Viking River Cruises

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About Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises, with a whopping 30 longships — including 16 that were christened in one week in March 2014 — and 23 other ships, has the most river cruise vessels of any fleet in the world. Viking makes it easy to see entire regions with little planning or effort, although those who like to make their own schedules may feel somewhat trapped.

Best For

Those who want to see Europe, Russia, Asia, or Egypt with some help and guidance, and relatively little effort.

Not For

People who like to explore on their own, or those who like to change their itineraries spontaneously. 

We Love

  • The bright, airy design is modern with plenty of windows that let in lots of light.
  • Help yourself to a cappuccino — along with flavored Italian syrups and cookies — any time of day.
  • Free guided tours use local guides with headsets who walk you through both history of and modern-day introductions to the destination, offering insight from the perspective of someone who lives there.
  • In-cabin bath products include a full line of L’Occitane toiletries.
  • Optional tours include some impressive experiences, such as the choice to blend your own cognac in Bordeaux.
  • The outdoor grill restaurants offer a casual option (think hamburgers and Caesar salads) for when you don’t want to sit through multicourse lunches and dinners in the main dining room.

We Could Live Without

  • Viking, along with the other river cruise lines, has crowded Europe’s most popular waterways to the extent that you now must expect to tie up alongside other vessels in popular ports.
  • Wi-Fi is complimentary but often slow.
  • Only Viking Emerald has a gym and a sauna, and only Mayfair and Omar el Khayam have a hot tub and spa, along with a sauna.
  • The food doesn’t always celebrate the destination with as much dedication as we would like to see.
  • The ship features local performers entertaining on some evenings, of varying degrees of talent.
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Paris, France

Service and Staff

88% Loved it!
"The staff were wonderful -- professional yet friendly. They looked after our every need." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

82% Loved it!
"both were very easy and very different from our ocean cruises. a very pleasant surprise. really appreciated being able to leave luggage on..." Read More

Ship Quality

76% Loved it!
"The ship was the perfect size -- not too big, but it had everything that you could possibly need or want. It was always spotlessly clean." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

75% Loved it!
"I believe we were able to see all the major points between Budapest and Amsterdam" Read More

Food and Dining

70% Loved it!
"The food was amazing and we were pleasantly surprised that there were always simpler options available for those who weren't as adventurous." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

69% Loved it!
"We expected our room to feel smaller, but it was very spacious and comfortable." Read More


39% Loved it!
"We were surprised at the great entertainment - piano music every night and regional dancing and singing at various ports." Read More

Onboard Activities

35% Loved it!
"The onboard activities were not for those who are looking for the excitement of a large cruise ship. River cruising is meant to be relaxing..." Read More

Children's Programs

13% Loved it!

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