Viking Buri Review

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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

By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor
Editor Rating
4.0

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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05/16
My sister and her husband had been on a cruise in October 2014 and had such a good time they wanted me and my husband to join them on another one. The ship was only two years old and was spectacular. It was clean and modern with all the ... Read more
Never having been on a river cruise we took the recommendations of friends to cruise with Viking. I can't say enough about Viking. They are a professional operation yet kind and accommodating. They couldn't do enough for us. The food was ... Read more
Very simply, a wonderful experience. From the first step onto the ship it was delightful. The crew was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable throughout the cruise. From the minute we boarded the Buri it was apparent that the organization was ... Read more
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Viking Buri Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.6
Public Rooms
5.0
4.7
Cabins
4.0
4.5
Entertainment
3.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
1.0
3.3
Family & Children
1.0
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.2
Enrichment
4.0
4.2
Service
4.0
4.8
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.9

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Ship Stats
Crew:
48
Launched:
2014
Decks:
4
Tonnage:
443 feet
Passengers:
190
Registry:
Switzerland
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
Pricing:
$2,099 - $4,606 (Based on standard per person rates for Inside Stateroom)
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