Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises ships sail through some of the most interesting cities in the world. The company's welcoming service and full fleet of luxury vessels make any trip something to savor. If you're looking for an alternative way to travel, consider river cruises —a choice that offers the chance to travel in style and experience some of the world's best cities.

Viking Star Cruise

Viking Star Cruise
Viking Star Cruise

When Viking Star sets sail in 2015, she will operate a variety of Mediterranean cruise itineraries, along with Western Europe cruises and Northern Europe cruises. Viking Star's cruise itineraries will range from 7-night cruises to 49-night cruises. The Viking Star will visit cities in the Mediterranean such as Venice, Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul. 930 guestrooms will feature 270 sq. ft. Veranda staterooms to luxurious 1,448 sq. ft. Owner’s suites.

The company, with offices in Los Angeles, Basel, Switzerland, and other European cities, has been sailing great rivers since getting started in 1997. A consortium of Dutch and Scandinavian interests established the company when they purchased four Russian-made ships. After a successful start of offering European river cruises, Viking expanded to the American market in 2000 when the US headquarters were built in the City of Angels. In the years since, the fleet has grown to nearly 20 world-class ships with some 4,000 berths on the calendar each year.

Viking Europe River Cruise
Viking Europe River Cruise

Since so many cities grew up along inland waterways, river cruising is a natural way to experience the best the cities have to offer. And you'll also have the chance to find charming towns and villages along the way not included on most itineraries when you step aboard a river boat. Along with the Danube River cruises , Viking's ships in Europe ply the Rhone, Main, and Rhine Rivers; the Elbe River in eastern Germany; the Saone and Siene Rivers in France; the Dnieper in Ukraine and the Volga in Russia; the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam; the Nile in Egypt; the Douro in Portugal; and several other smaller rivers.

Every one of the Viking River ships was designed for comfort. These are the giant cruise ships that travel the oceans and visits ports of call in the Caribbean . These ships accommodate around 150 passengers at the most on these vessels built to navigate rivers rather than oceans.

On board, guests of Viking Cruises enjoy outside staterooms so they can soak in the views the entire trip. The schedule also includes cocktail parties, captain's dinners, and other excellent meals. The itineraries also have shore excursions built right in, and often stays in fine hotels before and/or after the cruise. As you're enjoying the trip, you will meet some amazing people and make some memories you won't soon forget.

On luxury European river cruises , the menus have been specially created to match the culinary inspiration of the local cultures. The culinary programs also specialize in American favorites, so you'll always have something to like whatever your taste. On the Danube River cruises through Vienna, the menu features the traditional schnitzel, while the Netherlands itineraries feature hutspot , a type of beef stew. In Paris, you might dine on specially prepared potatoes with fillet of sol garnished with lemon and lobster foam. The menu will also feature grilled steaks and Caesar salads, no matter which route you're taking. The chefs traveling on board have all trained in Swiss culinary schools; they work in top-notch kitchens and craft their menus around seasonal produce and other local tastes.

Along the way, you'll enjoy top-notch service from the English-speaking staff. Through a series of shore excursions and interactive programs, passengers learn more about the culture of the places they're visiting, allowing you to experience a place like never before.

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