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All About Viking River Cruises

When you cruise with Viking you sail with the world's leading river cruise company, and you enjoy the rewards of more than 175 years of heritage and a level of expertise second to none. Inspiring destinations, beautifully crafted itineraries, expert tour guides, luxurious ships, fine cuisine, excellent service, remarkable value, Viking's success is defined by all these things, and something else, too: personal attention to every detail. Viking never forgets that looking after you is why they have become the world's favorite river cruise line, and why guests return to cruise with them again and again. Indeed, it is the guests who are the greatest ambassadors, making Viking the most honored river cruise line in the world.

The Most Award-Winning River Cruise Line
Viking has consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Conde' Nast Traveler's Gold List, Reader's Choice and Best Small Ships awards; and Travel + Leisure's World's Best; and been honored by prestigious international organizations like the World Travel Awards. Meanwhile, travel agents have recognized Viking with awards including Travel Age West's Best Line for River Cruising and Travel Weekly's #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in National Geographic's The 10 Best of Everything.

Viking Explorer Society
If you have traveled with Viking River Cruises before, you know that a journey with them is a rich experience indeed. But now Viking travel has become even more rewarding! Once you take a Viking vacation, you are automatically enrolled in the Viking Explorer Society, meaning you are part of a community of sophisticated travelers' people who like to expand their world view through river cruising. Travelers like you.

Travel credit on your next trip
Viking would like to encourage you to join them again by offering you travel credit on your upcoming travel with Viking River Cruises. You will receive travel credits according to the amount of time that has elapsed since your last Viking voyage. If you reserve your next journey within one year, you receive $200 per passenger in travel credit; if you reserve within two years, you receive $100. And you will receive other valuable benefits depending on your membership level, see the Viking Explorer Society Member Benefits chart below for details.

Onboard recognition
You will not want to miss the exclusive Explorer Society members-only cocktail party during your next journey. Mingle with fellow guests, get to know the ship's staff and enjoy a complimentary cocktail. You will also be recognized as a member of the Viking Explorer Society with a name tag highlighting your level of membership.

The inside scoop
Be among the first to be informed about new Viking itineraries and new ships'so you always have first choice of destinations and departure dates. You will also receive news about special limited-time offers by email and/or regular mail, according to your preferences.

Keeping up to date
Society members receive Viking's annual calendar.* This beautiful wall calendar is filled with striking photographs of Viking destinations, international holiday information and plenty of room to write important dates, like your next Viking departure.

*Guests who have traveled with Viking in the past 2 years.

Viking Explorer Society Member Benefits

Silver Tier Benefits
(after 1 trip)
' Past Guest Travel Credit
' Members-only onboard cocktail party
' Calendar
' Exclusive Viking Explorer Society phone number

Premier Tier Benefits
(after 3 trips)
Includes all Silver Tier benefits plus...
' Free onboard upgrades (subject to availability)
' Complimentary Viking Air Plus services

Viking Advantages

Viking River Cruises' traveling with the best

When you cruise with Viking you sail with the world's leading river cruise company, and you enjoy the rewards of more than 175 years of heritage and a level of expertise second to none.

Inspiring destinations, beautifully crafted itineraries, expert tour guides, luxurious ships, fine cuisine, excellent service, remarkable value'Viking's success is defined by all these things, and something else, too: personal attention to every detail. It's the way the bartender has your drink ready for you, at just the right time. It's the gentle guidance from your Tai Chi master in a lesson you take while sailing along the Yangtze. It's the handwritten directions from your concierge to the best coffeehouse in Vienna.

At Viking, we never forget that looking after you is why we have become the world's favorite river cruise line, and why guests return to cruise with Viking again and again. Indeed, it is the guests who are Viking's greatest ambassadors, making them the most honored river cruise line in the world.

If you have experienced the pleasure of traveling with Viking, then you will appreciate what makes a river cruise with Viking so special. And if that experience is still ahead of you, then it is one you are sure to enjoy.

Here are some details about what life is like aboard a Viking River Cruises ship.

Hot coffee and tea are free all day; your meals are always accompanied by hot tea, iced tea or coffee with additional options available on a per-drink basis. Complimentary bottles of water are supplied in your stateroom each day. You may bring local wine aboard and enjoy it with your meals, there is no corkage fee.

Check-in time on board
While the crew is preparing staterooms for arriving guests, you can relax in the ship's lounge or leave your luggage with the staff and explore the embarkation city on your own. You will be given access to your stateroom mid afternoon, at approximately 3:00 p.m. If you arrive during lunchtime, a light lunch buffet will be available in the lounge.

Clothing suggestions
Dress aboard and ashore is casual; dress comfortably and bring sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions. Dinner attire is 'evening casual,' and the Captain's Dinner is dressy, but not formal.

Cuisine & dining room service
All meals aboard are prepared by local chefs under the guidance of a European management team. Meals are open seating during set meal times, no table reservations are accepted. Room service is not available.

Dietary needs
Guests requiring special diets such as vegetarian, low salt, diabetic or low cholesterol meals must alert Viking River Cruises one month prior to departure and inform the Maitre d' when on board. The chefs will make reasonable efforts to accommodate these requests.

Onboard electricity is 220V; staterooms will have one or two 115V outlets for North American guests to use with shavers, etc., in the bathroom and/or desk area.

Fitness equipment
Some ships have fitness equipment, but most do not. Guests enjoy getting their exercise during daily shore excursions, and promenade decks provide opportunities for 'power walks' while enjoying the scenery.

Hair dryers & amenities
Your ship has hair dryers for guest use, as do most hotels. Your stateroom amenities include shower gel, shampoo, lotion, shower cap and vanity kit.

Internet access
Most of Viking's ships offer free wireless access to the internet. You may bring your laptop or use shipboard computers. More detailed information is available in the Telephone & Internet section.

Laundry services are available for a fee; however, clothes cannot be dry cleaned.

Meals are scheduled around the day's programs and activities. There is an early riser's breakfast and a full breakfast buffet between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and dinner is served around 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Meals are single seating with an open-seating format, so travelers can come in when they are ready and sit where they like.

Enhance Your Voyage
Once you have booked a river cruise with Viking, you might want to consider ways to make a wonderful experience even better. Spend a few days in an additional destination before or after your main itinerary, purchase one of our beverage packages, celebrate a special occasion on board or arrange to send a gift to a Viking guest.

Explore More'
More days means more to discover, with packages you can add before or after your Viking journey. Wherever your trip takes you, Viking River Cruises offer exciting ways to see even more of the region. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore your river cruise embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether, like Hong Kong, Istanbul or the French Riviera. Select your itinerary to see which pre- and/or post-trip destinations are available to you, or give us a call to learn more.

Silver Spirits premium beverage package
Your meals are always accompanied by hot tea, iced tea or coffee, while cocktails, wine, beer, coffee drinks and soda are available on a per-drink basis. Viking River Cruises also proudly offer a Silver Spirits beverage package, which covers unlimited premium wines, beer, espresso drinks, soft drinks, juices and mineral water for the entire duration of your cruise, plus cocktails and a bottle of sparkling wine. Start your day with a fragrant cappuccino, savor a fine regional wine with dinner, celebrate with sparkling wine, all for one package price. Also offered is a nonalcoholic beverage package for those who prefer to enjoy soft drinks, coffee drinks and 'virgin' cocktails.

Ask about Silver Spirits when making your reservation or see the Program Director on-board during your journey.

Celebrating special occasions on board
If you are planning to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, on board, please alert your travel counselor at least one month prior to departure. Viking River Cruises is delighted to deliver a cake to your dinner table in honor of the occasion.