SPOTLIGHT ON: Viking Ocean and River Cruises

Today we are going to explore Viking Ocean and River cruises. Viking is an all-inclusive luxury small ship cruise line, originally with river ships

Founded in 1997 with the purchase four river ships, this is where Viking cruises began, now Viking cruises is a fleet of more than 60 vessels, state of the art ships that have received numerous awards and accolades since their launch. Viking was voted #1 River Cruise line by Conde Nast Traveler in their 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards and for the second year in a row, has been rated the #1 Ocean Cruise Line (ship size category 600 – 2199 guests) by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2017

 

Viking River

With over 50 river ships Viking is well and truly leading the way in river cruising with innovative engineering, a streamlined Scandinavian design and understated elegance. Designed to get you closer to your destination, they provide unprecedented levels of comfort. This includes spacious staterooms, with full-sized verandas, Viking has the largest suites on Europe’s rivers.

With Grandfather rights to number of ports in Europe, you arrive and dock as close to the action as can be, this is one of the many benefits of cruising with Viking.

With Viking River Cruises, you have the choice of cruising not only can you cruise rivers of Europe with Viking you can cruise Russia, Ukraine, Asia and even Egypt, where you can cruise the Nile on Viking Ra which is the newest, and most upscale ship in Egypt. and if destination immersion is what you are after you will have the chance to listen to guest lecturers who will talk about your destination’s art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more. There will be the opportunity to listen to classical and regional musicians and watch performances that represent the most iconic art form of the region. – whether it be Portuguese Fado, with its melancholy melodies and poignant lyrics; Viennese opera or world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre performers from St. Petersburg. Then there are experiences of local cooking & craft demonstrations or wine tasting. On top of all these experiences there are a number of other inclusions.

 

Inclusions for River Cruises:

  • 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

 

If a river cruise isn’t appealing why not try small-ship luxury all-inclusive cruising.  Viking really are the small ship cruise experts, with a young fleet of ocean vessels and Swiss-hotel trained staff. You still get to experience the same fantastically designed ships, with their serene Scandinavian spaces and enriching cultural experiences that you have on the river ships, along with extras such as a variety of entertainment spaces, recreation spaces (including an infinity pool) and the exceptional experience of a Nordic wellness spa, equipped with a sauna, spa and snow grotto.

Viking Ocean

With five Ocean vessels currently cruising around the world, with ten more joining the fleet over the next 10 years, Viking is off to a great start with ocean cruising. With a fleet of ships, 3 years old or less, all-veranda and state of the art. Each ocean vessel is an identical sister ship and has only 930 passengers. They are engineered to allow direct access into most ports. Classified as a small ship the fleet is modern with a elegant Scandinavian

 

Inclusions for Ocean Cruises:

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Access to top-rated spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase

Check out this weeks newsletter with some fantastic Viking deals including FREE flights to Europe or Australia

 

info@cruisefactor.co.nz | 0800 60 82 60 | www.cruisefactor.co.nz

 

Heated stone beds in the Spa – Viking Sky

 

 

Telescope in the Explorers Bar

 

 

 

 

 

Infinity Pool

 

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