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Viking River Cruises

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About Viking River Cruises

Best-known of the river lines, Viking River provides solid cruises with a great variety of itinerary and cabin choices.

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Viking Baldur

7 Night
Danube Christmas Delights

146 Reviews
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Viking Idi

11 Night
Paris To The Swiss Alps

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Viking Baldur

14 Night
Grand European Tour

146 Reviews
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Viking Gullveig

7 Night
Romantic Danube

160 Reviews
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7 Night
Christmas On The Danube

160 Reviews
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9 Night
Treasures Of The Rhine

209 Reviews
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7 Night
Rhine Getaway

156 Reviews
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7 Night
Danube Waltz

33 Reviews
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11 Night
Paris To The Swiss Alps

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11 Night
America's Heartland

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11 Night
Cities Of Light

189 Reviews
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9 Night
Holland & Belgium

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9 Night
Treasures Of The Rhine

178 Reviews
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7 Night
Lyon & Provence

158 Reviews
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Rhine Getaway

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Viking River Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Viking River cruise ships?

Passengers on Viking River Cruises are generally English-speaking, well-traveled cruise veterans in the 55-plus bracket, although China and Southeast Asia attracts some younger travelers (think 40-plus).

Viking River Cruises is not appropriate for families as all passengers must be 18 years or older to sail.

Do I have to dress up on a Viking River cruise?

Viking River Cruises emphasizes comfort over formality, with most people donning pullovers or button-up shirts, khakis, and blouse and pant or suit pairings. Even at the captain's welcome and farewell dinners, you won't see many men in suits (or even jackets for that matter) or women in fancy dresses. Despite its generally casual feel, jeans and shorts are not permitted at dinner.

Is everything free on Viking River cruises?

No. Viking River Cruises are semi-inclusive, with at least one shore excursion per day, Wi-Fi, bottled water and all onboard meals (in all venues) included in the price of your cruise. Also included is beer, wine and soda at lunch and dinner; these beverages cost extra any other time of the day.

You will need to pay extra for tips, laundry and additional shore excursion offerings. On vessels with hair or spa services, or any retail offerings, you'll need to pay extra for these as well.

What are Viking River’s most popular activities?

River cruising is all about the destinations visited, and excursion are, by far, the most popular Viking River activity. In all ports, passengers have at least one free sightseeing option, with several extra-fee choices as well. Onboard, there are few activities to engage in but the occasional onboard presentation (usually a lecture, or local dance or music troupe) draws a crowd. Evening music (typically a piano player) may or may not be popular depending on the crowd onboard.

Why go with Viking River?

  • Largest -- and best-known -- river cruise line in the world
  • Pricing includes a guided shore excursion in each port of call
  • Ships are new, casual but refined, and comfortable

Best for: People taking their first river cruise who want a choice of cabins, itineraries and availability

Not for: Families or travelers looking for luxurious, all-inclusive river cruises

Viking River Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Amazing Staff and Itinerary!

Definitely time to plan another cruise!We were fortunate that the rivers were at an acceptable level throughout the cruise and everything went smoothly.Read More
More Vacations Please

6-10 Cruises

Age 61s

It was nice, but the ocean cruises are much more luxurious

Other ships (including another Viking longship just like ours) apparently had no trouble managing the low bridge, but our captain decided instead to dock a mile or so away from Passau, so we had to take a shuttle bus.There was some music trivia and a strudel-making demonstration, but very little in the way of entertainment or educational lectures (there was one lecture, but the topic was so uninteresting that I don't even recall what it was).Read More
DrPhilip

2-5 Cruises

Age 61s

Absolutely Amazing!

I had a huge window to look out and see the birds, people walking by, and going under the bridges to get to another port or to get from one country to another.I met some wonderful people, had great food, and experienced different parts of the world in 7 days.Read More
cool2b30

First Time Cruiser

Age 49s

Great staff great time!

My husband and I are in our 30s and we still felt at home on the Viking trip.Will definitely be booking another Viking.Read More
Aebaker09

2-5 Cruises

Age 32s

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