Viking Hemming Review

4.0 / 5.0
87 reviews
See all photos
Editor Rating
4.0
Very Good
Overall
Carolyn Spencer Brown
Contributor

Viking Hemming, along with Viking Torgil, is one of two "baby" Longships that debuted in Portugal's Douro region in 2014. It's smaller, both in length and in passenger capacity, than regular Longships due to constraints of the Douro. There are some notable differences, mostly good, but, by and large, many areas are consistent and familiar: the airy, light-infused ambience; numerous real suites, each comprising two rooms with a generous balcony off the living area and a French balcony in the bedroom; and a lovely alfresco deck with plenty of seating areas.

What's new? The top deck has a swimming pool -- the first for a Viking Longship, baby or otherwise. Tweaks to the suites include actual walk-in closets, a vast improvement over the closets offered on the regular Longships. And the decor is softer and prettier, with Portuguese tiles and colors.

As Viking Hemming only carries 106 passengers, there isn't quite as much public space, which makes sense. However, what's missing is the true Aquavit lounge, the indoor/outdoor dining area. While the existing lounge has an alfresco aspect to it, no food is served either inside or out. For diners, the substitute is a series of nooks, all the way forward in the dining room, where windows can be opened. This offers fresh air, but it's not quite the same.

For these ships, Viking has positioned its interior corridors off-center to accommodate cabins. Full balconies can be found on one side, and narrower cabins -- some elevated to suites with separate sleeping and living areas -- have been placed sideways on the other side.

Less visible, but no less cutting-edge, are the ship's "green" advances, including hybrid diesel-electric engines that burn less fuel and produce 20 percent fewer emissions, making Longships cleaner and quieter than their competitors. There are even solar panels on the sun deck that help to fuel the engines. Additionally, the ship's chef maintains an organic garden on Hemming's upper deck during growing season.

About

Passengers: 106
Crew: 36
Passenger to Crew: 2.94:1
Launched: 2014
Shore Excursions: 38

Sails To

Sails From

Fellow Passengers

The general age for river cruise passengers is 60 and older, but Hemming and other Longships, with their contemporary design, were built with an eye toward attracting a slightly younger traveler. Regardless of age, these cruisers tend to be well-traveled.

Viking Hemming Dress Code

Casual, comfortable attire is encouraged onboard and ashore on Viking cruises. The must-pack item is, without question, a comfortable pair of walking shoes for shore tours. As the ship sails in Portugal, with its lovely and historic landscapes, tours frequently involve cobblestones and other uneven surfaces. Both the staff and the daily program provide ample notice when this is the case.

Generally, passengers "dress up" to varying degrees in the evenings, but never to the level of a big-ship formal night. Most don the kind of attire worn at a country club dinner, but others don't bother to change from their sensible shore excursion gear. Save your best outfits (maybe casual dresses for women and collared shirts and blazers for men) for events like the Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners.

Find a Viking Hemming Cruise from $3,999

Any Month

More about Viking Hemming

Where does Viking Hemming sail from?

Viking Hemming departs from Lisbon

Where does Viking Hemming sail to?

Viking Hemming cruises to Lisbon, Porto (Leixoes), Regua, Salamanca, and Pinhao

How much does it cost to go on Viking Hemming?

Cruises on Viking Hemming start from $3,999 per person.
Viking Hemming Cruiser Reviews

Viking Hemming River of Gold Cruise was a wonderful time

We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Viking Hemming. The staff was wonderful - the food was great - and we met wonderful people along the way.Read More
Sheila A

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Best Vacation Ever!

The staff on the Viking Hemming and extended members (land, tour guides, bus drivers, etc.) were all exemplary and went out of their way to ensure you had an enjoyable and more than satisfactory experienceRead More
VintageRedLady

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Wonderful Viking Cruise Duoro River Portugal

The Viking Hemming crew was exceptional, the tour guides were very enlightening and the travel in the Mercedes bus to the off-river sites was extremely comfortable. No complaints at all.Read More
digitsguy

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Portugal River of Gold

So many previous trips I've taken (non-Viking) had guides provide information that bored us to tears, no so with the Viking guides. We learned while we were hearing wonderful stories.Read More
harleygirl883

few6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Viking River Cruises Fleet
Viking Truvor
Viking Ingvar

Get special cruise deals, expert advice, insider tips and more.By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

© 1995—2024, The Independent Traveler, Inc.