Viking River Cruises
Waste no time discovering all that Europe and its neighboring countries has to offer with Viking River Cruises. One of the most popular river cruise lines in the world, Viking River Cruises’ magnificent fleet sails the riverways of Europe, Russia, China, Egypt, and Ukraine. Each ship is Scandinavian in design, with spacious public areas and luxurious (all oceanview) accommodations. The intimate size of Viking River’s ship allows them to cruise through rivers and visit ports of call that traditionally large cruise ships cannot. Some of their ships, such as Viking Astrild and Viking Beyla, were custom-designed to travel through the shallow waters of the Elbe.
Viking River Excursions
Since Viking River Cruises specializes in visiting quaint ports of call, Viking provides each guest with an in-depth cultural experience in each one. You will receive one complimentary shore excursion per port, which is led by a local English-speaking guide who will provide you with an authentic inside look at each destination. Viking also offers optional for-fee excursions that heighten your experiences with exclusive opportunities, such as interacting with locals, participating in a hands-on workshop, or private tours. Onboard enrichment programming ties your experience together with lectures, local performances, demonstrations, and in-depth port talks that get you ready for the next port.
Viking’s well-trained team of chefs work tirelessly to deliver carefully-prepared, gourmet dishes right to your table. An elegant yet casual open-seating experience, dining onboard Viking River Cruises combines regional specialties with traditional American fare. Each night, dinner becomes the culinary highlight with an amazing five-course fine dining experience for every traveler. Viking’s attentive and courteous staff is always there to deliver each and every one of your desires.
Staying onboard a Viking River cruise feels like you’re staying in one of the world’s finest hotels. Each of their staterooms feature hotel-style beds with European linens and duvets, plus a private bathroom with shower, satellite television with on-demand entertainment, heated bathroom floors, and much more. The majority of accommodations have at least a French balcony if not full-sized veranda, so you can enjoy private views and fresh river air whenever you desire.
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Why Choose Viking River Cruises?
Viking River's pricing covers your meals, hotel accommodations during city portions of your Viking River itinerary (if you purchase a cruisetour), as well as guided shore excursions, lectures and various live performances. If you purchase your airfare through Viking River Cruises, they'll also include all of your ground transportation, between the pier, hotel and airport. Onboard amenities include free Wi-Fi, beer, wine & soft drinks with lunch and dinner, plus 24-hour specialty coffees, teas, and bottled water.
Award-Winning River Cruise Line
Don't just take it from us that Viking River is one of the best river cruise lines in the world, as this is made even clearer when learning that Viking River has been the recipient of many awards and accolades, from a variety of organizations. For instance, Viking River Cruises was placed on the Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List," as well as Travel + Leisure's "World's Best." Viking River has even been featured in National Geographic's "The 10 Best of Everything." Furthermore, Viking River enjoys a 99.8% satisfaction rating from passengers commenting that their staff has met or exceeded their expectations.
Deep Cultural Enrichment
The Program Director of each Viking River ship provides you with detailed information about the ports of call being visited during your cruise. Among the many enrichment programs available on a Viking River cruise are lectures, demonstrations and workshops. These programs provide you with a truly personalized and in-depth experience, helping Viking stand apart from much of their competition. Optional for-fee shore excursions take you even deeper. Featuring more intimate-sized groups, a paid excursion might take you behind-the-scenes of a museum, theater, working farm, and even to home-hosted visits.
What's New for Viking River Cruises?
Beginning in 2022, Viking River Cruises will be featuring an all new product, Viking Expeditions. Explore highly desirable destinations such as Antarctica, the Arctic, Canada, and more onboard brand new expedition ships. Viking Expeditions cruises will feature resident scientists, enhanced enrichment programs, and an entire collection of expedition equipment that you can use to explore each destination on and offshore!
During 2016, Viking River Cruises welcomed the latest additions to its fleet with the christening of six new Viking Longships (Viking Rolf, Viking Kadlin, Viking Alruna, Viking Egil, Viking Vilhjalm, and Viking Tialfi). Of the six new Longships, four are deployed on Viking’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers; the remaining two sail the Seine River on Viking’s Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary. Later in the year, Viking debuted a seventh new river ship for 2016, Viking Osfrid, which is inspired by the Longships design and specifically built for the Douro River, bringing the company’s total number of ships in Portugal to three.
Viking River Cruises continued its extensive fleet-wide expansion in 2014. In a multi-phased event that took place over 24 hours, the company christened 16 of its award-winning Viking Longships. The first-of-its kind ceremony was subsequently certified by a Guinness World Records™ adjudicator as 'The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company.' Viking already held the previous record, having christened 10 new ships in one day in 2013.
A total of 11 new ships debuted for Viking River Cruises during 2013: Viking Bragi, Viking Skadi, Viking Tor, MS Vienna, Viking Var, Viking Forseti, Viking Rinda, Viking Jarl, Viking Atla, Viking Baldur, and Viking Magni.
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