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Danube Waltz Cruise Reviews

People love to tell us how much they enjoyed their journey and we're as honored by their words as we are by the fact that they chose to travel with us in the first place. Read some of the best reviews about our guests' experiences below.

EVERY STOP LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION

This was our first river cruise and it will be difficult to exceed the exceptional experience we had on our trip. From Budapest to Passau, every stop left a lasting impression on both of us. The staff, the food, the itinerary, the ship, the tour guides and the friendships we made on the ship helped to make this our best trip. Thank you for your hospitality and service.

A satisfied guest
2016

EXCEEDED OUR VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS

This cruise exceeding our very high expectations. The entire crew and staff were very efficient, friendly, flexible and attentive. The food was absolutely fantastic. The tour guides were exceptional, very personable, knowledgeable and helpful...We’ve recommended Viking and this particular cruise to many friends and family members.

Bill and Anne Park
2015

ALREADY PLANNING OUR NEXT CRUISE WITH VIKING

We talked about doing a cruise with Viking ever since we were made aware of them back in 2008. So we decided on Danube Waltz. We just arrived home yesterday and are still floating on air! The spectacular time we had is almost beyond description! First, we LOVED our stateroom. It was the basic 150 square foot space. This room was so well designed, so well laid out, so modern, clean and efficient, that we felt like we were in a much larger hotel room. Everything about the cruise was as well designed and planned as the room. Our Longship was beautiful, modern, but with a casualness that only enhanced our adventure. We met new friends and always had someone new to share a conversation with but could still be alone on a beautiful deck to read, relax or spend time together. But the most extraordinary aspect was the quality, professionalism and friendliness of the crew. The Viking staff takes hospitality to new levels! From the Hotel Manager to the bartender to the Concierge and the housekeeping staff ... all let it be known that they were there for you. The gem in the hospitality crown was our Program Director, who had more energy than any five people put together. He obviously thoroughly enjoys his job and the guests because the excursions he planned, the knowledge he shared and the caring he showed toward us all could not have been achieved without authentic enthusiasm. I could go on and on but I will say this: we are already planning our next cruise with Viking. We can't think of a better way to see Europe than the way Viking does from a river and seeing the superior level of quality, thoroughness, hospitality and professionalism, we would never consider any other company but Viking to host our tour. Thank you, Viking! Can't wait to do it again!

Bruce & Susan Kalas
2014

EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!

If you are contemplating a river or Christmas Market cruise, then Viking is your answer! We were fortunate to sail from Passau to Budapest (Danube Waltz), with a 2-night post-extension stay in Budapest. Every aspect of this vacation was perfect . . . the Veranda Stateroom, the exemplary service, the regional food and spirits, the informative tours, our airports transfers, the entertainment, the many ports and breathtaking views, and, of course, the Christmas Markets themselves. We were spoiled during our post-extension stay at an amazing, 5-star hotel. And just like on the ship, everything was perfect!

Debi
2013

OUR 5-STAR CRUISE

This was our first cruise of any kind; since we wanted a more intimate environment than on an oceangoing vessel, our Viking Longship was perfect! It is state of the art with its very elegant Scandinavian design, lighting and all the "attitude" of a 5-star ship. Our fellow guests were delightful, and we found that table-hopping at meals on board opened the door to friendships that we shall treasure forever; everyone had such diverse and interesting backgrounds. The food was 5-star-local, fresh and deliciously prepared under our Executive Chef, and the wines and beers served gratis during lunch and dinner were also delicious.

The daily excursions and professionally (and humorously) narrated walking tours through the cities and towns were also 5-star! The sights, sounds and aromas of each town were enchanting and so foreign to us that learning about the people, buildings, history and agriculture/manufacturing was almost overwhelming. We took thousands of pictures. The jewel of our trip was our Program Director, who was hilarious, engaging, warm and brilliant, and there was not a misstep with programming or timing that we could detect. The entire crew was first class. Planning our next trip immediately, and bringing neighbors!

Mike & Eileen Broader
2013

SMOOTH SAILING ON THE DANUBE

Viking knows how to transport you in a way that is pampering and relaxing, yet still energetic. The tours were so informative, the guides so professional, and the bus transportation, state of the art! Our wait staff was always upbeat, great at remembering our names and very attentive. The meals were diverse and delicious; I am still having withdrawals from the yummy desserts. To make the trip even more fun, our incredible Program Director was probably a former stand-up comedian. His sense of humor was contagious. Smooth sailing on the Danube, what a wonderful memory! This was my second Viking experience and my husband’s first. We are going to be scheduling our next cruise with Viking.

Tom & Suzanne Martin
2013

A WONDERFUL WALTZ

We could not have been more impressed or better served than we were last week as we journeyed from Prague to Passau, Linz and Salzburg, Melk and Dürnstein, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest on Viking Prestige. Every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations and it seemed the ship’s staff could not do enough to ensure our comfort and satisfaction. The cruise was truly a wonderful "waltz"!

George & Kathy Morris
2013

VIKING TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING

Viking Legend is a beauty! Viking took care of everything from booking our flights to airport transfers at both ends. Meal service was first class all the way; food was fabulous with house and local wines included. The breakfast buffet was awesome with the best selections being the European breakfast choices. Housekeeping checked and refreshed the rooms twice a day and provided each guest a liter bottle of water daily at no extra cost. The bathroom came complete with elegant lemon verbena soaps and toiletries. The evening chamber orchestra concert in Vienna was elegant! And the river tour itself...Bratislava was an enchanting surprise and we loved the romance of Salzburg. Viking takes care of you every step of the way and has totally spoiled us. We will be taking a Rhine cruise next year.

Tom & Sally Hoey
2012

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME

We had the most wonderful time on our Danube River cruise. I would encourage anyone who loves great architecture and beautiful cities to take this cruise. The food was wonderful and the on board staff was incredible. We met many great people and would do it again.

Cindy, Bryn, Vanessa & Kendra
2012

NOTHING LIKE IT

There is nothing like a Viking cruise! Awesome staff, great venues.

Loretta LeBar
2011

ABSOLUTELY PERFECT

We just returned from an extended stay in Budapest, after taking our first ever Viking cruise...it was absolutely perfect!

Linda Chambers
2011

A MOST MEMORABLE DAY

Sailing through the Wachau Valley with Viking in April was one of the most memorable days of my life!

Laurie Grier
2011

CAN’T WAIT

Just got back from Budapest and can’t wait to book next year’s cruise with Viking!

June Hasenjager
2011

GREAT!

Great tours, great people, great value.

Peter Pine
2011

WHAT A FABULOUS CRUISE

What a fabulous cruise. We can’t say enough about the ship, the staff, the tour guides and especially the food! The tour guides were so knowledgeable; they knew everything about each city and answered every question our group had. The excursion to Salzburg was incredible. It snowed and felt like a winter wonderland. We simply can’t rave enough about our trip and can’t wait to take another cruise with Viking. Once you’ve been on a Viking river cruise you won’t go back to the big ships.

Penny Nelson & Bobbi Meyers
2010

VIKING ALWAYS GOES THE EXTRA MILE

During our stay at the Prague Hilton, we had made dinner plans with another couple. The gentleman uses a wheelchair, and one of your staff members was extremely helpful in getting us across the cobblestones and down the stairs to the restaurant. He then made arrangements with the restaurant to help us return to the hotel. He worked overtime to help us out. This has been typical of all the Viking staff, always going the extra mile.

John & Barbara Johnson
2010

WE ARE HOOKED ON VIKING

We had the opportunity to cruise on the Viking Pride for the Christmas Markets along the Danube. This was a fabulous cruise. The destinations varied from small villages to major cities in four countries. The guides were extraordinary as was the entire crew. Everything was perfect and every crew member went out of their way to make it a wonderful experience. We are definitely hooked on Viking.

Betty and Cloyd Phillips
2010

FELT LIKE A FAIRY TALE

It was a very classy trip. The snow and Christmas lights made it feel like a fairy tale. Everything was excellent; the ship’s crew treated us like kings and every meal was delicious. All the tours were organized and guided beautifully. We will definitely be traveling again with Viking.

Yelena & Gregory Piatigorsky
2010

THE WHOLE OPERATION WAS A CLASS ACT

We loved this trip. Everyone who works for Viking, from the reservation staff to the crew on board the ship, goes above and beyond to ensure that you have the best vacation possible. The whole operation was a class act. We have already booked another cruise! We will be on your Portraits of Southern France cruise next year.

Grace Stella, Rosemary Hadlow & Lorraine Lubatti
2010

VIKING SHOULD BE VERY PROUD

The entire crew worked as a team and demonstrated remarkable efforts to provide smooth sailing for us. Congratulations to the program director, dining staff, front desk, room service and the rest of the crew. They did Viking proud! Viking should be very proud of their employees who represented the company with respect and honor. We will spread the word that Viking is the best.

Marianne Chorba & Kate Taylor
2010

VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMER

The entire crew deserves commendation as they demonstrated teamwork throughout the cruise! We highly recommend Viking River Cruises because you stand behind what you sell and put the customers first. My sincerest gratitude, for I am a very satisfied customer.

Susan D. Taylor
2010

Danube Waltz River Cruise Overview - 2016 Budapest to Passau

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