Viking's Longship fleet has grown quickly since its first six ships were launched in 2012. There are now more than 50 Longships, with Einar and five other Longships joining the fleet on European rivers in 2019. Although the vessels are mostly the same, Viking does tweak the Longships' design with each new generation, making adjustments to furniture, and interior and exterior design elements.
Each Longship is named for a character from Norse mythology. Einar was a warrior who in the late ninth century took control of the Orkney and Shetland islands from the Danish.
The Longships are known for having a square bow rather than the standard pointy-nosed one, which gives the vessels more outdoor space, as well as an asymmetrical corridor configuration, which allows for variety in the staterooms.
Sustainability features include the use of hybrid engines that reduce vibrations. (The solar panels that help power the engines are on the top deck.) The ship also has an organic herb garden on the Sun Deck.
Passengers sailing on Einar can enjoy meals at the restaurant or on the Aquavit Terrace. Complimentary coffee, tea, cappuccino or bottled water is available at the 24-hour beverage bar. Dress is casual for breakfast and lunch. Dinner attire is "evening casual," meaning shirts, slacks and dresses.
The restaurant has open seating for all meals. Lunch and dinner are served with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. Other options are available for purchase.
The Aquavit Terrace, which has proven popular on other Viking ships, offers an all-weather indoor/outdoor experience. This lounge has retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors offering a panoramic view and giving guests the option of dining outside.
Every cabin on Viking Einar offers a view, be it from a full balcony, floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors or rectangular porthole. Staterooms range from 135 to 455 square feet. All come with a mini-fridge, safe, hair dryer, individual climate controls and a 40-inch flat-screen TV with movies on-demand. Bathrooms have heated floors and premium toiletries. Bottled water is replenished daily.
Viking Einar's staterooms fall into five categories:
Explorer Suite: There are two of these 445-square-foot, two-room suites on the Upper Deck with private balconies allowing 270-degree views. Extras include a flat-screen TV in each room, fresh fruit replenished daily and complimentary laundry and shoeshine service. Binoculars, a coffee brewer and a cashmere blanket further add to the experience. The Silver Spirits beverage package is included in the suite price.
Veranda Suite: There are seven Veranda 275-square-foot suites, also on the Upper Deck. Each has two full-size rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony off the bedroom. The suites have a flat-screen TV in each room. Guests are welcomed with complimentary Champagne. Fruit is replenished daily. Complimentary laundry and shoeshine services are also on offer.
Veranda Stateroom: Einar has 39 205-square-foot Veranda staterooms on the Upper and Middle Decks. Each is a single room with a full-size veranda. Bottled water is provided daily.
French Balcony: These cabins are 135-square-feet and have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that can be opened.
Standard Stateroom: There are 25 150-square-feet standard rooms with a single half-height window.
The Sun Deck runs the length of the ship. A variety of tables, chairs and loungers are available on the deck, some shaded by one of two canopies. Einar has no gym, pool or spa, but those seeking to move about while onboard will find shuffleboard, two putting greens, a walking track and a giant chess set.
Most Viking River cruisers opt to take the daily shore excursions that are included in the cruise price, and the line also offers extra fee options. Enrichment is available through Viking's "Culture Curriculum," consisting either of daytime activities or shows you can view on your TV. The ship has a library and free Wi-Fi.
There are no facilities or programs designed for children. The minimum age requirement on Viking cruises is 18.
Viking Einar sails the eight-day Rhine Getaway between Amsterdam and Basel.