Viking Odin Entertainment
The lounge has a grand piano, where a talented pianist plays classical and modern melodies during cocktail hour and sometimes at lunch. The music also drifts to the Aquavit Terrace, providing a lovely background.
The dance floor draws couples when a combo plays at night. The lounge is also equipped with large pull-down movie screens and surround-sound for movie nights. Folk troupes occasionally come onboard to provide additional entertainment.
Professors from European universities give onboard lectures. Most passengers participate in shore excursions, included in the cruise fares (with additional choices available). These are typically of the basic bus or walking tour variety. QuietVox headsets with earphones are provided so that everyone can hear what local guides are saying.
Viking Odin Public Rooms
It's easy to get to know this ship -- not to mention many of your fellow passengers -- since public rooms are limited, as they are on all riverboats.
The lower level of the light-filled, glass-ceiling atrium houses the reception and concierge desks, cushy seating areas with views through large windows and a small corner shop, where you can buy logowear, batteries and souvenirs that reflect the ports. Glass doors lead to the main dining room. A staircase leads to cabins on the main deck.
Walk up the striking grand staircase to Upper Deck, and you'll discover a beautiful modern-art depiction of a historic Viking ship.
In the upper atrium, you'll also find an Internet corner with complimentary laptops on two desks and a library corner with wooden bookcases. There are couches where you can enjoy a coffee from two self-service stations while watching the passing views through large windows -- or walk outside to a small balcony to do the same.
On this level, you'll also find the hub of the ship -- the spacious, windowed lounge, done up with pale gray and orange couches and plush chairs. There's a nice wooden bar with 10 barstools at one end of the lounge, adjacent to a dance floor. Nearly everyone gathers in the lounge for the nightly cocktail hour, which includes details of the next day's program delivered by the ship's Program Director. At the other end of the lounge, glass doors lead to the Aquavit Terrace cafe.
Up above, the top sun deck, an expanse that runs the entire length of the vessel, has the lovely and unusual addition of an herb garden. There's a shuffleboard court, a pair of putting greens and a giant chess set, too, but views are the main reasons to be up there. Retained from earlier Viking ships are the two wonderful canopy areas, providing lots of shaded space for those who don't want too much sun. Tables, chairs and cushioned loungers are available aplenty.
The ship's bridge lowers and rises to fit under low bridges and is an attraction unto itself. There's an open-bridge policy, allowing passengers to schmooze with the officers, except when they are navigating the tight locks.
A glass elevator, the first for Viking, connects the three main passenger decks but does not go up to the sun deck.
Viking Odin Spa & Fitness
The ship does not have a spa or fitness center, nor pool nor hot tub, but Viking has agreements with luxury hotels in several of the cities the ship visits, allowing passengers to use the hotels' health facilities. Viking also does not offer bicycles for use. (Many other lines do.)