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Viking Njord Review

Viking Njord
Viking Njord
Viking Njord
4.0 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Near-perfect service from room stewards, wait staff, the concierge and program director


While plentiful and imaginative, food was often under-seasoned and bland

Bottom Line

Expect comfortable public spaces and well-chosen and knowledgeable shore excursion guides


Passengers 190
Passenger to Crew 190:1
Launched 2012
Shore Excursions 0
Jamey Bergman
Cruise Critic Contributor

Viking Njord Overview

As soon as you approach Viking Njord, crew members greet you and offer assistance. This welcoming atmosphere continues when you walk into the ship’s two-story atrium of understated elegance punctuated with a large double-circle chandelier; part of Viking River Cruises' signature Scandinavian decor.

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You'll find the reception desk, small gift shop and the entrance to the main dining room on the main floor of the atrium. A wide staircase dominates one end of the room. On the second floor look for the library, computer station, intimate seating areas and the entrance to the lounge.

Throughout the ship, floor-to-ceiling windows add to the bright, cheerful atmosphere and offer spectacular views of the scenery as the ship glides by villages and castles, as well as the cities where the ship docks.

The dining room is spacious with bright white tablecloths and napkins, and tables are configured into different seating arrangements to allow friends and relatives to dine together, and allow strangers to become friends. Wait staff is efficient and personable.

The lounge is a popular social area. Passengers can gather in small groups talking while others are tucked in an easy chair reading a book. The bar is located here and at the rear of the lounge is the Aquavit Terrace, a pleasant place to watch the scenery pass and to have a light breakfast, lunch and limited-selection dinner. Every evening a briefing is held in the lounge just before dinner to inform passengers of the next day’s activities. After-dinner entertainment and lectures are also held in the lounge.

Cabins are located on three floors. Passengers can choose what best fits their needs and their budget including suites, verandas with a small balcony, French balcony cabins and standard staterooms. All include a 40-inch flat-screen television featuring “view from the bridge,” movies on demand and selected news, and other popular channels, a telephone, refrigerator, safe and hair dryer. The bottled water is replenished daily, and bathrobe and slippers are available upon request.

There is ship-wide free Wi-Fi and fast turnaround laundry service.

Fellow Passengers

Passengers are like-minded and are generally eager to explore Europe, its history and culture, from the convenience of a cruise. The general age for river cruise passengers is 60 and older, but Viking also attracts younger passengers with its contemporary ships, all-inclusive pricing and the opportunity to visit several countries on one vacation.

Viking Njord Dress Code

Casual, comfortable attire is encouraged for both ship and shore on Viking Longships. Make sure to bring a well-broken-in pair of walking shoes for shore excursions. Although walks are generally easygoing, they are sometimes rather long and include cobbled streets, uneven ground and occasionally stairs.

Although it is not required, many passengers enjoy getting dressed up for evening meals, but never to the level of a big-ship formal night. You may want to dress up more when attending the Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinner.

Viking Njord 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 Njord Member Reviews

Viking Njord
Sail Date: Dec 2016
I must first blame the whole thing on Rick Steves' travel series on PBS that got me interested in taking the Danube tour at Christmas time. I really had to see the Christmas Markets along the Danube. I saw that...Read More
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Sail Date: Oct 2016
We joined two other couples to celebrate a special birthday on the Romantic Danube Cruise. This is my first Viking Cruise and was so enjoyable that we plan to go to France next October. As a group, we are in our...Read More
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Sail Date: Aug 2016
My two older children and I decided to experience a river cruise. My son is a history teacher and he was interested in Nuremberg and we felt this trip which included Austria and Budapest, was perfect. The ship...Read More
Viking Njord
Sail Date: Dec 2016
Viking is a great value for your dollar and the locations visited are wonderful! Never worried about safety during tours. Some of our tours were repeats and learned new information and perspective than on the...Read More

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