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Viking Prestige Review

Viking Prestige
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Viking Prestige Overview

Viking Prestige, which debuted in 2011, was Viking River Cruises' last new-build before it introduced its revolutionary Longship series in 2012. There's a lounge and dining room forward, a library aft, a sun deck above and cabins on three decks. What makes this ship interesting, not to mention an extremely comfortable vessel in which to travel, is that the line has carefully updated and upgraded facilities, particularly with in-cabin features like flat-screen televisions and interactive channels, a superbly designed bathroom and a lounge that doubles as an alternative eatery.

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Beyond that, Viking River Cruises remains one of the more traditional river operators, both onboard and in port. Mealtimes, particularly dinner, are at a set time, and while passengers can choose their tablemates from night to night, there are few, if any, intimate-sized tables, so the atmosphere fosters -- if not forces -- sociability. Shore excursions, many of which are included in the cruise fare, are standard offerings; there's nothing unusual, such as a recreational-oriented experience, say, a cycling tour that visits local wineries, or thematic, such as wine and food tastings.

On the other hand, on our Viking Prestige Danube cruise, we were impressed by the staff's commitment to entertainment that enriched passengers about the areas we were traveling through, from a well-presented lecture on the European Union to fun fare like a wandering accordion player, complete with Bavarian costume.

Interestingly, although it's a ship that's clearly aimed at a more senior traveler, there is no elevator aboard Viking Prestige. However, those with mobility issues are otherwise accommodated. (On walking tours, there's usually at least one group for those who need a more gentle pace, and tour brochures indicate levels of activity.)

Our rating for service reflects the fact that it varied fairly wildly on our cruise. Sometimes it was exceptional and intuitive. Other times, it was appallingly unprofessional. (In one instance, one of the bartenders, when asked for a glass of water, rudely told passengers to go and help themselves from the machines in the lobby.)

All in all, Viking may lack some of the more exciting bells and whistles being offered by other European river cruise operators, but it nevertheless offers a solid value-for-money cruise on Europe's rivers.

Fellow Passengers

Viking attracts an older crowd; on our trip, 55-plus was the norm. Passengers are generally well-traveled, though more are likely to have signed up with tour operators than explore independently. There's an increasing percentage of travelers who have been longtime coastal cruisers and are just discovering rivers. Viking passengers come mostly from the U.S., but the line also appeals to those from the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

It's a social group; many we met were traveling with groups of pals. It's also a marvelous ship for solo travelers because, in addition to the solo-dedicated cabins, passengers were convivial and definitely adopted singles into their groups.


Viking Prestige Dress Code

The dress code is casual, day and night. Passengers dress for comfort (slacks and Polos for men, slacks and blouses for women) during the day and don resort-casual attire at night. The only even remotely formal evening is the captain's gala dinner, but you'll fit in just fine in your nicest casual finery –-- no ties required.


Viking Prestige Gratuity

Tips are not included in the cruise fare, except for passengers from Australia and New Zealand. Gratuities are paid at the end of the cruise in cash or by credit card. (Euros are the onboard currency, but dollars are also accepted for gratuities.) The recommended amount on Viking's Europe cruises is 12 euros per passenger, per day, which is divided up among the crew.


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Viking Prestige Member Reviews

Viking Prestige
Hina Mehta
Sail Date: Apr 2018
included shore excursions are great, well organized and very nicely done We were on the Viking prestige last April - nice ship that visited Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Melk and Passau/. We...Read More
Viking Prestige
Tjlitt
Sail Date: Apr 2018
equipped and clean. The veranda provided a wonderful view of the landscape as we sailed. The Viking Prestige is a beautiful vessel. Sleek and very quiet when underway. The top deck, library, lounge and...Read More
Viking Prestige
Famsw
Sail Date: Apr 2018
embarkation (right to our room then a buffet to eat) to the departure-all done so very well by Viking. Prestige was in for an overhaul in 2017 and it showed. Refurbished rooms and common areas shown with...Read More
Viking Prestige
KellyGA
Sail Date: Aug 2018
Viking Prestige Cruise Review (Danube Waltz) August/September 2018 I have always wanted to go to Budapest and consider it one of the great cities besides Paris, London and major cities in Italy. Hence...Read More

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