very convenient, and the tours quite good. We can definitely recommend Viking for any river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We took the pre-cruise Amsterdam extension to explore our departure city and see area attractions. A pre-cruise extension also serves to help adjust to time differences and flights prior to boarding the cruise ship. A Viking host was ... Read More
We took the pre-cruise Amsterdam extension to explore our departure city and see area attractions. A pre-cruise extension also serves to help adjust to time differences and flights prior to boarding the cruise ship. A Viking host was available daily for consultation and recommended restaurants, city tours, and any services needed. The Hotel Movenpick was centrally located for walking tours and provided very good accommodations. All transfers were included along our itinerary and as always Viking was exceptional with every detail. All was as promised and expected. This was our second cruise on the Mimir. Our cabin was comfortable, on-board dining and service throughout the cruise was superb, and evening activities were interesting and informative. We selected both included and optional excursions that featured beautiful scenery, cultural traditions, museums, and everything from major war battles sites such as "Operation Market Garden" and Flanders Fields to an impressive collection of paintings by van Gogh in Arnhem. My wife and I enjoyed a bicycling excursion through the village of Kinderdijk's historical windmills. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The ship was wonderful and comfortable, the staff was stellar. They took care of our every need. The food was wonderful and very tasty. We enjoyed the excursions. They were very educational as well as being entertaining. We even had ... Read More
The ship was wonderful and comfortable, the staff was stellar. They took care of our every need. The food was wonderful and very tasty. We enjoyed the excursions. They were very educational as well as being entertaining. We even had several that were very moving. This being our first cruise we were not sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. The other passengers were delightful to interact with. The captain was very gracious to let us tour his crows nest. My favorite excursion was the Kuekenhof garden, That was a wonderful visual experience. We also enjoyed the home visits. It was very nice to get to speak to people in their home. I also enjoyed them bringing a silversmith to show his expertise. I even bought jewelry for my new daughter in law. All in all it was a great experience for our first cruise ever. We are looking forward to going on another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose Viking River Cruises because we had heard so many excellent things about them from previous customers. The date and cost of the cruise also fit into our plans. We have been on the larger cruise lines and liked them, but Viking ... Read More
We chose Viking River Cruises because we had heard so many excellent things about them from previous customers. The date and cost of the cruise also fit into our plans. We have been on the larger cruise lines and liked them, but Viking is a totally different, positive experience and totally exceeded all expectations we had. The rooms were very nice, the heated floor in the bathroom was totally awesome, the amenities were top of the line and always replenished and on hand. The complimentary water provided in the rooms was also topped off sufficiently, sometimes more than once a day. Bottled water was provided as you disembarked the ship for excursions, as well as umbrellas when the weather was wet. Viking's manner of communication while on excursions, was nothing short of awesome -- they were called "quiet boxes" with earphones and each person had their own, which was charged in your room when not in use. The person leading the excursion would talk into their own quiet box and you could hear everything being said without being right next to the guide. The staff on our ship were beyond attentive and pleasant, the who while being professional. The food was geared to the town we were visiting and always appetizing and interesting. The towns and all the history were something I will always treasure and a great and unique experience. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
The timing was ideal. Central Europe was beautiful. The weather was ideal, as the vineyard leaves were showing fall colors. The cruise schedule was the right combination of scenic cruising and off-vessel tours. Our tour Director always ... Read More
The timing was ideal. Central Europe was beautiful. The weather was ideal, as the vineyard leaves were showing fall colors. The cruise schedule was the right combination of scenic cruising and off-vessel tours. Our tour Director always had the answers and kept us informed in a fun way. Entertainment during the evenings on board was delightful, exciting and educational. Dining always included a choice of locally inspired dishes and desserts. Room service was superb. Ports and shore excursions were just the right combination of activity, education and fun. We participated in all included tours and several optional tours. The staff always greeted us and often recognized us by name. We are two seniors on a honeymoon. We enjoyed dining with many different groups. We would go again. Travel arrangements were very well managed. We were met at the Amsterdam Airport by Viking Guides giving us immediate confidence that it was going to be a great trip. We are planning another river cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Travel to Europe, especially Germany was high on our "Bucket List". We researched several other "River Cruise" companies but chose Viking because of their itinerary, excursions and reputation. We were not disappointed ... Read More
Travel to Europe, especially Germany was high on our "Bucket List". We researched several other "River Cruise" companies but chose Viking because of their itinerary, excursions and reputation. We were not disappointed because the beauty of each country and travelling along the Danube, Main and Rhine were fabulous. The sights along the Rhine with all the castles and vineyards were breath-taking. The staff was so friendly and personable and the food was absolutely decadent. We enjoyed great entertainment every evening with Nelly and Martin. The ship was beautifully designed and the cabins were very comfortable. We loved the French balcony as it provided a beautiful view with the floor to ceiling patio windows. The excursions were well organized and the guides were "locals" that were very knowledgeable and informative. My husband and I usually do not go to a destination that we have already done but, we both agree that we would repeat this trip again! The only thing we regret is that we ended in Amsterdam but did not extend our stay to spend time visiting this amazing city. We did not realize we would be leaving so early on our last day and we were not able to see Amsterdam at all. Overall, we must say it was one of the best vacations we ever did and the staff, accommodations, food (and drink!), places we visited through the shore excursions and beauty we saw was superb! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
I loved the cruise. A great way to travel. Very relaxing. Programme Director was superb! Food was excellent. Included day trips were well selected and guides were well prepared and knowledgeable. Timing was good. Tour group sizes very ... Read More
I loved the cruise. A great way to travel. Very relaxing. Programme Director was superb! Food was excellent. Included day trips were well selected and guides were well prepared and knowledgeable. Timing was good. Tour group sizes very good. Selection of places to dock and location of docking was excellent and close or in the towns. The crew were very friendly and helpful. Information sent beforehand was helpful. We organized our flights with Viking and asked for aisle seating. I got aisle but my friend who also asked for aisle was assigned an inside seat. For long flights that is not fun. I am not sure why the mix-up occurred and complained when I talked with someone after. It makes me concerned about future planning of seating. It was helpful to have booked through Viking and paid the extra $50 to make the selections that we did. Good work guys! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
One of our friends had taken the Viking Amsterdam to Budapest Cruise in September 2016 and they recommended it to us. We had never taken a cruise and we wanted to give it a try. The idea of a river cruise was appealing and our friends ... Read More
One of our friends had taken the Viking Amsterdam to Budapest Cruise in September 2016 and they recommended it to us. We had never taken a cruise and we wanted to give it a try. The idea of a river cruise was appealing and our friends recommendation sealed the deal for us, so we booked the Viking Budapest to Amsterdam cruise in September 2018 and it turned out to be our best vacation ever. The service was top notch, from the crew who met us at the airport to the on-board staff. The meals on board ship were phenomenal - we sat at different tables every meal and met many great people from around the world. We took advantage of the included excursions which were all very interesting and we also took two optional excursions which we enjoyed immensely. We have since recommended a Viking River Cruise to many of our friends and we are considering a Viking River Cruise in China for May 2019. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
My wife Diane had never visited Europe and I had not been there since the 1960's. We enjoyed all the destinations from Amsterdam to Budapest. Traveling by ship was a very convenient way to travel and Viking made the trip fun and ... Read More
My wife Diane had never visited Europe and I had not been there since the 1960's. We enjoyed all the destinations from Amsterdam to Budapest. Traveling by ship was a very convenient way to travel and Viking made the trip fun and exciting. We enjoyed the staff, the food and the other guests. All our excursions were very well organized and everything ran right on time. We spent a extra day in Amsterdam and were able to visit many locations. The guides were wonderful and we really got to experience the city and enjoy the food. The cruise director was great and explained all the excursions the evening before and was there every day to make sure everything went smoothly. We had a woman in our party that needed extra care and was mostly in a wheelchair. Our cruise director, Barry, made sure she was able to see the sights and enwhole experience. The cabin was very comfortable and extremely clean. We will definitely travel with Viking in the future. Read Less
Viking Mimir Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 3.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.4
Family 3.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.4
Enrichment 4.0 4.2
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.2

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