Viking River Cruises – River Cruise Line
Explore the World in the Comfort and Intimacy of Viking River Cruises’ Elegant Small Ships
People travel to explore, to learn, to understand. As the world’s leading river cruise line, Viking River believes in offering extraordinarily well-designed cruises that bring people closer to the cultures of the world. That’s why Viking River’s intimate, inclusive itineraries are designed to help you explore nuances of your destination: its food, culture, people and customs.
With more itineraries in more destinations worldwide, Viking River offers behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities that set Viking River apart. While its included and optional shore excursions cover cultural and historic highlights, they also go beyond, sharing with you “The Viking Way” with Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences—opening doors to people and places otherwise difficult to visit.
River cruises are brimming with onboard amenities. Stateroom are most often river-facing, and come equipped with hotel-style beds, private bathrooms, individual climate control, refrigerators, safes and TVs. Higher stateroom categories may have French balconies, verandas and separate sleeping and sitting quarters. Rooms range from 150 to 600 square feet. Guests receive excellent and personalized service from on board staff. Additionally, ships include restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some ships even come equipped with libraries, boutiques, pools and/or sun decks.
Suites and staterooms range anywhere from 245 sq. ft. to 445 sq. ft. Sizes will defer per ship. Stateroom are stocked with complimentary bottled water, soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion, which are replenished as needed.
Viking River offers complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner service, plus specialty coffees and teas are available 24 hours a day. For those who would like premium cocktails or wines and spirits, Viking River offers the Silver Spirits beverage package. Ask for details onboard or when making your reservation.
- Douro (Portugal)
- Elbe (Germany)
- Holiday Cruises
Viking River ships offer many exciting dining choices, each with breathtaking views. From sophisticated regional dishes and chef’s selections with wine pairings to rustic Italian cuisine and global fare, Viking River’s venues offer the finest cuisine at sea.
THE RESTAURANT. Main dining venue, The Restaurant, offers the highest onboard dining experience amid a clean and streamlined Scandinavian design. In an open and inviting atmosphere, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with sweeping exterior views through all-glass walls—so your destination will always be close by. The menu includes regional cuisine and always available American classics enhanced with locally sourced ingredients, so you can explore new cultures through food.
MANFREDI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT. Manfredi’s offers the best of Italian cuisine, whether the farm-inspired heartiness of Tuscany or the famed flavors from the heart of Rome. Subdued, ambient lighting creates a warm and welcoming air in this traditional restaurant, recalling Italy’s beloved trattorias and a rich European heritage. Chianti by the carafe, freshly prepared pastas and generous antipasto are accompanied by fresh seafood and a true spirit of abbondanza. This restaurant’s private dining room provides an opportunity to have an intimate meal with family, business colleagues or newfound friends.
THE CHEF’S TABLE. The sommeliers and culinary masters at The Chef’s Table create the perfect pairing of food and wine. During a multicourse tasting, they pour select vintages and serve thoughtfully prepared dishes made for each other. Drawing on the grapes and spices that have been enhancing gastronomic pleasures for centuries, your expert hosts will enlighten every sip and forkful with fascinating commentary as you experience a thrilling synergy of aromas and flavors. This restaurant’s private dining room provides an opportunity to have an intimate meal with family, business colleagues or newfound friends.
WORLD CAFÉ. With live cooking, open kitchens and buffet-style meal service, the World Café provides a vibrant interactive experience and a wide range of international flavors in a casual environment. Guests can choose their favorite foods—from the deli, the pasta or wok station, sushi bar or dessert station—prepared and presented in a stylish setting. Dine indoors or al fresco at shaded wood tables on the Aquavit Terrace, both offering stunning panoramic views.
AQUAVIT TERRACE. Created in the spirit of the revolutionary outdoor settings of Viking River’s award-winning river ships, the Aquavit Terrace provides more al fresco dining experiences than on any ship at sea. Located outside the World Café at the stern of the ship, the inviting terrace is transformed by night into a magical space where your destination is your dining room. By day, it’s a great place to dine and relax in the lounge area around the Infinity Pool.
MAMSEN’S. Located in the Explorers’ Lounge and named for “Mamsen,” the Hagen family matriarch, this venue offers Norwegian specialties for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack or evening treat. The array of menu items includes Scandinavian pastries and cakes; waffles, according to Mamsen’s recipes, served with either Norwegian goat cheese or jam; salmon gravlax and other open-faced sandwiches; and late-night split pea soup to warm the heart and soothe the soul.
WINTERGARDEN. Late afternoon tea—that hallmark of English civility—is served in the Wintergarden. Freshly made finger sandwiches, richly textured scones and decadent desserts are presented on bountiful tiered carts, all from the kitchen of Viking River’s masterful pastry chef. In this elegant space under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, participate in a calming tea ceremony or indulge in an afternoon tea service while enjoying the soft strains of a string quartet. With a park-like setting and panoramic views, it’s an inspiring respite after a day of exploration.
POOL GRILL. For a relaxed lunch or an afternoon snack, the Pool Grill serves casual fare prepared to order. Or for a lighter meal, a small salad bar is available. A condiment bar lets you customize your meal to suit your tastes with sides from grilled mushrooms to savory red-cabbage slaw. The poolside atmosphere welcomes lounging and leisurely dips in the water; the nearby Pool Bar offers regional cocktails.
ROOM SERVICE. Care to enjoy a quiet dinner in the comfort of your stateroom? A midnight snack? Or perhaps breakfast in bed? For your convenience, Viking River offers 24-hour room service, 7 days a week, with many of our signature dishes to choose from, such as the Chairman’s favorite Norwegian poached salmon with cucumber salad or Viking River’s classic Caesar salad.
THE KITCHEN TABLE. Immerse in local culture and cuisine on an interactive culinary journey. At Viking River’s onboard cooking school, experience firsthand how its ships’ world-class chefs bring distinct, local flavors from market to table. On sea days, you’ll learn to cook dishes highlighting an upcoming destination and take-home recipes so you can savor the flavors at home. On port days, you’ll handpick ingredients at a local market then learn how to prepare regional dishes and create elegant presentations for three courses. The Kitchen Table is a one-of-a-kind optional opportunity to shop, cook and eat with the masters.
Your ship has hair dryers for guest use, as do most hotels. Your stateroom amenities include shower gel, shampoo, lotion, shower cap and vanity kit.
Viking River Cruises boasts the most extensive fleet of river cruises vessels and is proud to offer the best ships in each region where Viking River travels. Viking River ships are specially designed to navigate the world’s great rivers and provide convenient daily access to a plethora of destinations and experiences.
Sailing Europe’s storied rivers, the award-winning Longships offer a variety of stateroom categories and true two-room suites with full-size verandas. Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar and lounge, library and expansive sun deck. The ships feature an elegant Scandinavian design and “green” features, such as solar panels, an onboard organic herb garden and energy-efficient hybrid engines for a remarkably smooth ride.
For your convenience, you can purchase roundtrip transoceanic air travel directly from Viking River in conjunction with your river cruise or cruise tour. Viking River’s air packages are a great value because they include your transfers between airport and ship or hotel. And when you reserve your air with Viking River and purchase Viking River’s all-inclusive travel protection coverage, your air travel is covered by the policy as part of your Viking River itinerary. Select from more than 150 different gateways (additional gateways available).
Viking Air Travel Services
- Viking Inclusive Air
- Viking Air Plus
- Fly Premium Economy of Business Class.
Regarding children onboard Viking River Cruises: Due to the nature of their cruise itineraries, Viking River Cruises does not maintain facilities or services for children aboard river cruise vessels. On all cruises and cruise journeys, minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied and share a stateroom with a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult over the age of 21. They reserve the right to limit the number of minors under the age of 18 years on board.
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