Viking Cruises fleet
Review of Viking Cruises
Here CruiseMapper lists all Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises as fleets (riverboats and ocean ships), itineraries, destinations and ports of departure. We have listed all Viking cruise ships as schedules (itinerary calendars with prices PP) and current position tracking maps.
Our Viking cruise ship schedules have listed visited ports, cruisetours (towns and cities visited on shore excursions), themed voyages (theme names). All schedules also show how much will cost you to travel with Viking Cruises on the European rivers (Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel, Seine, Rhone, Saone, Douro), on Asian rivers (Mekong, Irrawaddy, Yangtze, Volga, Dnieper, Svir, Neva) and also on all Viking Ocean ships.
Viking River Cruises holds 1/2 of the market in North America. In the period 2011-2015, the company spent over USD 600 million on promotions.. In May 2017, the company celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Viking RIver Cruises
Viking river cruise itineraries range from 7 to 23 days along the European rivers Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône, Rhône, Seine, Elbe and Douro Rivers; Ukraine’s Dnieper; Russia’s Volga; China’s Yangtze; Myanmar’s Irrawaddy and Vietnam’s Mekong. Some voyages, a few in Europe and the ones in Egypt, Southeast Asia and China, are “cruisetours” and include both river cruising and hotel stays. All itineraries have at least one tour or guided shore excursion per day.
Viking river cruises are marketed as unique because they provide travelers with access to areas and views they otherwise could visit only by taking a bus tour or by driving on their own. The advantage of a river tour is the opportunity to see the best of the villages and big cities in a scenic and relaxing mode of travel. Travelers enjoy scenic cruising on smooth rivers instead of enduring long bus rides and sea days without scenery. On March 20, 2013 the newly renamed Viking Cruises company launched 10 ships at one time, thus earning a place in Guinness Book of World Records. Beginning on the 17th of March, 2014 Viking Cruises christened 16 new vessels over 24-hour period, again setting a cruise industry record. The line named two more ships in Porto, Portugal on March 21.
In 2015 on March 22, Amsterdam witnessed the spectacular naming ceremony of the next 12 new Viking Cruises longships. Their godmothers were from the USA (Los Angeles), the UK and even Russia. As of 2015, the fleet of Viking river cruise ships expanded to 64 vessels, 40 of which are the patent-design longships (capacity 190-guest, first one introduced in 2012).
During the 2015 christening, 8 longships were in Amsterdam. The other 4 longships were named via live video link with the building shipyard in Neptun Werft (Rostock, Germany). Two of the longships (Astrild and Beyla) are specifically designed to operarte on Elbe River. These vessels are with modified longship design (called "baby Longships") with only 2 decks (1/4 lighter) and capacity 98 guests (46 cabins).
Viking European river cruises for Chinese travelers
In Fall 2016, Viking became the first European river cruise company offering itineraries on dedicated to Chinese travelers riverboats. The company dedicated two longships, on which the primary onboard language is Mandarin.
- The first longship's 2016 itineraries (starting November 10) are on Rhine River, between Amsterdam and Basel.
- The second longship's 2017 itineraries are on Danube.
- On both riverboats, all the hotel staff is Mandarin-speaking, all the signage is in Mandarin (from menus to toiletries). The onboard cuisine is traditional Chinese (dishes prepared by Szechuan and Cantonese chefs) plus European dishes by Michelin-star chefs.
- All excursion programs ashore are organized by Viking River Cruises. Each ship has all 8 Mandarin-speaking tour guides assigned to 25-passenger groups.
- The Rhine cruise program includes shipboard overnight in Amsterdam and 3 days (2 shipboard overnights) in Basel with Lake Lucerne tour. In Strasbourg, passengers take the high-speed TGV train to Paris. Optional (exclusive) deals include a private jet travel (to any airport in Europe) for 1 day at the price of USD 30,000 pp. Cruise fares start from around USD 4,300 pp.
("Cruise Lines International Association") CLIA's projections for 2020 are that hte number of Chinese travelers to Europe will be the same (or larger) in comparison to the US travelers.
Viking River Cruises line is a global travel corporation headquartered in the US. And it all started in the not so distant 1997 with the establishment of the modest Viking River Cruises company. The Viking line was founded by a consortium of Scandinavian and Dutch investors, with only 4 river cruise boats bought in Russia.
- In the mid-1990s, Viking River Cruises company founder, Torstein Hagen, enjoyed a river cruise in Russia and was so excited that decided to create his own river cruising company.
- Viking Cruises company started in 1997 with purchasing four Russian vessels. In 2000 it acquired KD River Cruises.
- The KD purchase included an extremely valuable asset - the landing stages, and now Viking Cruises owns docks in more cities in Europe than it stops in. This ensures prime docking locations, easy passenger access and ability to walk into town directly.
- In 2000 Viking River Cruises enlarged into the American market, establishing company's US headquarters in LA, California.
- In April 2004 Viking lines expanded in China with cruisetours on Yangtze River. They additionally include hotel stays in a variety of cities, mainly in Shanghai and Beijing.
- As a result of new builds and acquisitions, as of 2014, the company operates a river cruise ship fleet of 52 vessels with a total of 9,200 berths.
- Worldwide, Viking Cruises hires over 2,500 staff and crew. Line's river cruises are targeted primarily to English-speaking travelers in the UK, North America and also Australia.
- Nowadays, Viking manages the largest in the world fleet of river cruise vessels, ever.
- In 2015, Viking's European river cruise sales became a bit slower than expected. The slower growth was partially related to the reduced demand for cruises in Russia. Viking's Ukrainian and Russian ships were laid up, but their staff remained on payroll.
- Until the 2015 slowdown, the company reported a steady growth of over 30% per year for the period 2010-2015. Company's turnover (gross revenue) from both river and ocean shipping operations for 2015 was about USD 2 billion.
Viking River Cruises include accommodations, meals on board, most cultural activities and shore excursions. Beer, soft drinks and wine are included with lunches and dinners. Viking ships feature nonsmoking interiors and a smoking area on the sun deck. Since the focus is on the ports of call and the river, activities onboard are geared towards enrichment lectures.
Viking Cruises Longships
In 2009, Viking Cruises launched Viking Legend, which is the first of Viking ship featuring hybrid diesel-electric engines. These new type engines use 20% less fuel than the conventional ones. The engine rooms are noise-insulated and this reduces noise and vibration. Environmental impact is further reduced through ship's membrane water treatment plant. In 2011 Viking Prestige was launched - the next Viking new vessel with the "green" features of Viking Legend.
In 2012 Viking Cruises introduced the "Viking Longships" class. All of these really long ships have the same engine system. They are environmentally friendly, with a patented interior design creating 2-room suites, French balcony staterooms, full-size rooms and verandas. Three-quarters of Viking Longships' cabins are with French balcony, veranda, or both. Other features include the indoor-outdoor "Aquavit Terrace" (suitable for alfresco dining), large "Explorer Suites" (aft / stern location), an organic herb garden and solar panels (on the sun deck).
Next YouTube video is about the original longships of the vikings.
The first 6 Viking longships were launched in 2012 and collectively won "Best New River Ship" award. 10 more were launched in 2013, and additional 18 launched in 2014 (including 2 smaller ships purpose-built for Douro River in Portugal).
Each of Viking Cruises longships is named for a Norse mythology figure.
The company plans to add cruise ships on Mississippi River (USA). However, the process is slowed because of issues regarding the so called "Jones Act" (Merchant Marine Act from 1920) that imposes restrictions on where USA-based ships can navigate and how to be staffed.
Viking Ocean Cruises
- On the 17th of May, 2013, the Viking cruise line announced the launch of its ocean division. This was the reason for modifying the parent company's name to "Viking Cruises".
- In 2015, the company introduced its "Viking Ocean" brand as a "big ship" cruising alternative. The launch was announced in 2013, with Viking Star entering service in 2015.
- Debuting in 2015, Viking's first ocean ship (Viking Star) started operations with mostly one-way itineraries in the Baltic Sea (Scandinavia, Russia) and Mediterranean Sea.
- After Disney (with MS Disney Magic, launched 1998), Viking Cruises was the industry's second to launch a purpose-built cruise liner (Viking Star). All Viking Ocean ships are from one series (with same design, interiors and amenities, featuring spacious lounges, multiple dining options (several offering al-fresco / outdoor deck sittings), 3-story high Atrium, premium theater / show lounge, sun deck with 2 swimming pools, Nordic-design spa, gym and sports area, duty-free boutique shops. The infinity pool (resistance swimming pool) on each Viking Ocean ship was a "first at sea" facility,
In mid September 2016 was announced that TPG Capital and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board intend to make a joint investment of USD 0,5 billion in Viking Cruises. The deal resulted in combined 17% stake in Viking. The funding helped the company's growth, particularly on the ocean cruising market, and also strengthened its balance sheet as it branched into China (since 2016).
All the Viking Ocean's ship orders made the company world's largest "small ship cruise line" with dominant share on the luxury market of 23,9 % (year 2020).
In 2017, Viking Cruises announced the company has signed a sponsorship with National Geographic Society for shooting NatGeo's “Genius” (anthology series).
MV Viking Star was the world's ever first ocean ship with a "snow room". Must be noted, that the 2013-launched Viking Grace (2800-passenger ferry ship operated by Viking Line) was the first ever ship with a snow room. Viking Ocean ships' Snow Grotto is a spa retreat with powdery snow falling down from the ceiling. The experience (touted beneficial to the body's blood circulation) includes heating in a sauna (steam bath), then walking into this small room. It is fitted with benches and has dark stone walls illuminated by blue light. The snow on the floor is kept at sub-freezing temperatures. This Arctic-themed facility is part of the ship's thermal suite (within the spa complex). This relaxation area has 1 hot tub, sauna room, heated ceramic loungers, therapeutic showers, salt-water thermal pool. Snow Grotto access is complimentary to all passengers.
The company also plans in near future to add a newbuild expedition cruise vessels to its fleet.
Viking Ocean cruise deals
Just like on all Viking riverboats, Viking Ocean cruise deals are inclusive of popular amenities, such as Wi-Fi Internet, alcohol (beer and wine at lunch and dinner), shore excursions (at least one in every port of call along the itinerary), spa usage (thermal pool, sauna, hot tub, Snow Grotto room (snow falling from its ceiling), Gym (fitness center), library (with books reflecting the cruise itineraries), 24-hour room service; absolutely all meals at any of the onboard restaurants; beverages (cappuccinos, espresso drinks), self-service laundry; in-room movies on demand, lectures, airport to cruise port transfers. At additional cost are only spa massages, beauty salon services; specialty beer, premium alcohol (wine and spirits), and some shore excursions.
Itinerary of Viking Cruises
Here you can compare all Viking cruise ships and their itineraries, destinations and departures dates. CruiseMapper provides you with free of charge schedules with listed cheapest ticket prices per person per itinerary.
In 2013, the Viking line announced the launch of its new brand "Viking Ocean Cruises". The Viking Ocean line's product was introduces in May 2015 with the launch of its first vessel MV Viking Star.
Viking river cruise itineraries
In 2013 Viking River Cruises operated a 37 ships fleet. Till the end of 2014 the line's fleet numbers 52 river boats. All ships have been fully renovated or built since 1999. Viking cruise ships on the European rivers have a capacity of 190 passengers, which is typical for the line. Viking cruise ships in Russia feature an average of 200 and over, the ships in China - up to 246. Note: "Longship" is a new patented ship design. "Modified" longships are smaller in size.
Viking river cruise itineraries range from 7 to 23 days. They are operated along the:
- European rivers Rhine, Main, Danube, Saone, Rhone, Seine, Elbe and Douro
- Asian rivers - the Ukraine’s Dnieper, Russia’s Volga, China’s Yangtze, Myanmar’s Irrawaddy and the Vietnam’s Mekong.
- Some voyages (few in Europe, Egypt, Southeast Asia and China) are "cruisetours” marked. They include both the river cruising portion and hotel stays.
All itineraries have at least one tour or guided shore excursion per day - all included in the fares.
- Viking Aegir longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria
- Viking Alruna longship - Rhine - Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Akun - Volga, Svir and Neva - Russia
- Viking Alsvin longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Astrild longship-modified - Elbe River (Germany, Czech Republic)
- Viking Atla longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Baldur longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Bestla longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland
- Viking Beyla longship-modified - Elbe River (Germany, Czech Republic)
- Viking Bragi longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland
- Viking Buri longship - Saone and Rhone - France
- Viking Delling longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Egil longship - Rhine and Danube - Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Holland, Switzerland
- Viking Eir longship - Rhine River - Germany, Holland
- Viking Eistla longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Embla longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria
- Viking Emerald - Yangtze - China
- Viking Fontane (Theodor Fontane) - Elbe - Germany, Czech Republic
- Viking Forseti longship - Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde - France
- Viking Freya longship - Danube - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Gefjon longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic
- Viking Gullveig longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Heimdal longship - Saône and Rhône - France
- Viking Helgi - Volga - Russia
- Viking Helvetia - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Hemming - Douro - Portugal, Spain
- Viking Herja longship -
- Viking Hermod longship - Saône and Rhône - France
- Viking Hild longship -
- Viking Hlin longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Idi longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Idun longship - Danube - Germany, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia
- Viking Ingvar - Volga - Russia
- Viking Ingvi longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Jarl longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Kadlin longship - Seine River - France
- Viking Kara longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Kvasir longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland
- Viking Legend - Danube - Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia
- Viking Lif longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Lofn longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Slovakia, Czech Republic
- Viking Lomonosov - Dnieper River - Ukraine
- Viking Magni longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Mandalay - Irrawaddy - Thailand, Myanmar (Burma)
- Viking Mani longship - Rhine River - the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France
- Viking Mekong - Mekong - Vietnam, Cambodia
- Viking Mimir longship - Rhine, Main, Danube - the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary
- Viking Modi longship - Rhine, Main, Danube - the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, France
- Viking Neptune - Seine River - France
- Viking Njord longship - Danube - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Odin longship - Danube, Moselle, Rhine and Main - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, France, Czech Republic, Luxembourg
- Viking Orient - Irrawaddy - Thailand, Myanmar (Burma)
- Viking Osfrid - Douro River - Portugal and Spain
- Viking Prestige - Danube - Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia
- Viking Pride - Seine River - France
- Viking Ra (2018, new ship on Nile River in Egypt)
- Viking Rinda longship - Danube - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria
- Viking Rolf longship - Seine River - France
- Viking Rurik - Volga - Russia
- Viking Schumann - Elbe - Germany, Czech Republic
- Viking Sineus - Dnieper - Ukraine
- Viking Skadi longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland, Belgium
- Viking Skirnir longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Slovakia
- MS Viking Spirit - Seine River - France
- Viking Sun - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Tialfi longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Tor longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Torgil - Douro - Portugal, Spain
- Viking Truvor - Volga - Russia
- Viking Var longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Ve longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Vidar longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Vilhjalm longship - Danube
- Viking Vili longship - Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.
- MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam (Lake Nasser, Egypt) is a Steigenberger-owned ship, operated by Viking under charter.
- MS Mayfair (Nile River, Egypt) is privately-owned ship, operated by Viking under charter.
- Century Legend and Century Paragon are Yangtze River cruise ships in China. Both are privately-owned and operated by Viking under charter. These riverboats are also chartered by other major European lines, like AmaWaterways, Avalon and Uniworld.
Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All river passenger shipping line companies and their fleets are listed there.
Viking Cruises Egypt 2018
In mid-April 2017, the company's Chairman Torstein Hagen announced that starting in 2018, Viking River Cruises will be the first non-domestic company licensed to operate cruise ships on Nile River in Egypt. The itineraries will be operated by the new vessel Viking Ra starting in March 2018.
The news just confirmed Viking Cruises' intent to keep the company's leading position on the river cruising market. Viking Ra ship is the newest member of a rapidly expanding riverboat fleet.
Most Nile River cruise boats (from a total of around 200 vessels) are marketed as 5-star - but are definitely not. The onboard food is buffet style and far away from fine-dining. The major advantage is that Egypt river cruise deals are way cheaper in comparison to the European ones.
Viking Cruises' Nile tours will surely bring the luxurious style (generaly assosiated with the Viking brand) to Egypt, but also probably higher cruise fares.
Viking Ocean cruise itineraries
Viking Ocean announced the addition of ten new itineraries as part of its 2017-2018 cruise seasons. The new itineraries include over 30 new ports in Europe, South America and Caribbean, including Cuba. In 2015 Viking Ocean Cruises launched Viking Star, its first oceangoing ship. Sister ship Viking Sea debuted in 2016. Viking Sun and Viking Sky will arrive in 2017, with Viking Spirit to follow in 2018. The line will have 6 ships in its fleet by 2020.
The new itineraries include the line's entry into the South American market, with a voyage into the mouth of Amazon River. Perhaps most interesting for Americans is the addition of an itinerary that visits Cuba in 2017. The sailing takes place in December 2017 on Viking Sun, and runs round-trip from Miami, featuring 2 days in Havana Cuba (overnight) before continuing to Belize City, Cozumel Mexico and Key West Florida.
See below the list of main Viking Ocean itineraries as themes and ports of call:
- Mediterranean cruises leave from: Turkey (Istanbul), Italy (Venice, Rome /port Civitavecchia), Spain (Barcelona).
- Northern Europe/Baltic cruises depart from: Norway (Bergen) and Sweden (Stockholm).
- All voyages include overnight stays in both ports (of departure and final disembarkation).
Repositioning cruises are officially themed as:
- Northbound Atlantic: "VIKING EMPIRE" (Istanbul-Stockholm)
- Southbound Atlantic: "PASSAGE THROUGH WESTERN EUROPE" (Bergen-Barcelona), "SCANDINAVIA TO SPAIN" (Stockholm-Barcelona)
- Baltic-UK: ""BALTIC JEWELS & THE MIDNIGHT SUN" (Stockholm-London) and "INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN" (Bergen-London).
Viking Baltic itineraries are operated in the summer, themed as "Viking Homelands" (14 nights in length). Baltic Sea routes offer visits to 8 different countries, with a total of 11 cruise tours (all complimentary .included in the Viking Baltic deals prices). Viking Mediterranean itineraries are themed as:
- (Barcelona to Rome, 7-nights) "Romantic Mediterranean" (visits 4 countries, included 8 land tours)
- (7-nights) "Mediterranean Getaway" (visits 3 countries, included 6 land tours)
- (9-nights) "Empires of the Mediterranean" (visits 5 countries, included 7 land tours)
- (12-nights) "Mediterranean Odyssey" (visits 6 countries, included 10 land tours)
- (14-nights) "Mediterranean Explorer" (visits 5 countries, included 12 land tours).
Inaugural "World Cruise" 2018
Port Sydney cruise ship schedule for 2018 showed Viking Ocean making an inaugural visit to Australia. The port's schedule had MV Viking Sun booked into Sydney's White Bay Cruise Terminal on January 12, 2018 (overnight stay). The ship was also booked to return to Sydney on February 10, 2018 (mooring overnight at Point Piper Buoy).
- Australia was part of the ship's (and Viking Ocean's) first world cruise (141-day itinerary USA to UK / Miami to London) visiting 5 continents. The around the world voyage departed on December 15 (2017) from Miami Florida. There were a total of 66 ports along the westbound route (via Panama Canal and Suez Canal), with feature destinations Caribbean, Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Middle East, Europe.
- Of all port stays, 12 were overnights in port cities like Havana Cuba, Papeete Tahiti, Shanghai China, Auckland NZ, Sydney AU, Singapore, Laem Chabang (Bangkok Thailand).
- Traditionally for Viking, in each port were provided a free cruise shore excursion. Viking Ocean's World Cruise deals were inclusive of business class flights, alcohol beverage package, Wi-Fi, gratuities.
- Prices started from USD 45,000 per person.
Viking cruise tracker
An intriguing feature in all our Viking ship pages is the Viking cruise tracker showing actual ship positions. This riverboat current location tracking service is located at page-bottom in each ship page below. This way you'll be able to see where your Viking cruise ship sails through the year, when, and for how much, plus where is the Viking riverboat right now - in realtime!
At page-bottom in each page you'll find a map with the boat's current location (AIS position). All the real-time tracking data is provided by VesselFinder. It's all about convenience - you will find where is your Viking ship cruising today and now along its current itinerary!
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