2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We knew people who had gone on the same trip. We were considering a Viking river trip and this one was what we wanted. We were able to see the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam, which is something we had really wanted to do. We were glad to ... Read More
We knew people who had gone on the same trip. We were considering a Viking river trip and this one was what we wanted. We were able to see the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam, which is something we had really wanted to do. We were glad to have that extra time at the beginning of our trip to explore Amsterdam a bit before embarking on our cruise. The ship, Saadi, was great. Our cabin, while not big, was comfortable and clean, and the maid who took care of our room did an excellent job every day! The food on board was wonderful— never any reason to be hungry! It seemed that all the waiters/waitresses would do anything to accommodate us. We were pleased that there was evening entertainment provided and we especially enjoyed the trivia contests! And the ports and shore excursions were all well planned. Our tour director, Stein, was great— he was very organized and kept everything, including all of us, on time. We enjoyed all of the ports and shore excursions, especially Salzburg (Sound of Music) and Vienna. We hadn’t read the optional tour description carefully enough and were surprised when we had a Viennese waltz lesson included in our tour! Even with the low water levels, having to change ships, and not having a full day in Budapest, we really enjoyed everything about the trip. We definitely would go on another Viking river trip. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
we picked this cruise due to timing and locale , the staff was absolutely wonderful...food was great, best cruise director ever and the service from every aspect was fantastic. very clean and well kept facilities, excellent food and a ... Read More
we picked this cruise due to timing and locale , the staff was absolutely wonderful...food was great, best cruise director ever and the service from every aspect was fantastic. very clean and well kept facilities, excellent food and a terrific cruise director. We can't wait to do another one! Thoroughly enjoyed all of the included group tours and added on a few extras whuch were also enjoyable. lots and lots of walking tours included and we added on a few extra tours whuch we also enjoyed. The other guests on our ship were fun to get to know...mostly Americans but some Aussies and Brits so it was fun mix of people and we enkjoyed pretty much everything about the cruise. The staff was absolutely fantastic..our cruise director was amazing..not only very knowledgeable but also very entertaining as well as helppful and patient. The food was fantastic and we were thankful for the walking tours to burn off some of the delicious extra calories we enjoyed daily courtesy of Chef Alex and his incredible crew! The housekeeping staff members were terrific..our rooms were serviced several times a day but we were never disturbed by a knock on the door so I have no idea how they knew when we in the room or out and about. We have already booked another Viking cruise this Spring and are looking forward to joining some friends on another cruise next year! The very best part was that we never once had rough water so between that and the flat bottomed ship getting queasy in rough water was never an issue! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
I did this cruise as a mother and daughter cruise for mom's 80th birthday. The ship experience was great for her. She could relax on board when she was tired and go off the ship when she had the energy. She made good use of the ... Read More
I did this cruise as a mother and daughter cruise for mom's 80th birthday. The ship experience was great for her. She could relax on board when she was tired and go off the ship when she had the energy. She made good use of the walking track on the sundeck for safe walking exercise (especially when the weather was cold and rainy). We really enjoyed the food on board - lots of options on and even off menu (the passion fruit and boiled eggs were a bit hit). We especially enjoyed having lunch (lots of variety from which to choose) on the aquavit terrace. I wandered off on some excursions without her and felt very safe leaving her on the ship. The crew was amazing with her. They got to know her preferences and treated her very well. I've traveled Viking before and will continue to do so. You guys do an amazing job all around. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Wanted to visit Christmas Marts in various cities. Cruise director was very mindful of our needs and was helpful all throughout the cruise. Cruise was excellent for all the stops. Easy to find the ship at various towns. Everything ... Read More
Wanted to visit Christmas Marts in various cities. Cruise director was very mindful of our needs and was helpful all throughout the cruise. Cruise was excellent for all the stops. Easy to find the ship at various towns. Everything close to ship. Individual tour guides at each town did an excellent job describing the city and all we should see. Budapest was a wonderful city we were disappointed that we didn't come a few days sooner. Because of the length of time we spent traveling, when we got to ship we were beyond exhausted and after dinner went to bed. Enjoyed the wine and beer served at dinner. All the meals were excellent Wished we had more time in Vienna. So much to see in this great city. Wouldn't mind taking this river cruise again. It was very interesting and would see more things if we did it again. We would definitely recommend getting to Budapest a day or two before river cruise. This city is an amazing and interesting place to visit. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Just loved River Cruise. The sights on deck, the dining experience no preferred seating, the extremely helpful staff, the outings at each port, so well organized and finally the cleanliness everywhere on board’ and the very comfortable ... Read More
Just loved River Cruise. The sights on deck, the dining experience no preferred seating, the extremely helpful staff, the outings at each port, so well organized and finally the cleanliness everywhere on board’ and the very comfortable cabins. I do however suggest you do not take the outing at the baths in Budapest, they were not what we were expecting’ felt like just a big pool we have at home, other guests also felt the same way as they did not take us to the advertised place. Each port we visited we were greeted by tour guides who were well versed and were quite enjoyable. I would recommend River cruising to anyone who wants a relaxing trip and letting someone else do the planning. Sometimes it’s just fun to be so well served. We also enjoyed the casual feel of this particular cruise, you don’t need to get all dressed up if you wish to be casual or dressed up is also fine. If we were to start over would have booked a few extra nights in Amsterdam to visit since there was no time there at all, off the ship and straight to the airport for return flight. Can.t wait for our next trip. Mmm wonder where, Happy sailings Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
We had previously been on the Viking River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basil. Thoroughly enjoyed it and decided to take a longer cruise this time. Viking lives up to its advertising. The ship is spotless, Staff cannot do enough for you. I ... Read More
We had previously been on the Viking River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basil. Thoroughly enjoyed it and decided to take a longer cruise this time. Viking lives up to its advertising. The ship is spotless, Staff cannot do enough for you. I have been on "big" cruise boats and will never go back. Viking is our choice. We plan to make a Viking Ocean cruise December of 2018. This time Australia to New Zeland. The limited number of people makes for a much better experience. The river boats have a max of 190 guests and the ocean 998. this is manageable. The barman even knew what I liked to drink on the second night. Great service. The side trips vary. Some are free and some you need pay extra for. The side trips we paid for were worth every penny. Viking uses a microphone for its' guides, you have an earphone and always hear every word of the guide's presentation even at a distance. No having to get to the head of the group to hear what is going on. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I selected this cruise because the itinerary has been on my fridge for 4 years. The price dropped and I got a awesome deal. River cruising is different than ocean cruising so do not expect the same food, entertainment, etc. If you do, ... Read More
I selected this cruise because the itinerary has been on my fridge for 4 years. The price dropped and I got a awesome deal. River cruising is different than ocean cruising so do not expect the same food, entertainment, etc. If you do, you will be disappointed. Cruising rivers in Europe take time with the water levels and locks. The ship was in good shape. Our veranda cabin was nice. When we double docked (yes, this does happen), our balcony was up against the other ship. This is common on the river. Meals varied in cuisine. One restaurant and one more relaxed option is available. Just how many restaurants do you expect to be provided for 180 passengers? Realistically, you cannot expect more. Now for the staff - second to none! The program director Ben is unbelievable. I still do not know when he sleeps. The front desk staff (especially Vivian) are awesome. The hotel staff are great. Restaurant and bar staff are excellent. Even the crew staff (maintenance, navigation, etc.) are excellent. Finally, please note this is a 15 day cruise. What type of people can afford to be gone for over 2 weeks? Old, retired, (and sometimes stuffy) retired people and this is the majority of the passengers. Remember, you are on this cruise to see places and explore the world, not eat, sleep and rock in a chair with fellow cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We wanted to try a river cruise and found it was so much more relaxing than ocean cruises. The service was wonderful as was the food. The small ship made it more likely to meet new people. The tours were well led and the guides were easy ... Read More
We wanted to try a river cruise and found it was so much more relaxing than ocean cruises. The service was wonderful as was the food. The small ship made it more likely to meet new people. The tours were well led and the guides were easy to hear and understand. Our cabin with a French balcony was comfortable but with very little space to store clothes. Cabins with a regular balcony had almost twice as much storage space. It was fun going through 68 locks rising in elevation and then going back down. It was interesting to see the top deck being collapsed to pass under low bridges and then restored to full height. Also it was nice to have beer and different wine included with each of the the meals. The free WiFi was also appreciated. Overall it was a wonderful cruise and we are looking forward to another river cruise soon. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
Being I was alone, I wanted a smaller ship with a smaller number of passengers. Viking had the European Cruise I wanted & a the ship size, plus the accomodations were excellent. The food, service people and the planned port & ... Read More
Being I was alone, I wanted a smaller ship with a smaller number of passengers. Viking had the European Cruise I wanted & a the ship size, plus the accomodations were excellent. The food, service people and the planned port & excursion trips worked beautifully. I would most certainly plan another river cruise with Viking. The seating arrangement worked out well for me. I got to sit with different guests at the smaller table of 6 and got to know people quicker. The staff was more than helpful when I lost contact with my phone or i-pad to keep in touch with my family. Two couples I met , more or less took me under their wing because this was my first cruise and they were well traveled. From not knowing anyone on the first night to becoming good friends before the trip ended was a wonderful experience! The staff all spoke english and went out of their way to be helpful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This Grand European river cruise has been on my wish list for a long time. We started in Budapest on Saturday, May 6, the Skadi is a lovely ship, our cabin was nice, it would have been nice to have two chairs instead of one chair and a ... Read More
This Grand European river cruise has been on my wish list for a long time. We started in Budapest on Saturday, May 6, the Skadi is a lovely ship, our cabin was nice, it would have been nice to have two chairs instead of one chair and a stool, but otherwise was comfortable. The dining was wonderful, I needed special foods because of allergies and Ivan was wonderful assisting me. The ship's entertainment was fun and the service outstanding. I was surprised at the many ships at each port we visited. Sometimes several ships had to raft and walk through to get ashore, once we had to climb up to the top deck and cross over the top deck of the adjacent ship, then descend down to get off the ship. The included shore excursions were great, those guides were outstanding and the choices of ports was good. I was disappointed in the paid excursion to the Lipizzaner horses, we did not realize we would not get to see them perform or exercise, instead we had a tour of the stables. For the price of euro 99, for "Behind the Scenes at the Lipizzans" it was not what I expected. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress tour was a disappointment too. I could have taken the Cable Car and walked through the Fortress for 8 euros instead of euro 49 because the so called guide who did a ridiculous skit as we walked through the outside to the Bier Garden where he left us to go tour on our own. Had it not been for these two excursions this would have been a 5 star cruise. There is so much history about WWII to be seen on this tour, I had read about the shoes memorial left along the Danube River in Budapest. The Skadi was anchored nearby. Seeing it saddened me to think this was done by the Nazi's. I loved seeing the castles and homes along the rivers. Cruising down the rivers and going through the locks was wonderful, it was exciting to watch the ship rise up and cross the Continental Divide then descend through the Main to the Rhine River. Passing the Lorelai and hearing the story was wonderful. Seeing the Windmills at Kinderdijk was interesting, there were too many people inside the mill to be able tours upstairs. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We took the Grand European cruise because it was on sale, we wanted to take a last minute trip, and we had never done a river cruise. In February we had travelled through Australia on our own ,so we're looking forward to having ... Read More
We took the Grand European cruise because it was on sale, we wanted to take a last minute trip, and we had never done a river cruise. In February we had travelled through Australia on our own ,so we're looking forward to having someone else worry about the logistics. From the first day aboard, we were delighted. The service in our room and at the restaurant were wonderful. Each time we returned to our room, it had been refreshed. We always ate lunch and dinner in the same area so had the same two waiters. They were great. One afternoon, I asked for dome chocolate ice cream which wasn't on the menu. Our waiter brought vanilla with chocolate sauce. I thanked him, but told him I would skip dessert and maybe someone else would like this. About five minutes later he returned with chocolate ice cream which he had found in the neighboring sister ship. SERVICE!!! All but one of our included tours was excellent. The individual transmitters allowed us to hear all that our local guides had to share. Nothing was too strenuous. The daily briefings and the suggestions of our concierge were a big help, as were the daily news sheets. We had such a wonderful time that we've booked the Russian cruise for next year. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
My husband and I sailed on the Viking Skadi Longship from 24 June to 9 July, 2016. Here are major observations and comments: - It was the BEST TRIP we have ever taken in our lives! - The Viking longship, Skadi, was spotless and the ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Viking Skadi Longship from 24 June to 9 July, 2016. Here are major observations and comments: - It was the BEST TRIP we have ever taken in our lives! - The Viking longship, Skadi, was spotless and the crew took meticulous care to keep the entire ship clean and shining. On two separate occasions, I saw room attendants literally cleaning the grout of the shower with toothbrushes. They visited us 3 times a day to prepare our room for the day or evening. Their housekeeping staff is exceptional. - Everything was superbly organized from start to finish. We were given clear instructions on each stop's disembarkation and embarkation procedures. - Our local tour guides in all the cities were just great. With English as a second language, they were easy to understand and the use of the QuietVoxes allowed you to hear and not have to strain to listen. - The Veranda Stateroom we had, had more than ample room with a hanging closet and several drawers in a dresser like cabinet. Bedside tables could hold magazines, books, etc.The bed was comfy with high quality duvet, bedding and pillows. Lots of space on which to place toiletries, makeup, etc. It came furnished with a hairdryer and high quality shampoos, conditioners, body lotion and body wash. It also had a safe for storage of extra money, passports, etc. The bathroom had a wonderful shower and overall provided the needed room to prepare in the morning without wasting space. -The FOOD!!! Oh my gosh, I could write pages about this aspect alone. We ate primarily in the dining room for breakfast and dinner. Sometimes we would visit the Aquavit Terrace where they had a light meal buffet going during the same meal hours. The choices we had in the dining room always included a meat and/or fish and vegetarian dishes. We found the meals to be well prepared in terms of flavor, 'doneness" and portion size. If for any reason you wanted more of something, they were happy to provide it. Our wait staff was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the menu/food choices, but happy to try to accommodate alterations. Both wine and beer was provided at no extra charge and some of the wine was from local sources along the river. Dress on the cruise -- i brought a couple of fancy tops to wear at dinner with slacks or skirts I wore during the day and felt completely comfortable. There was no formality to this cruise unless you wanted to dress up which was perfectly fine. During the day, wear comfortable clothes and most importantly, shoes. You will be walking a fair amount on most of the tours and many times on cobblestones in the older sections of towns. Anything that gives your feet good support and base to walk on should be fine. Mix and match as much as you can to make good use of your packing space. No one pays attention to what you wear every day so wear things multiple times just like you might at home. On board laundry services are available but we never felt we needed them. - Viking Staff --- I cannot emphasize this enough. The Viking Staff were outstanding and truly exceptional at taking care of you. Our program director, Gary, was friendly, knowledgeable and was very precise in giving you instructions each day about boarding tour buses, getting back to the ship, etc. That and he was also just hilarious. Our cabin attendant was friendly, unobtrusive and a hard worker. She kept our room sparkling every day no matter how messy we were. Our wait staff...well, we fell in love with them. Courteous, fun, efficient, and their eyes were constantly on what they could do to make our dining experience even better. Reception and concierge staff -- Friendly, accommodating and available to help you with any unforeseen circumstance. Chef and Staff -- Executed and delivered every dish to perfection. On the 4th of July, the Pastry Chef even made a special USA Flag cake for us to celebrate our holiday with at dinner. Entertainment - We didn't participate in a lot of the on-board entertainment as we were usually interested in just sitting outside on top of the boat when possible and having a drink. However, we did enjoy some local German opera singers that came on board to sing, watched a very interesting glass blowing demonstration, learned how to make apple strudel (perhaps enough to feed 150 people), and listened to one of the most fascinating lectures on the history of Austria. You can participate as much or as little as you choose. No one judges! Shore Excursions - There were several people that had visited some of the ports before so they opted for additional excursions. We stuck to the ones included in the price of the trip and were not disappointed. In each port, we got to see significant places of interest, whether it was a castle, a cathedral, a quaint historic district, or a historic place like Hitler's Rally grounds in Nuremberg. Some were definitely more interesting than others, but all were done incredibly well. The visit to the Windmills at Kinderdijk was fascinating. If you've made it this far in the review you can tell our experience was fantastic. The one area I haven't mentioned is the opportunity to meet some incredible fellow travelers. After about a week, we found ourselves being a part of a core group of 10 of us. We would have dinner together or tour together or just generally hang out on the boat together. These friendships have continued since we've been home even though we are spread out all over the U.S. We have even talked about trying to plan a trip together again. How better can you speak to an experience than to feel you have made unexpected friendships forced by the bond of a truly remarkable experience of traveling together on a Viking River Boat Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We wanted to celebrate out 60th wedding anniversary (Sept), but needed to go early to see the tulips! We had visited Holland 20 years ago and had on our "bucket list" for years. The longship was beautiful, the staff great and ... Read More
We wanted to celebrate out 60th wedding anniversary (Sept), but needed to go early to see the tulips! We had visited Holland 20 years ago and had on our "bucket list" for years. The longship was beautiful, the staff great and the ports were wonderful. Food was fantastic too. Viking was recommended because many of the tours were included in the price. Many other cruises charge for every one. The tour guides were excellent and the choice of cities to visit was very good. Highlights were :Keukenhof Gardens, Kinderjyk Windmills and the Delta Works. (you might guess I was an engineer). Dining was open seating so we met someone new at almost every meal. Wine and beer were provided at lunch and dinner. There were unlimited refills! This was not a "one glass" affair. Dinner options always included two entries and a choice to dine on the terrace for a buffet: nice alternatives. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
This was a great experience. We were celebrating (early) our 60th anniversary and had Tulips and Windmills on our Bucket List". Ratio of crew to guests was 50/174; a great mix. Tour guides were all excellent. All staff ... Read More
This was a great experience. We were celebrating (early) our 60th anniversary and had Tulips and Windmills on our Bucket List". Ratio of crew to guests was 50/174; a great mix. Tour guides were all excellent. All staff were outstanding; we were often called by name. Meals were superb. Wines were nice and not limited to a single glass.Many choices and the buffet on the Terrace was a nice change. Open seating means we met many new friends. The Skadi was beautiful; lovely common areas. Enjoyed the early evening briefing which always included comments from the Executive Chef. Shore excursions were great. we met many new people from all over the world. Crew was exceptionally attentive. Really liked the hot chocolate after the chilly tour of windmills. Likes the umbrellas which we needed often. We would do another Viking river cruise if time and age permits. Really liked the daily bulletin which was left in the room at dinnertime Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Helpful staff, great food, fun excursions--definitely met our expectations! We were pleased with all aspects of the cruise. For example, we had concerns about visiting Brussels after the recent terrorist attack, so an alternative ... Read More
Helpful staff, great food, fun excursions--definitely met our expectations! We were pleased with all aspects of the cruise. For example, we had concerns about visiting Brussels after the recent terrorist attack, so an alternative excursion was offered. Our trip to the windmills was challenging due to the heavy rain, but we managed to climb one anyhow. I accidentally lost a small bag while climbing the windmill, and the staff went back to retrieve it for me. One lady slipped and fell on her face and got a bloody nose, and she was given the best possible medical attention. Also, the waiters in the dining hall were amazing. They remembered each morning that we liked warm milk for our coffee, and they brought it to us without our even having to request it! The food was delicious, and I liked the fact that traditional foods from the countires we visited were offered. The evening entertainment (singing quartets, wooden shoe carver, etc.) were terrific. The pianist was incredible. He took requests, and there didn't seem to be a song that he didn't know, and he never seemed to tire of playing our favorite song each night--"May I Have This Dance for the Rest of Your Life?" Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
I made this cruise with a long time friend who loves to travel, loves Christmas, and loves to shop, like me! Our transfer to the longship went off without a hitch. Our ship was the Skadi. What a wonderful crew! They knew our name, ... Read More
I made this cruise with a long time friend who loves to travel, loves Christmas, and loves to shop, like me! Our transfer to the longship went off without a hitch. Our ship was the Skadi. What a wonderful crew! They knew our name, attended to our needs promptly and with a smile. The ship was terrific and we loved our cabin which was Stateroom 305 on Veranda (A) The port and shore excursions were terrific. Loved the listening packs. So helpful! The guides were locals who really knew about the area and gave interesting tidbits which made it even more interesting and gave us a real connection with the city/town. We loved having the time on our own and instructions were always clear as to how to get back to our ship or the pick-up bus. The time schedule was easy for us and we had time to do everything we wanted with out stress or hurry. We thoroughly enjoyed all the entertainment evenings as well. Sharon and I met some wonderful people that we enjoyed hanging out with. Our transfer from ship to airport was easy tho it left so early that it was still too dark and we would have loved to have enjoyed the views on our way to Munich. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!!! It was a memory of a lifetime with a dear friend. Best river cruise I ever made! (Out of 3, & one of those was a Christmas Cruise as well) Thank you! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was cruising for the totally gutless traveler. If you are totally new of overseas travel it might be good otherwise, no. EVERYTHING is totally scripted you are on a bus tour most days while your ship is "sailing through the ... Read More
This was cruising for the totally gutless traveler. If you are totally new of overseas travel it might be good otherwise, no. EVERYTHING is totally scripted you are on a bus tour most days while your ship is "sailing through the heart of Europe!" The planned activity level is really limited. If you have mobility issues, you might like it as they really cater to travelers with limited mobility. Didn't think the food was all that great. Most people wore jeans most of ht time I put on a dress for dinner the first night... and felt totally overdressed. I will say though that the staff were excellent. We ended up having to pack up and transfer to a different ship at the end of the first week due to low water. That had apparently been going on for months; however, we didn't find out we were not even on the ship we were originally scheduled on... until they sent an email the day before sailing. NEVER AGAIN! Don't get sucked in by there advertising! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We booked our riverboat cruise one year before our departure date in order to get the dates we wanted. When we arrived at our home airport (Halifax) we were told that Viking had booked us on two flights on the Germany to Prague leg of ... Read More
We booked our riverboat cruise one year before our departure date in order to get the dates we wanted. When we arrived at our home airport (Halifax) we were told that Viking had booked us on two flights on the Germany to Prague leg of trip (we had booked 3 days in Prague through Viking, prior to our 'tour')... one from Munich airport and one from Frankfurt airport (we had a ticket for Munich) after one hour of dealing with airport staff that couldn't figure out what was happening, I phoned the 1-800 after hours number and they eventually saw Viking mistake and made the correction so that we would be sure to catch the correct flight to Prague. We just made it to our plane. After being on the go for 34 hours, we eventually made it to Prague and hit the sack. It took several days to get over the flights and lack of sleep. We did enjoy Prague, but the stay is a blur. We were bused to Budapest on the third day to catch our boat and do a tour of Budapest the next day. It was an amazing city and could have stayed longer. The cities we visited along our trip were amazing, so much history, so much to see in many, but we could have done without some cities in order to have stayed longer in others, in particular, Vienna. The boat was just that, a boat... the cruise should not be called 'cruise' as it was somewhat like a bus 'tour'. It was a little less than expected for the $14,000 we paid for the 'cruise' part of the trip, but we did enjoy it anyway. The food was excellent most evenings, some evenings it left something to be desired. The staff were polite and welcoming, but rushed us most of the time, other times we were left waiting for a long time for our meal, and then rushed us to finish. I have no idea why. The few nights they had entertainment it was good, a little boring one night (mostly opera/classical). Most nights it was a pianist playing in the background. Our room was small, as expected, and very noisy when going through the locks, mainly the nights when going through the River Main, there was no insulation in exterior wall to keep out noise, awake many times through the night. By the time we got to Western Germany on the last leg of our trip we were tired of church and castle tours. Would have liked to have a better variety as far as what there is to see in these beautiful cities. The cities we enjoyed the most were the cities we stayed in the longest... they were Prague 2 1/2 days (not part of Riverboat Tour), Budapest - overnight, Amsterdam 2 days (on our own). We did have to switch ships due to low water levels in one area, this was not a surprise as we had been told in information mailed to us that this was sometimes a possibility when doing Riverboat Cruises. It became very confusing for passengers around this time though, because rumours were rampant, but no honest information was coming from the staff as to what would be happening, even if they just said they wouldn't know anything for sure until the last minute. With regard to knowing what was happening itinary-wise (extra paying tours) one had to attend the briefing in the lounge every evening around 6'ish or read the itinary paper from the day before.. sometimes this was missed by us and we were left in the dark regarding the extra tours. When we did find out, there was no room left - apparently, it's not easy to get a bus to take a few more passengers on a tour, with the exception of Vienna, where they needed every passenger to attend, so therefore, there was no cut off point for submitting your name. I cannot classify this excursion as a 'cruise', it was definitely a 'riverboat tour' along the same vein as a bus tour, but not quite as tiring, still hectic. I do not regret taking the tour as I did get to see the beauty and history of Mid-Europe first hand, from Czeck Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Holland. The 'boat', service, cabin, food and tours were suitable, just not worth the $14,000 plus Cdn. for tour and airfare that we paid for the 14 days. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
My wife and I highly recommend this cruise. We enjoyed the many tours (and the organization of groups according to their fitness level) and the valuable information provided by the tour guides. We had plenty of time to wander about by ... Read More
My wife and I highly recommend this cruise. We enjoyed the many tours (and the organization of groups according to their fitness level) and the valuable information provided by the tour guides. We had plenty of time to wander about by ourselves and at all times buses were on time to take us back to the boat. We also can't say enough about the humorous tour director (Valentine), courteous staff and excellent cuisine. The morning news schedules and afternoon meetings were most helpful in preparing us for the day's schedule. Our lower cabin was clean and comfortable. The smaller boat lends itself to a more intimate experience. The scenery the whole way is absolutely beautiful and we were impressed that the boat arrived as scheduled each day. Only thing we would recommend is greater laundry facilities and a place where we could iron clothes. Your prices are way to expensive. The pre-cruise itinerary sent was extremely helpful!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
We wanted to sail on the Rhine and Danube Rivers. The trip started in Amsterdam, and the tulips were in full bloom. We decided when making reservations to spend two extra days in this wonderful city and area. The Renaissance Marriott ... Read More
We wanted to sail on the Rhine and Danube Rivers. The trip started in Amsterdam, and the tulips were in full bloom. We decided when making reservations to spend two extra days in this wonderful city and area. The Renaissance Marriott hotel was very good. Once on the Skadi we marveled at the beauty of the ship. The staff was consistently attentive. Food and drink excellent. Some evenings had local entertainment. Views were excellent along the rivers. The locks carrying the ship up and down were quite interesting. We loved the local culture and towns on the agenda. Always the tour guides were informative and often funny stories were told about people and places. We could wander freely. Free time was ample. Our Veranda Suite was definitely the way to go. Spacious and we loved the balcony. Finally, sadly, we came to Budapest at the end of our travels. We loved this city as much as Amsterdam but for different reasons. Budapest showed all the history of the 20th century, and we found the citizens to be mindful of their often tortured history but proud also. We could have spent more time here also. One thing is certain, you will enjoy a Viking cruise very much. And now we will be embarking soon in France going from Paris to Normandy. Again the history will be anticipated. This will be our second river cruise, and we anticipate the same standard of excellence. Thank you excellent Viking staff, organization, and itinerary planners. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We were a group of 4 women. Three of us had traveled together before. We flew into Amsterdam two days befor the cruise. Unfortunately the luggage for two of us did not arrive with us. So, we went shopping. Viking was wonderful about ... Read More
We were a group of 4 women. Three of us had traveled together before. We flew into Amsterdam two days befor the cruise. Unfortunately the luggage for two of us did not arrive with us. So, we went shopping. Viking was wonderful about this, especially because it was the airlines issue. We were given an allowance. This gave us an extra chance to see more of Amsterdam as walkers. We found the appropriate stored to buy the few items we needed for the night and next day. The next afternoon our luggage was delivered. The hotel was wonderful. We spent two very nice days touring Amsterdam. We were picked up by buses to take us to the ship. Our cabins were very nice and clean. The ship's staff were excellent. One of our group is hearing impaired and they found a loop system for her for the shore excursions, which made it so much better for her so that she could hear the tour guides. On several occasions upon returning to the ship after an excursion, we were greeted by the staff with welcome back drinks. All of the shore excursions were well done, with knowledgeable guides. So much history in each of the towns and cities. Such interesting architecture. So different from here in the USA. We were fortunate that the tulips were in full bloom. The farm we visited had so much vivid color with rows and rows of tulips, that it almost hurt your eyes. We spent one day at the Kerkenhof gardens, where thousands of tulips were displayed. Entertainment and activities on the ship were lots of fun. The singer,musician was very talented and could sing almost any song. The wooden shoe making demonstration was was one of my favorites, along with the singing fishermen. Dining on the ship was culinary experience. There was a wonderful buffet every morning, with cold and hot choices. Each meal was exceptional. Not only was it delicious, but beautifully presented. This was a joyful experience! I would recommend this cruise to anyone, and I already have. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
Overall Thoughts about Viking There is no doubt about it, that Viking is a professional organisation who knows how to run river cruises and to make a cruise happy. The crew are well informed, attentive and clearly enjoy their work. That ... Read More
Overall Thoughts about Viking There is no doubt about it, that Viking is a professional organisation who knows how to run river cruises and to make a cruise happy. The crew are well informed, attentive and clearly enjoy their work. That makes a big difference. Our trip on Viking Skadi round the Dutch Bulbfieldi and the Cities of the Rhine Delta was very enjoyable. It was our first Viking River Cruise. But it may also be the last. Why? It was overpriced, and we suffered from a booking experience which has left a sour taste in the mouth. (Viking my redeem this, given time). First the positives. Here I would like to cite one person in particular who made the trip enjoyable. That was the Programme Director Gary Nicholson. His talks were informative, entertaining, and his team including the Concierge Desislava made everything smooth. The food was great too. Axel’s Chateaubriand was most delicious. Even the room cleaner Sandra was pleasant and spoke English beautifully. But did we get value for money? We are people who do our own thing, and we don’t drink much. Some told us that Amadeus might be better. All in all we had been satisfied and rated the cruise 'as expected'. Ruth gave it a higher rating. There were a couple of things we want to bring to the attention of the management . Get the booking experience easier. I know things change but getting information on routing and arrival and departure times was difficult and inconsistent, the staff did their best. There should a web page with all the information for the tour and boat, The booklet and the schedule were inconsistent with daily programmes not corresponding to the actual plan. The web page should rectify this. We should have been given the option of travelling by Eurostar. Other guests had this included for £50 more. We made our own arrangements and ended up paying a lot more. We have written to Viking about this. Will we get a refund? Who knows? It would have been a good idea if each passenger group was invited to submit a brief introduction and interests along its an optional photo. This should be printed and made downloadable. Then it would help when we met, and more importantly there could be space for exchanging email addresses etc, 5 Viking should issue a small map with our planned route. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We were very impressed with the service on Viking. At the Airport in Amsterday, we put our Viking sticker on and within a minute were met by an extremely friendly guide who took over our baggage and got us quickly the Mercedes Limo to ... Read More
We were very impressed with the service on Viking. At the Airport in Amsterday, we put our Viking sticker on and within a minute were met by an extremely friendly guide who took over our baggage and got us quickly the Mercedes Limo to take us to the ship. At the ship, we were the second on board, we were met by the Hotel Manager and Cruise Director who carried our luggage to our room (note: we were the first cruise of the year-so we got into our room immediately. Normally you have to wait til around 3PM for cleaning to finish). After being on an airplane or airport for all night, we were really hungry. The Hotel Manager personally saw to it that we were served a specially prepared breakfast to order. A few things uniques about Viking 1. No Gambling 2. I never smelled cigarette or cigar smoke. 3. Freely poured wine or beer for meals 4. Exceptional Service always at all times by every crew member-no exceptions 5. No hustling for their optional tours (note: included tours are very comprehensive. 6. All tour guides were very good-for included and optional. Things to Consider: 1. We went in late March-Cold and Wet, 2. Viking caters to older folks. we liked Bike and Barge with VBT better-A barge and Bike is the way to see the Netherlands. 3. the purpose of taking a river cruise is for scenery along the way-The scenery of this cruise is not very interesting - lots of industry and commercial 4. We were supposed to dock in Amsterday at a location near the Central Station-that was one of the reasons we took the cruise-because we could walk to the Central Station and get buses or trams everywhere in Amsterdam. BOTH time we docked in Amsterday, we were in a remote location where we had to take a shuttle which took a half hour to run and only ran every half hour. The last day the police prevented it from stopping at the Victoria Hotel-so it had no way to pick up folks to return to the ship-I don't know how they got back-probably by Taxi. The Viking crew blamed the problem on the Harbor Master. Whatever caused the problem, the dockage location (for us), severly restricted our abiltiy to see Amsterdam-It changed from a 10 minute walk to the Central Station to 1/2 hour shuttle ride which runs every hour or so, and can't stop to return you to the ship. 5. Viking doesn't force you to buy expensive drinks on board-beer was priced at a reasonable charge (3 Euros). You also can bring any kind of alcohol on board-with NO CORKAGE. Also we booked our flight through Viking. We flew from Atlanta to Newark, with several hour layover and from Newark to Amsterdam. We found out later that folks from Texas flew from Texas to Atlanta and from Atlanta to Amsterdam. WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN A DIRECT FLIGHT-if we had been SMART ENOUGH TO ASK FOR IT. Others on board said they were routed in a circuitous fashion (like us) and becase they requested a direct route-THEY GOT IT. SO BEWARE! So, in summary, I personally would not use Viking for a river cruise in the Netherlands-because we prefer a more active Bike and Barge-e.g., VBT. If you prefer a less active cruise where your every need is catered to and you want a central docking situation, find out FOR SURE if they have resolved this problem in Amsterdam. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
After 3 days touring Amsterdam, we embarked on a 15 day cruise to Budapest. The viking experience was as envigorating as it was relaxing. Their daily guided tours at each city were captivating. An english speaking local guide at every ... Read More
After 3 days touring Amsterdam, we embarked on a 15 day cruise to Budapest. The viking experience was as envigorating as it was relaxing. Their daily guided tours at each city were captivating. An english speaking local guide at every port of call. All meals were well presented and served with enthusiasm. Menue changes took place as you travelled each region. Wines and cocktails were top notch. Wine sellection changed as the cruise progressed. You are even encouraged to buy region wines to have served at your tale, with no corkage fee. You may even shop locally to set up a bar in your room with help from the stewart. setting it up. Being treated like an adult is unlike any ocean cruise you may take, were the purchase of liquor at a port is considered cause for confiscation. Every detail is thought out and anticipated. This was by far the best expenditure of money we have made towards a vacation. We will go on another and tell all we meet to do likewise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
I booked on impulse late and got the last available cabin,but it was an upgrade for the price and on the top deck which gave excellent views. Amsterdam to Budapest and the lot in between, including locks. The cruise blogs tell you that ... Read More
I booked on impulse late and got the last available cabin,but it was an upgrade for the price and on the top deck which gave excellent views. Amsterdam to Budapest and the lot in between, including locks. The cruise blogs tell you that these cruises are different from those on the ocean and its very true. Only 180 passengers with 50 crew, so you get to know most people and the crew members get to know you. But you need stamina. Viking have inclusive visits at each stop and these are perfectly adequate for seeing the area. The breaking up of the groups into normal/ adventurous, and slow for those with limited get up and go was good. Yes there are optional excursions (at a price),but if you do your homework, and unless it is really something you NEED to see, you can use Shank's pony and explore on your own. You need to pace yourself and NOT go back to the boat after the morning tour for that lunch and free booze. Have a good breakfast (but not excessive), take some fruit and find somewhere for coffee whilst you explore. So you also need discipline. Now the food - yes there is an awful lot of it, and whilst some grazed and drank their way through each day, if you are sensible you will again apply common sense. Some people think that because they've paid for it they must consume it. A big gripe are the individuals who fill their plates then leave half of it. Would they do that at home ....perhaps. But it is plain insulting to those who have prepared what are excellent dishes, and coming from a family who number chefs and caterers in their ranks (not me I'm a medic), I do not understand this mentality. We had free beer and house wines and these are quite adequate. Now you can buy special wines etc but for many who have saved for this type of holiday - is there any need?. Viking home wines are perfectly palatable. A word of warning. They do offer an alcohol "silver deal" where you can upgrade your wines and beers, cocktails and drink yourself into oblivion. You'd need to - at a cost equivalent to £200. Don't bother. Dress code interested us. It was described as casual, but what we discovered was this meant different things depending on where you came from! The evening dinner was a 5 course affair equivalent to a good restaurant in its layout, service and food. We liked to get dressed into what I would call smart casual - its all part of this sort of holiday; so shower, shave and into a shirt and tie with smart sports jacket, whilst the other half had a range of accessories she could switch around. First night we seemed to be the only ones who bothered. Gradually the women started making an effort and eventually some of the men. But even for the captain's farewell dinner some stayed in the clothes they had worn all day. Can't understand it but then I'm a traditional Brit and even wore a tie at the coalface when the NHS clip boards told us we shouldn't. The Skadi was a fabulous ship, one of this years new ships and very well appointed. The staff were welcoming and attentive and got to be very friendly as long as you responded in kind. They certainly worked hard and long hours This was an excellent holiday that I would recommend to anyone as you covered so much ground and got to those towns and cities that you otherwise wouldn't. Yes it IS tiring and if you can I'd advise s few days city stop-over at the end if you can afford the time and money. We did ours independently of Viking in Budapest - had a boutique hotel at a fraction of the cost of the posh hotels Viking use (see review on tripadvisor - Brody House). The extra days let you unwind and slow down on food etc. If I have one gripe it is the advice given on tipping. This is not natural to those of us from the UK, (Canada and Oz as well and we had some discussions that showed broad agreement on the points I'm raising). The recommended rates should be ignored and individuals should not feel obliged to pay up. After all some who have saved their pennies for this special holiday may well not be able to afford this extra expense. It would be better if the cruise company paid their staff a good rate rather than hinting they could double or treble their income with tips and it was included in the price. Some firms already do this. Also don't be fobbed off into adding any tips to your bill at the end (mine came to 29 euros, but I am one of the last big spenders; and that included some laundry). If you want to leave a tip, use the envelopes and specify who they are to go to - or hand them to the individual themselves whilst saying thank-you. So would we travel with Viking again. Yes definitely.. I'm already trying to chose between 2 itineraries for 2015. Read Less
Viking Skadi Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.5
Rates 4.0 4.0

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