1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Tour Director Stein provided us with regular updates, handled the logistics flawlessly, and even though we had to change boats from Baldur to Magni, it all went smoothly. Staff were attentive and cheerful, food was outstanding, ... Read More
Tour Director Stein provided us with regular updates, handled the logistics flawlessly, and even though we had to change boats from Baldur to Magni, it all went smoothly. Staff were attentive and cheerful, food was outstanding, entertainment and lectures were first class, and we learned about and saw, many fine features of these magnificent rivers. Our cabin was exceptionally comfortable and the cabin staff excellent. Stein threw in a concert in Vienna that was outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our trip of a lifetime, and we anticipated the best...we were not disappointed. If we did cruises on a regular basis, perhaps we would have a more informed ability to review (to be critical!!), but the whole experience lived up to ... Read More
This was our trip of a lifetime, and we anticipated the best...we were not disappointed. If we did cruises on a regular basis, perhaps we would have a more informed ability to review (to be critical!!), but the whole experience lived up to our expectations. The cabin was compact but completely functional, and as we did not spend a lot of time there apart from sleeping, there were no issues. The service overall was great, and that was the case in all areas of the ship. We were well catered for with food at all times - by the time we finished, we were glad to be able to experience different types of food, but we didn't tire of the ship food while we were cruising. Our fellow guests were interesting, and we became friends with a number of them. Our cruise adviser had suggested that there would be more of a mix of people than there actually was - the guests were about 70% USA in origin; but they were very good company. The shore excursions gave us a lot of pleasure, but the guides varied - some were totally exceptional (funny, informed, and with excellent language skills), some were very ordinary (basically the opposite of the exceptional), and the rest were between those two extremes. Fitness and recreation were almost non-existent, but we can't really blame the cruise company for that - high water levels meant that the top deck (which is the primary area for fitness and recreation) had to be closed off for most of the cruise for safety reasons (i.e. there was very little clearance under the bridges). The only criticism is that a significant proportion of the passengers (perhaps 1 in 4) came down with severe gastro, and the crew did not provide any helpful communication about this. Apart from providing a hand sanitiser for each cabin, there was no other action taken; at least, not that I was aware of. Overall, this was a great trip, and I would recommend it to others. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our first River Cruise and what a fabulous adventure it was from the start in Amsterdam to the spectacular finish when we arrived in Budapest and it's amazing light show! The crew on our ship - the Magni were outstanding! ... Read More
This was our first River Cruise and what a fabulous adventure it was from the start in Amsterdam to the spectacular finish when we arrived in Budapest and it's amazing light show! The crew on our ship - the Magni were outstanding! They liked what they did and it showed. We so enjoyed their high energy level and how much fun they were to be with all the time. As we cruised, ultimately through 67 sets of locks, we gazed at castles, churches and gorgeous scenery and enjoyed our meals that matched the region we were in with regional dishes and drink. We were entertained nightly with activities, toured many cities during the day, had demonstrations and educational lectures. Yes! - we will be back traveling yet another river with Viking! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
This was our first river cruise -- the Grand European -- and we went in with limited expectations, although at the steep rates we did expect the best. We weren't disappointed. No complaints possible about onboard conditions and ... Read More
This was our first river cruise -- the Grand European -- and we went in with limited expectations, although at the steep rates we did expect the best. We weren't disappointed. No complaints possible about onboard conditions and treatment -- everything was well-maintained and the staff were extremely helpful and cheerful. The food was also superb, thanks to chef Michel and his team. It was hard not to over-indulge. Wine was included with lunch and dinner. Program director Claus ran a good tour and onboard event program as well. Pianist Jerzy provided good lounge entertainment and there were some special concerts a few evenings. There were many activities, but no feeling of pressure to participate. It was an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere and we had a lot of fun. We travelled with friends, which added to the enjoyment, and we met lots of other interesting people on board. A lot of the actual travel took place overnight, to permit shore stops and tours, with a limited amount of daytime cruising through the most interesting sections of the Rhine and the Danube. Most of the onshore tours were included, but there were a few optional extras. We chose a few and were happy with our choices (e.g. bus to Rothenburg, concert in Vienna, wine tour in Krems). Our shipboard days were very full, but you could always choose not to go onshore for a tour. There was plenty of relaxation time. We also took extensions in both Amsterdam and Prague. There was more free time in the extensions, but the tours were a little tougher, especially in Prague, where we had a very long and gruelling first day. Fitness involved walking, since there were no exercise facilities on board apart from a walking track on the top deck. Tours at the stops were mostly on foot, and many on cobbled streets. Some were quite lengthy, a challenge for some passengers. I know I was stretched at times, having arthritis. They did offer some slower-paced tours in certain spots, as well as some tougher trips in others. It balanced out pretty well, but I would like to have seen a lot more information ahead of time in order to pace myself better. As well, they always give distances in times, and everything seems to be "5 to 10 minutes"...whether it could be 5, or 25, depending on your degree of fitness. A distance in kilometres would be more helpful, with information on the degree of incline and the frequency of stairs. We had our flights and transfers arranged by Viking as well, and another time would probably do our own. Transfers were "legal" but very tight, with little leeway for delays or getting lost in airports like Frankfurt. We got where we were going, with our luggage, but it was the most stressful part of the trip. We found Viking responsive to comments, both good and critical, and felt we got good value for the trip as a whole. We would consider travelling with Viking again, possibly on one of their new ocean trips. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We had a wonderful time! Our favorite vacation ever. The cruise folks were great! From our meal servers to our room maid to the managers to everyone, we were treated extremely well. The food on board was always varied and of high quality. ... Read More
We had a wonderful time! Our favorite vacation ever. The cruise folks were great! From our meal servers to our room maid to the managers to everyone, we were treated extremely well. The food on board was always varied and of high quality. The meals were some of the best relaxing time, a chance to chat with fellow travelers and exchange experiences. The visits to the cities on the way were always educational and well planned. The guides did a super job. As we review our pictures, we re-experience the whole trip and can't wait until we can schedule another cruise. I could go on for a long time about all the folks, visits, and memories we enjoyed, but I will end this review by simply saying "Thank you for providing a high point in our travel experiences." Jeff and Karen Hausdorf Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
I have never done a cruise before, ocean or otherwise, but my friend and I who are both in our 50s decided to do the Passau-Budapest Danube Waltz. The advertisements were compelling, but they don't do justice to the stunning sights. ... Read More
I have never done a cruise before, ocean or otherwise, but my friend and I who are both in our 50s decided to do the Passau-Budapest Danube Waltz. The advertisements were compelling, but they don't do justice to the stunning sights. Our flight to Munich was great; a Viking agent picked us up immediately and put us on a cushy bus to Passau....absolutely no problems. The boat, the Magni, is clean, new, tasteful, and we were greeted with a champagne cocktail. Our room was ready when we arrived, even though we were there before check-in time. It had ample room for our luggage and ourselves and was chic and well-designed--down comforter and smart finishes. No wasted space. A huge flat screen TV that offered CNN, BBC, and a few other channels, (that seemed to show American crime dramas only), as well as the weather, movies, and travel videos. The floor in the bathroom is heated!. We had the French Balcony room and could open our door and look out whenever we wanted. I was surprised at how quiet it was. And smooth too--I couldn't tell when we were moving or docked. The food was delicious--mind you I am not a connoisseur---and certainly not adventurous with food---so I was pleased to see food I recognized. American cuisine along with local/European dishes. They have GREAT coffee machines--espresso, cappuccino, coffee, tea, hot chocolate---anytime of day or night. Everyday there are activities planned--mostly bus or walking tours of various places--but you are free to go off and do what you want. I am not much of a group-tourist--I prefer to go on my own, but I did find that the 45 minute bus and/or walking tours did give me lots of information and afterwards we would go exploring on our own. Don't underestimate the places on the tour. Our first site in Passau was a cathedral. I yawned at the thought, but the place just floored us! Baroque style (get used to it--it's everywhere in Europe) and we even got an organ concert! There are other excursions you can do. We did Schonbrunn Palace but I wouldn't do it again. It was crowded, vast, and held so much ornateness and over-the-topness that I became overwhelmed after the first few rooms. It seemed to me that the stops got better as we went--first Passau, then Melk (whoever heard of Melk? It has an abbey that is nicer than anything you have ever seen--who knew?), Salzburg, then Vienna. I didn't think there could be anything grander than Vienna---until Budapest appeared. We arrived at night and the place was lit up like a birthday cake for God! DO NOT MISS IT. The service onboard is impeccable. Rooms cleaned thoroughly. Food served quickly and special requests honored gracefully. Every one of the staff, from the program director to housekeeping, were friendly and attentive. Bed turn-down service with next day's itinerary on your bed when you come back from dinner. I had never been treated so well and at the end of the cruise, I didn't want to leave. That is service. Okay now for the downside :# 1. We went to shop the Christmas markets, but everything was way too expensive. Wait until Bratislava or Budapest to shop--prices are much more reasonable. But it was still fun drinking their mulled wine and soaking up the atmosphere. #2. If your airfare is included and Viking is making your reservation, you cannot upgrade your seats beyond economy 'comfort' class. The seats were roomier but not like in first class. Overall, we had a great cruise. I have no other cruises to compare it with, but at this point, I don't plan on cruising with anyone but Viking again.   Read Less
Viking Magni Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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