Viking Longship Ve
Every single member of the Viking River Cruises’ Longship-class fleet follows the same exacting standards as its predecessors, with patented corridor design, cutting edge green credentials (including solar panels and diesel-electric hybrid engines) and beautiful interiors that reflect the line’s Scandinavian roots. Released in 2015, the Viking Longship Ve is one of the latest Longship-class vessels demonstrating the innovative engineering, outstanding design features and elegant, yet relaxed and comfortable, style that Viking River Cruises has a strong reputation for.
Passengers All Longship-class ships, including the Ve, can accommodate up to 190 passengers, with staterooms and suites situated on three out of the four decks onboard. Most passengers who choose to travel with Viking Cruises tend to be English-speaking, mature and well-travelled, with an intrinsic love of travel, history and culture. The Programme Director and Viking Daily newsletter ensure free time and excursions are planned effectively to ensure all guests onboard can make the most of their river cruise experience.
Dining The main dining room onboard is furnished beautifully, with tables featuring crisp white linens, gleaming silverware and glistening glassware. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the river too - a perfect accompaniment to any service. The open seating policy and the casual dress code ensure guests can feel relaxed and comfortable among the elegant and sophisticated décor. It is here where breakfast and lunch are served as a varied buffet, with a vast selection of dishes available from the central buffet station. Hot dishes including made-to-order eggs at breakfast and entrees during lunch service are also available. Dinner is different, with a five-course a la carte menu available for all diners, including a choice of popular favourites and locally-inspired authentic dishes which will appeal to anyone wishing to try something a little different. Itinerary-specific meals are also occasionally presented during the voyage. Complimentary drinks including local wines, beers, soft drinks and water are available with lunch and dinner, and hot drinks can be poured from the self-serve beverage station around the clock. If you wish, you can upgrade this drinks package to include premium wines and spirits at a fixed cost. One of the popular features of the Longship-class ships is the al-fresco Aquavit Terrace that can be found at the front of the Observation Lounge. If guests fancy something a bit more casual, lighter fare and dishes served from the grill are available daily, and thanks to the innovative design of the area, the views can be enjoyed even when the weather isn’t pleasant.
Entertainment The Observation Lounge is the main social hub of the ship, and features a full-service bar and a resident pianist. Entertainment is low-key, with local performers occasionally invited onboard to showcase regional music and acts, including Austrian and Hungarian classics. The welcome and farewell dinners are perfect opportunities to socialise and enjoy the lively ambience of an exciting river cruise.
Activities One of the main draws of a river cruise is the offshore opportunities that are on offer, and Viking cruises are no different. Guided tours are included in the fare, and audio headsets are available to ensure the local guide’s narrative isn’t missed. Optional shore excursions can also be joined, such as following the ‘Romantic Road’ to Rothenberg as part of the Grand European tour. Of course, guests can explore independently when there is free time to do so. The enthralling Viking Culture Curriculum ensures that guests can delve into a range of unique experiences, no matter what itinerary they choose to book. Passengers on the Viking Ve can learn how to make their own Alsatian Flammkuchen or regional Rudesheimer coffee, and can observe a traditional glassblower onboard or attend a number of expert-led lectures which cover topics such as the current affairs in Germany, Holland and the EU, and the origins of Rhine River cruising. In addition, the ship also features a boutique and library corner, and guests can make use of the ship-wide Wi-Fi at no extra charge.
Accommodation There are 95 staterooms and suites onboard – all of which provide an outside view of some description, ranging from half-height picture windows in the standard staterooms, to either French balconies or verandas – or both. Suite accommodation features both a French balcony and a full-size veranda – Explorer suites have wraparound verandas that deliver beautiful 270-degree views. Amenities that come as standard include: comfortable hotel-style beds (with optional twin configuration available), ample storage solutions, flatscreen TV with entertainment package, individual climate control, hairdryer, refrigerator, telephone, in-room safe and complimentary bottled water. Suites have separate sleeping and seating areas. Every stateroom has a private bathroom with shower, premium bath products and bathrobes & slippers (on request). In addition, higher end accommodation features heated floors and mirrors in their spacious bathrooms.
Spa/Wellbeing The expansive Sun Deck onboard features a large walking track, putting green and deck games for if you fancy a little healthy competition. If you’d prefer to kick back, relax and admire the beautiful 360-degree views, the comfortable sunloungers and shaded seating area are also available.
Itineraries The Viking Longship Ve currently sails two itineraries – the eight day Rhine Getaway and the 15 day ‘Grand European Tour’ which includes parts of the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. The Rhine Getaway offers six guided tours as part of its itinerary, including visits to Heidelberg where guests can wander around the ruins of its impressive castle, Cologne and its incredible Dom, the windmills and waterworks at Kinderdijk and the beautiful, cultural city of Strasbourg. Extend your cruise with a stay in Amsterdam or Lucerne, or sign up to optional excursions such as the Black Forest, Alsace Wineries or Marksburg Castle. The Grand European Tour includes 13 guided tours – the first four days mirror the above itinerary, but then the cruise branches off to include visits to Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Vienna and Austria. Follow the ‘Romantic Road’ between Wurzburg and Rothenberg, sample smoke-flavoured beer in Bamberg or enjoy a tour of Krems and the Steiner Tor city gate. This itinerary is jam-packed, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular tours that Viking offers.