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Viking Alruna Review

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Passengers 190
Crew 50
Passenger to Crew 3.8:1
Launched April 2016
Shore Excursions 37


Jeannine Williamson
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Viking Alruna Overview

The 443-foot, 190-passenger Alruna is the sister ship to Viking Egil, Kadlin, Rolf, Tialfi and Vilhjalm, which sail on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers. It is virtually identical to the other Longships that were first launched by the world's largest river cruise line in 2012 and -- through some clever design work -- introduced a large number of balcony cabins (previously a rarity on European river vessels, which are all restricted to a uniform size in order to navigate locks and low bridges).

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The 95 cabins are located on three passenger decks and reflect Viking's trademark Scandinavian style. Light, airy and unfussy, color palettes are muted and there is extensive use of blond and pale wood effects in both furniture and paneling.

Unusually, the largest two-room Explorer Suites -- measuring 445 square feet and with a wraparound balcony -- are located above the engines at the aft of the vessel. However, the ship has "green" hybrid diesel-electric engines which burn less fuel and produce 20 percent fewer emissions, making Longships cleaner, quieter and with less vibrations than some of their competitors. Also situated with the two Explorer Suites on the upper deck are seven Veranda Suites, which measure 275 square feet and have a bedroom, living room, walkout balcony and French balcony. In addition, the ship has 20 Veranda Cabins on this deck, which measure 205 square feet including the balcony, and five French Balcony Cabins, all 135 square feet.

There are 19 Veranda and 17 French Balcony Cabins on the middle deck and 25 Standard Cabins on the lower deck, which measure 150 square feet and have a fixed window situated high in the wall.

There are some design changes in the Explorer Suites compared with the earlier Longships. There's a fixed wall, rather than a sliding one, between the bedroom and living area. The bathroom has also been tweaked with one sink instead of two, which has made way for a larger shower. For the uninhibited, the floor-to-ceiling shower window overlooking the river can be turned from opaque to clear glass at the flick of a switch! In common with all the fleet's Longships, L'Occitane toiletries have been replaced with the line's own-brand, Freyja products, introduced when Viking launched its first ocean ship in 2015.

Meals are served in the main restaurant on the middle deck. Breakfast and lunch feature a buffet with served items from the menu, and dinner is a served three-course meal with the option to add extra appetizer courses and a cheese plate. Expect regional dishes reflecting the cruise itinerary, plus familiar favorites, vegetarian dishes and an "always available" menu of simpler meals such as salmon, steak and Caesar salad. A lighter breakfast and lunch alternative is served in the Aquavit Terrace, the attractive indoor/outdoor seating area at the front of the ship on the upper deck. There is a complimentary tea and coffee station, available 24/7, with snacks such as cookies and muffins available during the day.

Other onboard facilities include a lounge bar with a dance floor, sun deck, laundry service, library with two computers and free Wi-Fi. An elevator connects the middle and upper deck.

Viking has an age limit of 18, so children are not permitted to cruise. 


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More about Viking Alruna

Where does Viking Alruna sail from?
Viking Alruna departs from Amsterdam.
Where does Viking Alruna sail to?
Viking Alruna cruises to Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, Koblenz, Basel and Speyer.
How much does it cost to go on Viking Alruna?
Cruises on Viking Alruna start from $2,179 per person.

Viking Alruna Member Reviews

Viking Alruna
EastBayGirl
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We chose this cruise because of Viking‘s attention to detail. They take care of everything and that allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves and not worry about transportation details or itineraries. One of our...Read More
Viking Alruna
paulmc
Sail Date: May 2019
Food - breakfast, lunch and dinner were excellent. There was was something for every requirement. The local dishes are an excellent idea for those not eating ashore. Drinks - we took advantage of a drinks package...Read More
Viking Alruna
AGBharpist
Sail Date: May 2019
It being their 40th wedding anniversary, my parents decided to go big —then graciously brought my brother and I along to explore the Rhine River and the culture surrounding it. What a whirlwind of incredible food...Read More
Viking Alruna
Denny01
Sail Date: May 2019
Enjoyed Viking prior and this had an excellent price and timing for us. We stayed in Amsterdam on our own for 4 days and loved it. Joined the ship and the welcome was professional and embarkation was very smooth....Read More

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