Viking Buri Review

Editor Rating: 4.0
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Why Choose Viking Buri?
  • 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

Viking Buri Overview

Every night after dinner, passengers on this boat make their way to the Viking Lounge to schmooze over local wines, piano tunes and sweeping views of France's sleepy and relatively untouched Provence and Burgundy regions. And that's life onboard Viking Buri: simple, friendly and worry-free. The atmosphere, combined with the line's moderate pricing  -- by river cruise standards -- is what makes the 190-passenger vessel and the rest of Viking River Cruises' fleet the most popular choice among North Americans.

Viking Buri is one of a handful of identical "Longships," each of which boasts a sleek, minimalist vibe while maintaining a sense of hominess. There's one dining room, one lounge area with a bar, a terrace and a sun deck with a "backyard in the summertime" feel, thanks to its abundance of seating, an herb garden and games. All public spaces are flooded with light and open to the surrounding views.

While it would be nice to have a top-deck hot tub or other fancy amenity, the lack of choice works in Viking's favor. Passengers never have to overthink where to eat dinner, what to drink or how to spend their free time. At least one shore tour per day is complimentary, as are all meals and wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner. (Internet is also free.)

Our favorite hangout spot has to be the Aquavit Terrace. Viking nailed it with this space, which was originally a design measure to work around European riverboat size requirements. On the Longships, the traditional, pointy-nosed bow was stunted, leaving room for the alfresco dining venue. While this is fairly standard now, the concept was brand-new when Longships debuted in 2014 and it's still among the loveliest out there.

Also deserving of mention is the riverboat's mechanical design. Viking Longships are equipped with hybrid engines that are not only environmentally friendly, but also produce less vibration for a smoother ride. They even include solar panels, which help to meet fuel requirements.

Viking Buri Fellow Passengers

The average Viking River passengers are 60-plus, mostly American and British couples (and occasionally a couple of Aussies) traveling in pairs or small groups. Longships, like Buri, will occasionally see younger couples who are drawn to the riverboats' more contemporary design.

Viking Buri Dress Code

Casual, comfortable attire is encouraged both on and off the riverboat. Examples include khakis and a polo for men, and jeans and a blouse for women. Comfortable walking shoes are key. Tours involve heavy walking, and most ports are smaller and full of uneven, cobblestone streets that might make it difficult to get around unless you're prepared. It's also a good idea to bring layers for unpredictably chilly European nights. At dinner in The Restaurant, some passengers dress up (nice trousers and a collared shirt for men, and a skirt and dress blouse for women), although it's not a requirement.

Viking Buri Inclusions

Tips are not included in the cruise fare. They are paid at the end of the cruise in cash or by credit card. (The euro is the onboard currency, but dollars are also accepted for gratuities.) The recommended amount on Viking's Europe cruises is 12 euros per passenger, per day, which is divided among the crew. Gratuities are distributed among the ship's staff, including bartenders, with the exception of tour guides and program directors.

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By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor

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Viking Buri Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.5
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.7
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.4
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.8
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.1
    1.0
  • Family & Children
    1.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.2
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    4.1
    4.0
  • Service
    4.8
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.9
    4.0

Ship Facts

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Ship Stats
Crew:  48
Launched:  2014
Decks:  4
Tonnage:  443 feet
Passengers:  190
Registry:  Switzerland
CDC Score:  Not Yet Inspected
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Valerie Mah
Member Since 2016
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I ended up on this my first river cruise by default. My cousin's friend was returning from New Zealand and it seemed too short a turn around to go on the cruise so she asked her to see if she could find someone to take her place. I was ... Read more
ltzern
Member Since 2016
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This is my second river cruise and it is the best. Everyone from the cruise staff, tour guides and drivers to traveling passengers, all were so friendly and had made my cruise very enjoyable. The itinerary is very well organized and ... Read more
Pamelia E.
Member Since 2016
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Viking has a fine reputation. I've cruised with Viking before. This itinerary (Avignon to Lyon) was appealing because I did not know this area of France. Furthermore, the special airfare was a great deal. From beginning to end, ... Read more

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