About Viking Cruises
With Viking, there are no limits to where you can go and what you can discover. Whether you prefer to cruise along majestic rivers, venture into untamed wilderness on expedition vessels, or set sail across vast oceans, Viking has the perfect voyage waiting for you.
Rated the #1 cruise line for Rivers, Oceans and Expeditions by Condé Nast Traveler and voted at the top of its categories by Travel + Leisure, Viking has a fleet of more than 80 vessels, offering voyages on all seven continents. Glide along picturesque waterways and let the gentle flow of the river carry you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Experience up-close encounters with remarkable wildlife, untouched landscapes, and hidden worlds. Or indulge in the ultimate luxury of ocean cruising, where every day brings a new destination and a new adventure. No matter where you go, or how you get there, when you sail with Viking, expect nothing but excellence.
⚓ From the Rivers to the Seas
Viking River Cruises offers the largest and most diverse fleet of river cruise vessels in the industry. Each ship in the fleet has been meticulously designed to effortlessly navigate the world’s magnificent rivers, providing convenient daily access to a plethora of destinations and unforgettable experiences. Viking Ocean Cruises proudly boasts 10 small, state-of-the-art ocean ships, all featuring luxurious balcony accommodations, understated elegance and Scandinavian charm. And Viking’s two expedition ships are small enough to navigate remote areas, yet large enough to provide speed, superior handling, and stability in the roughest seas. They provide a perfect combination of exploration and comfort. It is truly a fleet like no other.
⚓ Unlock the Secrets of the World
Embark on a journey of a lifetime with Viking, where destination-focused adventures await across all 7 continents. From Europe to the Mississippi, and even Antarctica, Viking’s state-of-the-art ships are designed to explore all of the wonders of the world, from untamed corners to iconic riverside cities.
⚓ River cruises – the Danube, the Rhine, France, the Douro, the Elbe, Christmas Markets, Asia, Egypt, and the Mississippi
⚓ Ocean cruises – Scandinavia and Northern Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Asia and Australia, World and Grand Voyages
⚓ Expedition cruises – Antarctica, the Arctic, Great Lakes and Canada, Grand Journeys
Viking is #1 for Rivers, Oceans, and Expeditions
Stateroom and Suites
Across its fleet, Viking offers unmatched accommodation choices. On a Viking Longship, you can enjoy the exquisite comfort of spacious Veranda or French Balcony staterooms, or luxurious Veranda and Explorer Suites. While other cruise lines tend to label a single large room as a “suite,” Viking Longships redefine the concept with river cruising’s first-ever true suites, each encompassing two full-size rooms, making them among the most spacious suites found on Europe’s rivers.
With Viking Ocean Cruises, experience the ultimate in luxury with five categories of rooms of available, including some of the largest suites at sea. For an extraordinary home away from home, our Penthouse Veranda is the epitome of excellence. This highest-rated stateroom offers 25% more space, ensuring your comfort. Plus, enjoy the convenience of priority restaurant and shore excursion reservations, as well as a warm welcome with a bottle of champagne.
On a Viking expedition cruise, immerse yourself in the comfort of a Nordic Balcony Stateroom or Suite, where breathtaking vistas and unrivaled wildlife encounters await. With floor-to-ceiling glass capturing nature’s beauty, you’ll feel like a privileged observer. Upgrade your experience to one of the Nordic Junior Suites and enjoy the additional luxury of increased storage and seating, and an expanded bathroom. For a truly grand experience, Viking’s Explorer Suites offer 80% more space than the junior suites, with two separate rooms, a private veranda, and a Nordic Balcony.
Dining, Bars and Lounges
At Viking, dining is an integral part of your voyage, regardless of whether you’re sailing on the riverways, across the ocean or embarking on an expedition. Their team of highly skilled chefs, fuelled by an unwavering passion for gastronomy, are dedicated to transforming each meal into an unforgettable experience. Across the entire fleet, the main dining area – The Restaurant – offers the ultimate onboard dining experience, with a menu of regional cuisine and always-available classics. The Aquavit Terrace® is also a fleet-wide dining venue, offering al fresco dining on river and ocean cruises, and a cosy, light-filled space on expedition voyages. Guests can also enjoy a multitude of specialty dining options on Viking ocean and expedition cruises, including 24-hour room service.
Each Viking river and ocean voyage offers exceptional cultural and enrichment programs onboard, designed to enhance your onshore experience. Every itinerary includes one or more Destination Performances, showcasing the most renowned cultural performing arts of the region. Moreover, Viking’s onboard lecture program is expertly curated to illuminate your destination’s art, architecture, music, geopolitics, and the wonders of the natural world. You will also find a variety of ship-specific enrichment offers across the ocean and river fleet, from the expertly-curated onboard Libraries, to an onboard cooking school.
During a Viking expedition, destination enrichment is the primary focus, rather than dazzling entertainment. In Viking’s Science Lab, onboard scientists conduct meaningful research, encouraging guest interaction and learning. These same scientists also provide lectures, advice, and insights in various fields such as biology, botany, geology, glaciology, oceanography, and ornithology. Furthermore, the stunning panoramic auditorium, The Aula, hosts lectures, daily briefings, and film screenings on a retractable panoramic screen, revealing breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows offering 270° views.
Facilities and Amenities
Across Viking’s fleet you will find a host of serene Scandinavian spaces, thoughtfully designed to connect you to your destination. Each ship, whether it’s for river, ocean, or expedition cruising, offers a window into the world of tranquil exploration. During Viking’s river cruises, immerse yourself in the beauty of your destination with the breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows found in the Viking Lounge, or venture to the Sun Deck and stroll along the outdoor walking track, connecting with nature as you sail to your next port.
On an ocean cruise, choose from numerous lounges, bars, and exquisite restaurants to indulge in your preferred flavors. Take a dip in the inviting heated pool, cleverly adorned with a retractable roof that ensures year-round enjoyment. Seek solace at The Spa, an oasis of Nordic wellness. And enjoy lectures and movies in the multi-purpose theatre.
Viking’s extraordinary expedition ships allow to unwind and revitalise at your leisure in three distinct temperature pools, including a unique “inside-out” pass-through swimming pool. To further enhance your experience, the Finse Terrace offers heated couches and alluring lava rock “firepits” where you can bask in the comfort of the ship’s ambiance while savoring the dramatic landscapes surrounding you. Seamlessly combining comfort, exploration, and tranquility, Viking’s fleet offers a collection of facilities where comfort meets discovery.
The Viking Cruises Fleet
No matter if you choose to sail the world’s riverways, cruise the oceans, or embark on an exciting expedition, Viking’s all-inclusive value means that your cruise fare includes everything you need, and nothing that you don’t. All voyages include:
⚓ One complimentary shore excursion at every port of call
⚓ Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
⚓ Beer, wine, and soft drinks available during onboard lunch and dinner, and 24-hour access to specialty coffees, teas, and bottled water
⚓ Port taxes and fees
⚓ Ground transfers when you purchase Viking Air
⚓ Visits to UNESCO Sites
⚓ Enrichment lectures and Destination Performances
⚓ Meals featuring delectable regional specialties
⚓ Welcome Cocktails and Farewell Reception
⚓ 24-hour Guest Services
With Viking, you can have peace of mind knowing that everything you need for an unforgettable journey is included and provided for. Sit back, relax, and let us take care of every detail. And, with ocean and expedition cruises, you can also expect a few more inclusions, from Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge and Self-service launderettes, to a Keepsake Viking expedition jacket (on polar itineraries).
Ocean cruisers won’t want to miss out on the Torshavn Lounge and Bar (Piano Bar). Named after the capital of the Faroe Islands, this vibrant music venue is reminiscent of the enchanting jazz lounges of 194s Hollywood. In this intimate and cosy club setting, you can savour a range of rare vintage Armagnacs from 1935 through 1965. These outstanding and limited-quantity brandies originate from France’s beautiful Armagnac region in Gascony. If you appreciate the rich flavors of brandy, this is an absolute must-try during your sailing adventure.
Cruising with Children
Viking offers adult-only cruises, and all guests must be at least 18 years old prior to their scheduled embarkation day.
On Shore Experiences
Experience the world like a local with Viking’s unique approach to exploration. With an included excursion in every port Viking river and ocean cruises provide onshore experinces that offer insights into the daily rhythms of your destination. Indulge in a culinary journey through Budapest or discover the vibrant life of a Viking-sponsored elementary school in China. Witness the inner workings of a historic Kinderdijk windmill or explore the impressive wine cellars of a Wachau Valley winery. No matter where you go, Viking’s excursions offer an authentic glimpse into local life.
You can also join exclusive access tours as an optional extra. Step into rarely seen collections with before- and after-hours entry to world-class museums. Feel like a privileged guest as you visit private homes and palaces normally closed to the public. And for an insider’s view, attend cultural performances featuring folklore, ballet, and opera during our private tours.
On an expedition cruise, prepare for awe-inspiring encounters with some of nature’s most captivating wildlife. In Antarctica, observe magnificent seals, majestic whales, and an array of penguin and migratory bird species. Take part in thrilling zodiac landings or enjoy tranquil kayak outings to explore the stunning surroundings. Gain access to remote areas guided by your experienced team of experts where you might see moose, black bears and beavers in the Great Lakes region. Immerse yourself in collaborative science activities or engage in fieldwork during your excursions. Utilising zodiac landings, Special Operations Boats exploration, and even submarine journeys, Viking offers opportunities for every guest to actively contribute to their own understanding of the world around them.
Viking welcomes guests with disabilities and makes every effort to accommodate special access needs, although it may not always be guaranteed, and guests should consider the unique risks associated with river, ocean and expeditionary cruising. It is important for guests to be capable of independently navigating the ship during emergencies or rough seas, as well as understanding that access to immediate medical services may be limited in certain parts of the world. Please also be aware that certain areas of the ship and ports of call may have limited or no accessibility. It’s important to speak with one of our cruise consultants to determine which ship, as well as which style of cruising (river, ocean or expeditionary) is best-suited to your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is My Viking Journey?
This is a website designed exclusively for guests who have booked a cruise with Viking. Using your Viking booking number you can create an online account to manage and customise your journey. You can browse and book shore excursions, access and print visa applications and travel itineraries, manage your daily schedule and so much more.
For expedition cruises, what does a “flexible itinerary” mean?
Due to the nature of the cruise and the natural environment you find yourself in, “flexible itinerary” means that the exact timing, landing locations and shore excursions of your itinerary may vary day to day depending on the weather and possible wildlife sightings.
What is the dress code onboard?
During the day, feel free to dress casually, incluing shorts, slacks or jeans. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for walking tours. Swimsuits, cover-ups and exercise attire should be reserved for specific locations such as the Fitness Centre, pool areas and Sports Deck (if you have one onboard your ship). There are no “formal nights” in the evenings, but Viking does have an “elegant casual” dress code for all dining venues (except the World Cafe where casual dress is acceptable), performances and special events. For ladies, this means a dress, skirt or slacks, with a sweater or blouse. For men, this means trousers and a collared shirt. A tie and jacket is optional, but jeans are not permitted.