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Viking River Cruise Highlights

Why Go?

Largest -- and best-known -- river cruise line in the world

Pricing includes a guided shore excursion in each port of call

Ships are new, casual but refined, and comfortable

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Viking River Awards

Editors’ Picks Awards

2018 Best for First-Timers
2018 Best Itineraries
2017 Best Enrichment
2017 Best for First-Timers
2017 Best Shore Excursions
2016 Best Itineraries

Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

2018 Top-Rated European River Cruise Lines

Viking River Cruises Overview

Viking River Cruises is the world's largest river cruise line, with nearly 70 river ships sailing the waterways of Europe, Russia and the Ukraine, Egypt, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. Established in 1997, It's also probably the best-known, thanks to sponsorship of popular TV and radio shows and events in the U.S. and the U.K.

Who goes on Viking River Cruises riverboats?

Passengers on Viking River Cruises are generally English-speaking, well-traveled cruise veterans in the 55-plus bracket, although China and Southeast Asia attracts some younger travelers (think 40-plus).

Viking River Cruises is not appropriate for families as all passengers must be 18 years or older to sail.

Do I have to dress up on a Viking River Cruises cruise?

Viking River Cruises emphasizes comfort over formality, with most people donning pullovers or button-up shirts, khakis, and blouse and pant or suit pairings. Even at the captain's welcome and farewell dinners, you won't see many men in suits (or even jackets for that matter) or women in fancy dresses. Despite its generally casual feel, jeans and shorts are not permitted at dinner.

What are Viking River Cruises' most popular activities?

River cruising is all about the destinations visited, and excursion are, by far, the most popular Viking River activity. In all ports, passengers have at least one free sightseeing option, with several extra-fee choices as well. Onboard, there are few activities to engage in but the occasional onboard presentation (usually a lecture, or local dance or music troupe) draws a crowd. Evening music (typically a piano player) may or may not be popular depending on the crowd onboard.

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