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Top 5 Reasons to Cruise on Viking River Cruises
  • Viking River Cruises is the most award-winning river cruise line, receiving recognition by respected publications and organizations representing both consumers and the travel trade. Even more importantly, Viking has consistently received better than a 99% satisfaction rating by its guests.
  • With Viking, you unpack just once and relax in your comfortable, elegant river-view stateroom. Experience new scenery all day, every day as you are carried effortlessly to exciting new destinations.
  • Viking chefs prepare sumptuous breakfast buffets, delicious lunches and multi-course dinners with options to suit every palate. Wine, beer and soft drinks are complimentary with onboard lunch and dinner service.
  • Guided tours of new destinations every day are supplemented with Viking’s Culture CurriculumSM, providing interactive programs and workshops.
  • On a Viking River Cruises itinerary you explore every destination your way, at your own pace. And now, Viking offers the onboard Viking Concierge Service on select journeys to help your travel dreams come true.
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Latest News
In March 2015, Viking River Cruises christened 12 new vessels, including 10 of its Viking Longships and two custom vessels that will sail the Elbe River. This brings Viking’s total river fleet size to 60, with plans to continue expanding as they have been. The two specially designed ships for the Elbe River itinerary will double the company’s capacity on the Elbe River for 2015. The 10 new Viking Longships will sail to various parts of Europe, including three of Viking’s most popular itineraries, sailing along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers.

About Viking River Cruises
Viking River Cruises was established in 1997 with the purchase of four Russian ships; the company initially catered to European passengers. The following year, additional ships were acquired. Viking expanded into the American market in 2000; as a result of additional purchases and new builds, today the company operates a fleet of 31 ships with nearly 6,000 berths. Viking also owns many docks in Europe, ensuring prime docking locations for easy guest access and the ability to walk directly into town in many ports of call.

Now in its 18th year, Viking River Cruises currently offers cruises and cruisetours in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt, marketed primarily to North American, British and other European customers as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Most of its ships have been built or fully refurbished since 2000 and have all outside staterooms with picture windows, sliding doors (“French balconies”) or full balconies (“verandas”). Additional in-room amenities include televisions, safes and refrigerators; public areas include restaurants, bars, lounges, sun decks, libraries and onboard boutiques. All ships are air-conditioned and some offer elevators.

In 2012, Viking River Cruises introduced an entirely new kind of river cruising vessel, the Viking Longships. Named for prominent figures in Norse mythology, these ships have innovative patent-pending features including Veranda Suites, full-size Veranda Staterooms and an indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace. Viking has been introducing new ships nearly every year for the past decade, with 12 ships christened in 2015.

Viking River Cruises At-A-Glance
Viking River Cruises is the world’s leading river cruise line, with cruises and cruisetours in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. The company is always adding new itineraries, such as Portugal’s River of Gold, and magnificent itineraries in France's Bordeaux region, Thailand, and Myanmar.

Viking prides itself on offering the very best ships in every region in which they operate. Viking ships are specially designed to navigate the world’s great rivers and provide convenient daily access to a plethora of destinations and experiences. The innovative Viking Longships feature hybrid diesel engines, a large number of suites with private verandas and French balconies and an indoor–outdoor Aquavit Terrace for al fresco dining.

Life On-Board
Enjoy all the comfort and elegance of river cruising: attentive and professional staff, delicious onboard meals and spectacular scenery from every stateroom and public area. In addition to included daily guided shore excursions, guests enjoy the highlights of every region with Viking’s Culture Curriculum program featuring multimedia presentations, language lessons, hands-on workshops and expert demonstrations.

Our chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of our passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily. For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert—or have a casual meal on the terrace or sun deck. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties. You can also select from our regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary—it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

Our restaurant is a casual yet elegant dining room that can accommodate all guests at a single seating. Sit anywhere you like—dining together is a great way to get to know your traveling companions.

Every Viking River Cruises stateroom has a river view—there are no “inside” staterooms—and all have private bathrooms. The vast majority of staterooms offer hotel-style beds, in-room safe and flat-panel TV; some have small refrigerators as well. Depending on ship and stateroom category, guests may have an outdoor veranda, a French balcony or a picture window from which to view each day’s passing scenery.

Fellow Passengers
Viking River Cruises guests are ages 12 up; a typical guest is 55 or older but this varies greatly depending on the destination. Viking guests tend to be sophisticated travelers—many have cruised before, some on ocean cruising ships and some on river cruising ships—but some guests experience Europe for the first time on a river cruise with Viking. Guests may be a nuclear or extended family, friends traveling together or groups.
Smoking Policy
There is no smoking allowed in cabins or in any indoor area. Each Viking ship has a designated outdoor smoking area, usually on the Sun Deck.

Explore the Ships
Viking River Cruises' fleet is the largest in the river industry -- it boasts over 60 ships and is rapidly expanding. All of the vessels are geared to the English-speaking market.

Viking has been introducing new ships almost every year for the last decade, with the addition of more than 40 ships added to the fleet just since 2012. All ships feature sleek Scandinavian design, larger cabins with more storage space, lounges with panoramic views, and, on Viking Longships, an indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace allows for an open-air dining experience.

New Ship News
Viking is offering a wide variety of fascinating itineraries for 2015, including:
  • Grand European Tour – This 15-day journey from Amsterdam to Budapest lets you cruise past hilltop castles, explore windmills in Kinderdijk, see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, and more.

  • Romantic Danube – Sailing from Nuremburg to Budapest over 8 days, you will see the imperial architecture of Vienna, the riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the charming cobbled streets of Germany.

  • Rhine Getaway – One of the best ways to explore the Rhine River, this 8-day Amsterdam to Basel cruise takes you on eye-opening tours of Cologne, Heidelburg, Breisach (gateway to the Black Forest), and more.

  • Portraits of Southern France – It doesn’t get much better than cruising past the charming towns of the French countryside. On this 8-day cruise from Chalon-sur-Saone to Avignon, you will experience guided tours of Burgandy and Tournon, taste some of the area’s most famous wines, and much more.
  • Paris & The Heart of Normandy – This 8-day journey from Rouen to Paris lets you see the highlights of Paris as well as the rich history of the Normandy Beaches.

Viking Cruises Now Offers Ocean Cruising

In May 2015, Viking Cruises had the inaugural voyage of its first small-ship ocean cruise, with the sailing of the Viking Star. Two new ocean ships, Viking Sky and Viking Sea, will set sail in 2016, and a fourth ship is on order to add to the fleet. The itineraries of Viking Ocean Cruises have been created for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights. Beginning with Viking Star, these ocean cruises will offer all-inclusive pricing to include shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, and all port charges and government taxes.

The 928-passenger Viking Star offers:
  • All veranda cabins
  • 14 Explorer Suites with wrap-around private verandas
  • Two pools, including an infinity pool
  • Outstanding dining choices, serving meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients
  • Entertainment, including live music, lectures, an onboard cooking school, and the Viking Piano Lounge
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Viking Explorer Society
Those who have traveled with Viking River Cruises before know that a journey with Viking is a rich experience indeed. But now Viking travel has become even more rewarding! Once guests have taken a Viking vacation, they are automatically enrolled in the Viking Explorer Society, a community of sophisticated travelers who like to expand their world view through river cruising.

Viking Referral Rewards
You will be rewarded for recommending Viking River Cruises to a friend, family member, neighbor, or colleague. For each new traveler you refer, you will receive $100 in travel credit ($200 for each referred couple) to use on reservations made within 12 months from the date of issue. You are eligible to receive Referral Rewards even if you have not traveled yet; once your reservation is made and you have made a deposit, you are eligible for the Referral Rewards Credit. When you tell your friends about Viking River Cruises, give them your customer number, and when they call to book their trip, you will receive your Referral Reward, and they will receive a $100 credit on their first trip. When you refer your 13th friend within a calendar year, you will earn a free cruise valued up to $3,300!

Viking Explorer Society Benefits
Viking Explorer Society members are entitled to benefits like travel credit on their next trip (the amount of which depends on how much time has elapsed since their previous journey), onboard recognition and early notification of new products and certain special offers.