Heralding a new era in European river cruising, the Viking Longships have arrived. These revolutionary vessels are setting innovative standards in style, space and comfort. With names inspired by the celebrated Viking gods, the Viking Longships represent a quantum leap in design, elegance, and state-of-the-art engineering.
Travel the World
Civilization began around rivers, and Viking River Cruises is fully aware of this. Their voyages along some of the world’s most famous rivers allow guests to travel through both space and time, seeing buildings where history was made and tiny isolated villages where the past comes alive.
Viking has the world’s largest fleet of river cruise ships, and all have been designed with elegance and convenience in mind. The fleet travels the world, with routes in Europe, Russia and Ukraine, Egypt, China, and Southeastern Asia.
Viking’s ships have some of the largest staterooms, each with a veranda, French balcony, or window, and plenty of room onboard from which to watch the world float by. The line has just gained two new “green” ships, the Viking Prestige and the Viking Legend, which sail the Rhine, Main, and Danube, along with most of the fleet.
The Viking Emerald is the newest river cruise ship in China and includes a private veranda in every stateroom, perfect for viewing the splendors of the Yangtze River as you sail through remote parts of China. Viking Air Plus helps you with your plans for after the cruise, whether you want to extend your trip or find the fastest way home.
Viking River Cruises allows travellers to see some of the most remote parts of the globe, while still enjoying the luxury of a hotel in a major city.
Food & Beverage
Food and drinks are covered in the fare on Viking River Cruises, so it’s perfectly alright to indulge a bit – and you’ll want to. Breakfast and lunch are casual, but carefully considered. Dinner, though, is when the chefs are allowed to shine. Minestrone, sea bass, and lamb loin are tempting enough, but wait until the ‘Taste of…’ events to be really impressed.
These events provide a culinary introduction to the cruise destinations and maybe a chance to try something new! On other days you can accompany a chef to market, meet local producers, and take a cooking lesson with friends, or dine outside on the Aquavit Terrace.
Viking is committed not just to travel, but to education about its destinations as well. Guests can enjoy personalized shore excursions guaranteed to show them the history and the highlights as well as genuine local culture, art, and architecture. Take the opportunity to visit a souk, a museum, a palace, or an artisan’s shop.
Viking also has a program called Culture Curriculum that brings travellers into contact with local artists, performers, and eyewitnesses to historical events, allowing for a deeper understanding of the port cities they explore. To end the day of discovery, spend an evening at the ballet, opera, or concert, taking in the sights and sounds of the city once more before the ship sets sail to start the adventure all over again.