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Viking Vidar Review

Viking Vidar
Viking Vidar
2019 Best River

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Viking Vidar
4.5 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Modern ship offers regional dishes, cabin choice and interesting free shore excursions


Lack of fitness room and spa facilities

Bottom Line

Crisp, comfortable and attractive Scandinavian appointments plus excellent service


Passengers 190
Crew 48
Passenger to Crew 3.96:1
Launched 2015
Shore Excursions 54

Sarah Wyatt
Cruise Critic Contributor

Viking Vidar Overview

Vidar is a member of Viking's award-winning Longship series, and is currently used for its Rhine Getaway/Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland itinerary. The route is among the line's most popular, and the ship, built in 2015, is a good example of Viking's advanced engineering, efficient design and minimalist sophistication. Its environmentally conscious hybrid engines yield fewer vibrations than most older vessels, resulting in a smoother voyage for passengers.

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The vessel fits well into the Rhine parameters, which are dictated by the river's lock system. Amenities are limited -- there's no gym or spa onboard -- so passengers who desire ample facilities or a wide variety of specialty restaurants may not enjoy this boat. The long, narrow ship has a single hallway in the center. The decor and general ambience are upscale-casual and Nordic in appearance.

The ship appears to have been primarily designed to accommodate its port excursions rather than as the center of the activity, although the lounge does draw a crowd before dinner and during scenic cruising. The itinerary and vessel are best recommended for the intellectually adventurous rather than those who desire a posh or party vacation. Passengers who are particularly interested in medieval or World War II European history will appreciate the Rhine ports of call.

Vidar serves its passengers much as the rest of the line's European fleet: as a simple floating hotel enabling travelers to visit points of history, as well view them from the ship. Wine and beer are provided at lunch and dinner, and there's at least one complimentary shore excursion in each port. Crew and staff are highly personable, and apparently recall all passenger names by the end of embarkation.

Fellow Passengers

Vidar passengers are overwhelmingly of the baby boomer age demographic, with many in their late 60s. The majority of passengers are from the United States; on our cruise, they seemed mostly to be from the northeastern states (although this can vary from sailing to sailing). Programming is in English.

Viking Vidar Dress Code

The dress code is largely casual at daytime meals and port excursions. Passengers should pack rain gear for Germany's particularly unpredictable weather as well as comfortable shoes for touring castles and other historic sites. Because notable cathedrals are on the excursion schedule, travelers should pack some fairly modest apparel to cover shoulders and legs when necessary. Approximately half of the passengers wear business-casual or somewhat dressy clothes to the evening dinner seating at the main restaurant.

Viking Vidar 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.

Viking Vidar Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best River

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Viking Vidar Member Reviews

Viking Vidar
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We arrived in Amsterdam and were met by a Viking Representative and taken to the Viking Vidar....Read More
Viking Vidar
SML Travelers
Sail Date: Apr 2018
What a wonderful time we had on the Viking Vidar. The service on the ship was outstanding, along with the food. Because their were so few people, the crew got to know you and you felt special....Read More
Viking Vidar
Sail Date: Aug 2018
Can't say enough good about our experiences on the Viking Vidar. We extended an extra two days in Amsterdam and enjoyed it thoroughly....Read More
Viking Vidar
Sail Date: Jun 2018
We embarked in Amsterdam and did the Rhine on the Viking Vidar. We had just come off a 11 day Baltic Sea ocean cruise and wondered if a smaller river ship would have enough for us to do for a week....Read More

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