Viking River Cruises

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Viking River


Viking River - Introduction

Viking River Cruises operates the world's biggest and foremost array of luxury ships built purposely for river cruising. With cruises to Europe, Russia, China and the Far East, Viking has hosted more than half a million cruisers on magical, informative journeys across the world.

Wtih over 20 Itineraries it can be hard to know which one to book - here are the Itineraries Recommend:

  • Romantic Danube
  • Rhine Discovery
  • Danube Waltz
  • Elegant Elbe
  • Portraits of Southern France
  • Imperial Jewels of China

Navigate the world’s waterways with Viking River Cruises, known for its excellent expert-guided excursions. This line was founded in 1997 and has grown since then to become the world’s largest river cruise line. A sleek Nordic design, energy-efficient hybrid engines and plush cabins characterise the impressive ‘longships’ of Viking’s modern fleet.

Popular Routes

With the world’s largest river-going fleet, Viking River Cruises is constantly expanding with dozens of ships and an impressive list of itineraries to choose from. This starts in Europe, with smooth sailing up and down the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers, along with the Duoro in Portugal and Rhone and Seine in France. Wine tasting, world class museums, and visits to stunning castles are all on the schedule here.

Do you fancy a different type of destination? You can cruise down the Yangtze River in China, taking in one-of-a-kind sights like the Three Gorges and major cities of Beijing and Shanghai. Visit mountain cities in Tibet or explore the waterways of Cambodia and Vietnam on a Mekong River itinerary. Have you always wanted to see the Nile? Cruise down this legendary river on an Egyptian tour, where you can see remnants of ancient civilizations from the Great Pyramids to the Valley of the Kings.

Dining Options

Viking prides themselves on providing an authentic experience, and this trickles down into the dining options. The chefs create menus using regional specialties and seasonal ingredients, for destination-focused dining options. With open seating, you can dine with whomever you choose whether you wish to sit with friends or mix and mingle. The main dining room is elegant and airy, serving a full buffet breakfast, light lunch and multicourse fine dining meal for dinner.

You can visit the Aquavit Terrace if you want to soak in the sun and enjoy your meal in a casual, al fresco setting on deck. Light bites are also served on the ship’s Sun Deck, with panoramic views and umbrella shaded tables.

Drinks Packages

River cruises are all-inclusive with many beverages already included in your fare. This includes specialty coffees and hot teas to fuel your sightseeing any time you like, along with soft drinks, beers and house wines during mealtimes. Your stateroom will come equipped with fresh bottles of water which are replenished as needed. However, if you prefer a more expansive drinks selection you can upgrade to the Silver Spirits beverage package.

  • Silver Spirits Drinks Package – Drink what you like at any time with unlimited coffee drinks, soft drinks and juices. You’ll also get to enjoy an open bar and premium local wines, cocktails, and beers at your leisure.

This package can be purchased ahead of time or once you’re already onboard the ship.

Entertainment and Excursions

Viking River puts a great deal of effort into showcasing local entertainment and regional styles to complement your excursions. There’s a full programme of entertainment on board, designed to help you learn more about the regions that you pass through. This includes a lively selection of performances from local musicians or dancers, lectures about history, culture and art, and themed dinners.

You’ll learn more about each destination you visit with a fully culturally immersive experience, including guided tours with headphones. Tour guides are local, ensuring that you receive insider knowledge from real people who live in each port. Do you want to pick up some new cooking tips? You may be treated to demonstrations from local chefs as part of the entertainment programming!

Amenities and Activities

Forget what you know about river boats! The line’s Longships are the largest class of ships on Europe’s rivers today, offering a modern cruising experience with plenty of luxurious amenities. With their light-filled Scandinavian design and generous outdoor spaces, they are meant to offer all the comforts of a fine hotel room. This extends to complimentary Wi-Fi service to stay in touch with friends and family, as well as lounges, bars, and private nooks to relax in.

  • Stateroom Amenities

All accommodation is cosy, chic and designed for comfort. They all include en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, fluffy towels and crisp linens. You can relax and enjoy your room’s colour television, showing a selection of live TV channels and on-demand movies. Larger suites include wraparound balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. An in-room safe is included to keep belongings secure during your cruise, and climate control is on hand for added comfort.

  • Health and Wellness

There isn’t a dedicated gym onboard, but many guests walk laps around the spacious Sun Deck and the daily excursions include plenty of opportunity to get activities. Viking also has a partnership with a number of exclusive hotels, allowing guests to visit the hotel fitness centre and spa when docked in those cities.

Additional amenities include a well-stocked library and onboard shop. You can consult with the Viking Concierge onboard every ship for assistance with purchasing concert tickets, making spa reservations, or indulging in any other activities during your cruise.

Service Charges

Tips aren’t included in your cruise fare. They’re left to your discretion, with the option of tipping staff members in cash or charging a gratuity to your credit card at the completion of your cruise. These gratuities are then shared between the ship’s staff, from the receptionists to housekeeping. However, Tour Escorts and local city guides leading excursions don’t share in this central pot so you’ll need to tip them separately in cash if desired. Standard service charges vary by region, with US dollars recommended in regions outside of Europe.

Dress Code

Viking River Cruises are far more casual and low-key than other cruise lines, so it’s recommended to dress more for comfort and practicality than glamour! There aren’t any formal nights, but the line recommends dressing to an ‘elegant casual’ code in the evenings. This entails trousers and a collared shirt for men and a dress, slacks or skirt with an accompanying blouse for the ladies. You’ll be walking a lot during the day on your tours so it’s best to pack comfortable trousers, jeans or shorts as well as comfy shoes.