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Romantic Danube 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.

EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS

We just returned from the Romantic Danube cruise. It exceeded our expectations—fantastic. Staff and service was superb from arrival in Budapest until our departure. Our stateroom steward brought smiles to our faces. Service was top-notch. Thanks to all who made our vacation unforgettable. We are planning another river cruise.

Lena and Vlad
2016

WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IT FOREVER

This was our first river cruise ever. Overall, I want to say right up front it was great! Everything with our ship and staff was outstanding...We dressed comfortably but respectably for all tours and always dressed up (a little) for dinner...Even at the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on the last night...We let Viking handle all travel arrangements and all was well. (Look into this; it will save you headaches!) I would recommend Viking to anyone. It was a wonderful trip and we will be talking about it forever.

Bill and Mayra
2016

EASE OF MAKING NEW FRIENDS

I enjoyed the beauty of river cruising, the ship and the ease of making new friends.

Scott
2016

REALLY PAYS ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS

The quality of the ship and the professionalism and friendliness of the staff are superb. For those who like the organized type of vacation that is a river cruise, Viking is an excellent line that really pays attention to the details.

Graham
2016

GREAT WAY TO SEE EUROPE

It was a great way to see Europe. I would choose Viking again because the people and service on board were top notch.

Brian
2016

WILL DEFINITELY BOOK ANOTHER VIKING CRUISE

All of the staff worked hard to make guests feel welcome. I was impressed by how friendly everyone was. I will definitely book another Viking cruise based on this experience. You have a wonderful group of people.

Lisa
2016

TREATED LIKE KINGS & QUEENS

We just returned from the Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam—and we have never been so spoiled in our lives! We met lovely people from near our home and were treated like kings and queens by the staff. Every day and night were special—and restful. Never had such good night’s sleep, never had naps every day, enjoyed watching the fishermen along the riverbanks (and waving back & forth), a shepherd with a flock of sheep and a dog . . . the gorgeous lighted castles and buildings of Budapest at night as we glided down the Danube. It was the most wonderful experience of our lives! The ship was beautiful and clean as a whistle . . . the ambiance was fantastic . . . and if we ever get to do it again, we will only go on a Viking Longship!

Cathy and Ben Raphael
2015

VIKING IS FIRST CLASS

Our cruise was fantastic. The ship was clean and the staff was wonderful. While I know they work very hard, I never saw one without a smile. The moment you board the ship, you know Viking is a first class operator—from Boise speakers on the wall to fresh flowers in the reception area. I would recommend this cruise to anyone.

MLF
2015

PERFECT IN EVERY WAY

To celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, we took the Romantic Danube cruise. It was our first experience with Viking, and all I can say is that it was perfect in every way. Viking Rinda and its staff were wonderful—they made us feel so welcome. From the first step onto the ship until the departure, everything was top notch. What a great way to travel. Thank you for a wonderful trip. We can’t wait to go again.

Ron and Brenda
2014

A MOST WONDERFUL VACATION

Starting in Germany and ending in Budapest, Viking Rinda was a fantastic way to move around Europe, and the crew made us feel as if we were their most important guests. We especially enjoyed the walking tours in Vienna and Budapest, and in the late evenings, we had the quietest, smoothest sleep you could imagine. Plus every meal on board was incredible. We are recommending this trip to all our friends and family.

Doug and Jan
2014

AN AWESOME TRIP

The ship size was perfect, and the staff and Program Director saw to our every need down to the smallest details. Plus, there was always plenty to do—or not. And the sights just added to the whole experience. My husband and I had an awesome trip. We can't wait to go on another.

Groucho and Jack
2014

CRUISE EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS

Our cruise of the Danube exceeded all our expectations - every detail is thought out for you. The staff was amazing, as was our tour director. I would highly recommend the extension to Prague. The hotel is right outside Old Town, so you can walk everywhere. We will be back!

Nonie and Josef
2014

ROMANTIC DANUBE WAS “WUNDERBAR”!

Our recent Romantic Danube cruise was our first, but definitely not our last. It was a wonderful trip, with visits to the beautiful Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest; interesting tours of these cities and of Melk Abbey and Schonbrunn Palace; spectacular views as we cruised the Danube; excellent meals and accommodations aboard the ship; and interesting and enjoyable programs on the ship. Our fellow travelers were congenial. The staff and guides very helpful and pleasant. And all of this at a very good price. Our experience was simply “Wunderbar”!

Joan and Richard Kollgaard
2013

CHRISTMAS MARKETS FOR 12

We were a group of 12 girl friends taking the Christmas markets tour and we were so pleased with this cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. The staff of Viking Bragi could not have been more accommodating to our needs. The tours included in the cruise price were excellent. I would and have recommended this cruise to friends and hope to take another Viking cruise.

Patricia
2013

DEAR VIKING, I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY

…you have spoiled us for any other type of vacation! For our first visit to Europe we chose Romantic Danube and added the Budapest and Prague extensions to see as much as we could. The daily shore excursions were marvelous, informative and handled professionally by personable tour guides. We learned a lot in each place we went; we saw so many interesting sights that we wound up taking close to 3,000 pictures between us. The ship was so nice and our veranda cabin was just perfect. We couldn't believe how comfortable the room was, and beautifully furnished and decorated. Meals were always delicious and presented very nicely, and the produce was the freshest ever. The thing I liked most is the portions were just the right size. The staff on board could not have been any nicer, from housekeeping to wait staff to Reception. Our cruise director was full of charm and personality and always taking care of all of us. And the hotels in Budapest and Prague were the nicest and most comfortable we've seen in a long time.

Since returning home we've told many friends about our trip and some say we keep talking about all the positive things but never mention the negatives. The reason for that is simple: there were absolutely NO negative things to say about our trip. The only down side to all of this is we are having a difficult time deciding which Viking river cruise to take next. So Viking, thank you very much for spoiling us. We will be back to see Europe again someday with you.

Don and Maryann
2013

FIVE-STAR HOTEL ON THE WATER

The Romantic Danube cruise was fantastic! If you want to know what it feels like to travel in a five-star hotel on the water, take this cruise. The ship, crew, food, tour guides and sights were all first-class. We can’t wait to take another Viking river cruise.

Dick and Patty
2013

STAFF WERE FABULOUS

First Viking river cruise, but won’t be our last. I am recommending Viking to all who ask about our trip. The staff were fabulous, attentive and very accommodating. The daily excursions really showed you the heart of your destinations. Booking directly with Viking was hassle free and Viking representatives were there for each leg of travel. Well done!

Brian and Elizabeth
2013

TRULY MEMORABLE

Congratulations Viking on a wonderful cruise. The staff, the ship and the sights were truly memorable. We will be sure to return.

Joann and Gary Mucha
2013

A LOVELY EXPERIENCE

My wife and I took the Romantic Danube cruise in December and it was quite a lovely experience. The ship, Viking Embla, just launched this year and is magnificent, with three decks of staterooms, a restaurant, lounge, library and comfortable common areas. Our stateroom was exceptionally comfortable and quiet, very nicely designed with both 120- and 240-volt outlets and excellent lighting. There were eight drawers and a large closet for storage. The large, flat-screen TV was great. The bed was firm and there were plenty of pillows. The cabin was clean. We had control of the temperature. We couldn't have asked for more. Cruising was all but unnoticeable unless you looked out a window. The only movement that I noticed was the rare, gentle bump when the ship docked or stopped in one of the many locks. The food tasted great and was presented beautifully; wine was included with both lunch and dinner. Viking encouraged us to bring back our own wine from the shore excursions. The service was great too. Every guided tour was nicely done; guides were articulate and very knowledgeable. Organization was well done; we rarely had to wait for a straggler and never for long. The staff were very friendly and helpful. As an example, a passenger left her credit card behind during one of the tours. One of the staff ran back to the store and retrieved it for her. We felt very comfortable and safe throughout the cruise. In sum, the Viking cruise was outstanding! We recommend it highly.

George and Melissa
2012

WHAT A FANTASTIC TRIP

Nuremberg to Budapest, and everything in between along the Danube, from small Passau to big, beautiful Vienna. Viking staff aboard the fabulous Viking Embla did it all for us. A great crew from top to bottom, taking care of us from dawn to dusk. What a fantastic trip, first class all the way! It doesn't get any better than that. And, yes, we’re hooked; taking another cruise next year, to Russia. See you soon!

Toby and Rich Hoffman
2012

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

I just returned from a Viking cruise. Viking Prestige is awesome, the crew absolutely wonderful and of course the sights were incredible too. Loved it.

Donna Eyler
2011

TREATED LIKE ROYALTY

We just got home last night from a week aboard Viking Prestige. Let me say that it was one of the best cruises ever! The staff is exceptional and we were treated like royalty. I can’t say enough.

Tara Muratore
2011

LOVED EVERY MINUTE

My husband and I had our first Viking river cruise in June this year...we loved every minute of the holiday and can’t wait to do another. We were so well looked after by the crew and the food was fantastic.

Kath Gabbitas
2011

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY

The day we cruised through the Wachau Valley was the most beautiful and restful day I have ever had. And the Austrian lunch was wonderful.

Diane Petruccio
2011

GREAT EXCURSIONS

Viking River Cruises has great excursions and they are within walking distance of the ships. It is a great way to visit history and enjoy the different countries.

Jewel Hill
2011

TOO MUCH FUN

We took the Romantic Danube cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest, great time! Too much fun... Looking forward to going again.

Cliff Swaffar
2011

WOULD GO AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT

I went on Romantic Danube and would go again in a heartbeat. Loved it!

Jennifer Allamby
2011

MOST ENJOYABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

My husband and I took Romantic Danube cruise with friends. It was my most enjoyable travel experience.

Judy Long
2011

A PERFECT AFTERNOON

I’ll never forget the day we cruised through the Wachau Valley with Viking. It was one of the most perfect afternoons of my life.

Ruth Poley
2011

A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE WORLD

We did the Danube cruise with our extended family years ago. It was so amazing! The staff was great, the trip delightful, relaxing and a great way to see the world.

Lynn Young
2011

VIKING CONTINUES TO EXCEED OUR EXPECTATIONS

We have just returned from our second Viking cruise. We enjoyed this one even more than our Cities of Light trip in 2009. Viking continues to exceed our expectations, and we will definitely be back for more.

Sam and Ish Lehrle
2010

OUR FIRST CRUISE WITH VIKING

The cruise down the Danube was outstanding even with nature's interruptions. Food was superb and the crew provided a fantastic personal touch. It was our first cruise with Viking but it definitely will not be the last. We are already planning for the Imperial Jewels of China.

Randy and Mary Lowe
2010

WE WILL DEFINITELY BE TAKING ANOTHER VIKING CRUISE

This was our first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed the beauty and history of every single destination. We simply can’t say enough about the high level of professionalism and courtesy of the entire Viking staff. We will definitely be taking another Viking cruise.

Steph and Charlie Kurowsky
2010

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES

We had never experienced anything like this before. We had the time of our lives! We’ll cherish our once-in-a-lifetime cruise forever.

William Herzog and Alice Rice
2008

A CONTINUOUS SERIES OF MARVELS

In its entirety, the experience was a continuous series of marvels that left us astounded at the beauty of Central Europe. The ship was very comfortable and each day saw new destinations and well-planned excursions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company to friends, family and associates.

Curtis and Danielle Anderson
2006

COULDN’T HAVE BEEN BETTER

We found the cruise fantastic, superb, couldn't have been better, just like our last cruise with Viking two years ago.

Charlie and Sandy Lord
2005

FIRST RIVER CRUISE

The entire week was one of the most enjoyable cruises we have ever taken, and we have been on more than 40 cruises. This was our first river cruise and we will definitely do more of them, and do them with Viking.

Kenneth Bennett and Jack Canfield
2005

CONSISTENTLY OUTSTANDING FOOD

The food was consistently outstanding in variety, taste, quality and presentation. We were particularly pleased at the chef’s ability to offer regional specialties, yet allow for American tastes as well.

Christopher and Mary Kelleher
2003

Romantic Danube River Cruise Overview - 2016 Budapest to Nuremberg

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