The World’s Best River Cruise Line
April 2018 | By Viking Cruise Line | 6 minute read |
Viking®, voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, believes in offering extraordinarily well-designed cruises that bring travelers closer to the cultures of the world.
With destination-focused itineraries on the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt, Viking invites you to explore with like-minded travelers on what we call The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests discover the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, insightful lectures, Destination Performances, cooking demonstrations and regionally inspired cuisine. Plus, with Viking Inclusive Value, just about everything is covered—port charges, Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, onboard activities and shore excursions. Enjoy all this while sailing on board a state-of-the-art river ship or one of the award-winning Viking Longships®, the newest fleet on Europe’s rivers. Recognized for our streamlined Scandinavian design, refined onboard ambience and understated elegance, Viking has set the standard in river cruising. Spacious Veranda Staterooms, the largest suites in Europe, ample al fresco dining and more—come discover why Viking truly is The World’s Leading River Cruise Line®.
As the small ship experts for more than two decades, Viking thoughtfully engineered elegant, intimate ships, designed to get you closer to your destination so you can explore up close and in depth. Our state-of-the-art, 443-foot Viking Longships—accommodating just 190 guests—sail into the heart of the world’s great cities and charming towns and villages, where enriching discoveries are usually just a short walk from the ship.
Viking Longships integrate a patented corridor design and cutting-edge technology with comfortable amenities that reflect guest preferences and current travel trends. These features include the revolutionary Aquavit Terrace, a glorious outdoor seating area at the bow of the ship that reinvents the onboard lounge experience by bringing the panoramic outdoor river scenery indoors with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors, allowing you to enjoy the views and dine al fresco. Additionally, all Viking Longships have sustainability upgrades, such as onboard solar panels and organic herb gardens, and energy-efficient hybrid engines that also reduce vibrations for a remarkably smooth ride.
On board, you will also find serene Scandinavian spaces designed for your comfort and serenity—from the light and airy Atrium, our soaring lobby that rivals those of the finest hotels, to the quiet corner of the Library. And on top of the ship, the Sun Deck offers 360° views and a walking track so you can exercise en plein air.
Viking Longships have a patented layout that allows for unparalleled stateroom choices: two Explorer Suites—the largest river cruise suites in Europe—as well as seven two-room Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the separate sitting room and a French balcony in the sleeping quarters; 39 Veranda Staterooms featuring full-size rooms with full-size verandas; 22 French Balcony Staterooms; and 25 Standard Staterooms. All staterooms offer river views and include the following: a hotel-style bed with an optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens and pillows; a 40" flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand; 110/220 volt outlets and USB ports; a refrigerator; a security safe; a hair dryer; a spacious glass-enclosed shower; a heated bathroom floor and anti-fog mirror; premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers; and a stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping.
With Viking, cuisine and wine are part of the journey. Both engage your senses and open a window to the traditions and essence of a place. Our highly trained chefs are passionate about food and committed to providing an enriching culinary experience, whether it is authentic regional specialties or American classics. And our ships’ dining areas—from our elegant Restaurant to the Sun Deck and Aquavit Terrace, our al fresco dining area at the bow of the ship—are the ideal setting for hospitable, attentive and personalized service.
Much of the joy of travel lies in sampling the fresh fare and regional cuisinethat bring your destination to life. Locally sourced ingredients—like Provençal lemons, Hungarian paprika, and rosemary from the onboard herb garden—inspire our chefs to create authentic regional dishes. Our extensive wine list enhances your meal and features a vintage created by our own vintner.
Our signature “Taste of…”eventsintroduce you to the food and drink of the region. The “Taste of Germany,” for instance, features pretzels and sweet mustard, bratwurst and Kölsch. It is the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow guests and sample the flavors of local culture.
With more itineraries in more destinations worldwide, our included shore excursions—one in every port—provide an overview of must-see cultural and historic highlights, with some delightful surprises. These expertly guided tours bring you closer to the art, architecture, history and people that define your destination. Should you want to explore more, our wide selection of carefully curated optional tours help you delve more deeply into local culture and view your destination from a new perspective.
The Viking Way® of exploration offers behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities that set us apart from other travel companies. While we include the expected and iconic—such as visits to renowned museums and notable landmarks—we also go beyond, offering Local Life, Working World and optional Privileged Access® experiences opening doors to places otherwise difficult to visit.
On board, Viking brings you a curated experience to complement your time ashore with our exclusive Culture Curriculum® program. You can look forward to inspiring lectures on history and art; vintage wine tastings; cooking and craft demonstrations; informative port talks; enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows; and musicians playing regional and classical music.
Designed for curious travelers with true explorer spirits, Viking offers The Thinking Person’s Cruise® to mature, English-speaking guests seeking enrichment and opportunities to engage more deeply with the cultures of the world.
Viking offers the best experience, with all you need included plus the ability to customize. We make sure that there are no surprises or hidden fees. The price you pay covers just about everything—port charges, Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions—plus hotel accommodations on cruisetours. Although you can never put a price on hospitality, all of your included amenities and features have an added value. That is what we call Viking Inclusive Value.
We include more features and services than competitors across our fleet, especially on board the Viking Longships.
- One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
- Unlimited free Wi-Fi
- Visits to UNESCO Sites
- Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
- Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
- 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
- Port taxes & fees
- Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase