Viking River Cruises

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About Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises, with a whopping 81 ships, primarily of the unique Viking Longship design, 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.

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Viking Emerald

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MS Mayfair 913

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Viking Bestla

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Viking Buri

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Viking Danube

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Viking Delling

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Viking Douro

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Viking Europe

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Viking Fontane

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Viking Forseti

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Viking Heimdal

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Viking Helvetia

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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.

Service and Staff

"The staff were wonderful -- professional yet friendly. They looked after our every need." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

"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

"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

"I believe we were able to see all the major points between Budapest and Amsterdam" Read More

Food and Dining

"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

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


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

Onboard Activities

"Just right. I especially enjoyed the lace making demonstration." Read More

Children's Programs

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