Viking River Cruises is the world’s largest cruise line with a deluxe fleet of 99 ships that transports passengers to popular tourist destinations in Europe, Asia, Russia, and Egypt. The cruise line generally attracts passengers over 55 years old. Cruises range from 8-19 days and are offered year round. The company splits it line into two groups: one that offers river cruises, and the other offers ocean cruises.

Rank Chart
Starting Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$109
16
7.8
#2
$159
15
7.6
#3
$139
24
7.2
#14
viking_river_cruises
$1,699
99
5.2

The Good

  • Unique experience
  • Amenities
  • Onboard entertainment

Unique Experience

The company’s longships feature a Scandinavian design and are designed for river cruising. These vessels offer all-outside cabins and several dining venues. The Aquavit Terrace aboard the ships operates as an indoor restaurant and lounge. Dining is al-fresco, with cuisine that ranges from formal to light fare. Soda and alcoholic beverages are served complimentary to guests at dinner time.

Amenities

Many of the Viking River Cruises’ ships contain French verandahs, sundecks, and cozy libraries. Panoramic views can be enjoyed in the lounges. Cabins provide private bathrooms, safes, telephones, and flat screen televisions. Explorer suites feature a private wraparound balcony, with 270 degree views. Free ship wide Internet Service is provided to all guests. Standard amenities found onboard Viking River cruise ships include:

  • Explorer Suites with French Balconies and Modern Amenities
  • Spacious Veranda Staterooms
  • Aquavit Terrace
  • Observation Lounge and Bar
  • Contemporary Cuisine Restaurant
  • Atrium
  • Sundeck
  • Library
  • Shopping Boutique
  • Personal Safe
  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Emergency Hammer

Onboard Entertainment

Onboard entertainment options are designed to help passengers learn more about the culture of the regions they are visiting. The ships also offer local musicians and themed dinners that offer regional specialties. The company also offers one complimentary choice of shore excursion and a wide selection of other choices for an additional charge. Some ships also have pools and hot tubs. Other entertainment options include cooking classes, traditional dance performances, and hands-on demonstrations.

Sundecks aboard the ship provide a 360-degree view. They are also equipped with an organic herb garden, solar panels, putting green, and walking track. A boutique is onboard for shoppers as well as an atrium. The dress code onboard is casual and comfortable, and guests are encouraged to wear layers due to the unpredictability of the weather. Guests are also encouraged to bring raincoats and umbrellas. Passengers will also want to bring a good pair of comfortable walking shoes.

The Bad

  • Unreliable internet
  • Crowded and noisy
  • Lacking some services

Unreliable Internet

Internet service is unreliable at times aboard the ship. During certain points in the journey, Internet and cellular services has trouble connecting to satellites. The company recommends that guests only check and send email rather than surfing the Web or trying to download large files.

Crowded and Noisy

Lounges and dining areas can get extremely crowded and noisy. The lounges have poor acoustics and guests have had a hard time being able to get a seat or carry on a conversation when the ship is at full capacity. Guests who want to avoid the long lines at dinner may choose to eat at the Aquavit Terrace, but the menu is limited to burgers, pastas, club sandwiches, and baked potatoes. Wine is free at both lunch and dinner, but guests are offered the same red or white wine at every meal.

Lacking some Services

Laundry is provided aboard the ship for an extra charge. Clothes cannot be dry-cleaned. The ship does not offer a fitness center, sauna, or bicycles due to the owner’s belief that the tours themselves provided plenty of physical exercise. Therefore, the space that these items would take up would be better used for more cabin space. This is unfortunate for those who enjoy working out, and these individuals may want to consider choosing another cruise line that offers these amenities.

Expensive

The cruises are expensive overall for many travelers with cruise prices ranging from $1,699-$6,299 per person, excluding tips. The suggested gratuity price is 13 Euros or $15 USD per person daily. Expect your cruise to cost around $500 a day for a seven day cruise, including tips. This does not take into account offshore excursions and additional purchases.Taxes, fees, and port expenses are also extra depending on the voyage selected. Service fees charged for additional features include:

  • Laundry Services
  • Ship Computer Usage

The Bottom Line

Viking River Cruises is the world’s largest cruise line that attracts affluent passengers over 55 years old. The company explores numerous exotic destinations in Europe, Asia, Russia, and Egypt. Year-round cruises are available lasting from 8-19 days. Free Internet service is provided ship wide to passengers and unreliable at times, and the onboard entertainment focuses exclusively on the regions being visited. Roundtrip airport-to-ship transfers are only included when air is purchased with a tour package.

The cruises can be expensive for many passengers. Gratuities, laundry services, and offshore expenses are not included, and these can add up quickly. The dining experience could be greatly improved with better acoustics and additional seating. The company does not offer facilities for fitness buffs. The dress code is casual, and guests are encouraged to wear layers due to the unpredictability of the weather. The cruises are a good fit for wealthy individuals who desire plenty of socializing in a relaxed environment.

More Information

Audience & Convenience

Viking River Cruises generally attracts passengers over 55 years old. Cruises range from 8-19 days and offered year round.

What are the destinations

Europe, Asia, Russia, and Egypt.

Do they offer transportation services from airports to the ports?

However, roundtrip airport-to-ship transfers are only included when air is purchased with a tour package.

Safety

Do they have any security?
No

How do they prevent theft?
Passengers are personally responsible for their belongings. Travel protection insurance is advised.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention?
None

Basically, what do they offer in way of Vacation Protection?
The company provides travel coverage that provides protection for trip cancellations, interruptions, missed connections, and delays. It also covers medical expenses and baggage claims.

Price

Grand European Tour- 15 Days- From $3,752 per person
Imagine 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairytale castles, from the Main-Danube Canal to the vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage offers a wealth of wonderful experiences.

Romantic Danube- 8 Days- From $1,856 per person
During this 8-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital, traditional “Buda” and more cosmopolitan “Pest,” and from Fishermen’s Bastion see how the river divides this fascinating city. Experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and understand why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his famous melody.

Activities/Services

What services/activities are standard on all their cruise ships?

  • Explorer Suites with French Balconies and Modern Amenities
  • Spacious Veranda Staterooms
  • Aquavit Terrace
  • Observation Lounge and Bar
  • Contemporary Cuisine Restaurant
  • Atrium
  • Sundeck
  • Library
  • Shopping Boutique

What services/activities are unique?

  • Free Ship Wide Internet Service
  • Local Tasting
  • Onboard Media Talks
  • Hands-On Demonstrations
  • Cooking Classes
  • Traditional Dance Performances
  • Service Fees

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

  • Laundry Services
  • Ship Computer Usage

Contact Information

1-855-707-4837

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