Viking Akun Review

Viking Akun
Viking Akun

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Viking Akun
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Pros

Spacious, Scandi-chic cabins; friendly service and a comprehensive enrichment program for true immersion

Cons

No wellness or fitness facilities on board; plastic straws still being used

Bottom Line

A river cruise combining the Viking signature style with a high standard of onboard enrichment and excursions


About

Passengers 204
Crew 97
Passenger to Crew 2.1:1
Launched 1990; completely refurbished in 2014
Shore Excursions 26


Rebecca Barnes
Cruise Critic Contributor

Viking Akun Overview

Viking Cruises was born in Russia and is the only western-owned fleet in the land. Viking Akun is one of five Viking vessels currently operating in the country.

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Viking Akun sails the Volga, Svir and Neva Rivers from Moscow to St Petersburg and vice versa on the Waterways of the Tsars itinerary, enabling passengers to experience the real Russia in contemporary comfort.

The 204-guest ship is modern and homely, having been refurbished in 2014 to echo the signature Scandi-chic style of the company’s European vessels. There’s a promenade deck, lots of seating around the ship and panoramic windows that make the most of the views.

A real feeling of spaciousness is apparent throughout. This is something that Viking seems to nail on all its ships -- on Akun this is clearly thanks to a clever redesign and tasteful color scheme. This continues in the staterooms, which are well planned out, giving a functional yet welcoming and cozy feel. Verandas are generously sized -- bigger than on some ocean ships -- and there’s plenty of seating on the top deck for taking in the views.

We feel the stairs between decks are a little steep, but there’s an elevator for passengers with mobility issues.

Two dining areas give the option for an a la carte or more casual breakfast or lunch, depending on what you feel like at the time. In-between mealtimes, it’s great to be able to help yourself to tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies whenever you want, from the tea and coffee station located on the middle deck.

From reception to the bars, service is smiley and friendly, and waiting staff soon get to know your name and drinks preferences, with your drink often topped up or replaced at the dining table without you asking. After breakfast on the last day, our regular waiter told us, "We don’t say goodbye, we say see you soon!"

Onboard, passengers make the most of the comfy seating in the public areas to read, socialize and browse the internet. When it comes to enrichment, there’s a small but inviting library with a curated book choice, and plenty of interesting talks to attend during the day. Overall, it’s a really relaxed atmosphere, especially when sailing.

However, if you’re looking for a river cruise with wellness on the menu, this may not be the ship for you. There are no spa or gym facilities, bikes, hot tubs or massages, so exercise will come from the walking element of tours and excursions, and there are plenty of those to get involved in, including the free excursion every passenger receives in almost every port.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities (UK guests)
  • Return flights from London and up to 14 regional airports
  • River-view cabin
  • All onboard meals
  • Quality wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Free wi-fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Specialty tea and coffee any time onboard
  • An included shore excursion in almost every port
  • No corkage fee
  • Evening entertainment
  • Bottled water when on excursions
  • Hot drinks and snacks from the coffee station.

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks packages
  • Bar drinks if not on a drinks package
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Shop purchases

Fellow Passengers

Interestingly for a river cruise, the passenger demographic is quite varied which makes for a fun, friendly and sometimes lively atmosphere; older passengers mingle happily with younger couples and groups. Nationalities are again mixed, with Americans, Australians, Brits and the odd European. All onboard announcements and programs are delivered in English only.


Viking Akun Dress Code

Daytime: No hard and fast rules: Viking suggests casual dress including shorts, slacks or jeans and comfortable shoes for walking.

Evening: There are no formal nights in the evening; recommended dress is "elegant casual". For ladies, this may include a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse; for gentlemen, trousers and a collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional.

Not permitted: Bare feet in The Restaurant during the day or evening. 

Viking Akun Inclusions

Viking promises that all you need is included, with no surprises or hidden fees.

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities (UK, AU, and NZ guests only)
  • Return flights from London and up to 14 regional airports
  • River-view cabin
  • All onboard meals
  • Quality wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Free wi-fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Specialty tea and coffee any time onboard
  • An included shore excursion in almost every port
  • No corkage fee
  • Evening entertainment
  • Bottled water when on excursions
  • Hot drinks and snacks from the coffee station.

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks packages
  • Bar drinks if not on a drinks package
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Shop purchases


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Deck:
Main Deck
Middle Deck
Upper Deck

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Viking Akun Member Reviews

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RussianAlphabet
Sail Date: Sep 2018
they do not sign up for the extended before and after tour options (which we did not). The Viking Akun was ship worthy and functioned very well. We hardly knew we were on the water. No smell of exhaust...Read More
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carolbuchser
Sail Date: Aug 2017
highlights of this cruise, we signed up! Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The Viking Akun was a lovely ship, and our veranda cabin was perfect. The dining was outstanding. Chef Leonides...Read More
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Buffy500
Sail Date: Jul 2018
We throughly enjoyed the cruise. It really showed us Russia. The excursions presented by Viking gave us a true feeling of the culture and people. It provided us with a new appreciation of Russia, her people and...Read More
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chris enebo
Sail Date: Aug 2018
I always wanted to see russia....but the overseas issues made me a little queezy ....viking cruise people walked me through the entire process....no question was to silly. ...i received my visa and set my date! Our...Read More

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