Cruising down the “Romantic Danube” by…a Viking BUS

Viking Jarl Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

1.7 out of 5
Viking Jarl

7 Night Romantic Danube Eastbound (Nuremberg To Budapest)

Sail date: September 02, 2018

Ship: Viking Jarl

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 105 then 201

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Very disorganized and unprofessional. Rude Management. Only docked at 2 out of 6 ports. Would never recommend Viking to anyone.


1 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


1 out of 5

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

1 out of 5

Ship Quality

2 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5

Ship tip

Beware of Viking - Transparency and Communication are SERIOUSLY LACKING. Due to low water, we actually had our port visits cut extremely short because we had to be bussed so much. Could have been handled so much better than it was. Due to this, it was a very unpleasant experience.

Ports of call

Nuremberg, Germany

4 out of 5
Tours were good here - bussing began immediately that was not planned.

Main/Danube Canal Transit

2 out of 5
The canal itself is fine. Docking sites left lots to be desired. Cruising was great - just didn't do much of it!!

Regensburg, Germany

4 out of 5
Loved this port - we actually even got here by boat! The ONLY port where this happened!!

Passau, Germany

2 out of 5
Loved Passau - just HATED the fact that we had to take a 3 hour round trip to get here. My husband knew we were having to take another 4.5 bus trip the next day, so chose not to go to Passau as he is NOT a bus lover. HAD WE KNOWN we would have to take busses everywhere, we never would have come!

Krems, Austria

1 out of 5

Vienna, Austria

1 out of 5
We were SUPPOSED to spend two days at Vienna, but had to leave after our city tour, with the excursions cancelled to get on the boat and move due to low water levels.

Budapest, Hungary

1 out of 5
NEVER ACTUALLY DOCKED HERE. Had to take another 4+ hour bus trip to get to Budapest and back and only spent 1.5 hours on a tour and lunch. We were supposed to have ALL DAY and then some here.


1 out of 5
another 2.5 hours to get to the airport so had to get up EXTREMELY EARLY. Our Viking Air managed flight was cancelled and although another Viking ship helped to rebook their passengers the night before, we were never told, nor rebooked, so we were on our own.

Traveler Photos

A docking site somewhere we're not supposed to dock - and needed a bus to get here.
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