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VIKING EDITORS' PICK AWARDS

 & 2019 CRUISERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Viking Takes Five Categories, Including Best Luxury Value for Money and Best Enrichment

 in 12th Annual Editors' Awards  Learn More

Viking’s Ships Take 11 Categories, Including New Category “Best for River Cruises” in 9th Annual

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards  Learn More

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VIKING HONORED WITH 2019 CRUISE CRITIC EDITORS’ PICKS AWARDS

Viking Takes Five Categories, Including Best Luxury Value for Money and Best Enrichment in 12th Annual Awards

Los Angeles (December 4, 2019) – Viking® today celebrated new accolades from Cruise Critic®, the world’s largest online cruise resource. In the 2019 Editors’ Picks Awards, Cruise Critic honored Viking River & Ocean Cruises. with five awards in the luxury ocean and river categories, marking the third consecutive year Viking has won more Editors’ Picks awards than any other river or ocean cruise line. Three of the awards are in the prestigious luxury ocean categories and include Best Luxury Value for Money and Best Spa – both of which Viking has won every year since introducing its ocean cruises in 2015 – as well as Best Enrichment. The company was also recognized in two river categories: Best Itineraries and Best for First-Timers for the second and third consecutive year, respectfully.

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

Cruise Critic boasts the world’s largest online cruise community, with more than 650,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 700 cruise ships and nearly 500 worldwide ports. The Editors' Picks Awards combine Cruise Critic editors’ impartial cruise expertise – based on firsthand experiences and industry knowledge – to help travelers select the best cruise vacation from an increasing number of cruise options. In ranking Viking in the top spot for five different awards, Cruise Critic’s editors commented with the following:

  • Best Value for Money– Luxury Ocean: “A cruise on a Viking ship means rarely having to reach for your wallet once onboard. With included perks like specialty dining and shore excursions, it's easy to feel spoiled. Viking's no nickel-and-diming policy means passengers know what they're paying upfront and appreciate the value of a cruise that includes excellent dining, large staterooms and friendly, intuitive service. ”
  • Best Spa – Luxury Ocean: “ It doesn't get any better than Viking's sublime LivNordic Spa. The highlight of any Viking cruise is the wonderful thermal suite, which is tranquil, gorgeous and absolutely free. Packed with amenities like a thalassotherapy pool, snow grotto and heated ceramic lounge chairs, the thermal suite is the best place to spend a sea day. Viking has redefined the cruise ship spa experience.
  • Best Enrichment – Luxury Ocean: “Not surprising for a cruise line that partners with PBS, Viking takes enrichment seriously. Each ocean ship has a resident historian, who gives entertaining and informative destination-based lectures and leads Q&As about regional current events. New-this-year Viking Jupiter and Viking Orion also have onboard planetariums, technologically powerful enough for 3D shows, and resident astronomers to make sense of what you've seen.
  • Best for First-Timers – River: “New to river cruising? Then Viking should be your first stop. Perhaps the best-known river cruise line, Viking is also one of the most expansive; the company's vast fleet of Longships means it's easy to find the perfect sailing. Smart inclusions, such as beer and wine at lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi and a shore excursion in every port, mean few extra fees once onboard.
  • Best Itineraries – River: “From the Mekong to the Yangtze, the Danube to the Douro, the Nile to the Volga, you'll find a Viking riverboat. The line has pioneered cruises on many of the world's rivers, offering insightful and in-depth itineraries exploring the culture, heritage and sights of the destinations. The sheer amount of ships means that it's easy to find a river cruise to suit any taste.

Today’s announcement from Cruise Critic builds on to the impressive list of recent accolades for Viking. For the fourth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure readers voted Viking to the top of its categories in the 2019 World’s Best Awards. Earlier this year, the company’s first five 930-guest sister ships, Viking Star® , Viking Sea® , Viking Sky® , Viking Sun® and Viking Orion® dominated the Cruise Critic® 9th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, receiving 11 First Place honors. All six of Viking’s ships have been awarded a top rating of five stars by Cruise Critic.

The Viking Difference

Designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. On board, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is both beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. With the most al fresco dining opportunities whether on the rivers or at sea, featuring regional cuisine and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences on shore, on board, and even at home, through premier partnerships such as National Geographic, PBS’ MASTERPIECE, Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition and the new film Downtown Abbey from Focus Features and Carnival Films. And only The Viking Way® of exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. Local Life excursions shine a light on everyday activities and include experiences such as Viking Chef-hosted trips to local farmers markets, tea at home with local residents and visits with local schoolchildren. Working World excursions feature behind-the-scenes “making of” experiences, illuminating destinations through their most famous exports, such as factory and farm visits. Privileged Access excursions include experiences a behind-the-scenes tours of Highclere Castle, the “real Downtown Abbey;” and of Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, an experience developed with Prince William Lobkowicz and Princess Alexandra Lobkowicz; a special concert with the Vienna Boys’ Choir at Schönbrunn Palace; a private tour and wine tasting at Schloss Löwenstein in Lower Franconia; a private Cognac Blending experience at Camus near Bordeaux; and an exclusive dinner in the Churchill War Rooms in London.

In addition, Viking offers a compelling value compared to other cruise lines. Every cruise fare includes an outside stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; Wi-Fi; and cultural performances as part of the Viking’s Cultural Curriculum® onboard programming.

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About Viking Cruises

Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first four years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 78 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards.

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VIKING ALSO DOMINATES CRUISE CRITIC’S 2019 CRUISERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Viking’s Ships Take 11 Categories, Including New Category “Best for River Cruises” in 9th Annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

Los Angeles (March 6, 2019) – Dominating awards season once again, Viking® today received a new set of accolades from the popular online cruise resource, Cruise Critic®, including 11 First Place awards in the 9th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards. Cruise Critic presented First Place awards to four of Viking’s 930-guest ocean sister ships: Viking Star®, Viking Sky®, Viking Sun® and Viking Orion®, which debuted in 2018. Cruise Critic also added a new river ship category for the 2019 awards, and Viking Vidar®, part of the Viking Longship fleet, took First Place as Best for River Cruises.

About Viking
Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 68 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Cruise Direct Online at 800.365.1445
 

 

VIKING INCLUSIVE VALUE

Discover the #1 River Cruise Line

VIKING INCLUDES MORE FEATURES & SERVICES THAN OTHERS:

One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

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

Main Dining

• The Restaurant, featuring regional specialties made with locally sourced ingredients and always available

American classics

Casual Dining and Additional Options

• Aquavit Terrace,® an outdoor seating area for acasual meal al fresco or meeting friends for a drink

• “Taste of...” events for an introduction to the food and drink of the region

• Sun Deck for the perfect opportunity to dine on light fare outdoors underneath an umbrella

DESTINATION-FOCUSED DINING

Viking provides the most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers, featuring regional cuisine and always available

ONBOARD CULTURE CURRICULUM®:

• Informative lectures on your destination’s history, art and more

• Tastings of regional wines

• Port talks providing an overview of your next

day’s port of call

• Enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows

• Musicians playing regional and classical music

• Cooking and craft demonstrations

VIKING LONGSHIP FEATURES:

• Viking Lounge for onboard entertainment featuring tunes from a baby grand piano

• Viking Bar, an inviting place to view the scenery as you enjoy a drink or cup of coffee

• Library with a thoughtfully curated book collection, the perfect place to read up on your next destination

• Sun Deck with 360˚ views, a shaded sitting area, organic herb garden and solar panels; plus a walking track for exercise and fresh air

ALL STATEROOMS FEATURE:

• Outside staterooms with river view

• Free Wi-Fi

• Bottled water replenished daily

• Voltage: 220V & 110V (US outlet), plus ample USB ports

• Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration

• Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower; heated floor and anti-fog mirror; premium Freyja® bath products; plush robes & slippers upon request

• 40" flat-screen LCD TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more

• Telephone, security safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control

Viking does not try to be all things to all people. Instead, They focus on delivering meaningful experiences.

  • No casinos
  • No children under 18
  • No umbrella drinks
  • No photographers
  • No art auctions
  • No charge for beer & wine with lunch & dinner
  • No charge for alternative restaurants‡
  • No charge for Wi-Fi†
  • No charge for use of launderettes‡
  • No entrance fee for The Spa‡
  • No spa sales pressure‡
  • No inside staterooms
  • No smoking
  • No waiting in lines
  • No formal nights, butlers or white gloves
  • No nickel and diming

†Connection speeds may vary.
‡Applies to ocean only.

*Based on Viking Longships; other ships vary, see website for details.

 



About the Ships:

Viking's Longships ( over 45 identical ships, including the Viking IDi ) were designed by Scandinavian naval architects Yran & Storbraaten who have also designed for Silversea, the Yachts of Seabourn, Disney and Regent Seven Seas. The ships are sophisticated and elegant, with furnishings crafted from fine wood and wools, cottons, cashmeres and linens in a neutral palette. Because of an exclusive patented design, the Viking Longships offer river cruising's first-ever true Suite: two full-size rooms, complete with a full-size veranda and French balcony. Viking offers elegantly appointed all-outside staterooms featuring European linens and duvets. Viking Longships have a selection of staterooms from Explorer Suites to staterooms with a veranda or French balcony complete with a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door.
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 a revolutionary all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace that reinvents the onboard lounge experience by bringing the panoramic outdoor river scenery indoors with retractable floor - to - ceiling glass doors and allows guests to enjoy the views and dine al fresco. Accommodating 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, Viking Longships have a patented layout that allows for 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 living room and a French balcony in the bedroom; 39 Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas; and 22 French Balcony Staterooms. Additionally, all 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.
Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar, lounge, library, sun deck, onboard boutique and laundry service. Viking features non-smoking interiors on all ships.
When you travel with Viking, 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 - as well as hotel accommodations on their cruise tour itineraries. So all you have to do is relax and enjoy a great journey that is also a great value:
:: At least one included excursion per port
:: All onboard meals created by our Swiss-trained chefs featuring fresh ingredients and regional specialties, served in a variety of settings including al fresco dining
:: Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with our onboard dinner and lunch service; bottled water and complimentary cappuccino, coffee and tea at a 24-hour hot beverage bar

Viking Longships

 

SHIP FEATURES
 

 

Aquavit Terrace


Revolutionary in concept and design, this spacious indoor/outdoor seating area, with a lovely open-air cafe at the bow of the ship is perfect for having a casual meal al fresco, meeting friends for drinks or reading a book, all while enjoying breathtaking views and basking in the fresh air.
Atrium
Light and airy, the ship's soaring atrium-style lobby rivals those of the finest hotels.

The Restaurant
Gaze at breathtaking scenery through the Restaurant's panoramic windows as you dine on regional specialties and contemporary cuisine. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant, with high-quality table linens, china, cutlery and glassware at every meal.

Accommodations
Longship staterooms offer hotel-style beds in either single or double configuration and all have a private bathroom. 40" flat-screen stateroom TVs offer CNN and other English-language programming, as well as region-specific movies and documentaries. In Europe, programming includes CNBC, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more. Every stateroom comes with a view on Viking's Longships, as there are no interior cabins. You have a choice of Oceanview, French Balcony, Verandah and Suite accommodations. Cabin lighting, includes built-in dimmers, bedside controls and mirrored vanities There are four American (110 volt) outlets, two bedside and two at the desk, and two European (220 volt) outlets in addition to one European outlet for charging the QuietVox headsets.
Every cabin is equipped with a safe, a small refrigerator and a handheld hair dryer. Bath products are L'Occitane. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in your stateroom, as well as throughout the ship. On our Rhine river cruise, it was working most of the time, at reasonable speed.

( our French Balcony stateroom )
Veranda Stateroom
Boasting sweeping river views, the Veranda Staterooms are comfortable and airy, with hotel-style beds, a private bathroom, roomy closets and storage space, and amenities like flat-panel TVs and premium bath products.

Explorer Suite
Exceptional accommodations aboard the newest, most deluxe river cruise fleet include our spacious Explorer Suites  - featuring separate sleeping and sitting quarters, a wraparound veranda with 270 degree views, a French balcony and modern amenities.

Ship Features
95 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, 25 Standard Staterooms)
All suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track
Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining
The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
Library corner and onboard boutique
Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
Free shipwide wireless Internet service
Laundry service
Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride

See the 360� Longship Tour


River cruises attract passengers 60 and older, but on our cruise there were a number guests in their mid-forties. Even a 70+ honeymoon couple from Utah, that booked the Explorer Suite and joined our dinner table each night.
You'll find most staterooms slightly smaller than ocean-going vessels, ranging from 135 square feet to 205 square feet.


Dining
The chefs created a variety of tasty offerings for us, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of guests and homemade soups are prepared daily. For breakfast, you can choose from a selection of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, we could select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrees and dessert. And for dinner, we were treated to a five-course menu with regional specialties. You may also select from a red or white regional wine, or beer ( complimentary ) to perfectly complement your meal.
Meals are served in a single, open-seating at set times. Breakfast is choice of a buffet, or ordering from a menu. The buffet area in the center of the room includes a choice of cereal, oatmeal with toppings, lox, yogurt, cheeses and meats. You toast your own bread, including bagels. There's also an omelet station, or you can order from the menu; pancakes, French toast or eggs cooked to your taste. Lunch includes a soup pasta station and salad bar. Again, you also have a choice of ordering from a menu with a featured sandwich, or entree.
Dinner features a full multi-course menu with hot or cold appetizers and three entrees, featuring a fish, meat or vegetarian choice that changes daily. The sweet desserts, are incredible. Available every day choices include grilled salmon, charbroiled New York-cut steak and Caesar salad.
Always available, are two coffee and tea stations that have self-service machines, where you can have a regular coffee, as well as lattes and cappuccinos, with mini-pastries offered in the morning and cookies in the afternoon.
Gratuities
Tips to the crew are not included in your cruise fare. At the end of the cruise, you'll get two envelopes in your stateroom. One for the Program Director, and the other to be shared with the general crew. You can tip in cash or by credit card. (Euros are the onboard currency, but dollars are also accepted for gratuities.)
We found the service onboard to be beyond the ordinary. Many of the crew that we often encountered, remembered our names and greeted us accordingly every day. A great "personal touch " not found on large ocean-going cruise ships. The recommended amount on Viking's Europe cruises is 12 euros per passenger, per day, for the the crew and  2 euros per passenger per day for the Program Director. Our Program Director, Chris did a great job and deserved extra recognition.
Activities
Hands-on demonstrations, cooking classes, traditional dance performances, and local tastings. These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which we cruised, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary. The ship offered a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places we visited. Topics included the Dutch Masters or French impressionists, castles along the Rhine Valley, the formation of the European Union, the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the wine and cuisine of southern France, and key words and phrases in the local language wherever we were traveling. These presentations provide a context for our own observations, enhancing our travel experience.
An onboard daily newsletter, Viking Daily, featuring information about daily activities, shore excursions and tour departure times is delivered to your stateroom every evening.
Entertainment
River Cruises don't offer elaborate production shows, don't have a casino. There's no big promenade shopping mall, no midnight buffet, nor any waterslides, ice skating rinks or rock climbing walls. River Cruises do transport you " back in time" to visit the people, places and events, where Europe's rich history comes alive in hundred's of historic sites, classical cities and towns.
Located on the upper atrium level is a spacious, large windowed lounge. This room is the social hub of the ship. Everyone gathers there each evening, for cocktails prior to dinner. There's a modern bar and a small dance floor. The ship's Program Director reviews next day's program prior to dinner.
Entertainment onboard is limited. The lounge features a baby grand piano, where a pianist plays both classical and modern tunes during cocktail hour. Regional performers occasionally come onboard to provide additional entertainment.
As as an example, in Cologne, musicians from Cologne's Academy of Music and Dance and WDR Symphony Orchestra presented an ensemble of German, European and international classics.
Concierge Services
Want to reserve a table at local restaurant? Arrange for a private guide? Just like a hotel concierge, the Viking Concierge holds regular desk hours and can handle these and other requests.
Awards
The company has grown to a fleet of 60 river vessels (in 2015) offering scenic cruising along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, and Southeast Asia. Viking has been honored multiple times in Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" Awards and Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List" as well as recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic as "Best River Cruise Line," with the entire Viking Longships fleet being named "Best New River Ships" in the website's Editors' Picks Awards. The travel trade has ranked Viking as the "Best River Cruise Line" by Travel Weekly, Recommend and Travel Agent magazines, "Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises" at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence and as "Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising," "Best New River Cruise Ship" for the sixth consecutive year.
Final Comments
River water levels dictate what happens for your cruise. If the river water level is too low or too high, your river cruise may be delayed, ships changed, or overland adjustments made. Europe experienced much less rain this summer, than in past years and as result all the river cruise companies have had to make alternate arrangements, like changing ships half way during your itinerary. The real measure of how well a cruise line performs is when something out of the ordinary happens. On our trip we did need the change ships, from the Viking IDi to the Viking Kvasir. The transition was carried out in an efficient manner with only minor interruption to our itinerary.

 


We've traveled all around the world on over 40 ocean cruises, but this was our first river cruise and we were pleasantly surprised. The crew and staff really worked hard and were a step or two above most ocean-going ship crews. The food was excellent, on par with luxury cruise ships. The sightseeing tours were well managed, and the local guides were well versed on local history and culture.
We had an excellent experience and are looking forward to another cruise with Viking in the near future.
P.S. We flew to Amsterdam on the day of the Paris terrorist attacks. Needless to say, it was part of the conversation, almost daily on the ship. On our tours at the ports-of-call we felt very safe and on our cruise we only experienced traffic delays at the boarder check points between Germany and France.
Viking River Cruise Reviews tell you all about what sailing with Viking is like, from the personal service to the privileged access to some of the world's most stunning destinations. Read consumer reviews as well as those of professional travel writers Viking River Cruise Reviews give you information about the industries leading fleet and Viking's luxurious staterooms, cuisine and onboard enrichment programs. Who could explain best why cruising with Viking offers you the best value and the best travel experience anywhere? Viking's own cruise travelers.

So, take a moment to read the reviews and find out how much they enjoyed their journey as tell you about their Viking experiences.
Best River Cruise Ship - Viking Longship Hlin - Viking River Cruises hit this one out of the park, so to speak. The new Viking Longships are the biggest sailing the European waterways, but they are also some of the nicest. A lot of thought has obviously gone into the design and construction of these floating hotels. Rich leather furnishings with a Scandinavian decor give the ship a classy and elegant feeling, like a 5-star hotel. Read our review.
Best Lounge - Viking Longship Hlin - There is no better view than sitting in the Viking Lounge on a Viking Longship. Expansive views of the river are made possible by walls of floor-to-ceiling glass without the typical dividing structures to impede the view. Simply brilliant.
Best Decor - Viking Longship Hlin - We really liked the light colors and Norwegian/Scandinavian decor theme on Hlin better than any river cruise ship we have been on to date. Very comfortable and very elegant..
Best Sun Deck - Viking Longship Hlin - Even though it was too cold to enjoy on our late November cruise, the Sun Deck on Hlin was the perfect design for enjoying the river scenery. There are plenty of deck chairs, many protected from the elements with canvas tarps. And, they have swapped the useless large chess set for a mini-golf putting area and herb garden!
Best New Concept - Viking Longship Hlin - Aquavit Terrace - This alternate dining venue is positioned all the way forward on Deck 3 and offers both indoor and outdoor (al fresco) seating. A Continental breakfast is served here each morning as well as a light luncheon each day at Noon. There is an evening "bar menu" for those who would rather skip a trip to The Restaurant. Diners can also enjoy seating for two in Viking Lounge.


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Enriching itineraries to the Most Rewarding and Fascinating Places

 River cruises are designed so you can experience the essence of a place and its people. You can truly explore each destination, immersing yourself in its history, music, art and cuisine. River cruises include excursions led by knowledgeable local guides in every port of call, and provide onboard entertainment and enrichment lectures that bring history and culture to life.  From the most intimate rivers to Europe's iconic cities and towns, horizons shimmering with possibility, there are waterways to explore, cultures to welcome you and fantastic natural beauty to behold. A glimpse into the world of river cruising reveals enriching itineraries over much of the world in some of the most rewarding and fascinating locations.

Here is just a small sample of where a 2020 - 2021 river cruise will take you:
Vienna's elegant boulevards and Hapsburg treasures :: Budapest's historic Castle District :: The lush vineyards of France :: Storybook villages and hilltop castles of Germany :: The charming windmills of The Netherlands :: Glittering palaces of St. Petersburg, Russia :: Germany's spectacular Saxon Switzerland region :: Portugal's rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley :: Ancient temples along Egypt's timeless Nile River :: China's breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze :: Cambodia's sprawling Angkor Wat complex :: Vietnam's lush and fertile Mekong Delta.

Find Viking River & Ocean Cruises®  2020-2021 Dates, Rates, Schedules and Itineraries.

See special offers on the most popular itineraries. Sail on elegant, award-winning Viking Longships®. Experience the world's #1 river cruise line.

New River Cruise Scenery: All Day, Every Day. Imagine fairytale palaces, towering gorges carved through millennia, and tiny villages nestled in the still preserved beauty of the landscape. Enjoy breathtaking scenery that’s constantly changing through panoramic windows in the restaurant and lounge and stunning 360° views from the sun deck.

Just About Everything is Included: The last thing you want to do on vacation is worry about costs. When you travel on a river cruise, there are no surprises or hidden fees. The price you pay covers just about everything including port charges, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions, as well as hotel accommodations on most river cruise itineraries. So all you have to do is relax and enjoy a great vacation that is also a great value. All aboard for affordable cruising!

Worldwide choices:  Journey into the heart of Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. Traveling by river, beyond the reach of roadways, you’ll discover the true nature of these fascinating lands and the people who call them home. You’ll travel with ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks as you are gently carried aboard an elegant, intimate ship to your next destination. Nothing compares to a river, and no experience compares to a Viking river cruise.

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Europe River Cruises. Traverse the vineyard-lined Moselle and Main Rivers to quaint Western European towns. In France, savor specialty cuisine and fine wines along Normandy’s Seine and Provence’s Rhône River. Or behold the splendor of the Elbe, one of Central Europe’s most unspoiled rivers. As the world’s leading river cruise line, no one shows you Europe like Viking.

 

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From thoughtfully designed itineraries to vessels that showcase state-of-the-art engineering and streamlined Scandinavian design, Viking River Cruises® continuously seeks new ways to delight travelers. Feel the majesty of sweeping landscapes. Embrace intriguing cultures and traditions. Marvel at grand expressions of art, architecture and engineering. Viking River Cruises lets you discover the world around you. Awaken your senses. Immerse your spirit. Indulge your dreams. Journey into the heart of Europe, Asia, Russia and beyond. Explore the scenic banks of the romantic Danube, the vineyards and castles along the Rhine, the rich cultures along France's Rhone and Seine, and the splendid vistas along Portugal's Douro and Germany's Elbe. Traveling by river, beyond the reach of roadways, you will discover the true nature of fascinating lands and the people who call them home. You will travel with ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks as you are gently carried on board an elegant, intimate ship to your next destination.

 

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Twenty Four Photographers experienced the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, they sailed past castles commanding the riverbanks, and toured both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. They admired Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and witnessed the lush landscape of the Black Forest region.

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Featured River Cruise Ship of the Month

Sailing Europe’s storied rivers, the award-winning Viking Longships® offer a variety of stateroom categories and true (two-room) suites with full-size verandas. Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar and lounge, library and expansive sun deck. The ships feature al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, an elegant Scandinavian design and “green” features, such as solar panels, an onboard organic herb garden and energy-efficient hybrid engines for a remarkably smooth ride.

Featured Destinations of the Month

Rhine Getaway - Viking River Cruises

Rhine Getaway
“Old Father Rhine” is one of Europe’s most spellbinding rivers. Hillside castles, lush vineyards and storybook villages take center stage, particularly along the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of remarkable beauty and culture, and along its winding tributaries, the Main and Moselle Rivers. The Lower Rhine boasts its own delights as it flows into The Netherlands and the Rhine Delta, from charming windmills to canal-laced cities. Select your Rhine River Cruise

Waterways of the Tzars - Viking River Cruises

Waterways of the Tsars
See the swirling onion domes and stout towers of Moscow’s Red Square. Share stories at the kitchen table of an Uglich family. Savor Russian caviar with your blini pancakes. Soak up the steam in a traditional banya in riverside Mandrogy village. Envision Peter the Great luxuriating in massive Peterhof Palace, then see how multiple families shared living space at a Soviet-era kommunalka.
From Moscow to St. Petersburg, this 13-day voyage reveals the real Russia as never before.

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Danube Waltz
Admire the Wachau Valley's beauty from your Viking Longship. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava. Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. This 8-day itinerary reveals the highlights of Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.
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Where do Viking River Cruises go?
River Cruise Destinations. Journey into the heart of Europe, Asia, Egypt and beyond. Explore the romantic Danube, the vineyards and castles along the Rhine, the rich cultures along France's Rhone and Seine, and the splendid vistas along Portugal's Douro and Germany's Elbe.
How many passengers on a Viking Longship
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Viking's European Longships carry 190 passengers; its Russian ships' just over 200 and its China ship carries up to 256.
What is the best month to take a European river cruise?
Best time for a European river cruise:  From late June to mid-October when the climate is warm and dry. Most affordable time for a European river cruise:  River cruises are cheaper during October, November and December.

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Best Ocean Cruises Of 2020 - 2021

On a Viking ocean cruise, you will sail into the heart of your destination. From prime, central berths in the world’s great cities such as Venice, London, Hong Kong and Sydney, and in seldom-visited ports like Kotor, Montenegro and Scotland’s Shetland Islands, enriching cultural discoveries are just a short walk from your ship. Further, you will spend more time in port, with overnight stays in virtually all ports of embarkation and disembarkation. Here is a small sample of where a Viking ocean cruise can take you:
•Majestic fjords from Norway to Chile
•Up the Thames River for easy access to historic London
•Into the mighty Amazon River
•New Zealand’s magnificent Milford and Doubtful Sounds
•Great canals of the world: from the Panama to the Suez
•Small and stunning ports such as Norway’s Lofoten Islands
•Remote islands such as Easter Island and Mauritius
•Among the soaring karst islands of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Cruise with Viking on new, elegant ships. One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call. Free Wi-Fi. Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge. 24-hour room service. Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner.

Ocean Cruise Destinations
Experience the world in depth, and at a relaxed pace. The small size of elegant, 930-passenger ships gives you access to fascinating ports that larger ships simply cannot reach. Ocean and world cruises traverse six continents and offer enriching cultural experiences.

Baltic & Northern Europe
Immerse yourself in the rich Viking heritage, remarkable maritime history and colorful cultures that have shaped some of the most scenic shores in the world. Learn More
The Americas & Caribbean
Cruising the eastern seaboard of North America provides a fascinating glimpse of legacies and traditions that date all the way back to Leif Eriksson. Learn More
Mediterranean & Adriatic 
Experience up close the sun-soaked cultures, romantic cities steeped in an ancient past and the rich culinary and wine-making traditions of the fabled Mediterranean. Learn More
Quiet Season Mediterranean
Join Viking in the storied Mediterranean during the quiet season. Fewer crowds mean more meaningful, relaxed culture immersion. And low-season airfares stretch your travel dollar. Learn More
Asia & Australia
Uncover the secrets of Asia’s enigmatic cultures. Take in the cultural pleasures of Australia and New Zealand. Learn More
World & Grand Voyages
Sweeping, epic and enlightening, Viking’s Grand Voyages open doorways to more of the world’s cultures, whether traversing oceans, bridging continents or sailing around the globe. Learn More
Ocean & River Voyages
Travel by both river and sea with enriching journeys that highlight the history, culture and seldom-seen sights of inland and coastal destinations on one seamless itinerary. Learn More


NEW Journeys to the Extraordinary
Experience the humbling effect of nature as you step foot where few have been before. Vikings' new purpose-built expedition ships coming in 2022, provide an unparalleled perspective on the world’s most remote locations, taking you to the dramatic landscapes of Antarctica and the Arctic. Viking has partnered with the world’s leading academic institutions to develop onboard lectures on geology, marine biology, glaciology and more. And, with custom-designed expedition equipment and onshore expertise, unique shore landings allow you to discover your destination up close.

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