From operating only four ships to being voted 2017’s #1 River Cruise Line by industry accolades, Viking has become the underdog of the river cruising world.

Operating from its headquarters in Switzerland, the cruise line now boasts a fleet of over 60 vessels for both ocean and river, after having set the world record for the most ships inaugurated in one day.

What to expect on a Viking river cruise?

Viking note themselves as the ‘thinking person’s cruise’, offering cruisers the chance to get closer to the cultures of the world. Think of your Viking river cruise as sailing to ports after port, visiting fabulous regions, all from your ship that boasts spacious staterooms and hotel-like amenities. Enjoy views as they pass your French balcony window or veranda before dining on breakfast, lunch and dinner – all of which are included in your cruise fare.

Viking’s on-board service is of a notable standard, with Swiss-trained, friendly and knowledgeable staff each dedicated to making your river cruise unforgettable. The cruise line is also the only one to offer a Service Guarantee, promising award-winning service during your stay.

What’s included in the price?

You could potentially leave your wallet at home as Viking’s offers truly inclusive value. Whether it’s a morning coffee or an all-day shore excursion, the cruise line makes it easier to offer you more for your money.

A few of the many inclusions include return travel to the UK, river-view staterooms, on-board meals with wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, excursions led by local guides. For more enriching experiences, the cruise line also includes the Culture Curriculum® in their fare, bringing history and culture to life with lectures, discussions and destination insights.

Aquavit dining venue on-board Viking

Life on-board your Viking River Cruise ship

Viking’s longships are state-of-the-art, providing exceptional comfort and including some of the largest suites on the rivers of Europe. Many ships have been custom-built to sail along some of the world’s finest waterways, with each boasting Scandinavian-inspired design and innovative engineering.

What is the dining like on-board Viking?

One of Viking’s passions is ensuring that dining remains an important part of your journey. This includes both on-shore and on-board, with highly-trained chefs eager to provide an enriching culinary experience.

Viking has no dress code for dining on-board and allows you to choose when and where to dine as it suits you. Enjoy a light lunch al fresco, dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or opt for the main restaurant’s sophisticated ambience and three-course meals.

What are the staterooms like on-board Viking?

Viking River Cruise - Interior View

Accommodation on-board Viking river cruises is light and airy, with beds featuring soft cotton linens, bathrooms including fluffy towels and premium bath products.

Staterooms on board Viking’s river cruise ships include:

  • Standard Stateroom – Picture window with private bathroom and flat-panel TV
  • Deluxe Stateroom – Large picture window, premium bath products and roomy wardrobe
  • French Balcony Stateroom – Featuring floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors and spacious bathrooms
  • Veranda Stateroom – Full-size veranda, climate control and premium bath products
  • Veranda Suite – Large private bathroom with French balcony and full-size veranda
  • Junior Suite – Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, Sony flat-panel TV and veranda
  • Suite – Panoramic windows with windows opening to large veranda and large bathroom
  • Explorer Suite – The largest suites on-board Viking, offering wraparound verandas and soft décor

What excursions can I take on my cruise?

Unlike ocean cruises, there are no days at sea on a river cruise. As you sail on-board Viking, there are opportunities to explore somewhere new each day. Excursions are all included in the cost of your cruise, meaning you have full flexibility and the option to explore either on your own or with a tour guide. Whether you are sailing through Russia, Asia, Europe or China, each region offers their own signature excursions to make your river cruise authentic and immersive.

Sail along the Volga and explore Moscow, touring one of the most fascinating cities. Or explore the Elbe, where you can encounter Berlin by nightfall, driving with a guide under the illuminating city lights.

Many of the excursions involve walking up to two miles over uneven streets and stairs, making that glass of wine in the on-board bar all the more enjoyable upon your return. For cruises along the Douro river, guests can also take a dip in the swimming pool to soothe your muscles. (Pool only featured on-board Viking Torgil and Viking Hemming)

If you’re already imagining yourself on-board Viking River Cruises, take a look at some of our current deals with this exciting cruise line here.

Call our Cruise Concierge team on 0800 197 0854 for any further information and award-winning assistance.

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About Emma Smith

Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over a year. She loves learning of new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in diary for 2020! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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