Viking Longship Kvasir
As the twin sister to the Viking Longship Aegir, the Kvasir was launched in 2014 and provides guests with a beautifully smooth, quiet voyage along the legendary Rhine River. Boasting all of the typical features of the fleet’s Longship vessels, the Kvasir continues the line’s contemporary flair and ingenious engineering that help the Longships to be among the finest ships on the world’s waterways. From the moment guests walk into the light and airy atrium, they will know they’re in for a treat. Beautifully appointed staterooms and suites, and luxurious public areas where relaxation and comfort are key, help to ensure every guest onboard the Kvasir can enjoy a memorable Rhine experience.
PassengersThe majority of travellers on the Viking Longship Kvasir are mature, well-travelled holidaymakers who wish to spend their holiday experiencing new things and immersing themselves in the local culture and heritage of their destinations. However, the contemporary design of the Longships also appeals to slightly younger travellers. With a maximum capacity of 190 passengers, and 50 crew onboard, guests can enjoy attentive, professional service that never falters. A Cruise Director is also on-hand to assist guests and ensure a top notch experience.The Viking Daily newspaper keeps guests informed of the planned activities, events and excursions.
Dining There is one main restaurant onboard, with floor-to-ceiling windows enabling guests to enjoy the breathtaking riverside views at the same time as they dine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner services are all available in the main restaurant, where guests can choose from a wide selection of food options. For breakfast, guests can choose from cereals, fruit, cheeses, continental meats, eggs and hot food, and for lunch there is a wide range of salads, soups, entrees and desserts on offer. There is waiter-service for dinner, with speciality regional dishes reflecting the itinerary, plus more traditional menu items. Alternatively, guests can dine al-fresco at the modern Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, where casual fare is available, as well as early riser breakfast options and dishes cooked on the outdoor grills. Local wines, beers, soft drinks and water are complimentary with lunch and dinner, but guests can upgrade their beverage package to include fine wines and premium spirits either in advance of the cruise or onboard. Hot beverages are available 24 hours a day, via the self-serve station. Dress code throughout the cruise is casual, but many guests opt for dressy casual for the evenings, particularly for certain events, such as the welcome and farewell dinners and any onshore events that may require smarter dress.
Entertainment Many passengers opt to spend their evenings in the Observation Lounge, where they can enjoy a drink with friends and can socialise in a relaxed environment. The entertainment onboard is low-key, with various events taking place during the evenings which reflect the nature of the itinerary, including local performers coming onboard to dance, play and sing.
Activities Viking Longship cruises offer a varied activity programme, with carefully selected itinerary fillers which are perfectly suited to the region and ports you visit. Onshore, guests can enjoy a wide variety of shore excursions, including port guided tours and sightseeing opportunities, as well as trips to castles, palaces and windmills. Examples of the Viking Culture Curriculum on the Kvasir’s current itinerary include observing a traditional glassblower and learning how to create your own Alsatian Flammkuchen (flambé tarte).Onboard, guests can also opt to listen to expert-led multimedia presentations or take part in enriching activities to keep busy when not on land. There is also a library corner, an onboard boutique and ship-wide Wi-Fi which can be used at any time, free of charge.
Accommodation On the Viking Longship Kvasir guests have a choice of 95 staterooms and suites, which vary in size between 135 sq. ft. and 445 sq. ft. All categories boast either a French balcony or veranda, apart from the standard staterooms on the Main Deck, which have half-height picture windows. Amenities that are offered across the board include hotel-style beds, private bathroom with shower, premium toiletries, in-room safe, refrigerator, hairdryer, optional bathrobes and slippers, individual climate control, flatscreen TV with infotainment system, movies and entertainment package, and bottled water that is replenished daily. Higher end accommodation options (Veranda and Explorer Suites) include larger bathrooms with heated floor and mirror, separate seating and bedroom areas, both veranda and French balcony, and two flatscreen TVs instead of one. Explorer Suites also boast wraparound verandas that provide 270-degree views.
Spa/Wellbeing If all you desire is an opportunity to kick back and relax, the Sun Deck has plenty of sunloungers available, as well as a shaded sitting area for those who prefer to stay out of the sun’s strongest rays. There is also an onboard putting green that golf fans are sure to love. Take a wander on the Sun Deck to enjoy the scent of the organic herb garden, stroll around the walking track or simply watch the beautiful scenery drift by.
ItinerariesCurrently, the Viking Longship Kvasir operates the eight day ‘Rhine Discovery’ cruise, between Amsterdam and Basel, which covers some of the most beautiful areas of the Rhine as it flows through Europe, including five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From fairytale castles and the lush Black Forest landscapes, to the windmills of the Netherlands and the UNESCO-recognised town of Rudesheim, that’s famous for its wine-making and the lively central cobbled street ‘Drosselgasse’, there’s plenty for all to enjoy as you discover the Rhine in all its glory.This cruise includes six guided tours with audio headset and the option to add a pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam or a post-cruise extension in Lucerne, Switzerland – or both.