The Viking Ingvar has simple modern design, ample public spaces, excellent food, and a caring, competent staff. Cabins were, as expected, small but very well designed and the veranda cabin is worth the added cost. The ports were all interesting, and the onboard guides were knowledgable and personable. The tours in the two large cities (Moscow and St Petersburg), however, tended to involve long bus rides from the ship to the tour sites, followed by fast-paced walking, sometimes over uneven ground. In two river locations, a "leisure" option was offered and much enjoyed by those who chose it. Too bad there were no leisure options in the cities. Also, the scheduling of tours was very tight, with barely time for lunch or dinner between tours. On one occasion, the evening tour (a ballet) returned to the ship after 11:00 pm and the tour the next morning departed at 7:45 am. I found the pace in the cities to be extremely tiring. The three full days on our own in St. Petersburg after the cruise (not a Viking extension) were so much more pleasant. We made all of our own flight arrangements and were very glad we had, especially after listening to other passengers whose Viking flight schedules were highly inconvenient (for example, arriving after dinner the first night or having to leave the ship at 2:00 am for return flights).
The cabin was very well designed with excellent storage space, good lighting, and decent beds. We were above the dining room and below the Sun Deck, very quiet at night, near the one small elevator. Wish there had been a comfortable chair in the room. The only seating was a stool and a small straight-backed chair; mostly we had to sit on the beds. The veranda was quite large and the chairs there were the same as those on the Sun Deck -- good quality, quite comfortable. Everything was spotlessly clean and the cabin steward anticipated every need -- a book left on the night stand was supplied with a bookmark; when we emptied our water bottles one day, extras were left the next.