Viking River Cruises Ships

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Viking River Ship Reviews

Viking Mekong
Ranked #6 of 68 Viking River Ships
94% Loved It
  • Intimate experience on a small ship, completely refurbished in 2013
  • Cruise fares include shore tours led by excellent local guides
  • Cruisers get the opportunity to interact with local people and culture
  • Launched: 2002;  Passengers: 60
Viking Vidar
Ranked #8 of 68 Viking River Ships
94% Loved It
  • Pros: Modern ship offers regional dishes, cabin choice and interesting free shore excursions
  • Cons: Lack of fitness room and spa facilities
  • Bottom Line: Crisp, comfortable and attractive Scandinavian appointments plus excellent service
  • Launched: 2015;  Passengers: 190
Viking Rurik
Ranked #9 of 68 Viking River Ships
93% Loved It
  • Company-owned ship completely refurbished in 2012
  • More time in St. Petersburg and Moscow than ocean cruise
  • Russian language lessons, vodka tastings and program directors
  • Launched: 2012;  Passengers: 196
Viking Ve
Ranked #11 of 68 Viking River Ships
93% Loved It
  • Pro: Fabulous way to explore Europe's great cities, with a luxury ship to come home to each night
  • Con: The itinerary is so jammed, you have to skip something if you want much downtime
  • Bottom Line: An emphasis on the culture and history of European capitals trumps ship amenities
  • Launched: 2015;  Passengers: 190
Viking Tialfi
Ranked #12 of 68 Viking River Ships
93% Loved It
  • Destination-intensive itineraries with included daily excursions
  • Varied cuisine with complimentary drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Attractive Scandinavian-inspired design
  • Launched: April 2016;  Passengers: 190
Viking Mandalay
Ranked #15 of 68 Viking River Ships
92% Loved It
  • Ship specifically designed to explore the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers
  • Opportunity to learn about the local history
  • Gourmet menu including regional specialities
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 60
Viking Skadi
Ranked #17 of 68 Viking River Ships
91% Loved It
  • Pro: Group excursions and shared dining tables mean great conversations with new friends
  • Con: Low river bridges can make the sun deck off limits for days at a time
  • Bottom Line: Relaxing, hassle-free way to discover Europe's history-rich towns and cultural treasures
  • Launched: 2012;  Passengers: 190
Viking Lif
Ranked #19 of 68 Viking River Ships
90% Loved It
  • Pro: Comfortable and welcoming public spaces, excellent service, and attentive staff
  • Con: Vegetarian food selections nonexistent on many evening menus
  • Bottom Line: Well-designed ship caters to passenger needs; excellent shore excursions with local guides
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 190
Viking Mimir
Ranked #22 of 68 Viking River Ships
89% Loved It
  • Pro: Design is modern, sleek, clean; staff goes above and beyond
  • Con: Food is standard and bland; few options for active passengers
  • Bottom Line: This Longship represents the best of Viking: quality accommodations, great service and value
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 190
Viking Emerald
Ranked #23 of 68 Viking River Ships
89% Loved It
  • Superb, attentive service on land and water
  • Large vessel with more facilities than Europe river cruises
  • Knowledgeable guides lead "free" shore tours
  • Launched: 2011;  Passengers: 256
Viking Rolf
Ranked #24 of 68 Viking River Ships
88% Loved It
  • Excursions and drinks with lunch and dinner included in the fare
  • Innovative Aquavit Terrace for sheltered alfresco dining
  • Well-equipped cabins -- many with balconies
  • Launched: April 2016;  Passengers: 190
Viking Eistla
Ranked #25 of 68 Viking River Ships
88% Loved It
  • Tours and most drinks included in price
  • Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising
  • Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 190
Viking Hemming
Ranked #26 of 68 Viking River Ships
88% Loved It
  • Tours and most drinks included in price
  • Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising
  • Sails Portugal's Douro River
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 106
Viking Prestige
Ranked #27 of 68 Viking River Ships
88% Loved It
  • Cruises Europe's Danube and Rhine Rivers
  • Shore tours at each port included in the cruise fare
  • Riverboat has six single occupancy cabins
  • Launched: 2011;  Passengers: 188
Viking Schumann
Ranked #28 of 68 Viking River Ships
88% Loved It
  • Viking Schumann specializes in Elbe River cruises
  • Cruise fares include shore tours
  • All cabins are outsides
  • Launched: 1991;  Passengers: 124
Viking Egil
Ranked #31 of 68 Viking River Ships
87% Loved It
  • Excellent food including regional dishes and "always available" options
  • Friendly, professional crew employed and trained by Viking
  • Shore excursions, drinks at meals included
  • Launched: April 2016;  Passengers: 190
Viking Atla
Ranked #32 of 68 Viking River Ships
87% Loved It
  • Pro: Bright and airy lobby; cuisine pairs with ports of call; name recognition from staff
  • Con: No spa or fitness facility; few amenities for active travelers
  • Bottom Line: Well-thought-out design that caters to its target audience
  • Launched: 2013;  Passengers: 190
Viking Legend
Ranked #33 of 68 Viking River Ships
87% Loved It
  • Free shore excursions at each port
  • Large number of cabins with French balconies
  • Regionally influenced cuisine
  • Launched: 2009;  Passengers: 189
Viking Njord
Ranked #35 of 68 Viking River Ships
86% Loved It
  • Pro: Near-perfect service from room stewards, wait staff, the concierge and program director
  • Con: While plentiful and imaginative, food was often under-seasoned and bland
  • Bottom Line: Expect comfortable public spaces and well-chosen and knowledgeable shore excursion guides
  • Launched: 2012;  Passengers: 190
Viking Vili
Ranked #36 of 68 Viking River Ships
86% Loved It
  • Pro: Daily shore excursions and most drinks included in the fare
  • Con: No single cabins
  • Bottom Line: An excellent river cruise experience on a stylish ship
  • Launched: 2015;  Passengers: 190
Viking Torgil
Ranked #37 of 68 Viking River Ships
86% Loved It
  • Tours and most drinks included in price
  • Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising
  • Sails Portugal's Douro River
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 106
Viking Odin
Ranked #40 of 68 Viking River Ships
84% Loved It
  • Pro: Friendly and attentive service is a hallmark of the onboard experience
  • Con: Unless you're in a suite, cabins can feel uncomfortably small
  • Bottom Line: Excellent service and interesting ports make for a friendly and positive experience
  • Launched: 2012;  Passengers: 190
Viking Beyla
Ranked #43 of 68 Viking River Ships
83% Loved It
  • Pro: Shallow draft allows Viking Beyla to sail the Elbe even when waters are low
  • Con: More compact ship design means no pool, fitness center or spa services
  • Bottom Line: Excellent option for visiting destinations along the Elbe River
  • Launched: 2015;  Passengers: 98
Viking Var
Ranked #44 of 68 Viking River Ships
82% Loved It
  • Pro: Comfortable, well-equipped ship with a design that takes advantage of scenery
  • Con: Short visits in some ports, no pool or bikes
  • Bottom Line: Viking is a pro on European rivers and provides a pleasant experience for all passengers.
  • Launched: 2013;  Passengers: 190
Viking Buri
Ranked #45 of 68 Viking River Ships
81% Loved It
  • Pro: Alfresco dining space offers some of the best views onboard
  • Con: Lack of entertainment leads to early nights
  • Bottom Line: Simple yet elegant vessel that "forces" you to relax
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 190
Viking Fontane
Ranked #46 of 68 Viking River Ships
81% Loved It
  • Viking Fontane specializes in Elbe River cruises
  • All cabins are outsides, some have French balconies
  • Fares include shore tours
  • Launched: 1991;  Passengers: 112
Viking Osfrid
Ranked #47 of 68 Viking River Ships
80% Loved It
  • Scaled-down version of Viking's popular Longships
  • Daily excursions, drinks with lunch and dinner included in the fares
  • Two-room suites
  • Launched: March 2016;  Passengers: 106
Viking Freya
Ranked #49 of 68 Viking River Ships
79% Loved It
  • Offers cruises along the Danube
  • Boasts pair of 445-square-foot suites with balcony
  • Alfresco areas with grills on the top deck
  • Launched: 2012;  Passengers: 190
Viking Idun
Ranked #50 of 68 Viking River Ships
79% Loved It
  • Riverboat inaugurated the Longship class in 2012
  • Cruises along the Rhine and Danube
  • Check out 445-square-foot suites with balcony
  • Launched: 2012;  Passengers: 190
Viking Bestla
Ranked #51 of 68 Viking River Ships
78% Loved It
  • Tours and most drinks included in price
  • Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising
  • Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 190
Viking Astrild
Ranked #54 of 68 Viking River Ships
77% Loved It
  • Pro: This sleek, intimate ship draws well-traveled passengers who wish to explore destinations on the Elbe River.
  • Con: Despite the ship's ultra-shallow draft, extremely low water levels on the Elbe could disrupt your itinerary.
  • Bottom Line: It's an excellent choice if you want to sail the Elbe on a new riverboat.
  • Launched: 2015;  Passengers: 98
Viking Heimdal
Ranked #55 of 68 Viking River Ships
74% Loved It
  • Pro: Exceptional service, fine dining and comfortable accommodations
  • Con: Some docks far from attractions, requiring busing; water levels can vary, changing plans
  • Bottom Line: Great way to explore southern France – history, food, culture -- without hotel-hopping
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 190
Viking Gullveig
Ranked #58 of 68 Viking River Ships
70% Loved It
  • Pro: Indoor/outdoor dining area allows passengers to savor sunshine and panoramic views
  • Con: Minimal onboard enrichment
  • Bottom Line: A sleek, comfortable ship with many balcony cabins
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 190
Viking Mayfair
Ranked #60 of 68 Viking River Ships
100% Loved It
  • Modern decor that blends Egyptian and Western design
  • Open-air swimming pool
  • All cabins offer bathtub and shower
  • Launched: 2010;  Passengers: 150
Viking Orient
Ranked #61 of 68 Viking River Ships
100% Loved It
  • Ship specifically designed to explore the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers
  • Opportunity to learn about the local history
  • Gourmet menu including regional specialities
  • Launched: 2014;  Passengers: 60
Viking Alruna
Ranked #62 of 68 Viking River Ships
100% Loved It
  • Suites with separate bedrooms and sitting rooms
  • Daily excursions, drinks with lunch and dinner and other extras included in the fare
  • Attentive, English-speaking crew
  • Launched: April 2016;  Passengers: 190
Viking Omar El Khayam
Ranked #63 of 68 Viking River Ships
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  • One of the largest ships sailing on the Nile
  • All cabins have balconies
  • Has a gym and spa
  • Launched: 2008;  Passengers: 160
Viking Herja
Ranked #64 of 68 Viking River Ships
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  • Complimentary shore excursion in every port
  • Some cabins have full balconies, others with French balconies
  • Local cuisine highlighted in special dinner
  • Launched: 2017;  Passengers: 190
Viking Hild
Ranked #65 of 68 Viking River Ships
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  • Pro: Airy ship boasts attractive design, improved dining and shore excursion choice
  • Con: Non-suite cabins can feel cramped
  • Bottom Line: A comfortable and value-oriented way to explore Europe's cities and small towns
  • Launched: 2017;  Passengers: 190
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