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Viking Gullveig Review

Viking Gullveig
Viking Gullveig

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Pros

Indoor/outdoor dining area allows passengers to savor sunshine and panoramic views

Cons

Minimal onboard enrichment

Bottom Line

A sleek, comfortable ship with many balcony cabins


About

Passengers 190
Crew 48
Passenger to Crew 3.96:1
Launched 2014
Shore Excursions 21


Viking Gullveig Overview

Wonder what the word "Gullveig" means? A mythological Norse figure, this golden goddess survived trial by fire three times and gained powers to enchant. River cruisers today find her namesake equally captivating.

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Nonetheless, Viking didn't break the mold with Gullveig, one of dozens of sleek, modern Longships from the Norwegian firm Yran & Storbraaten that ply the rivers of Europe. In fact, when Danube waters are low, the cruise line may direct passengers to switch ships before or during a cruise. In port, they board an identical vessel and keep the same cabin number, making for a seamless transition.

Like the entire Longship fleet, Gullveig is bright and airy. Panoramic windows invite in natural light and the pale wood and neutral palette of the decor enable the scenery to take center stage.

A wide central staircase dominates midship. One elevator travels between the middle and upper deck; the sun deck is accessed via stairways on the port and starboard sides.

Depending on when you board, head to your cabin if it's ready (your suitcase won't be far behind, thanks to the crew's efficiency) or make yourself comfortable in the lounge, where you can suss out fellow passengers and have a light lunch. There's also a coffee machine and tasty oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies (careful; they're addictive and available throughout the cruise).

Prepared for both sunny and rainy weather, the ship's Aquavit Terrace has floor-to-ceiling glass doors that retract to allow guests to take in unobstructed views and fresh air while dining al fresco on balmy days.

Daily meals are served in the Main Dining Room, where chefs produce menus conceived by the home office that offer both regional and Western cuisine. Open seating at tables of six and eight allow passengers to meet new people or gather with friends.

Gullveig holds 95 staterooms with a capacity of 190 passengers. A majority of cabins feature a full balcony with two chairs and a small table. Staterooms that instead have a French balcony or transom picture window are available at a lower fare. On the high end, two stern-side Explorer suites feature a wraparound veranda and provide the most space (445 square feet). Veranda Suites also have separate sleeping and living spaces. Heated bathroom floors are a luxury throughout.

Daily shore excursions are included in the price of the cruise, although some optional extras, such as live evening performances on land, are offered.

Gullveig's hybrid diesel-electric engines keep the ship quieter than other river cruisers and deliver a smooth ride with fewer emissions. Onboard solar panels and the chef's organic herb gardens add to the line's commitment to sustainability. 

Fellow Passengers

River cruise passengers are typically 60-plus. Gullveig draws Americans, Canadians, and British and Australian residents who, regardless of age, embody an intrepid spirit and the enthusiasm to explore ports. Many are well-traveled and well-educated, making them engaging fellow travelers.


Viking Gullveig Dress Code

Thanks to the ship's affordable and efficient laundry service, travelers can pack nearly half as much as they need. On ship and shore, casual attire prevails during the day (but don't expect to see many passengers in jeans).

Depending on the month when you sail, early tours may start out chilly, so consider dressing in layers on days when a Viking tour bus delivers you to a destination. As the morning warms, it's safe to leave sweaters and jackets, hats and scarves on the coach.

Along with broken-in walking shoes for shore excursions, pack a more stylish pair for evenings onboard. When it's time for cocktails and dinner, most passengers emerge in country-club casual wear.


Viking Gullveig Inclusions

Viking cruise fare includes wine and beer at lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi and at least one complimentary shore excursion per port (for-fee options are sometimes available). 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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Deck:
Main Deck
Middle Deck
Upper Deck
Sun Deck

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Viking Gullveig Member Reviews

Viking Gullveig
davida1228
Sail Date: Apr 2018
Took the Viking Gullveig with friends. Loved the ports with local and informed tour guides.The Captain was outstanding, greeting the guests every time we boarded or left the ship. We were greeted at the...Read More
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Bubblers
Sail Date: Oct 2017
the Nuremberg Trials were held and a building that Hitler owned and held his rallies. The Viking Gullveig was very nice. Our cabin was nice and had a great staff person taking care of our room. The...Read More
Viking Gullveig
ChadMoss
Sail Date: Jun 2018
We picked Viking as we saw the TV ads and it looked like fun. My wife and I went on the cruise and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and trip. We arrived at Budapest two days prior to departure and we explored Budapest...Read More
Viking Gullveig
pandabeat
Sail Date: May 2018
We had gone on two previous Viking cruises and found them to be first rate. We actually did the Budapest to Nuremberg cruise several years ago, and then did the Rhine cruise; as good as the latter was, we much...Read More

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