Viking Jarl

4.3 out of 5
 (6 Reviews)


Viking Jarl is a small ship, carrying 190 passengers and 45 crew, and sails from Budapest, Hungary and Nuremberg, Germany.

Sails from: Nuremberg, Germany, Budapest, Hungary

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5 out of 5

Beautiful Danube by Cruiser4865431

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The food was delicious.  The cabins were immaculate.  The scenery was beautiful.  The only thing I would have changed were some of the city tours.   I understand the city tours were to give us a general overview or introduction to a city.  Too often, I felt the buses drove past sites that would have been great to explore in person.  Often, we didn't have enough time to come back on our own to explore the sites.

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It was good but could have been better by ForestCouple

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Good things - Beautiful ship, Service was outstanding, Food was outstanding. Part of the scenery while cruising was astonishing. Relaxing friendly atmosphere on ship...we easily made friends to enjoy our time with. Budapest was breath taking beautiful and made the whole trip worth going.

OK things. Many ( not all, buy many) of the ports of call had little to offer other than a church. Their "all inclusive" shore excursions amounted to  little more than walking around a small town with a guide struggling to think of something to say.. and then the rest of the afternoon "was on your own"...which really meant theree was no included excursion. There were things that you could do, but these were not "included"--see below comment.

Bad things - Some of the "optional" shore excursions really should have been part of the all inclusive package as the "included" excursions were really nothing.What was disturbing was one of the "optional" excursions that be paid $75 each for was what we understood to be an Viennese production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Opera. We found that we were transported not to the Opera district of Vienna but instead bussed 55 minutes to the very worst parts of town to an sweltering old building that they did not turn any ventilation on until the very end when people were complaining and watched a 90 minute performance by American college students. It was ok, but very amateurish and I think what else could we have done with $150 and a night in Vienna. The next day in the city we found several other "opera" companies trying to sell tickets for  what appeared to be similar or better  events at much nicer locations for almost half the price. So disappointing. I trusted Viking to make good decisions for me in a city that I knew little of and instead I felt they cheated me.

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Fantastic Cruise. by dauld

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Viking cruise line has it all!  This was our first and definitely not out last.  From the minute you step on the ship until you leave the red carpet was rolled out.  The staff were so friendly, helpful and special.  They made you feel like you were the on,y one on board.  The from Lee, the Program Director to Janka our housekeeper there was never anything anything but smiles and caring ways.  Royan with his knowledge of wines to Mariana making my special mixed drink to head chef and to Jo the concierge, professional all the way.

Thank you Viking Cruise.  We will be back

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Viking Doesn't Disappoint! by Jen2002

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
I am thoroughly impressed with Viking and don't know how I would ever be persuaded to try another river cruise line. Hubby and I have booked our third one for next spring and are very excited to visit France on board a viking ship!

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The Danube--Budapest to Bucharest (plus Prague) by CubsFan

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I have done big cruses before, but this was my first river cruise with only 185 passengers aboard. We met some very nice people from Canada and the USA.

The pre-cruise 3 day stay in Prague was wonderful--I will go back there again. The organization of the trip by Viking was well done. The excursions were well-planned with excellent guides. I went to cities which I would never have thought of going to. Going to a horse show in Hungary and for coffee & pastries at a private home in Serbia were great--both excursions I would have never done on my own.

The veranda stateroom was larger than I thought that it would be with ample storage. The room attendant was very efficient.

Though the food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner was good; I was just surprised that for the dinners we were not served more local cuisine with only one night of having food from the eastern European area. Service aboard the Jarl was always very good--everyone was helpful and friendly.

The sound system for the live broadcasts from the lounge to the stateroom needs to be worked on--the speakers always sounded fuzzy as the people spoke on the microphone.

I do hope that I will never have to go through the Bucharest airport (that was mass chaos at 6 AM), but that was not Viking's fault.  We will just have to stay extra days to avoid the rush of a Monday morning departure.

I will do another Viking river cruise--probably the Amsterdam to Budapest one--in the future.

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  • Price: $$

  • Size: S

  • Total Passengers: 190

  • Total Crew: 45

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 4.22

  • Number of Decks: 4

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 8

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CubsFan says ...
May 05, 2015

Be prepared for all kinds of weather (hot, cold, rainy, sunny). Try to sit with different people at meal times to broaden your experience.

dauld says ...
Nov 19, 2016

Very clean, comfortable. Felt like it was home. There were some cold days and the crew would come to you with wonderful warm wool blankets. What a great touch!!

BobandChris says ...
May 04, 2015

Make sure you know what room you are booking. Several other passengers thought they were getting rooms with a balcony and were actually on the main floor with only a window barely above the water line. No problem getting a deck chair, no one really "saved" their seat. Plenty of places to sit & chat

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