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Viking Ingvi Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Viking Ingvi Cruise Review by Geezer Cruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony

Don't mean to sound negative, but didn't have the fantastic experience so many others report. Airport pickup at Budapest went well, as did the pre-cruise experience, despite poor weather. Guide for Jewish Budapest one of the best on entire trip. However ...

Had no lunch on embarkation day as it was supposed to be provided on board. We were a bit late arriving at the dock, so nothing available until dinner that night. Many passengers in larger groups, so a bit awkward at mealtimes; not to say we didn't encounter many nice, interesting folks, just that they tended to gravitate in their groups.

Staff were unfailingly nice, excursions very well presented, although one guide I found very political. Director did a terrific job advising of photo opportunities from ship, as well the lock process.

Food was adequate, if not outstanding. Breakfast the best omelettes I've run across, lunch a hybrid salad bar + pasta station, along with ordering from a menu. Dinner was truly a mixed bag. Soup wasn't just broth-based, but downright oily. Fish was very good, but meat selections not so much. Dessert varied from terrific to ho-hum. Want to give the staff full credit for being zealous about catering to dietary needs - at breakfast they made a point of consulting with passengers to plan the day ahead for them.

We were warned ship wifi wasn't the fastest. Unfortunately, my phone signal did not work well in the cabin, though off the ship it was fine.

Laundry a bit expensive, but prompt service with good results.

Held several hours on boat for last transfer to Munich Airport, cutting departure closer than I'd have liked.

Not sorry we went, but just didn't get the "Wow!" factor.


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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 208

Fairly small, but adequate. Lots of electric sockets, water provided, refrigerator for drinks brought along was useful. No issue with cleaning service. Sometimes there was another boat alongside. Very quiet experience, minor hall noise at mealtimes.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Got an overview of the city beyond the hotel area we'd seen pre-cruise.

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Bratislava

Guide was terrific, just sorry we couldn't go to the Castle for photos of city.

City Tour

Tough to take in so much in such a short time. Guide was a bit political for my liking.

View All 169 City Tour Reviews
Durnstein (Krems)

No excursion - went into town, but most shops closed on Sunday.

Great guide, beautiful countryside on the way. Nice lunch, restaurant and shops all took credit cards.

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Walking Tour

Good guide with interesting sights. Wasn't sure about an organ concert, but it was fairly short with rousing pieces.

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