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    Viking River Cruise prices

    Having been virtually 'Brain-washed' by the Viking River Cruise adverts before, after and during Piorot etc. I decided to look at their cruises/prices. I must say that I was shocked.

    For examope, I was looking at a 8 day Rhine cruise, in the peak months of July/August. Now a standard 'cabin' (window) will cost me around £1700, (£3,400 for a couple) that's £212 per pp, per night.

    A 'French Balcony' on the same cruise will cost me around £2,300 (£4,600 for a couple) that's £287, pp, per night.
    The fares above do include some drink, six excursions, and flights.

    A proper Veranda cabin will cost around £3,100 (a staggering £6,200 per couple) £387 pp, per night.

    Now we are not big drinkers, so that is not a big perk for us. Free excursions are nice, but let’s be honest, they do not really cost a lot to run, the ocean cruise lines just over-price them by maybe 50%. The included flights will probably only save me £300 or so, if I booked my own with Easyjet etc.

    I assume that I am not getting much in the way of entertainment and not much in the way of dining choices, for my money? Does the food match the likes of Celebrity, I wonder?

    I like the idea of a tranquil River Cruise through Europe, but basically I'm not convinced about the ‘value’! I could get quite a lot of Ocean cruise for £4,600 - in fact I'd probably get two weeks, possibly on a 'premium' ship.

    Am I missing something?

    Is River Cruising just for people with more money than sense?

    ...or am I just being ‘tight’?
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    #2
    No Malcolm I don't think you're being tight. I would love to do a Mekong River Cruise but the prices are OTT IMO.

    When you consider that labour costs are probably amongst the cheapest in the world and the boats don't cost billions, I really don't understand their pricing policy unless of course they are inundated with punters.

    I do wonder if it is still the newness and novelty value that is holding the price up..........Wilba
    Wilba

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      #3
      We would like to do a river cruise too but found the prices rather expensive for a reasonable boat. James from cruise dot does occasionally post offers, not been tempted so far with what's been offered but not given hope.

      Viking are spending too much on their peak time advertising instead of pricing their cruises more realistically.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Malcolm, Essex View Post
        Having been virtually 'Brain-washed' by the Viking River Cruise adverts before, after and during Piorot etc. I decided to look at their cruises/prices. I must say that I was shocked.

        For examope, I was looking at a 8 day Rhine cruise, in the peak months of July/August. Now a standard 'cabin' (window) will cost me around £1700, (£3,400 for a couple) that's £212 per pp, per night.

        A 'French Balcony' on the same cruise will cost me around £2,300 (£4,600 for a couple) that's £287, pp, per night.
        The fares above do include some drink, six excursions, and flights.

        A proper Veranda cabin will cost around £3,100 (a staggering £6,200 per couple) £387 pp, per night.

        Now we are not big drinkers, so that is not a big perk for us. Free excursions are nice, but let’s be honest, they do not really cost a lot to run, the ocean cruise lines just over-price them by maybe 50%. The included flights will probably only save me £300 or so, if I booked my own with Easyjet etc.

        I assume that I am not getting much in the way of entertainment and not much in the way of dining choices, for my money? Does the food match the likes of Celebrity, I wonder?

        I like the idea of a tranquil River Cruise through Europe, but basically I'm not convinced about the ‘value’! I could get quite a lot of Ocean cruise for £4,600 - in fact I'd probably get two weeks, possibly on a 'premium' ship.

        Am I missing something?

        Is River Cruising just for people with more money than sense?

        ...or am I just being ‘tight’?
        Good morning Malcolm.

        I did a Viking River cruise last year , along the Danube...

        http://www.cruises.co.uk/1425-river_...ng_maiden.html

        The link may go some way to explaining what it is all about.

        I have another one booked for later this year and indeed booked one yesterday for 2014 - A Veranda cabin on Viking Hemming.(I'll let the sleuths amongst us work out the cost - might keep them out of mischief )

        I consider Viking a cut above the rest - I must be right as a member of another forum thinks they are wonderful too - well almost.

        The additional value comes in many forms but certainly all daily tours are inclusive, including meals ashore when too far from the ship to return. Wines, beers, etc with meals are inclusive and flights are with schedule airlines, mainly British Airways.

        Tour guides are always of the highest quality and every passenger has their own personal Vox Bluetooth receivers while on excursions...



        True entertainment is limited but hey, the days are usually so active that shows and the like are the last thing on passengers minds after dinner.

        AT the end of the day though Malcolm, it's the old adage...'You get what you pay for'

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          #5
          I appreciate that River Boats are small (maybe 150-200) passengers but as Wilba says, they do not cost billions of dollars either.

          The crew wages are unlikely to be high. I also doubt if River Boats require large amounts of fuel either, compared to an Ocean going vessel.

          It is curious that you can do a Nile cruise for maybe a third of the price of a European River Cruise, with flights, food and excursions.

          According to the Viking web site the their cruises sell out very quickly, although there may be some gamesmanship in the information that they display?

          Just seen you post Richard, most useful: I will re-read your review.
          Last edited by Malcolm, Essex; 16th April 2013, 10:28 AM.
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            #6
            We have looked a couple of times at river cruise and whilst they look a very nice way to holiday they do not look very good value for money.No doubt it is a very nice experience but at TWICE the price per person per night I think we will be sticking with the cruise ships...Taffy
            ​Taffy

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              #7
              Hi The main attraction of river other than the ports (cities) visited is their friendly ambience - meeting like minded fellow passengers who have an interest in the destinations visited. Yes they much more expensive, and it is true the activities offered are very limited but most of the "entertainment" offered on most mega vessels these days has little attraction for me [Art Auctions (over priced junk), Port Lectures (are becoming sale pitches for local shops), Climbing Walls, Casinos etc)] I know others will disagree but I do partially miss the evening shows. However, because you have had a full sightseeing so you don't feel under stimulated. Some things cannot be simply measured in monetary terms, it's not uncommon for reviewers on this site to complain that they can't find a sun lounger on some large mega ships unless they arise early but they are always ones to be found on river cruise vessels. At the end of the day, Viking and others can price these cruises at a higher level than those for ocean voyages because sufficient passengers are willing to pay the extra for the experience.
              Last edited by JOHN B SLOOP, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; 16th April 2013, 10:50 AM.

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                #8
                I've been on a Nile cruise, and really enjoyed that. I got to see a lot a interesting sites/sights. There was no entertainment on board, but as we had been busy sightseeing during the day, it was good to just sit quietly and read. Mostly people sat in the bar and chatted.

                I have looked at other cruises, but the prices are out of my range, especially with the single supplement.
                2018-
                Queen Victoria - Mediterranean Explorer

                2019 -
                NCL Getaway - Norway and Iceland
                Adventure of the Seas - Fall Foliage

                2020 -
                Jewel of the Seas - Abu Dhabi & Dubai
                Magellan - Panama Canal

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                  #9
                  Just a thought how much of the Fare is to pay for all the Adverts they have on ITV,I do not think it is cheap to sponsor as many programs as the do....Taffy
                  ​Taffy

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by JOHN B SLOOP, Newcastle-upon-Tyne View Post
                    Some things cannot be simply measured in monetary terms....
                    I don't, but my bank manager does!
                    See my cruise blog: HERE

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                      #11
                      I was on a Rhine river cruise last year with Riviera Travel. First class holiday.
                      Half the price of Viking - food was excellent.
                      And I got a cabin with no single supplement.

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                        #12
                        I enjoyed a river cruise in Holland over Easter. Weather the same as here that week so only time we went on deck was to disembark, so no advantage in a balcony there. The food was extremely good and I didn't hear one complaint despite it being table d'hote. The chef was new and he came around on two of the four days to ask our opinions of the food. There were only 77 passengers on board and he prepared eight deserts on the final evening - said he couldn't decide which to do so to sample as many as we could. We didn't let him down.
                        We had a resident keyboard player on board and the evenings were very relaxing listening or dancing to a medley of 50 & 60 music. The mainly young crew joined us when they had finished in the dining room. As the ship moved between 5.30 and 6.30 am till 11 - 1pm most passengers were up early and in bed before midnight. As I have said before, a river cruise is not comparable to a sea cruise but has the ambiance of a smaller ship. The dining room and lounge/ bar were very comfortable and pleasant and my twin cabin for single occupation had a larger bathroom than most other ships I've been on. At £521 for four nights and coach transfers it was very good value. Apart from myself I I didn't meet anyone from North of Oxford or South Wales on board but many were bemoaning the number of Viking promotions they received in the post. We were on Rhine Princess owned by Rivercruise- line eu and very good it was. Only disappointment was the lack of blooms at Keurkenhof gardens due to the poor weather this spring.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by bengy99, Craigavon View Post
                          I was on a Rhine river cruise last year with Riviera Travel. First class holiday.
                          Half the price of Viking - food was excellent.
                          And I got a cabin with no single supplement.
                          I'm booked on this cruise later in the year - was the vessel undertaking this voyage the MS Lord Byron? Great to hear you enjoyed the experience.

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                            #14
                            I agree that the prices are high Malcolm. The prices are also high on the higher end ocean cruise ships with a similar all-inclusive offering. Our Cruisedot sponsored river cruise was on AMA Waterways Amadolce and offered similar facilities to Viking at similar prices.
                            I did a review and pictures of that cruise.

                            They are marketed heavily in the USA and Australia but I have seen some price reductions. I thought that the food was very good but I think that the food on Celebrity is just as good. The benefits include alcohol, tours, flights, transfers and tips but the ability to dock in the heart of a city such as Budapest is hard to put a price on. We were even taken on a nighttime cruise in Budapest - magical all lit up.

                            It may be worth giving one of the cheaper river cruiselines a try. Without the alcohol and other inclusive benefits they come in a lot cheaper but still give you a taste of river cruising.

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                              #15
                              The fact is that, as Hampshire Thorn says, it is very different from ocean cruising. A different style and ethos but, like ocean cruising, you get what you pay for.





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