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Viking River Cruises: Viking Var

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Viking Var Review

Offering Rhine cruises between Amsterdam and Basel, the Viking Var is one of several that were launched in 2013. Cabins include two Explorer Suites with spectacular 270-degree views as well as private wraparound verandas. The ship, with 95 outside cabins, many with

balconies, promises a smooth ride. This is one of the newer Viking Longships, so all cabins come with flat-screen TVs, comfortable baths with L'Occitane amenities, and cushy beds.

In the luxury river cruising niche, Viking is an absolute winner, receiving praise from both the industry and demanding clientele. In 2013, Viking will operate 30 vessels. Nearly half of these were added in the last two years as the new Longship-class of next-generation vessels, inspired by ancient Norse longships and designed with sophisticated elegance by famed Norwegian maritime architects Yran and Storbraaten. All-inclusive fares, superb service, and sleek rooms with exceptional views are showcased. Apart from minor design flaws, river cruising doesn’t get any better than this.

Viking’s two smallest ships are the intimate 124-passenger Fontane and Schumann, both built with the shallow Elbe River in mind. Among Viking’s other ships, capacity ranges between 150 and 160 guests. These include the Danube, Europe, Neptune, Pride, Sky, and Spirit. With capacity for 198 guests, Helvetia and Sun are larger. The first “green” ship, built in 2009—the 189-passenger Legend—features diesel electric hybrid engines. The wow factor is high for newer green vessels Aegir, Embla, Freya, Idun, Njord, and Odin—all launched in 2012.

Cruises in Europe are offered on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Elbe, Saône, Seine, and Rhône rivers, as well as the canals of the Netherlands and Belgium. Viking also has five ships in Russia and Ukraine. Kirov, Pakhomov, Peterhof, and Surkov sail on the Volga, while Lomonosov meanders the Dnieper.

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Jan 4, 2014

Danube

We were on the Viking Var. I read a variety of reviews before I left and had some concerns. The concerns from negative reviews was unfounded. The ship was extremely clean, the staff magnificent. Always helpful, and the waiters eager to please. The food was amazing and plentiful. We had a superb cruise director, Tanja. The cruise was a nice blend of relaxing and activity. We found a group of 7 other couples and had a blast! There was a mixed review

of the land tour guides. Some really good, others not as good. For anyone concerned about going in winter, don't be. We were glad that we did. We avoided big crowds when walking on narrow streets and really appreciated that. We bundled up for cold and it wasn't as cold as we feared. We enjoyed 40 and 50 degrees in December. Yummy! I miss the food the most! Excellent cuisine. It was a nice cabin. Large enough for the time we spent in there. The bathroom very small and had trouble figuring out how to flush the toilet! We didn't really participate much in activities. We did a few things with the large group we formed but wasn't worried about the ship entertainment as we were occupied having fun with the people we met. I found the Place excursion expensive for what we saw. Not worth the 100 euros. We did enjoy the concert which included dancers and opera singers which we wouldn't have thought we would like. It was a blast and glad we did it. Wish I could do it again. Truly relaxing and fun.

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