Viking Longship Atla
Launched in 2013, the Viking Longship Atla was one of ten Longship-class ships released by Viking River Cruises that year, alongside the Baldur, Bragi, Forseti, Jarl, Magni, Rinda, Skadi, Tor and Var, and features ‘green’ credentials such as solar panels, energy efficient diesel-electric hybrid engines and an organic herb garden situated on the Sun Deck. Cruising the Danube between Nuremberg and Budapest, the Viking Longship Atla provides guests with unforgettable experiences that will be remembered forever. Plus, with the ship’s facilities and features being as top-class as they are, guests can have the peace of mind that onboard experiences will be unforgettable, too.
PassengersMost travellers who choose to sail with Viking River Cruises are mature and well-travelled, with a keen interest in expanding their knowledge and gaining insight into the local cultures and customs that a river cruise can provide. The contemporary design of the Longships also attracts slightly younger holidaymakers too, but interests tend to remain the same. The Atla has a maximum capacity of 190 passengers, who can all enjoy a high standard of service from the 50 crew members onboard. The Viking Daily newsletter is delivered to every stateroom to inform guests of what activities, events and excursions are available the next day, and the Cruise Director is also on hand to help ensure every guest can make the most out of their river cruise experience.
Dining There is one main restaurant on the Viking Longship Atla that operates an open-seating policy. Guests can enjoy beautiful views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, at the same time as enjoying the excellently prepared cuisine that is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a diverse buffet station for both breakfast and lunch, with plenty of options ranging from cereals, fruit, cheese, meats and made-to-order eggs for breakfast, to soups, salads, pastas, entrees and desserts for lunch. For the evening meal, guests can enjoy waiter-service, with an a la carte menu that includes regional specialities as well as more traditional favourites. Drinks including local wines, beers, soft drinks and water are complimentary with lunch and dinner, and guests also have the option to upgrade their beverage package onboard, or in advance, if they wish. Hot beverages are also available from the self-serve station, around the clock. Passengers can also choose to dine at the modern Aquavit Terrace, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating options, making it perfect for al-fresco dining on a pleasant evening. Here, you can enjoy casual fare and also an early-riser breakfast alternative. Dress code here, and throughout the ship, is casual, but many opt for ‘dressy casual’ during the evenings onboard.
Entertainment The Observation Lounge and Bar onboard is where the low-key but varied entertainment programme takes place, but also offers a wonderful, relaxing and comfortable area in which to sit back and relax after dinner. The entertainment programme fits perfectly with the Viking Culture Curriculum that can be found within the itinerary, and includes a range of musical revues and performances that are inkeeping with the various regions you pass through.
Activities The Atla offers a varied activity programme that includes fantastic shore excursions and guided tours that will appeal to all. Sailing along the Danube, the Atla has the fortune of passing some of Europe’s most iconic sights, and with the busy itinerary and opportunities to explore independently, guests can experience every port in a way that suits them. Examples on a typical itinerary include special organ concerts in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau, an optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna and ferryboat rides through the Danube Narrows. All guided tours include the use of individual headsets. Guests can also listen to lectures and presentations that reflect the local region’s history and heritage, including a discussion of the EU. Plus, there is a well-stocked library corner and shipwide Wi-Fi available for complimentary use.
Accommodation There’s a choice of 95 staterooms and suites on the Viking Longship Atla, varying between 135 sq. ft. in size to 445 sq. ft. depending on which you choose. All categories, other than the Main Deck standard staterooms, offer a French balcony or veranda (both feature in suites). If a view isn’t a priority, standard staterooms offer half-height picture windows. Amenities across the board include hotel-style beds with optional twin configuration, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, fridge, hairdryer, climate control, safe, flatscreen TV with infotainment system, bathrobes and slippers (on request) and bottled water (replenished daily). In addition, Veranda and Explorer Suites boast larger bathrooms, separate seating and sleeping areas and two flatscreen TVs instead of one. Explorer Suites also feature a stunning wraparound veranda that provides mesmerising 270-degree views of the river.
Spa/Wellbeing The beautiful Sun Deck onboard features plenty of sunloungers if guests wish to lie back and soak up the sun’s rays, as well as a shaded sitting area if you’d like to enjoy the fresh air while also enjoying a little respite from the sun’s rays. There is also a putting green available for golf fans, and a walking track.
Itineraries The Viking Longship Atla is Europe-based, sailing the Danube on eight-day voyages. A typical itinerary cruises between Nuremberg and Budapest, with optional extensions in Budapest to finish the journey. Among other exciting itinerary-fillers, guests could tour Nuremberg, including the Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials took place, visit Weltenburg Abbey where monks brew dark ale, admire the baroque architecture in Passau, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau Valley and taste some local Austrian specialities, before exploring two of Europe’s most beautiful capitals – Vienna and Budapest.