Viking Forseti Cabins

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Why Choose Viking Forseti?

  • Bordeaux cruising on the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers
  • Huge focus on the wine and food of the region
  • Real balcony cabins, a rarity in river cruising
Viking Forseti

Viking Forseti Cabins

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Every cabin comes with a view on Viking's Longships; there isn't a single interior cabin to be found onboard.

Inside, the rooms are impeccably designed and customized for convenience (with a couple exceptions, noted later). Like most cabins on riverboats, they're smaller than their big-ship brethren, ranging from 135 square feet in the smallest staterooms, to 205 square feet for those in the verandah (balcony) category. Light wooden cabinetry, fluffy white duvets, faux suede headboards, gray and tan accents and modern Norse art create a light, airy and comfortable sleeping environment. Beds can be configured into queen or twin arrangements.

An impressive 39 cabins on Middle and Upper Decks have real balconies, a wonderful and highly touted addition that allows you to take in the views gliding past in virtual privacy. Though the balconies, which Viking calls verandahs, are not as wide as you'll find on oceangoing ships, there is still room on each for two straight-backed mesh outdoor chairs and a tiny wooden table. Longship balconies add square footage to typically compact river cabins (205 square feet each), a notable bonus when most riverboat staterooms offer, at best, the sliding glass door openings termed "French balconies."

Another 22 cabins (135 square feet each) on Middle and Upper Decks have the aforementioned French balconies -- floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors you can open for breezes. The pseudo-balconies do the trick of making the cabins feel larger than they actually are.

Twenty-five value-priced cabins (150 square feet each) on the waterline of the Main Deck have views via high, rectangular portholes, and they're slightly bigger than the French balcony cabins.

For those seeking more space, seven Veranda Suites (275 square feet apiece) on the Upper Deck have small living rooms with sofas, desks and balconies, as well as separate bedrooms with vanities and French balconies.

The top two Explorer Suites on Upper Deck, all the way aft, are, at 445 square feet each, the largest found on any of Europe's riverboats. Each living room has a wraparound balcony, where you can host another couple for cocktails. The bedroom has a French balcony and can be closed off by a curtain or doors.

Throughout all cabins, bathrooms feature rounded sinks, snug glass shower cubes (larger in the suites) and heated floors. There are a few common points of complaint among passengers revolving around the shower cubicle in non-suite cabins. It is narrow and tapered at the end, and there's not much in the way of elbow room. And, despite a waterproof seal at the bottom of the glass door, the size of the facility makes it difficult to avoid puddles on the bathroom floor.

Storage space in most cabins includes a full-length, sliding-door closet with room for hanging clothes on one side and shelves and a cabinet (with a safe) on the other. Drawers beneath the large vanity are small and narrow, but there is enough room for two people packing casual attire, and there's extra room under the bed for suitcases. (One notable casualty of the ship design is that the Veranda Suites have, apart from larger closets, extremely limited storage space.)

Great care seems to have gone into cabin lighting, which includes dimmers, bedside controls and mirrored vanities -- all much appreciated by passengers. There are two American (110 volt) and two European (220 volt) outlets in addition to one European outlet devoted to charging the QuietVox headsets.

Every cabin is equipped with a minifridge (with notches in the fridge shelving that make it possible to chill a bottle of wine upright), as well as a handheld hair dryer. Bath products are L'Occitane. Bathrobes are available on request.

Large 40-inch Sony HD flat-screen TVs serve up several channels on an interactive menu, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, Fox, ESPN, National Geographic Channel, MGM and Sky. There are also a good variety of complimentary movies on demand, including new releases, classics and travel and historical documentaries by Rick Steves, A&E and the History Channel. Much appreciated was Viking River's curated collection of films to fit our itinerary. In another area of the menu, TVs list ship information -- including names of every member of the crew -- and show feeds from bow and lounge cameras. There are also pre-programmed music channels, but, for a more personalized selection, plug your iPod into the available port that's connected to the integrated Bose surround-sound system.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship, including in cabins. On our Bordeaux cruise, it was generally reliable, and even faster than we expected (though still no match for at-home service). Fresh fruit and bottled water are also complimentary and provided in all cabins daily. There are ice buckets in each cabin, but you must fill them yourself from an ice machine located in the hallway on each deck.

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Peterb1148
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Top notch and comfortable Spotless. Danny took excellent care of us.... Read more
seniorcruiser22
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Sailed June 2017
well fitted out, although a bit cramped.... Read more
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seniorcruiser22
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Sailed June 2017
River cruises allow you to see the countryside from a floating hotel with great food, good wine, great entertainment and nice people. The Bordeaux cruise is not as scenic as the Rhine or the Danube, but visits historic towns and great ... Read more
Wander58
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This was our 6th Viking River cruise but the first time we'd been on one of the Longships. We had been staying in Bordeaux a couple nights prior to the start of the cruise. We took a cab from our B&B and arrived around noon. We were ... Read more
Peterb1148
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This is our second cruise with Viking. We love wine and this cruise was a natural for us to expand our knowledge of great wine making locations. The first item we noticed was a very well thought out wine list. It was obvious from ... Read more
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