Five reasons to choose a Viking Cruise
Viking is the world’s leading small-ship cruise line, and it’s easy to see why.
1. Voted ‘World’s Best’
After entering the industry in 1997, Viking’s river cruise segment has grown rapidly. Travel + Leisure readers have rated Viking as a ‘World’s Best River Cruise Line’ every year since the award’s inception in 2010, and the company now boasts a fleet of 72 river ships, offering scenic voyages along the waterways of Central Europe, Asia, Egypt and Russia.
In 2015, Viking introduced its award-winning river cruise philosophy to the oceans and was named the number one ocean cruise line in the Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best Awards’ the very next year — and then again in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Viking’s ocean cruise itineraries now cover Europe, the Americas, Scandinavia, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Demand has become so great for Viking cruises that the company has added more than 10 brand-new itineraries to its portfolio in the past year alone.
2. tate-of-the-art ships
Viking’s state-of-the-art ships are designed to take you right into the heart of each destination, and with fewer sailing days and more time spent in port, a Viking cruise allows you to immerse yourself in the locations that you love for longer.
On board one of the company’s award-winning ocean ships, discover serene Scandinavian-inspired spaces filled with natural light; dive into the stunning on board infinity pool; dine at a choice of eight exceptional venues; and treat yourself to a refreshing Nordic bathing ritual at the spa — all at no extra cost. Plus, every stateroom features a king-size bed, heated bathroom floors and a full-size verandah.
On board one of Viking’s award-winning river ships, indulge in a cocktail on the chic Aquavit Terrace; make use of the putting green on the sun deck; and take a stroll along the walking track while admiring the organic herb garden. The cruise line’s talented chefs prepare a vast selection of local and international dishes using only the freshest ingredients, which you can enjoy either al fresco or in the main restaurant.
3. Inclusive value
A Viking cruise fare includes just about everything: all on board meals accompanied by beer and wine, an enriching shore excursion at every port of call, unlimited Wi-Fi and all taxes and gratuities.
The price of a Viking ocean voyage also includes complimentary access to the on board Nordic-inspired spa, use of the ship’s self-service laundry facilities, 24-hour room service and a daily afternoon tea service in The Wintergarden.
4. The Thinking Person’s Cruise®
Recognised as The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, Viking offers ocean and river cruise itineraries that are designed to help you explore and engage with each destination through its history, traditions, cuisine and customs.
You won’t find any kids or casinos on board. Instead, you will find a resident historian and several guest lecturers who are eager to enlighten you about the regions through which you are travelling, as well as a magnificent library that has been expertly curated by London’s Heywood Hill — one of the most influential bookshops in the world.
5. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences
Imagine sampling regional delicacies in a bustling Indian spice market accompanied by a world-class chef, or entering a traditional Russian kommunalka to drink tea with locals as they share their fascinating memories of Soviet life. Picture yourself stepping into the crisp Norwegian night to witness the ethereal aurora borealis dancing in the sky, or floating over the spectacular ancient treasures of Egypt in a hot air balloon. With Viking, you can experience it all — and that’s just the beginning.