Sail Date: July 2016
Wanted to try one before we decide to take one to Russia. We had a wonderful time. Met so many nice people and still keep in touch with a few. The crew was great and very helpful. The tours we took we enjoyed very much. The tour ... Read More
Wanted to try one before we decide to take one to Russia. We had a wonderful time. Met so many nice people and still keep in touch with a few. The crew was great and very helpful. The tours we took we enjoyed very much. The tour guides were knowledgeable and fun. Even on the couple days of rain we had a good time. Terry was our cruise director and he couldn't have been more accommodating. he was on top of all activities and very informative on all aspects of the tours and what to do and expect. We had to change boats due to high water and there were a couple of people who gave him a hard time but he handled the situation with professionalism and grace. I would have thrown the complainers overboard. How was high water his fault? The boat itself was lovely and kept clean . It was a wonderful experience. The only complaint would be the walking track. Being on the 3rd floor you could hear all the runners and walkers. Food was ok, not great like you are use to on bigger cruises. I don't mean quantity, that was fine. I mean quality. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I'm hooked on Viking Cruises for their outstanding customer service and seamless excursions. The food is always top quality and the ships are well laid out. Our room was efficient with a veranda and was very comfortable for the two ... Read More
I'm hooked on Viking Cruises for their outstanding customer service and seamless excursions. The food is always top quality and the ships are well laid out. Our room was efficient with a veranda and was very comfortable for the two weeks onboard. The excursions are always well planned with professional and expert guides in each city. We always do the pre and post extensions because Viking is so good with the hotels they select and with those excursions as well. Our concierge put together a bicycle ride in Austria which was one of the best experiences I have had. It was difficult to leave the staff and friends that you get to know during the time on board. Viking also brought in entertainment from each area we visited like a glass blower from Germany, opera singers from Vienna, and there were always nightly informational gatherings. I can't say enough positives about my experiences with Viking. I'm already planning my 4th sailing with Viking. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was truly an incredible journey and it turned out to be everything the write-ups said it would be and more. Viking's Egyptian personnel were wonderful, they were on duty 24/7 and made it seem as if they were having the time of ... Read More
This was truly an incredible journey and it turned out to be everything the write-ups said it would be and more. Viking's Egyptian personnel were wonderful, they were on duty 24/7 and made it seem as if they were having the time of their lives just being there for you. Amr Shaheen, the Viking Egyptologist and tour leader was possibly the most knowledgeable, outgoing and personable guides we have ever had the pleasure to travel with. By the end of the second day of the trip, which began at the Sofitel El Ghizarah in Cairo, he established a bond with our group that stayed solid throughout the trip. Friends told us not to go because of the unrest in the Middle East, however due to Viking's security personnel, and Egypt's heightened military presence, we felt safe during the entire journey. We traveled on non-Viking ships, the Mayfair and the Omar Khayham, both ships have recently been refurbished and were clean and comfortable. There are no words to explain the many once in a lifetime moments we experienced, hot air ballooning over the Valley of the Kings, riding a camel into the desert, touring the archeological museum, a trip through the streets of the bazaar in Cairo, staring into the face of the Sphinx, wandering through the temples, learning about cartouches, and on and on until the brain reeled. This is a trip not to be missed. There was one thing that drove me crazy and that was the lack of local cuisine and a fine dining option. The meals were all buffet and although the quality of the food was good, it was pseudo-European/American style, three starches, meats drowned in gravy and heavy on desserts. The cost of the cruise shouldn't have had us dining cafeteria style, with no other options. Middle Eastern grilled meats, appetizers and, soups are excellent and much more suited to the climate than well cooked pot roast in gravy with mashed potatoes. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam from August 20-September 4, 2015. It was very well-paced, the days were well planned without being crammed, and there were a few days on which we didn't ... Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam from August 20-September 4, 2015. It was very well-paced, the days were well planned without being crammed, and there were a few days on which we didn't have to be up early and could relax a little. The places we visited were great - very picturesque, interesting towns and historic sites. I would have liked another day in Vienna and the surrounding area, maybe instead of Koblenz. I also understand Bratislava is being eliminated from this tour next year, which is very disappointing - my party all loved that city! I hope it's being incorporated into another cruise. The tours were all very good, the highlights for me being Nuremberg and the concert in Vienna. We had very good guides throughout with very fluent English-speaking skills, so they were easy to understand. Although I liked Kinderdijk very much, I was disappointed we didn't have time in Amsterdam. Also, in a few stops, we had too little leisure time for exploring and shopping on our own. The on-board entertainment and lectures were all excellent, and I especially liked the pianist and violinist from Cologne who performed, and the opera singers from Munich and Nuremberg. The lecture on the Netherlands dike system was also very interesting and informative. One thing I particularly liked about Viking was that there was a representative at the airport at the end of our tour, not just at the beginning, who helped with our luggage and directed us to the proper airline desks for check-in. We weren't just dropped off and left to find our own way around the airport. Nice touch! Read Less
Viking Vili Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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