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Viking Egil Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
Viking Egil

7 Night Romantic Danube Eastbound (Nuremberg To Budapest)

Sail date: August 18, 2018

Ship: Viking Egil

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

My partner and I booked the Viking Cruise for Romantic Danube on the Egil for ,August 4,2018. Two days before we left we were informed that the river was low but no explanation as to what that meant. What it did mean was that instead of a river cruise we got a very overpriced bus tour. We were told that the level of the river is arbitrary but when I checked on the web it looks like this company has been getting complaints since July. The bus trips were not enjoyable and we were not able to enjoy evenings in any of the cities we visited because we had to be back on the bus. The views of the dock were horrid. To top it off, someone on our cruise was injured and she was taken to the hospital. They made her pay for the taxi as well as the hospital. She tripped on the gang planks between ships trying to exit. At the end of our journey we offered a 25% discount on our next cruise. I feel that this is an insulting offer. We did not get what we payed for and Viking made no effort to improve the voyage. At the very least, they could have booked hotel rooms for the guests instead of having us spend our time crammed into a bus. I was very dissatisfied with their revised offer. They offered 30% off the next cruise I am not going to take. The woman I talked with said this was an act of nature and had never happened before. Perhaps, she was not born yet in 2015. Aside from that her demeanor was not conciliatory, in fact she was rude. Also, it looks like I bought trip insurance which was never explained to me but she said because of that, they could do no better. I am sure that if I did not have insurance she would have admonished me for that. I think this company should cancel cruises when they are not able to perform. If it is to late to cancel, they need to treat their guests more like customers and less like cattle.


1 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

2 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

Spend your money with a more accommodating line

Ports of call

Nuremberg, Germany

1 out of 5
Bus tour to Nurenberg

Main/Danube Canal Transit

1 out of 5
We were on the river one night. Other then that it was long bus trips

Regensburg, Germany

1 out of 5
City was beautiful but we were bused there and back with a few hours to visit

Passau, Germany

1 out of 5
Boat was outside Passau for all but one night. The dock was lined with other Viking ships you had to walk thru to get to shore

Vienna, Austria

1 out of 5
Beautiful city, but we went by bus not river. Then could not spend the night because had to get back on the bus

Budapest, Hungary

1 out of 5
Same story, we did not dock in Budapest, we were bussed there.


1 out of 5
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