Viking River Cruises reviews

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.

Top 5 Viking River Cruises Destinations:

River Cruises - Europe

(205 cruises)

River Cruises - Russia

(10 cruises)

River Cruises - United States

(9 cruises)

Europe

(5 cruises)

River Cruises - Egypt/Africa

(4 cruises)

Top 5 Viking River Cruises Departure Ports:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

(53 cruises)

Budapest, Hungary

(44 cruises)

Basel, Switzerland

(24 cruises)

Passau, Germany

(15 cruises)

Bucharest, Romania

(8 cruises)

Expert review of Viking River Cruises

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.

Viking River Cruises cruiser reviews

Service and Staff

4.7

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Ship Quality

4.5

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Destinations and Excursions

4.5

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

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Food and Dining

4.3

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Entertainment

3.6

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Onboard Activities

3.6

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Children's Programs

2.5

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.4

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What cruisers say

  • DarleneG4 says ...

    The staff were wonderful -- professional yet friendly. They looked after our every need. Read full review
  • WGT says ...

    Small and plain, but had everything needed. Occasional wi-fi connection. Read full review
  • Doug51 says ...

    All of the cities the ship stopped at were awesome. Read full review

102 Viking River Cruises ships

MS Antares

Price: $$$$
Ship size: S
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River Cruises - Egypt/Africa

Sails from:

Hotel In Cairo

MS Mayfair 913

Price:
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One of the most luxurious river-cruise ships to sail the Nile, MS Mayfair features all river-view st...

Viking Aegir

Price: $$
Ship size: S
3.5

The all new and innovative Viking Aegir is one of six new Longships by Viking River Cruises set to s...

Sails to:

River Cruises - Europe

Sails from:

Budapest, Hungary Passau, Germany

Ship size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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