Viking Njord

3.7 out of 5
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Viking Njord is a small ship, carrying 190 passengers and 48 crew, and sails from Budapest, Hungary and Passau, Germany.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Outstanding in Every way

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Viking really lived up to their advertising. The cruise was fantastic. The ship was clean and beautiful. The crew and staff were helpful and friendly. The food was great and they offered local wines, beers, dishes, and desserts. Our favorite part was an extension tour in Nuremberg on WWII. All the tour guides were knowledgeable and informative. We were Viking Virgins and are already thinking about where we want to go next.

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4 out of 5

Overall Good Experience

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Overall, the staff was very good, although some additional variation in the food offerings and canned music in the lounge would have been appreciated.

 

Also, owing to high water (v. bridge clearances), the upper deck was closed for about three days. I think we and others felt cooped-up, and couldn't quite understand why sections of the upper deck weren't made available when we were docked. Assume there was some valid reason.

 

Walking tours tended to be longer and tedious, especially for older folks.

 

Having said all this, we would probably consider going on another Viking cruise although we would plan a bit more about what we might do on our own when making shore visits.

 

Two days in Budapest prior to cruise were great, as was the local host!

 

 

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Highly recommended.

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Very well organized!  Staterooms clean.  Food was very goodt; service at the restaurants was excellent and fun.  Crew were accommodating and always eager to please.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

A bucklet list item completed. / Would recommend, but not re-book myself.

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Service B+ / Accommodations B / Transparency C-

I often wondered why Viking advertises so much, I now believe it could have to do with what I'll call the 'Bucket List Effect'.  Cruising the Danube was mostly at night so we really didn't see the vistas in the TV advertising.  The ad is actually the Wachau Valley leg and we did see that, but due to low water levels, we were bussed to Melk and boarded a dining sightseeing boat for that part of the tour and we also had to transfer ships between Passau and Melk.

PLUSSES: Food was very good; staff on the Viking Njord, our second boat was exceptionally hospitable.

NEGATIVES: The program director was not open and upfront about when we would transfer ships and even if it would occur until the day before.  The top deck of the ship was rarely open due to low bridges (even with low water) that made the crew clear the deck to clear the bridges. When in Budapest electrical failures aboard caused us to lose power 2x while docked and therefore we were unable to enjoy the night time tour of Buda & Pests beautiful illuminated castles & government buildings. Also was surprised that boats frequently dock "adjoining" one another which results in half the cabin verandahs having a view of only the cabin in the adjoined ship.

OVERALL: Thrilled to have visited beautiful cities including Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna & Budapest.  Disappointed that the experience was not quite what is advertised, but would recommend a river cruise with Viking or another line as a one time bucket list experience.

 

 

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  • Price: $$

  • Size: S

  • Total Passengers: 190

  • Total Crew: 48

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.96

  • Built: Jan 2012

  • Number of Decks: 4

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 8

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Cruiser841
Contributor Level: Purser
Nov 30, 2015

Actually, we were on two ships; Freya at Nuremberg and Njord from Passau. We would have preferred being notified in advance of change ship so we could have planned unpacking/packing more efficiently. Otherwise, the actual change ship was seamless.

Cruiser5208
Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 30, 2015

Actually we were on two ships, the Njord after Passau and the Freya out of Nurenburg

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