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Viking Gefjon Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 34

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Viking Gefjon

14 Night Grand European Tour Eastbound (Amsterdam To Budapest)

Sail date: August 25, 2017

Ship: Viking Gefjon

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 225

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Great cruise. Viking has truly exceptional service, excellent food and very professional. Included tours were less than what we expected. The optional tours were very good to excellent, except for Munich, which was a terrible tour - not worth 25% of the cost of the tour. Viking handled our transition from one ship to another because of water conditions very efficiently. Almost seemed like we were on the same ship. The upper deck was closed for 5 days, which was unfortunate.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was very smooth, quick and stress free

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent food and service. Would have like even more regional specialities

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Rhine River valley cruise sight-seeing was spectacular, as was the evening cruise in Budapest


4 out of 5
Bar/Lounge music was OK

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was truly outstanding

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship design was very efficient. Veranda room was effectively designed. Entire ship was spotless, very clean

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very comfortable beds, size of cabin was acceptable, efficiently designed. Very good storage space for clothes and items given the square footage of the cabin. Very clean.

Ship tip

Do not do the Munich optional excursion; not worth the $199/person extra. Other optional excursions were very good to excellent. Standard excursions were OK; nothing exceptional

Ports of call

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Amsterdam was a great city. We explored Amsterdam on our own, not with Viking and I think we saw more, stayed in better accomodations and it cost less.

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

4 out of 5
Fun to see the windmills

Cologne, Germany

5 out of 5
Great cathedral. The optional Beer Culture Dinner/Tour was really fun. Learned more on that tour than the included tour of the city

Koblenz, Germany

5 out of 5
Optional Marksburg Castle Tour was really good

Miltenberg, Germany

5 out of 5
Miltenberg included tour was excellent. Great riverside village, Old Town was very picturesque

Wurzburg, Germany

5 out of 5
Optional Rothenburg ob der Tauber tour was outstanding. We can see why it is Germany's most beloved city. This is a can't miss. Too bad that this tour takes place at the same time as the Wurzburg included tour. Would have liked to get on both tours.

Bamberg, Germany

4 out of 5
Nice old city. Included tour was nothing exceptional.

Nuremberg, Germany

3 out of 5
A lot of drive-by on the included tour.

Main/Danube Canal Transit

2 out of 5
This was the low light of the cruise. Just a lot of locks with very little scenery

Regensburg, Germany

1 out of 5
Went on the Munich Highlights optional tour. Worst tour we have been on, and we have been on a lot of tours. Lot of drive-by's. Not worth the $199/person tour. Wished we would have gone on the Regensburg included tour.

Passau, Germany

5 out of 5
Went on the Salzburg Highlights optional tour. Truly the highlight of the cruise. Would have liked to be in Salzburg for a couple of days. This is well worth the $199/person. GREAT TOUR!!! The lunch in a fantastic setting with music from the Sound of Music was worth the price of the tour alone, plus you had all of the other sights of this charming city.

Melk, Austria

5 out of 5
Melk Abbey was very good; fun tour. Very austenatious for an abbey.

Krems, Austria

5 out of 5
Optional Wachau Valley Winery tour was really a blast. Great time, great guide and the owner of the winery made it so much fun.

Vienna, Austria

5 out of 5
Included Panoramic Vienna tour was very good. Great city. The Mozart & Strauss Concert optional tour was well worth the money. Really fun evening, great entertainment

Budapest, Hungary

5 out of 5
Panoramic included tour was good. The highlight of this port is the evening cruise on the Danube with all of the buildings along the river spotlighted. Truly outstanding for Viking to include that on the cruise. Was a great way to end the cruise and make it memorable.


5 out of 5
Disembarkation was very smooth, efficient and stress-free. Viking does an excellent and conscientious job in this area.
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