The Danube--Budapest to Bucharest (plus Prague)

Viking Jarl Cruise Review to Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Viking Jarl

10 Night Passage To Eastern Europe Eastbound (Budapest To Bucharest)

Sail date: April 10, 2015

Ship: Viking Jarl

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B206

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
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Onboard Activities

Not many


3 out of 5
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Children's Programs

Not applicable

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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Ship tip

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

Ports of call

Budapest, Hungary

5 out of 5

Kalocsa, Hungary

5 out of 5

Vukovar (Osijek), Croatia

5 out of 5

Belgrade, Serbia

3 out of 5

Cruise The Iron Gates

5 out of 5

Vidin, Bulgaria

5 out of 5

Ruse (Russe, Rousse), Bulgaria

3 out of 5

Giurgiu, Romania

3 out of 5
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