Viking Aegir Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Viking Aegir Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.4
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.5
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.1
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.9
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.2
    1.0
  • Family & Children
    1.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.3
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    4.3
    4.0
  • Service
    4.7
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.1
    3.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Viking Aegir?
  • Tours and most drinks included in price
  • Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising
  • Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

Viking Aegir Overview

By Jamey Bergman, Cruise Critic contributor

One of the original "Longships" - so named for Norse Gods - Viking Aegir and its sister ships represent a new take on river hospitality, one in which a sleek, Scandinavian ambience is the antithesis of river's traditionally fusty vessels.

What first strikes you as you step onboard? Sunlight. Streaming in through the glass-enclosed, two-story atrium is enough light to allow real flowers to grow. With backlit marble panels rising above a terrazzo floor and wood-and-glass staircase, and pale, earth-toned decor, the space has energy and natural appeal. If the ambience reminds some of Seabourn's Odyssey class, that's not a coincidence -- the vessels share the same lead designer, Norwegian firm Yran & Storbraaten.

But beyond the airy vibe of its public spaces, Viking Aegir floats a whole raft of features that were new to river cruising in Europe when it debuted in 2012.

Fittingly for a line named after Scandinavian conquerors, there is a sense of minimalism on Aegir. You can perhaps best see the efficiency and maximization of available area onboard in the surprising new signature spaces that have been conjured: the Aquavit Terrace, the two largest true suites on a riverboat in Europe (each with separate living room and bedroom), not to mention seven slightly smaller true suites with separate living and sleeping rooms, and an increased number of cabins with full and French balconies.

Don't be fooled, though; creating those spaces was more hard work than magic. The designers' creation of such new spaces required a lot of rethinking about the basic structure of river ships. To fit under the bridges and through the locks of Europe's inland waterways, riverboats have to meet specific size requirements. If length or depth is extended past those limits, the ship won't sail.

As a workaround, designers blunted the traditional pointy-nosed bow of Viking's ships to provide more space. The result was Aquavit Terrace. A lovely open-air cafe on the ship's bow, the venue provides something of a river rarity: an alternative casual eatery with indoor/outdoor seating.

It also positioned interior corridors off-center to accommodate cabins -- full balconies on one side and narrower cabins, some elevated to suites with separate sleeping and living areas, placed sideways on the other side.

Less visible, but no less cutting-edge, are the ship's "green" advances, including hybrid diesel-electric engines which burn less fuel and produce 20 percent fewer emissions, making longships cleaner and quieter than their competitors. There are even solar panels on the sun deck that help to fuel the engines. And the ship's chef maintains an organic garden on Aegir's upper deck during growing season.

The ride onboard is slow and smooth as you pass by scenery that includes the Rhine Gorge -- or Upper Middle Rhine Valley -- a UNESCO World Heritage site littered with history-rich vistas of castles and medieval towns.

Viking Aegir Fellow Passengers

The general age for river cruise passengers is 60 and older, but Aegir and other Longships, with their contemporary design, were built with an eye toward attracting a slightly younger traveler. Regardless of age, passengers tend to be well-traveled (though many are visiting Europe for the first time).

Viking Aegir Dress Code

Casual, comfortable attire is encouraged for both ship and shore on Viking Longships. The must-pack item is, without question, a comfortable pair of walking shoes for shore tours. As the ship sails in Europe, with its lovely and historic landscapes, tours frequently involve cobblestones and other uneven surfaces. Both the staff and the daily program provide ample notice when this is the case.

Generally, passengers "dress up" to varying degrees in the evenings, but never to the level of a big-ship formal night. Most don the kind of attire worn at a country club dinner, but others don't bother to change from their sensible shore excursion gear. Save your best outfits (maybe casual dresses for women and collared shirts and blazers for men) for events like the Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners.

Viking Aegir Gratuity

Tips are not included in the cruise fare. They 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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By Jamey Bergman, Cruise Critic contributor

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jrrebel
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We chose Viking because of the constant advertizing. We did check out where Viking stands as regards pricing and found it to be above the average price. But we found the price commensurate with the quality. We could not have been more ... Read more
dgtlfto
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We got a great value for cruising on Viking. Every aspect of our cruise was outstanding and well organized, including switching ships because of low water on the Danube. Program Manager, Stefan, was more than outstanding, including ... Read more
Mikemmw
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
The trip and tours where great. The time we spent on the ship also was great. The crew was helpful and responded to all our needs. The towns we stopped in had a lot history. The tour guides where knowable and took there tome when ... Read more
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