Sail Date: September 2014
Enjoyed the exposure to the Hungarian countryside. Interesting horsemanship demonstrations and tour of the "farm". Not entirely sure of the state/treatment of the horses and other animals.
Enjoyed the exposure to the Hungarian countryside. Interesting horsemanship demonstrations and tour of the "farm". Not entirely sure of the state/treatment of the horses and other animals. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
DisembarkationAgain, this is very easy. The day before, there is a briefing that AMA asks to be attended by at least one person per cabin. They explain the disembarkation process including explaining the process for those with AMA ... Read More
DisembarkationAgain, this is very easy. The day before, there is a briefing that AMA asks to be attended by at least one person per cabin. They explain the disembarkation process including explaining the process for those with AMA transfers, those needing a cab, and those on their own. If you need a taxi, the Cruise Director will schedule it for you, including ordering a larger cab if several groups are going to the same place at the same time and donâ(EURO)(TM)t mind traveling together. For this cruise, there was pre-set price for the taxis depending on whether you were going to the airport or a town hotel. The price was reasonable and the cabs were really hired cars so they were very clean and new. They try and space out the cabs so there is not a huge line waiting for cabs. This was managed very well, much like everything else on the cruise.The day before disembarkation, you are given a summary to-date of your on-board charges. The bill is in Euros and you can pay either by cash or credit card. You are also given tip envelopes for the crew and Cruise Manager. Tips are not automatically added to your bill so you must put cash in the envelopes or fill out the credit card form of what you want to pay and it will be added to your final bill. The cruise line recommends 20 Euros (3 for the Cruise Director and 17 for the other crew members) per passenger per day and frankly, they are worth every penny. Obviously, everyone has their own tipping philosophy but for us, we could not have been more impressed with the service. We also gave an additional tip directly to the Cruise Manager and Cabin Steward for their special attention to detail. We also tipped our drink servers when we signed for our drink bills in the lounge. And a little suggestion, tip large the first drink order. They will remember you the rest of the trip which is especially good at dinner when they are trying to get to everyone with beer and wine!!Depending on when you are leaving and how you are leaving, you are asked to pick up the appropriate corresponding colored luggage tags. They ask that you put your large luggage in the hallway an hour before you are to leave but no later than 9:00 am since you are supposed to be out of your room by then so they can clean the room for the next cruise. The do serve a normal breakfast and it is OK to stay later in the common areas as long as the boat is still in port. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
By far the most amazing city that was on the entire itinerary. I just wish we could have stayed longer to experience more of the city. We managed to squeeze as much into the 17 hours we had before we had to pack and get off the ship before ... Read More
By far the most amazing city that was on the entire itinerary. I just wish we could have stayed longer to experience more of the city. We managed to squeeze as much into the 17 hours we had before we had to pack and get off the ship before our early am flight. The Christmas markets were in full swing by now. Here they not only had the mulled red wine, but they offered a vanilla spiced white mulled wine, that was the bomb! I also recommend trying the Chimney Cakes. It was just fun to try. I will be returning at some time to this city, because I feel cheated that I was not there longer Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Great port. Most ships seem to be docked within walking distance of all the main sights, the Castle Hill, the Chain bridge. A lot to see.
Great port. Most ships seem to be docked within walking distance of all the main sights, the Castle Hill, the Chain bridge. A lot to see. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
explored the limestone caves, where the hospital was built and usesd in the second world war, quite an experience to me was well worth going to visit.
explored the limestone caves, where the hospital was built and usesd in the second world war, quite an experience to me was well worth going to visit. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Enjoyed this port, and would have enjoyed more with perhaps another day. The place is too interesting to be there such a short time. The other ports of call on this voyage are not listed. Those being Bratislava, Vienna, Melk, Passau, ... Read More
Enjoyed this port, and would have enjoyed more with perhaps another day. The place is too interesting to be there such a short time. The other ports of call on this voyage are not listed. Those being Bratislava, Vienna, Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Wertheim, Koblenz, Cologne and Kinderdijk. Each of these ports of call had its own charm and attractions well worth visiting and seeing. The people were all friendly. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
The city is pretty interesting with a castle area that was bombed in WWII. Contrast with the Communist days is pretty dramatic. It is full of cafes but not a shopping town--malls in the suburbs have taken shopping away--and what we saw was ... Read More
The city is pretty interesting with a castle area that was bombed in WWII. Contrast with the Communist days is pretty dramatic. It is full of cafes but not a shopping town--malls in the suburbs have taken shopping away--and what we saw was basic, universal.People were friendly and spoke English. Some great bridges. You can walk to most places in the old city. A fenicular takes you up to the castle area from the river edge. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
This was my favorite port. It is a beautiful city filled with lovely architecture and wonderful people. This was the best Christmas market that we visited.
This was my favorite port. It is a beautiful city filled with lovely architecture and wonderful people. This was the best Christmas market that we visited. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Bus driver was rude and the city had a very Eastern European feel to it. Did look pretty at night on the evening cruise.
Bus driver was rude and the city had a very Eastern European feel to it. Did look pretty at night on the evening cruise. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We could hardly understand Susan. 5 minutes into the walking tour her quiet box died making it even more hard to hear her. In the church we stood instead of being seated because she didn't want to disturb her colleagues. What about
We could hardly understand Susan. 5 minutes into the walking tour her quiet box died making it even more hard to hear her. In the church we stood instead of being seated because she didn't want to disturb her colleagues. What about us? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Never got there by boat. Port was 1.5 to 2 hours out from Budapest. Vistas were terrible. Experience was terrible, so much that guests departed and gave up their last night to head to a hotel in Budapest. I wish I had.. We did not get a ... Read More
Never got there by boat. Port was 1.5 to 2 hours out from Budapest. Vistas were terrible. Experience was terrible, so much that guests departed and gave up their last night to head to a hotel in Budapest. I wish I had.. We did not get a cruise on the Danube in Budapest. Excursion to Budapest was short and mediocre. Better to do this great city on your own. Forget Viking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
The plane booked for us by Viking arrived so late (5 hours wait in Paris in-between flights) that we barely made dinner... Some of the other guests were equally unfortunate, while others were greeted with cocktails in the morning, had ... Read More
The plane booked for us by Viking arrived so late (5 hours wait in Paris in-between flights) that we barely made dinner... Some of the other guests were equally unfortunate, while others were greeted with cocktails in the morning, had lunch on the ship and a walking tour of Budapest in the pm. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2012
Saw a lot, learned a lot. Never enough time. The section is useless. Next port Bratislava not listed. Neither are Vienna, Durnstein/Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinerderdjik - all ... Read More
Saw a lot, learned a lot. Never enough time. The section is useless. Next port Bratislava not listed. Neither are Vienna, Durnstein/Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinerderdjik - all ports we visited. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
We got there a day early in order to recover from jetlag, so took the city bus tour and explored more on foot for day one of the cruise. The city itself is very unique--Buda (the old city) and Pest located on two sides of the river. What ... Read More
We got there a day early in order to recover from jetlag, so took the city bus tour and explored more on foot for day one of the cruise. The city itself is very unique--Buda (the old city) and Pest located on two sides of the river. What we found most interesting was the cultural history, it having been occupied by Mongols, Turks and Prussians over the years. It's quite beautiful and romantic. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
So much to see in this area but it was super crowded and we were left mostly on our own.
So much to see in this area but it was super crowded and we were left mostly on our own. Read Less

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