The best known and biggest of the river cruise lines is Viking.  Viking’s European ships have a typical capacity of 190 passengers; its Russian ships’ capacity averages just over 200 and its China ship carries up to 256. As of 2017 Viking River Cruises operated a fleet of 62 vessels.

Viking was founded in 1997 and through its very successful marketing campaigns has grown to be a dominant presence in the river cruise market.

Dining on Viking is either in the Dining Room or at the Aquavit Terrace which is at the front of the boat and offers an al fresco dining experience.  There are also coffee and teal stations near the library.

The cabins on the Long ships are from under 150 square feet to 445 square feet for the largest suites.

  • Viking is not All Inclusive
  • They do offer: One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase.
  • Europe River Cruise