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Viking Skirnir Review

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Viking Skirnir Overview

As a Viking "Longship," Viking Skirnir has a contemporary, Scandinavian-design feel, with lots of natural light, stripped wood and neutral but sophisticated interiors. The ship carries 190 passengers in 95 staterooms and uses energy-efficient hybrid engines that are not only ‘green’ but create a quieter, smoother ride.

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Viking Longship public rooms include a lively lounge-bar with floor to ceiling windows, where passengers can meet for complimentary tea or coffee during the day as they watch the countryside float by, or for pre-dinner drinks and post-dinner entertainment. The stand-out feature of every Longship lounge, though, is the Aquavit Terrace. This is an outdoor seating area in the bow enclosed with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors that can be completely opened to bring the outside inside during good weather. The Sun Deck on the top of each Longship has plenty of deckchairs and tables, and in good weather there is the chance to eat outside. There are sometimes barbecues served next to the herb garden.

The cabins range from Standard Staterooms below the waterline with small windows, to French Balcony Staterooms, Veranda Staterooms – which have outside verandas with a small table and chairs – and two types of suite. The seven two-room Veranda Suites have a veranda and French balcony while the two Explorer Suites are the largest on river ships. These are at the back of the ship with a private wraparound veranda plus a French balcony in the bedroom area. All cabins are soothingly smokey brown and cream neutral with lots of stripped blond wood.

Food onboard Viking Longships is plentiful and excellent, served with complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks at lunch and dinner. Menus often reflect the regional specialities of the countries being visited, although steak, chicken and salmon are always available. There is waiter service in the main dining room in the evening, with huge buffets for breakfast and lunch. Casual dining is also available on the Aquavit Terrace, but passengers can also take food up to the Sun Deck. Most evening entertainment features local musicians, sometimes dancers and expert lectures on the area’s history and culture.

Viking's policy is that passengers must be 18 to sail. 

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Viking Skirnir Ship Stats

  • Crew: 50
  • Launched: 2015
  • Decks: 4
  • Passengers: 190
  • Registry: Switzerland
Viking Skirnir Ratings
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Viking Skirnir Member Reviews

Viking Skirnir
Redrock1990
Sail Date: May 2018
What can I say about our Viking Skirnir river cruise.... well for starters....it has ruined ocean cruises for us forever! Best cruise experience at a reasonable cost. And with so much more included in...Read More
Viking Skirnir
dansmith
Sail Date: May 2017
were from the local area made their commentary personal, believable and interesting. The Viking Skirnir is a ship that is set up to make the trip very enjoyable: small things like the crew greeted...Read More
Viking Skirnir
marthamusic
Sail Date: Jun 2018
We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and chose this river cruise. It met all our expectations and then some. We loved everything about the ship, the crew, the FOOD (OMG, so amazing!) the people on the journey...Read More
Viking Skirnir
DLP1960
Sail Date: Jul 2018
We had been wanting to do this trip for a long time, so when the opportunity presented itself for Summer of 2018, we jumped at it! It was our first time to Europe, first time with Viking, and our first river cruise...Read More

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