Most of the entertainment revolves around the daily walking and coach tours of cities, and includes tours of abbeys, castles, churches, museums and other sites of historical and cultural interest. Other activities may include wine tastings and concerts by local musicians and occasional demonstrations or performances by local artisans. Well-informed, articulate guides greatly enhance the overall river cruise experience by providing a wealth of information on each port.
Viking River Cruises sends each passenger a guidebook covering the itinerary prior to the cruise, and provides a daily briefing and a sightseeing map along with a local guide who conducts a walking or sightseeing tour in each port.
Onboard entertainment is limited as the Viking Spirit has no stage shows, nightclubs or casino. However, every night after dinner there is some form of entertainment including concerts by local musicians or entertainment provided by the crew. Passengers also entertain themselves by reading and playing cards and other board games such as backgammon or Scrabble in the observation lounge or library (which also has a good selection of board games). Two movies are shown daily at 4 and 9 p.m. on one of the cabin's TV channels; often these movies coincide with the places being visited, for example, "Judgment At Nuremburg" with Spencer Tracy was showing while we were in Nuremburg.