Fodor’s Expert Review
Sailing European rivers since 2014, the Hermod is one of Viking’s signature Longships, a growing fleet of more than 80 streamlined ships that embody this line’s understated luxury and taste. The Hermod is named for the swift and daring Norse messenger of the gods, known for his bravery in mythology. Yet, there’s no need for this Hermod to speed through its Rhone River route. The atmosphere is distinctly Viking: relaxed, spacious, and meticulously curated down the comfy library corner’s book selections for the route. Less than 200 passengers soak in Provence’s light from walls of glass or the spacious sun deck (think 360-degree views and a large shaded sitting area) while gliding by chateaus and villages in valleys of vineyards. Other sun deck highlights include a walking track; a putting green; a range of solar panels; and an organic herb garden used by the kitchen staff.Read More
Viking tailors to informed guests seeking immersive cultural experiences and focuses on both form and function in the Hermod to ensure it can deliver. Innovative engineering, seen most notably in a squared-off bow and off-center hallways, creates more space for passengers and balconies. Hermod has ecologically friendly hybrid engines that reduce vibrations for those on board.
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