Viking River Cruises


Viking Emerald
The New Viking Emerald sails the Yangtze.


The recipient of the most votes for the “Best Luxury River Cruise Company” in the 2011 Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence was Viking River Cruises, so we decided to take a look at some of the line’s accommodations to gauge what sparked our readers’ accolades.

The New Viking Legend
The New Viking Legend was built as a green ship.

The Viking Prestige is spanking new, having hit the waterways in 2011. Suites on the upper and middle decks on this vessel are 340 square feet in size. Nice Touch: They also have separate sleeping and sitting quarters, each with a French balcony. Other amenities include two flat-panel TVs, a walk-in closet and a separate bathtub/shower. When guests want to step out to the public areas, there’s free Wi-Fi, a sun deck and an observation lounge, a bar with panoramic windows, a library and an onboard boutique.

The Viking Legend , at a mere two years old, was built as Europe’s first “green” ship; it carries many of the same amenities as the Viking Prestige.

The Viking Helgi
The Viking Helgi has been refurbished and sails through Russia.

The Viking Helgi (formerly the Viking Surkov) is sailing through Russia in a newly refurbished state. Suites are now 320 square feet in size, with separate sleeping and sitting quarters, two flat-panel TVs and panoramic windows. For the public, there’s free Wi-Fi, a sun deck, three walk-around, open-air promenade decks, a restaurant with panoramic views, an observation lounge and bar with panoramic windows, a library and an onboard boutique. There’s also an elevator on the vessel.

Yet another brand-new ship, the Viking Emerald, was built just last year. It sails on the Yangtze with suites that are 603 square feet in size, acclaimed as the largest in the river cruising business. Top-tier clients will want an Explorer Suite, with separate sleeping and sitting quarters, two flat-panel TVs, a separate bathtub and shower, a refrigerator, panoramic windows and a wraparound veranda. The vessel also has sun deck, a restaurant with panoramic views, two elevators, an observation lounge and bar, an onboard boutique and tailor, a library and Internet café, as well as a doctor and hairdresser onboard.

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