The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: The Viking Longships

The new longships of Viking River Cruises have a variety of accommodations to suit the needs of most travelers.  What we won’t find are cabins that can accommodate 3, 4 or 5 guests; Viking is looking for couples.  Solo travelers are OK, but couples are the line’s main focus.  What we will Read More …

The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Going Through Locks, Will They Be Frozen?

A big part of the river cruise experience is going through locks.  Last summer, on our Portraits of Southern France itinerary with Viking River Cruises,  we went through a bunch of them. Raising or lowering just one or several boats at a time, the locks, canals and waterways that make up Read More …

The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: When Winter Travel Is Worth It

Going to Europe for the first time can be a scary proposition.  Make that going to Europe in the Winter. Add in that home is in sunny Florida.  Now, simply the notion of leaving warm weather for cold could easily talk many travelers out of the idea.  The good news is Read More …

The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Remember Where You Are

The 12 Days of Viking Christmas is not exactly like the theme of the traditional holiday song, The Twelve Days Of Christmas. The song  was first published in England in 1780 and starts on Christmas Day. Still, the old song has a note or two that apply here, especially when talking about Read More …

The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Irrelevant Ocean Cruise Skills You Will Not Need

After a number of Viking River Cruises , we found that many of the ocean cruise skills developed over the years to get the most out of a big ship ocean cruise did not apply to river cruising.   Some were quite a surprise.     Six Irrelevant Ocean Cruise Skills You Will Not Read More …

The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Bringing Home Gifts From Europe

Bringing home gifts from Europe vacation is one of a number of topics not normally discussed leading up to a Christmas Markets sailing.  With strict luggage requirements, it is not as easy as bringing an extra suitcase which could incur a $100 or more fee on return.  The point is to Read More …

The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Holidays In Vienna

Sailing the River Danube on a typical Christmas markets sailing, one of the last stops along the way is Vienna,  a favorite stop for a number of reasons.  There will be a marvelous Mozart and Strauss concert performed by a Viennese orchestra. Passengers will tour the city during holidays in Vienna Read More …