Most of the entertainment revolves around the daily walking and coach tours of cities, and includes tours of abbeys, castles, churches, museums and other sites of historical and cultural interest. Other activities may include wine tastings and concerts by local musicians and occasional demonstrations or performances by local artisans. Well-informed, articulate guides greatly enhance the overall river cruise experience by providing a wealth of information on each port.
Viking River Cruises sends each passenger a guidebook covering the itinerary prior to the cruise, and provides a daily briefing and a sightseeing map along with a local guide who conducts a walking or sightseeing tour in each port.
Onboard entertainment is limited as the Viking Spirit has no stage shows, nightclubs or casino. However, every night after dinner there is some form of entertainment including concerts by local musicians or entertainment provided by the crew. Passengers also entertain themselves by reading and playing cards and other board games such as backgammon or Scrabble in the observation lounge or library (which also has a good selection of board games). Two movies are shown daily at 4 and 9 p.m. on one of the cabin's TV channels; often these movies coincide with the places being visited, for example, "Judgment At Nuremburg" with Spencer Tracy was showing while we were in Nuremburg.
The public rooms consist primarily of one comfortable observation lounge with a small full-service bar surrounded by floor-to-ceiling picture windows, which is used for informal socializing, sightseeing while cruising, afternoon tea, daily briefings, cocktails, entertainment and virtually all other activities onboard. There's also a tiny game room/library with a couple of dozen books that look like they were left behind by former passengers, a dining room and a small, but comfortable reading room. There is neither an Internet cafe or in-cabin (or wireless) capability.
The decor throughout the ship is a comfortable Scandinavian design in soft blues, rusts and beiges, which suits the casual atmosphere onboard.
There are no fitness facilities onboard. However, there are opportunities to jog or walk along the river or canal towpaths when in port, plus several of the shore excursions include walking tours.
There are no children's programs onboard and this ship is not recommended for children.