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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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  • Who goes on Viking River cruise ships?

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Viking Kari

7 Night
Christmas On The Seine

42 Reviews
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Viking Gullveig

7 Night
Danube Waltz

165 Reviews
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Viking Baldur

7 Night
Danube Christmas Delights

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Viking Skadi

14 Night
Grand European Tour

133 Reviews
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9 Night
Treasures Of The Danube

222 Reviews
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11 Night
Paris To The Swiss Alps

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7 Night
Mississippi Delta Explorer

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Rhine Getaway

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Rhine Getaway

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7 Night
Chateaux,rivers & Wine

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11 Night
Cities Of Light

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Rhine Getaway

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New Orleans & Southern Charms

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7 Night
Lyon & Provence

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Cities Of Light

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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

Exhausting, over paid for it & frustrating

We are still awaiting the third party review of or reason for cancelling, were told to pay another $5987 for the new passenger (same price as the first booked passenger) however not knowing if the first passenger would even receive credit we didn’t want to book a second one without knowing the fate of the first payment… so decided to go with just one person in the room even though teo had paid… only to be told that since the first was cancelled & waiting review… the rooms are based on a double occupancy rate & I would now need to pay an additional $5987 on too of my already booked ticket of $5987 … & they wouldn’t just change the name for the already booked & paid original passenger… so for one person (myself) to enjoy all these flights, layovers I paid to date over $12,000 plus dollars and am still awaiting the trip mate review and refund… after being forced to sail alone… i johnny recommended any other rover cruise line… there are many to choose from… pick someone else… I’ll update this review once I receive the outcome of Vikings “third party” trip insurance company… for now spend your money elsewhere….resulting in us renting a car at 11:30 at night to drive from Washington DC to Raleigh North Carolina to get home… last but certainly not least… we insured our trip with trip insurance being told we can cancel for any reason up to 24 hrs prior to sailing… one of our friends couldn’t go two months before sailing.Read More
Frequent Cruiser 101

many10+ Cruises

Age 58s

Southern France river cruise

Now for this cruise: food was adequate to great - it varied (some fabulous fish to tough beef) but overall was good.It's comfortable, food and lodging taken care of, excursions with lots of choices.Read More
Riverbreeze

many10+ Cruises

Age 72s

The best trip ever!

The crew, the chefs, the piano player, the evening activities, the wonderful food, the excellent service, the wonderful views from the boat, the well planned excursions, all were superb.Viking crew members managed our luggage and handled everything for us, making sure we were on the right bus.Read More
Mdan

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 72s

Fun cruise, needs minor improvements

If you booked a second excursion after the included one, you were required to return to the ship first on the bus (even if the second tour was nearby), nor were you always offered the option of being dropped off in town after the included tour.The description of all Viking ships makes a point of noting there is a main restaurant and a second one, the “Aquavit Terrace,” for more casual dining on deck.Read More
Roguebabe

few6-10 Cruises

Age 49s

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