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Viking Hermod Review

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Jamey Bergman
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What first strikes you as you step onboard Viking Hermod, one of Viking's numerous Longship-class sisters? Sunlight. Streaming in through the glass-enclosed, two-story atrium is enough light to allow real flowers to grow. With backlit marble panels rising above a terrazzo floor and wood-and-glass staircase, and pale, earth-toned decor, the space has energy and natural appeal. If the ambience reminds some of Seabourn's Odyssey class, that's not a coincidence -- the vessels share the same lead designer, Norwegian firm Yran & Storbraaten.

Beyond the airy vibe of its public spaces, Viking Hermod and the rest of Viking's longships float a whole raft of features that are true innovations in European river cruising.

There is a sense of minimalism on Hermod and the other longships. You can perhaps best see the efficiency and maximization of available area onboard in the surprising new signature spaces that have been conjured: the Aquavit Terrace, the two largest true suites on a riverboat in Europe (each with separate living room and bedroom), not to mention seven slightly smaller true suites with separate living and sleeping rooms, and an increased number of cabins with full and French balconies.

Don't be fooled, though; creating those spaces was more hard work than magic. The designers' creation of such spaces required a lot of rethinking about the basic structure of river ships. To fit under the bridges and through the locks of Europe's inland waterways, riverboats have to meet specific size requirements. If length or depth is extended past those limits, the ship won't sail.

As a workaround, designers blunted the traditional pointy-nosed bow of Viking's ships to provide more space. The result was Aquavit Terrace. A lovely open-air cafe on the ship's bow, the venue provides something of a river rarity: an alternative casual eatery with indoor/outdoor seating.

It also positioned interior corridors off-center to accommodate cabins -- full balconies on one side and narrower cabins, some elevated to suites with separate sleeping and living areas, placed sideways on the other side.

Less visible, but no less cutting-edge, are the ship's "green" advances, including hybrid diesel-electric engines which 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. And the ship's chef maintains an organic garden on Hermod's upper deck during growing season.

About

Passengers: 190
Crew: 48
Passenger to Crew: 3.96:1
Launched: 2014
Shore Excursions: 48

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Fellow Passengers

The general age for river cruise passengers is 60 and older, but Hermod and other Longships, with their contemporary design, were built with an eye toward attracting a slightly younger traveler. Regardless of age, passengers tend to be well-traveled (though many are visiting Europe for the first time).

Viking Hermod Dress Code

Casual, comfortable attire is encouraged for both ship and shore on Viking Longships. The must-pack item is, without question, a comfortable pair of walking shoes for shore tours. As the ship sails in Europe, 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.

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Where does Viking Hermod sail from?

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Where does Viking Hermod sail to?

Viking Hermod cruises to Avignon, Arles, Tournon-sur-Rhone, Lyon, Paris, La Roche-Guyon, Les Andelys, Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Cologne, and Amsterdam

How much does it cost to go on Viking Hermod?

Cruises on Viking Hermod start from $2,599 per person.
Viking Hermod Cruiser Reviews

First and foremost

Hermod staff, from Milenda to the waitstaff did a superb job, especially since they were short handed, and seemed to work together very well. Food was fantastic. Loved Giuseppe and the bartenders.Read More
Honeydick

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Wonderful Provence Cruise

Had a terrific cruise on Viking Hermod, our first river cruise, Lyon to Avignon. Did a 3-day pre-extension in Paris.Read More
tombiester

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Excellent, Educational, Epicurean

The Viking cruise experience is always terrific, and this one continues in that tradition. The Hermod seems to be a newer ship and is beautifully yet tastefully laid out.Read More
Peregrinations

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

First Time Cruise

The crew of the Hermod did everything they could to make our time positive despite not being able to go north through the locks due to the strike.Read More
Nana Montana

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 60s

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