Viking Longships Illustrated


To take a fresh look at the ships of Viking River Cruises we recently traveled to Germany to create Viking Longships Illustrated: A Resource For Your Cruise Planning Pleasure.
The occasion: the christening of two new Viking Longships at a riverside ceremony in Koblenz, a favorite stop I enjoyed first on Viking’s Grand European Tour several summer’s ago.
The need: Lisa and I have that same itinerary scheduled for June of this year.
The better need: Viking’s Grand European Tour, 14 days from Budapest to Amsterdam (or reverse), is the most asked-about itinerary by readers.
The authenticated need: Several regular readers of this space have Viking’s Grand European Tour booked and crave information, as the culturally curious travelers gravitating to Viking uncommonly do. So let’s dive in with Viking Longships Illustrated: A Resource For Your Cruise Planning Pleasure

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Right up front I have to tell you:  the Viking River Cruises website is loaded with high quality resources not found here.  Photos, Videos, Recipes, Ship Profiles, Itineraries and more are easy to navigate.  If that’s not enough, printed Viking brochures have information you can hold in your hand or allow to grace a counter or shelf in your home.  In reality, the accurate representation of what Viking does, provided by the Viking organization is about all most buyers need to make an informed decision.  We’ve checked all Viking resources, compared them to actual experiences on a number of Viking offerings and found them to be meticulously accurate.

Still, there is value in exploring what third-party sources have to say about any product we might buy.  That’s what we have for you here in our collection.   We begin with the selection of accommodations available on Viking Longships

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Explorer Suites

Aft-facing Explorer’s Suites capitalize on ship design by turning areas normally used for public spaces on other river cruise lines into 445 square foot two-room suites.

Also featured in Explorer Suites:

  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private wraparound veranda off the spacious living room offers 270-degree views
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large bathroom with shower, heated mirror & floor, premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Two Sony 40-inch flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
  • Early check-in (no later than 12 PM)
  • Complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package, Viking Air Plus services, laundry service & room service (during breakfast)
  • Private airport transfers in Europe
  • Welcome champagne, daily fruit basket, mini-bar with wine, beer & soft drinks (replenished daily)
  • In-suite premium bathrobes & slippers, binoculars, coffee brewer, cashmere blanket & complimentary shoe shine service

 

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Category AA Suites

To Viking River Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen, defining spaces that will be considered ‘suites’ is simple: they have two rooms. On the unique fleet of Viking Longships, two types are offered. Aft-facing Explorer’s Suites capitalize on ship design by turning areas normally used for public spaces on other river cruise lines into 445 square foot two-room suites, the subject of a different gallery.  Here we see details of Vikings category AA Veranda Suites which come in at 275 square feet and feature two distinctly separate rooms. Each has it’s own entertainment center and unique views of the river and places ships pass along the way on a book of interesting itineraries.

In the living room, a sliding glass door opens onto a veranda with two chairs and a table. Also included, welcome champagne, daily fruit basket, mini-bar with wine, beer, soft drinks that are replenished daily.

In the bedroom, a hotel-style beds are a roomy 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration). Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors make what is called a French balcony. A larger than average private bathroom with shower features premium bath products, a heated floor and more.

There are just six Category AA Veranda suites on each Viking Longship that also include a special bonus: Complimentary Viking Air Plus & laundry services.

 

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French Balcony Staterooms

While Veranda staterooms are the most plentiful on Viking Longships (39 out of 95 are Veranda), also popular are French Balcony Staterooms which appear in several categories.
All of deck two has Category D French Balconies on the port (left) side across the hall from Veranda B staterooms. Move up to deck three on the port side an and we see a few category C French balconies aft. On the same side, French Balconies are part of category AA Veranda Suites which have balconies as well. The other side of deck three are category A Verandah staterooms.

Basic difference between a Verandah Stateroom and a French Balcony: the sliding glass door is still there but there is not balcony. Also the interior space is less. French Balconies are 135 square feet while Veranda staterooms are 205 square feet.

Considerations on either deck when selecting a stateroom:

Deck three is right under the top deck. On a big ship cruise, considering what is just above staterooms there is important. Right under a public dining venue or fitness center can be noisy. That’s far less of a concern on a Viking Longship. Above is a walking track, shuffleboard, mini golf, herb garden and solar panels. At the point where there are tables and chairs most apt to be moved around above, below is the observation lounge and Aquavit Terrace. Walking forward on deck three goes through the atrium, right past the 2 hour coffee stations, into the observation lounge and ends in the Aquavit Terrace.

Deck two features the balconies that are closest to the water. On a big ship that might be a solid requirement for some travelers, not so much on a river cruise. About mid-way on deck two is a staircase that goes to deck one where Standard (window) Staterooms are located. This is also as far down as the elevator no one uses goes.

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Standard Staterooms

The majority of Viking Longships have 25 standard staterooms, what might be called an “entry level” accommodation on other cruise lines.  Again though, Viking River Cruises is not like other cruise lines beginning with standard staterooms with half-height picture window at river level.  There are no windowless staterooms to be had.  They do not exist here.

150 sq ft Standard Staterooms in identical categories E and F are on the lowest, main deck.  There is no deck below this.  Access comes via a stairway one deck up on the middle deck which is also where The Restaurant is located.  Like all other categories, Standard Staterooms have hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches with an optional twin-bed configuration.  Standard staterooms also have the same appointments as other one room accommodations as well:

  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”

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The Entire Fleet Of Viking Longships

  1. Viking Longship Aegir
  2. Viking Longship Alruna
  3. Viking Longship Alsvin
  4. Viking Longship Atla
  5. Viking Longship Baldur
  6. Viking Longship Bragi
  7. Viking Longship Buri
  8. Viking Longship Delling
  9. Viking Longship Egil
  10. Viking Longship Eir
  11. Viking Longship Embla
  12. Viking Longship Forseti
  13. Viking Longship Gefjon
  14. Viking Longship Gullveig
  15. Viking Longship Heimdal
  16. Viking Longship Herja
  17. Viking Longship Hermod
  18. Viking Longship Hild
  19. Viking Longship Hlin
  20. Viking Longship Idi
  21. Viking Longship Idun
  22. Viking Longship Ingvi
  23. Viking Longship Jarl
  24. Viking Longship Kadlin
  25. Viking Longship Kara
  26. Viking Longship Kvasir
  27. Viking Longship Lif
  28. Viking Longship Lofn
  29. Viking Longship Magni
  30. Viking Longship Mani
  31. Viking Longship Mimir
  32. Viking Longship Modi
  33. Viking Longship Njord
  34. Viking Longship Odin
  35. Viking Longship Rinda
  36. Viking Longship Rolf
  37. Viking Longship Skadi
  38. Viking Longship Skirnir
  39. Viking Longship Tialfi
  40. Viking Longship Tor
  41. Viking Longship Var
  42. Viking Longship Ve
  43. Viking Longship Vidar
  44. Viking Longship Vilhjalm
  45. Viking Longship Vili

 

 

Viking Duro River Ships

Inspired by Viking Longships, these ships were custom built to sail Portugal’s Douro River, with state-of-the-art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. Like the Viking Longships, each has a variety of stateroom classes, all with sweeping river views.

  1. Viking Hemming
  2. Viking Torgil
  3. Viking Osfrid

Viking Elbe River Ships

Also inspired by Viking Longships, new Elbe ships feature state-of-the art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. Their customized hulls and engines are specially built to navigate the historic, but shallow, Elbe river.

  1. Viking Astrild
  2. Viking Beyla

 

Viking Russia Ships

Twenty years ago, Viking River Cruises began in Russia and continues today.  Taking culturally curious travelers to Russia’s great landmarks and welcoming heartland includes the chance to take in the colorful sights of Red Square, the royal retreats of St. Petersburg and quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich.

 

Viking Ukraine Ships

Viking Sineus sails on the Dnieper River from Kiev to the Black Sea, an ancient and splendid trade route lined with rich cultural treasures, onion-domed churches and rural folkways that recall the days of Vikings, Tatars and Cossacks. Featured: Kiev’s Cave Monasteries, the riding skill of Cossack horsemen and tracing the footsteps of history at Odessa’s Potemkin Steps.

Viking Asia Ships

Sailing on the Mekong, Irrawaddy or China’s deluxe Yangtze River cruise, Viking explorers sail past unforgettable scenery, visit destinations rich in history, enjoy wonderful cuisine and meet the region’s fascinating, friendly people.

  1. Viking Emerald
  2. Viking Mekong

 

Viking Egypt Ships

Float along the life-giving Nile or cruise across Lake Nasser, enjoying comfort and style the ancient pharaohs could only dream of, while witnessing the monuments of ancient civilizations.

  1. MS Mayfair
  2. MS Omar El Khayam

 

More To Come

Consider Viking Longships Illustrated a work in progress.
I will add more to this collection over time