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Viking River Cruises

Wave Awards winner: Winners 2021 Favourite River Cruise Line

Viking River Cruises is the largest river cruise line operators in the world, with a fleet of 76 ships running sailings across four continents on an army of award-winning ships. The cruise line is the river arm of Viking Ocean cruises, the super-premium Norwegian cruise line known for its superlative cruise experience, small ships with Scandi-chic interiors and fantastic destination and cultural enrichment programme. On the river, Viking offers cruisers the chance to sail in Europe, Asia, Africa and very soon the US, offering facilities like sundeck swimming pools, relaxing Aquavit terraces and well-stocked libraries. Continually making new additions and expanding, Viking has recently upped its Nile river cruise game with two new ships, and is set to sail the Mississippi river in 2022. The cruise line also champions themed cruises, taking passengers to the likes of the Passion Play at Oberammergau and offering exclusive pre-and post-cruise land tours.

Why choose this cruise line?

Everything about Viking River Cruises feels fresh and premium, from the bright and airy Scandi-chic interiors and fantastic facilities of the ships, to its cultural enrichment programme and enviable shore excursion selection.

Inside ships are beautifully designed, reminiscent of five-star hotels, with often local artwork and most cabins coming with a balcony.

Highlights on its longships, and most other Viking river ships, include the Aquavit Terrace, world-class buffet, library, rooftop herb gardens and dining venues with open-seating dining.

In 2022, Viking River Cruises will welcome its brand-new state-of-the-art 386-guest Viking Mississippi ship, offering all-balcony cabins and amenities akin to an ocean ship. All-inclusive dining, room service and plush touches in the cabin all complete Viking’s offering.

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Cruising with Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises’ style of cruising is totally unique, inspired by Viking’s ocean operation with Scandi-chic vessels, lots of space for calmness and relaxation and plenty of cultural enrichment.

The cruise line operates various categories of ship, one being the iconic Viking longship, and each category is near identical, so you can sail with Viking again and again and feel right at home.

Onboard, life is about unwinding and immersing yourself into each destination, and highlights include a curated library with lots of relevant reading, guest lecturers and even regional cuisine served in the onboard eateries.

Being for a more mature, inquisitive audience, you won’t find rowdy entertainment and club nights on board, but the cruise line is inclined to inviting on local performers and even hosting demonstrations with chefs. Viking’s dress code is casual and relaxed.

Who should cruise with Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises attracts a sophisticated and mature clientele, and passengers are usually retired couples or friends travelling in a group.

Cruisers love the destination-focused and cultural cruise experience on Viking, and the whole cruising experience is geared towards on shore activities and on-board relaxation – so don’t expect a loud party atmosphere on the ship.

While sailing with children is not encourages – as there are no children’s activities of programmes – you will spot the odd grandchild with their grandparents or well-behaved youngster travelling with their family.

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Viking offers sailings on popular European rivers like the Danube, Rhine, Douro (pictured), Elbe, Rhône and more. Credit: Viking

Viking River Cruises cruise destinations

Viking River Cruises has the biggest fleet of river cruise ships in the world, sailing on the waterways of Europe, Asia, Africa and even the US come 2022.

Viking offers sailings on popular European rivers like the Danube, Rhine, Douro, Elbe, Rhône, Saône and Seine, while in Russia is runs a renowned ‘Waterways of the Tsars’ itinerary on the Volga and a sailing on Ukraine’s Dnieper River from Kiev to Bucharest.

Viking also offers cruises on Egypt’s Nile River, sailing on the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia and will operate mighty Mississippi cruises in the US from 2022.

Viking River Cruises Dining

Viking River Cruises has a plethora of options when it comes to dining on its ships.

The Restaurant – Viking’s elegant dining venue with both a regional cuisine and classics.

Manfredi’s – Italian dining inspired by Italy’s beloved trattorias.

World Café – A vibrant, interactive dining experience with live cooking, an open kitchen and premium seafood/sushi choices.

Mamsen’s Norwegian Deli – Named after the Hagen family matriarch, this venue offers Norwegian specialities.

Aquavit Bar – A bar that offers mulled wine, hot chocolate and a space to hang out with new and old friends.

24-Hour Options – Viking River Cruises offers 24-hour dining options with breads and pastries available at any hour, along with room service.

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Aquavit Bar offers mulled wine, hot chocolate and a space to hang out with new and old friends. Credit: Viking

Viking River Cruises Entertainment

On Viking River Cruises, there are many possibilities when it comes to onboard entertainment.

Guest Lectures & Port Talks – river cruises offer a lecture program that is designed to shed light on the art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more of that specific cruise’s destination.

Destination Performances – Each Viking itinerary includes at least one Destination Performance which represents the most iconic cultural performing art form of the region.

Craft & Cooking Demonstration – On river cruises local artisans will demonstrate different crafts and traditions of that cruise’s destination; additionally, culinary demonstrations will be done onboard where chefs will present the recipes of the region.

Classical & Regional Musicians – From local ensembles to acclaimed choirs, Viking River Cruises offers a range of music choices.

Destination Insights – Enjoy short films intended to inform cruisers about the iconic destinations they will be visiting during their cruise.

Viking Curated Library – Curated by Heywood Hill, an independent London bookseller and Royal Warrant holder, Viking cruisers can enjoy the beautiful library that it has to offer.

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Veranda staterooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door that opens to a full-size veranda. Credit: Viking

Viking River Cruises Cabins

Viking River Cruises cabins are top-notch. Viking has an exclusive patented corridor configuration, which is distinct to its Viking Longships. Because of this, the cruise line can offer a variety of stateroom choices from the spacious Veranda and French Balcony Staterooms to its Veranda and Explorer Suites.

Other cruise lines may call one large room a “suite,” but on Viking River Cruises, this is not the case. Viking Suites offer two full-size rooms, making them the largest suites on Europe’s rivers. Each accommodation on Viking River Cruise’s ships was made with the highest detail.

The chairman of Viking River Cruises wanted to make sure that the line’s ships were elegant, yet functional. All the bath products onboard are easy-to-read and made with the highest quality. The bathrooms onboard have large showers with strong water pressure and clear controls, anti-fog mirrors and heated floors.

Standard Stateroom – At 150 square feet, the standard stateroom offers a hotel-style bed, a private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower and a heated bathroom floor.

French Balcony Stateroom – At 135 square feet this river-view stateroom has a hotel-style bed, a private balcony, a private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor, anti-fog mirror, stateroom steward and a roomy wardrobe.

Veranda Stateroom – At 205 square feet this river-view stateroom has floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door that opens to a full-size veranda, a hotel-style bed, a private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor, anti-fog mirror, a stateroom steward and a roomy wardrobe.

Veranda Suite – At 275 square feet this river-view suite has its own full-size veranda, separate sitting room, a private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor, anti-fog mirror, hotel-style bed, complimentary laundry & shoeshine service, welcome champagne, stateroom steward and a roomy wardrobe.

Explorer Suite – At 445 square feet this river-view suite has a private wraparound balcony, hotel-style bed, a private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor, anti-fog mirror, welcome champagne, a roomy wardrobe, stateroom steward and binoculars, coffee brewer & cashmere blanket.

River ship cabins by destination

Viking Longship Standard Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq ft
  • River-view stateroom with half-height picture window
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 40" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX, National Geographic & more
  • 110/220-volt outlets & USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hairdryer & individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

Douro River Cruise Standard Stateroom:

  • Stateroom size: 155 sq ft
  • Features - same as Viking Longship

Elbe River Cruise Standard Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 140 sq ft
  • Features - same as Viking Longship

Seine River Cruise Standard Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq ft
  • Features - same as Viking Longship

Russia River Cruise Deluxe Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 142 sq ft
  • River-view stateroom with large picture window 4.10 ft x 2.79 ft (can be opened)
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 26" flat-screen Sony TV with CNBC, CNN, BBC & more
  • 110/220-volt outlets
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hairdryer & air conditioning
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers

Viking Saigon French Balcony

  • Stateroom size: 305 sq ft
  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony
  • Features - same as Russia River Cruise Deluxe Stateroom

Viking Sineus Deluxe Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 142 sq ft
  • River-view stateroom with large picture window 4 ft x 2.66 ft (can be opened)
  • Russia River Cruise Deluxe Stateroom

Egypt River Cruise Deluxe Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 232 sq ft
  • River-view stateroom with half-height picture window
  • Features - same as Viking Longship

Mississippi Veranda Stateroom

  • Size including private veranda: 268 sq ft
  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 42" flat-screen, interactive LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • 110/120-volt US-standard outlets with USB ports
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks; security safe; hairdryer
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Purified water refilled daily
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • 24-hour room service
  • Spacious closet & drawers
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Cruise inclusions

Viking River Cruises offers a super-premium, almost all-inclusive cruising experience, where passengers will get flights to the ship, transfers from the airport to the ship and gratuities are taken care of.

Onboard, all dining is included in the cruise fare, with alcoholic beverages only included at mealtimes (though drinks packages do exist). Tea, coffee and soft drinks are complimentary and unlimited at all times, and shore excursions and wi-fi are also available for free.

Unique selling points

Exploring the World in Comfort

Whether on river or ocean cruises, Viking Cruises offers cruises that are destination-focused and carefully crafted with a mix of cosmopolitan and smaller ports of interest. Itineraries are specifically designed to offer longer hours in port than competitors, including late evening stays and overnights to take advantage of nightlife in select ports.

Cruises are priced to provide top consumer value by leveraging economies of scale and experienced management, and include such items as shore excursions and wine or beer with onboard meals. The company also ensures a focus on enrichment through shore excursions by local guides, regional foods, and privileged access for in-depth exploration of the destinations.

All Viking cruises include the exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that brings history and culture to life through onboard enrichment lectures; language classes; hands-on cooking demonstrations and classes; and local entertainment to complement included shore excursions.