A Viking Rhine River Cruise Review: Basel To Amsterdam

Published July 23, 2022

After two long years of pandemic restrictions, Europe is fully open again! I’m lucky to have an extended family of fellow travel enthusiasts, and we’ve all been looking forward to a reunion vacation in Western Europe for a while now! A Viking River cruise seemed like the perfect offering for a group of eight people spanning three generations . This post is a review of my time on the Viking Hermod as it sailed down the Rhine.

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Viking offers various Rhine River cruise itineraries, and the one we booked was called the “ Rhine Getaway .” As of summer 2022, this cruise is eight days long and spans four countries: Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands . We traveled from Basel to Amsterdam, but it can be booked in the opposite direction as well.

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This post is a review of this particular Rhine River cruise. But on a side note, this was also my first time cruising ! If you’re interested in learning about what it was like to experience Viking River Cruises as a first-time cruise passenger, check out my separate post [coming soon]!

Impressions of the Rhine River

The viking cruise ship, food and drink, shore excursions, amenities onboard.

  • Entertainment and Activities  

Final Thoughts

Day trip itinerary.

The first half of this post is a review of the Rhine Getaway ports of call . I liked all of the cities we stopped in, but some were more impressive than others. To learn more, read on! To skip down to the second half of this post (a review of the ship and its amenities), click here .

Day 1: Boarding in Basel 🇨🇭

This cruise began in  Basel , a quaint little town in Switzerland right on the border of both Germany and France. If you can spend a day or two in Basel before your cruise, I highly recommend it. We booked a walking tour with a local guide (independent of Viking), and I’m really glad we did.

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Viking allowed us to board the Hermod in the early afternoon, which gave us plenty of time to get acquainted with the layout of the ship. Our first dinner was served, and finally we were off in the early evening. We passed through our first of many  river locks  on this night, which is one of the most noteworthy aspects of a Rhine River cruise.

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If you’re wondering how we made it to Basel, we flew from Chicago into Zürich and then booked a private car transfer. Zürich Airport is the nearest major international airport to Basel, and the drive is about an hour. There are also frequent trains that run between Switzerland’s largest city and its gateway to the Rhine.

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Day 2: Breisach 🇩🇪

The Hermod pulled into its first port of call very early in the morning, which meant we had a full day to explore  Breisach , a small village in Germany. I actually decided to skip the included tour (a bus trip to the Black Forest) in the morning and walk across the French border to the village of  Neuf-Brisach . I did this completely on my own; it wasn’t a part of the Viking itinerary at all.

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Neuf-Brisach is a sleepy little French town that is surrounded on all sides by a visually stunning series of fortified walls . These walls were designed by French architect  Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban  to help protect border outposts from invasion. You can’t make out the geometry of the walled city from the ground level, but you can explore the city streets and get some sense of their architecture.

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In the afternoon, I went back to Breisach and explored its most famous landmark: the  Breisacher Münster St. Stephan , a beautiful brown church that towers over the rest of the town.

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The interior of the Breisacher Münster is interesting, but my favorite part of this cathedral is its view from the top of the hill overlooking the village.

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Apart from the church, Breisach feels pretty touristy. If you have extra time and want to walk around the town, feel free to. But if you don’t have time or want to rest on the ship instead, you probably won’t miss out on too much.

Day 3: Strasbourg 🇫🇷

Strasbourg is a fascinating city that’s much larger than Breisach. Due to its  location on the Rhine , Strasbourg has a unique mix of French and German cultural elements . It’s also home to a number of European Union institutions, although the Viking itinerary doesn’t include any tours to these government offices. They are clustered in an outlying district of the city.

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Instead, we explored Strasbourg’s historic center, based mostly on Grande Île. Here you’ll find the famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg , a staggering gothic cathedral that was actually the tallest building in the world from 1647 to 1874!

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The other area I really liked in Strasbourg was  Petite-France . This tiny neighborhood is split up by canals that are lined with gorgeous half-timbered homes (the iconic style of German architecture with wood beams on the exterior). We walked through here on our guided tour, and I came back afterwards to enjoy the views for a bit longer.

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Strasbourg was probably my favorite day trip on our cruise, so I’ve written a separate blog post about the city. Check it out using the image link below!

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Day 4: Speyer and Rüdesheim am Rhein 🇩🇪

This was my least favorite day of the cruise, mainly because we only had a few hours in both Speyer and Rüdesheim . I feel like we did get to see slightly more of the former than the latter, but both stops were rushed.

Speyer is a small city  on the western bank of the Rhine . Some notable landmarks include the Dom zu Speyer (Speyer Cathedral) and the Altpörtel (Old Gate) directly west of there. The two are connected by the short Maximilianstraße, which serves as the main street in the historic district.

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Viking offered a short included tour, then we had about an hour or so to explore on our own. There are some other interesting churches a little further inland, or you could check out the many side alleys that branch off of the Maximilianstraße.

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Speyer seemed like an interesting town. I would’ve enjoyed spending more time there. However, as I mentioned above, this is only a half-day stop. Before lunch, we met in the Domplatz and boarded buses that brought us back to the ship. We sailed for a couple hours before making our second stop of the day in…

Rüdesheim am Rhein

At this point in the cruise, the Rhine starts to become much more scenic. Beautiful villages and vineyards can be seen in all directions.  Rüdesheim  is a touristy town known for its wineries and historic center, called the Drosselgasse . Viking doesn’t offer an included tour here, so I explored on my own. However, since we docked in the late afternoon, time felt even more limited here than in Speyer.

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I took a short walk through the Drosselgasse, but I was much more intrigued by all the hilly vineyards overlooking the town. There’s even a chairlift that goes up, hinting that the views up there would be good! I walked up the Oberstraße, which turns into the Germaniastraße. Finally, I turned left onto  this paved trail . The panoramic views were indeed incredible!

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Day 5: Cruise through the Rhine Gorge; Stop in Koblenz 🇩🇪

As you leave Rüdesheim, the Rhine River goes from picturesque to spectacular. This day of voyaging through the Rhine Valley is the centerpiece of the entire trip . The surrounding landscape becomes more dramatic. I loved seeing the patchwork of vineyards on the steep mountainsides, but the coolest part of the day is seeing all the castles.

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There are so many of them! You truly pass one castle every few minutes once you enter the Rhine Gorge. Our cruise Program Director also provided a running commentary on all of the things we were seeing as we sailed by. There’s something incredible about seeing these archaic stone structures from various angles as you move along the water.

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Since we spent the first half of Day 5 cruising, the city of  Koblenz  was another half-day stop. However, our time here didn’t feel as rushed as the whirlwind tours on Day 4. Koblenz is a tourist hub that’s noticeably bigger than Speyer and Rüdesheim. I walked all over the Altstadt (Old Town), which is right next to the Viking River Cruises Dock.

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The other main activity in Koblenz is taking the cable car to the other side of the river. Here you’ll find  Festung Ehrenbreitstein , a sprawling nineteenth century fortress that overlooks the town. Visiting the fortress was interesting, but there didn’t seem to be much signage in English, so I don’t feel like I learned a lot about its history while I was there.

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One other noteworthy attraction on the southern edge of the Altstadt is  Kurfürstliches Schloss Koblenz . This ornate white palace is surrounded by impeccably maintained gardens that seem to serve as a public square for the city.

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Day 6: Cologne (Köln) 🇩🇪

Cologne is the largest city this cruise stops in, so there wasn’t enough time to explore all that I wanted to. With that said, we at least had a full day docked here. The included Viking tour served as a brief introduction to the riverfront and Kölner Dom , the city’s massive iconic cathedral. After that, we had the rest of the day to explore on our own.

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I thought the main sanctuary of the cathedral was stunning, but I actually didn’t really like climbing the church tower . The views from the top were fine but not as stunning as some of the other panoramic views I saw on this cruise (e.g. in Breisach or Strasbourg). More importantly, the climb is essentially one long spiral staircase – with visitors going both directions on it! It felt kind of dangerous. Frankly, being on a spiral staircase for that long with only the occasional narrow gothic window was disorienting and dizzying. If you want to climb a church tower, I suggest going up to the top of the Notre-Dame in Strasbourg instead.

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After visiting the cathedral, I walked across the Hohenzollernbrücke , which is one of the most notable “love lock” bridges in Europe. Yes, I know this is a trend that’s swept almost the entire world, but the number of locks on the Hohenzollern Bridge is still a sight to behold.

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The last thing I did in Cologne was visit the Museum Ludwig . It was hosting a fascinating temporary exhibit featuring the works of  Isamu Noguchi . I’m not the biggest museum enthusiast, but the Ludwig ended up being very captivating.

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Day 7: Cruise through the Dutch Countryside; Stop in Kinderdijk 🇳🇱

In all honesty, the Rhine (which turns into the Waal) is less scenic in the Netherlands than it is in Germany. You’re no longer surrounded by hills, vineyards, and castles. Instead, the riverbanks are flat and sandy here.

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Our final shore excursion ended up being a really fascinating one: a guided tour of  Kinderdijk , a ‎UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Rotterdam famous for its windmills. Our tour guide did an excellent job of introducing us to the history and purpose of mills in the Netherlands.

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The landscape here is so pretty, and one of the highlights of this visit was being able to see the inside of a mill. All in all, a short visit to Kinderdijk was a great way to wrap up our final full day on the Viking Hermod.

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Day 8: Disembark in Amsterdam 🇳🇱

The Netherlands is a small country, and Kinderdijk is only about 95 kilometers (59 miles) away from Amsterdam. As such, the Hermod was already passing through Utrecht by bedtime. We docked at Amsterdam very early in the morning on our final day.

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There were no day tours of Amsterdam organized by Viking on Day 8, but we were allowed to stay on the boat until the late afternoon (with lunch included). However, we did have to vacate our staterooms by 8:00 a.m. so that the cleaning crew could start preparing for the next cruise.

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After checking out, guests are free to go on their way. I assume that most people flew out of Amsterdam within a day or two of ending the cruise. However, we stayed for five extra days in Amsterdam and met up with a few more family members there! I had mixed feelings about this bustling Dutch metropolis, which I’ve written about in a separate blog post.

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Cruise Review

Now that you’ve seen the itinerary for the Rhine Getaway, the second half of this post will include some information about the actual cruising experience on Viking.

If you’re considering booking this cruise for yourself, you might be wondering: what is the Rhine River actually like between Basel and Amsterdam? Well, in my opinion it seemed to have three distinct sections. From Basel until Speyer (Day 1 to Day 4), the Rhine feels very industrial . It’s lined by factories, and to be honest, the river is not amazing here (although the cities along it are). Luckily, the boat sailed at night through the Upper Rhine, so it’s not like we really missed out on much.

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From Speyer to Cologne (Day 4 to Day 6), the Rhine River is incredibly scenic . Viking did a great job of scheduling so that passengers could enjoy the view from the boat during the day on this portion of the trip. The vineyards, villages, and castles of the Middle Rhine are undoubtedly the river’s most unique offerings.

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In the Netherlands, the Rhine (or Waal) has a rural vibe to it. We passed cows cooling off in the shallow riverbanks, a few small Dutch villages, and not much else until we approached Amsterdam. The Lower Rhine is not as industrial as the Upper Rhine, and it’s not as picturesque as the Middle Rhine.

The most noteworthy thing about this cruise ship is its capacity: only about 200 passengers . There are four levels, and each room has a window. The ship has one single dining room that can accommodate all passengers at one time, an indoor lounge, a terrace, plus an open-air deck on top that runs the length of the ship.

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The meals on our Viking Cruise were consistently amazing ! I really looked forward to coming back on board after each excursion or tour to enjoy whatever was being served that day.

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What’s more, Viking offered specialties from each region we were passing through. I loved the fact that I got to try Swiss, German, French, and Dutch food all onboard! They also have a permanent menu that includes classics like Caesar salad, steak, and burgers, but I ordered most of my meals from their rotating menu.

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The Viking breakfast buffet is also excellent! The omelette station is absolutely worth waiting in line for, plus it moves along fairly quickly.

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Of course, you could always eat at local restaurants while you’re exploring the cities along the Rhine. We did that once or twice, but the food on the ship was so delicious that I rarely wanted to pass it up.

Should you get the drink package?

You’ll have to make this decision for yourself, but beer and wine are included with each meal even if you don’t purchase the unlimited drink package. I did the math, and you’d basically have to drink two additional cocktails each day (outside of lunch and dinner) to make the package worthwhile. I enjoy drinking to be sure, but I would typically have wine with my meals and limit myself to one cocktail per day. My total bar tab came out to be about 90 euro for the entire trip.

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Like the food, all of the alcoholic drinks on this cruise were expertly crafted. Everything tasted great, and they were never watered down or too strong. They even made a great White Russian, which is one of my favorite cocktails!

At every port of call, Viking offered one included (free) tour. These tended to be walking tours that lasted about two hours and introduced guests to the various cities. In general, I’d say these tours were pretty good. However, if you’d rather explore one of the stops on your own (or even stay on the ship), you are more than welcome to skip any of the tours.

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You can also pre-book one of many “Optional Excursions,” which are tours that you’ll have to pay extra for. I never did any of the Optional Excursions, so I can’t say if they were better or worse than the included tours.

The Viking Hermod was not a massive vessel. As such, it didn’t have all of the amenities that some other cruise ships might. There was no pool, casino, food court, gym, bowling alley, nightclub, etc. Part of this is because Viking’s clientele seems to skew older : my cousin, my brother, and I (in our twenties or late teens) were the youngest passengers on board. Viking River Cruises does not allow minors, so there are no amenities specifically aimed at kids.

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Despite this, the Viking Hermod had a beautifully designed interior. The atrium and dining room were both warm and inviting spaces. The lounge and front terraces were comfortable places to sit, relax, or sip a drink. The ship’s common spaces never felt cramped, even when all the passengers were gathered together (e.g. during dinnertime).

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I also found the stateroom to be comfortably sized. There is lots of space to store your luggage, and I found that the bathroom and shower weren’t too small.

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Entertainment and Activities

One thing I really loved about this cruise was that there were lots of fun optional activities onboard the ship in the afternoons and evenings. Our family group enjoyed game nights and musical performances, but you could also attend things like a glassblowing demonstration or a Q&A session with the captains of the ship.

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Longtime readers of my blog will know that I don’t shy away from giving my honest opinion when it comes to travel. If an attraction is overrated, I will tell you that. If a tour is underwhelming, I will tell you that. With that in mind, I’m happy to report that this Viking River Cruise was an outstanding experience ! I’ll cherish the memory of going down the Rhine with my extended family for the rest of my life.

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Was the cruise perfect? No. I really would’ve preferred a little more time in fewer stops. If I could offer one suggestion to Viking, I’d say either choose Speyer or Rüdesheim am Rhein, and spend the entire day there. However, cruising through the Rhine Gorge the next day made up for it. Sailing past all those castles was the highlight of this cruise.

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If you’re looking for an upscale travel experience in Western Europe, consider Viking’s Rhine Getaway. I had never been to Switzerland, Germany, France, or the Netherlands before this trip. Now, I can’t wait to go back and explore all four of those countries in greater depth! It’s safe to say this cruise inspired even more wanderlust in me. By that metric, I’d say it was a resounding success!

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Have you ever been on a Viking River Cruise before? Are you about to embark on one? Leave a comment below and let me know! I’m curious if other travelers loved this cruise as much as I do!

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We have not yet done a river cruise. And the Viking River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam sounds like a great itinerary. So many lovely stops along the way. I would love to see all the castles and palaces along this route. The Viking ship looks like a great way to travel on the rivers.

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We are leaving September 7 for the Amsterdam to Lucerne cruise and staying over in Lucerne 2 days. You have described everything perfectly so I know what to expect. Just praying they get rain between now and then.

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Peggy did you get rain? Did you have to disembark for a day and go on a sister ship?

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A Glowing review of Viking River Cruising. However you were fortunate to travel on a longship from destination to destination, we just completed are first Viking River Cruise and we had quite the opposite experience and picture you describe so charmingly above. Having arrived back a week ago from the Grand European Tour, Budapest to Amsterdam we were exhausted and could have done with another holiday. It would be to long for me to go into all the details, I could fill a book, but now looking back Viking should really have given us an update on the current River conditions. Basically they didn’t, and there lies the problem, yes we knew about the possibility of low and high water but had no idea how bad it was before we arrived, only to be told by a fellow passenger when we boarded ship of the current situation, having to maybe change boats half through our tour. Well we were prepared for that we could handle it and enjoy ourselves what unfolded was problem on problem on problem. Pack unpack pack unpack get the picture, inordinate bus journeys on a longship leisurely cruise, you’d be lucky. hotel stays in Vienna Köln & Amsterdam, Viking docking areas that were waste or industrial sites and nowhere near a village never mind town or city. We changed boats 4 times and even never left on the one we boarded in the first place, most of the excuses were obvious low water etc etc, but then when you have just got off a coach because you couldn’t travel down the Danube or Rhine because of ‘Low Water’ but then you hear from another Viking tour group that you just crossed paths with that they travelled down on that same stretch of water with no problem or we’re about to travel down the stretch water that you just spent 2 hours on a coach because we were told we couldn’t, makes you think what’s go on and who’s telling the truth? Don’t get me wrong the-programme director and staff on the first week were great and worked tirelessly, the 2nd half not so much, funny that! Anyway I could go on on, but there doesn’t seem no point, we were promised that Viking would contact on our return, still waiting a week on, but having trawled the internet and Viking Customer websites I won’t hold my breath in getting anywhere with that approach if what I hear is all true! I always thought Viking was a leading light in River Cruising, shows you how wrong you can be.

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Hi Mike, Thanks for your honesty. We are due to board Viking’s Rhine River Cruise on 9/9, two years after canceling twice because of the pandemic. However, with all the news of the drought and low water levels in Europe, we have sadly decided to cancel once again. We will rebook in the late spring when the River is at a higher level. .Speaking with Viking, they made it sound like it was probably only a bus ride between two ports and that there hasn’t been a problem so far. However, your post has given a more honest picture of what actually happened, validating our decision to cancel. Thanks again for your post.

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Just did the Rhine on the Viking Mani mid April with my mom. It was my 1st cruise and first time « across the pond » Did you get to see the parrots in Cologne? It was an amazing sight to see them flying over the longboat to roost for the night. I made some Rudensheim coffee during one of the exhibits on the boat. I had the adventure of my dreams on this cruise. The pre-excursions on Lake Lucerne were amazing. The Pearls of Switzerland excursion was worth the extra money but be prepared for a 13 hour tour. The Alps we’re breathtaking and I got to make CHEESE (and bring some back to the states?

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I’ve always wondered about Viking cruises! I see their ads all the time. The only cruise I’ve done is on the Nile River; big cruise ships don’t appeal to me, but I don’t mind the much smaller river boats and more frequent shore excursions. This really sounds like a lovely way to see a lot of Europe!

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Think twice about cruising now. We just returned from the Rhine Get Away Cruise. We had to do a “ship swap” due to low river levels which meant packing up and getting out of our cabin at 8am the next morning. We also spent 5-6 hours on a coach bus to get to our next destination. The scenic castle tour advertised was not possible. Viking offered a $50 on board credit for our inconvenience. In addition, both my husband and I left the ship sick and tested positive for COVID. I’m disappointed that Viking never checked to make sure passengers were vaccinated. There were many people that were coughing and appeared to be sick on this cruise.

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What trip did you take? We are planning on Basel to Amsterdam next July and wonder if that is the same as you. I am getting mixed information about the river level and the experiences. Any insight you could share would be appreciated. Thank you

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Viking, please address the concerns re the low tide. My cruise is Nov 13. Physically, I cannot do Bus Tours ior do extra packing and unpacking That is not what I signed up for. So if Viking plans on transferring passengers and traveling on busses….then they need to cancel the trip. I need and want a nice, peaceful, laid back River Cruise The President of Viking says he treasures HONESTY. Let’s put that to work.

Did you get a response from Viking?

Good afternoon, We have plans on going on Viking in July 2023 from Basel To Amsterdam. I appreciate the honesty of some of these reviews. The river level is of great concern to my husband and me. And with weather conditions and forecasts being what they are, my fear is this issue will get worse over time not better. One huge attraction to a river cruise is the lovely scenery during the time on board as well as only unpacking one time in 8 days. I will be contacting Viking to ask about their issues this year and just how much disruption there has been to date. Also noting, I have read some other issues regarding the Rhine River. One issue appears to be the huge increase in traffic on the river. The container ships appear to be taking less tonnage, therefore, increasing the number of ships on the river. I appreciate the commentary and will be looking for more answers before we pay the balance of our scheduled trip for 2023.

We are right on target to go July 2023. I hooe you got answers from Viking. We are very concerned about the water levels too! Thank you!

Yes, that is the same cruise we were on. We did a “ship swap” due to low river levels. It was an inconvenience for sure packing up and getting out of the room by 8am. We spent quite a bit of time (I believe 6 hours or so) on a coach bus getting to our next destination. We also made a stop at and docked for the night at a port that was very industrial and unattractive. Viking did the best they could under the circumstances. We missed the scenic cruising through the castle gorge because of this ship swap. Keep an eye of river levels before paying for this cruise. I’ve heard that some cruises had to do this “ship swap” twice!

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Just returned from the Romantic Danube Cruise – Budapest to Regensberg 8/28/22 with the Prague extension and a non-Viking extension in Amsterdam for my 60th birthday.

It was an AMAZING experience!!!

Our ship, ATLA, also experienced low water levels so could not dock at Regensburg and we had to take a bus to get to Regensburg. Thankfully we were able to get there because that was my favorite city of the entire tour!!!

Viking is amazing and I loved every minute of it and cannot wait to go back for another cruise! They go all out – I felt supported and pampered with little to no stress! Everything is done for you – from the excursions to the food to the entertainment to having your room cleaned every time you turn around! All of the Danube cities are picturesque, clean and stunningly beautiful! And I found the pace great!

The only thing I saw as a drawback, and agree with the Caffeinated, there was not enough time given in several cities for shopping and exploring. I paid for the extension to go to Salzburg to see the Sound of Music sites. Our guide was terrible! The guides on these excursions are so important and will make or break an excursion. We were rushed through and I even had to ask to go see the steps and fountain in the movie where the kids are running through the palace grounds!!

I second the recommendation to Viking to allow a lot more time in some cities such as Vienna Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg etc. I also recommend a specifically focused Sound of Music tour for all of us old people who loved that movie!

Despite some rushing and low water levels I would go back in a heartbeat!!!

Thank you for the feedback. I do appreciate the information. For the cost of the trip, I am starting to rethink it for sure. My feelings about climate change and seeing any dramatic changes for the good by next year are not too optimistic. We may tour Europe via another mode of transportation.

We have not addressed Viking directly as yet. My feeling is that they will most likely give the glowing reviews and how next year will be fine. I would much rather read information from guests and their experiences.

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Hi, enjoyed your review. We are booked with 7 other couples for a Viking Rhine Getaway in April, Basel to Amsterdam. Very excited and love reading the reviews and seeing the photos. It will be all of our first river cruise. Some of us are starting a week earlier for time in Italy & Switzerland, part of us are also staying longer in Amsterdam afterward. Out excursions we’re just posted & we signed up for most of the included ones. But we are trying to figure a way to get to Heidelberg instead of Speyer & Rudesheim. We don’t want to do the ship’s excursion to Heidelberg.

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We are going on this exact Viking cruise in June and we really love your insights into this trip. It has been very helpful and we appreciate your honest evaluation! We can’t wait!

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Great information and review! We (14 of us) are going on the same cruise in April/May. We just finalized our plans and excursions over the weekend. It should be amazing!

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Thank you for providing detailed descriptions and insight. Very helpful in planning the itinerary for our B-A cruise this fall.

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So sounds like a cruise in mid April would work, just wondering about the weather in mid April. When is high water season. Are there other river cruises? I ‘ll keep researching other sites and blogs. Thanks this was a great read… Norm

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Explore one of Europe’s best-loved rivers. Discover the turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and stunning scenery of the Middle Rhine—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste the region’s renowned white wines, the roots of its terraced vineyards reaching back to Roman times. Savor the various culinary traditions of Alsace. With calls in Amsterdam, Cologne and Basel, this journey reveals a rich landscape of beauty and culture.

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To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions, click on the individual days below.

Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure.

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One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water

Port taxes & fees

Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase

Visits to UNESCO Sites

Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances

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River-view stateroom

Bottled water replenished daily

110/220 volt outlets

Queen-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows

Private bathroom with shower, heated floor & anti-fog mirror

Premium Freyja® toiletries

Plush robes & slippers (upon request)

40" or 42" flat-screen Sony® TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, FOX & more

Telephone, safe, refrigerator

Individual climate control

*All amenities on board Viking Longships; amenities vary on other ships.

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Where does the viking river cruise dock in amsterdam.

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So, you’re thinking about taking a Viking River Cruise to Amsterdam? Well, let me tell you, my friend, you’ve made a fantastic choice!

Amsterdam is a city filled with charm, history, and, of course, those iconic canals. But before you set sail, you may be wondering, ‘Where does the Viking River Cruise dock in Amsterdam?’ Well, fear not, because I’ve got all the inside scoop for you.

The main docking spot for Viking River Cruises in Amsterdam is the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA), conveniently located near the city center. It’s the perfect starting point for exploring all that Amsterdam has to offer.

But that’s not all! Depending on the size of your ship, you may also dock at IJmuiden, Amstel River, NDSM Wharf, Westerdok, Prins Hendrikkade, Zaanse Schans, Vondelpark, or Nieuwe Meer. Each location has its own unique vibe and attractions, so you’ll never be short on things to see and do.

So, get ready for an unforgettable adventure as you set sail with Viking River Cruises and discover the beauty of Amsterdam from its various docking spots. Let the journey begin!

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Key Takeaways

  • Prins Hendrikkade is a popular docking spot in the heart of Amsterdam for Viking river cruises.
  • Some smaller Viking River Cruise ships may dock near Vondelpark.
  • Nieuwe Meer is another docking spot near Amsterdam’s forest and recreational area.
  • Zaanse Schans is a charming Dutch village famous for windmills and traditional crafts, located near Amsterdam.

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) – The main docking spot for Viking River Cruises in Amsterdam, located near the city center.

If you’re taking a Viking River Cruise in Amsterdam, you’ll dock at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA), right in the heart of the city. The PTA is the main docking spot for Viking River Cruises in Amsterdam. It’s located near the city center, making it convenient for passengers to explore the vibrant streets, historic sites, and charming canals of Amsterdam.

The PTA offers easy access to popular attractions like the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, and the famous Dam Square. With its prime location, passengers can step off the ship and immediately immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere of this beautiful city.

For larger Viking River Cruises ships, there is a secondary docking location in IJmuiden, on the outskirts of Amsterdam.

IJmuiden – A secondary docking location for larger Viking River Cruises ships, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam.

Explore the outskirts of Amsterdam and discover the secondary docking location for larger Viking River Cruises ships. IJmuiden serves as an alternative docking spot for these grand vessels.

Located on the outskirts of the city, this docking area allows the larger ships to easily access Amsterdam while avoiding congestion in the city center. As you sail into IJmuiden, you’ll be greeted by picturesque views of the surrounding area, with its charming canals and stunning architecture.

The secondary docking location offers a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for those who prefer a quieter setting. From here, you can easily explore the city and all its wonders. And if you’re lucky enough, some Viking River Cruises ships may even dock along the scenic Amstel River, offering beautiful views of the city, immersing you in the heart of Amsterdam.

Amstel River – Some Viking River Cruises ships may dock along the scenic Amstel River, offering beautiful views of the city.

As you sail along the Amstel River, Viking River Cruises ships gracefully glide through the water, offering stunning views of the city that sparkle like a shimmering jewel. The scenic docking locations along the Amstel River allow passengers to soak in the beauty of Amsterdam from a unique perspective. Picture yourself standing on the ship’s deck, mesmerized by the picturesque canals, historic buildings, and charming bridges that line the riverbanks. To enhance your experience, let me take you on a visual journey using a table that captures the emotions evoked by the Amstel River views.

Now, let’s move on to the next docking location, the NDSM Wharf, where Amsterdam’s trendy neighborhoods and a vibrant atmosphere await.

NDSM Wharf – A former shipyard turned cultural hotspot, this unique docking location offers a vibrant atmosphere and easy access to Amsterdam’s trendy neighborhoods.

The NDSM Wharf, a former shipyard turned cultural hotspot, offers a vibrant atmosphere and easy access to Amsterdam’s trendy neighborhoods, making it a must-visit destination.

Artistic Haven : The NDSM Wharf is a haven for artists and creative individuals. Its sprawling industrial spaces are filled with colorful murals, sculptures, and installations that ignite the imagination.

Hipster Paradise : This cultural hotspot attracts a young and trendy crowd, with its eclectic mix of cafes, bars, and boutiques. It’s the perfect place to discover unique fashion, taste artisanal coffee, and soak up the hipster vibe.

Festival Vibes : The NDSM Wharf hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, bringing the area to life with music, art, and food. Join in the festivities and immerse yourself in the dynamic energy of Amsterdam’s creative scene.

Urban Exploration : Explore the nooks and crannies of this former shipyard, uncovering hidden gems and unexpected surprises at every turn. From repurposed shipping containers to quirky art installations, there’s always something new to discover.

With its cultural allure and proximity to trendy neighborhoods, the NDSM Wharf is a perfect starting point for exploring Amsterdam’s vibrant side.

Next up, let’s explore Westerdok, situated in the western part of Amsterdam, providing a quieter and more residential setting.

Westerdok – Situated in the western part of Amsterdam, this docking spot provides a quieter and more residential setting.

Get ready to experience the tranquil charm of Westerdok, nestled in the peaceful western part of Amsterdam, where you can unwind in a more residential setting.

As the Viking river cruise docks at Westerdok, you’ll immediately notice the residential ambiance and peaceful surroundings. This area offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local way of life.

Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque canals, lined with charming houseboats and traditional Dutch architecture. Enjoy the serenity of the neighborhood as you explore the nearby parks and gardens.

After a day of relaxation, you can easily transition to the next adventure: Oosterdok. Located near Amsterdam Central Station, this docking location offers convenient access to the city’s main transportation hub.

Oosterdok – Located near Amsterdam Central Station, this docking location offers convenient access to the city’s main transportation hub.

When you arrive at Oosterdok, you’ll find yourself at the beating heart of Amsterdam’s transportation network. Here, trains, trams, and buses flow like a bustling river, seamlessly connecting you to every corner of the city. It’s the perfect starting point for exploring all that Amsterdam has to offer.

Here’s what you can expect when you dock at Oosterdok:

Amsterdam Central Station, a transportation hub: Just steps away from the docking spot, Amsterdam Central Station is a bustling hub of activity. From here, you can easily catch a train to other cities in the Netherlands or hop on a tram or bus to explore the city.

Convenience of docking at Oosterdok: Being located near Amsterdam Central Station means that you have easy access to not only transportation but also a wide range of amenities. From shops to restaurants, everything you need is just a short walk away.

Vibrant atmosphere: Oosterdok is always buzzing with activity. Whether it’s the sounds of the trams passing by or the hustle and bustle of people going about their day, you’ll feel the energy of the city all around you.

Proximity to popular attractions: Prins Hendrikkade, situated in the heart of Amsterdam, is just a stone’s throw away from Oosterdok. Here, you’ll find yourself close to popular attractions such as Dam Square and the Red Light District, making it easy to explore the city’s vibrant culture and history.

As you disembark from Oosterdok and make your way to Prins Hendrikkade, prepare to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Amsterdam’s city center.

Prins Hendrikkade – Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, this docking spot is close to popular attractions such as Dam Square and the Red Light District.

Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, Prins Hendrikkade is the perfect docking spot to explore popular attractions like Dam Square and the Red Light District.

This bustling area is filled with historical significance and offers a rich cultural experience. Dam Square, located just a short walk away, is a vibrant hub with its iconic Royal Palace and the National Monument. It’s a great place to soak in the lively atmosphere and enjoy street performances.

The Red Light District, known for its unique charm and vibrant nightlife, is also within close proximity.

Prins Hendrikkade itself has a historical background and is often chosen as a docking spot for Viking river cruises due to its convenient location and easy access to the city’s main attractions.

As we continue our journey, let’s explore the charming Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, famous for its windmills and traditional crafts.

Zaanse Schans – Although not directly in Amsterdam, some Viking River Cruises may include a stop at this charming Dutch village, famous for its windmills and traditional crafts.

Nestled just outside of Amsterdam, Viking River Cruises may take you to the enchanting Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, where you can immerse yourself in the idyllic scenery of windmills and traditional crafts.

Explore the unique crafts and skills found in Zaanse Schans, where Dutch traditional crafts are still practiced today. From wooden clog making to cheese making, you can witness the age-old techniques passed down through generations.

Discover the iconic windmills that dot the landscape of Zaanse Schans and learn about their significance in Dutch history and culture. These windmills have played a vital role in pumping water, grinding grain, and sawing timber, showcasing the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Dutch people.

As you wander through the village, you’ll feel transported back in time, surrounded by picturesque scenes and the aroma of freshly baked goods.

While not a traditional docking location, some smaller Viking River Cruise ships may be able to dock near Vondelpark, a popular park in Amsterdam.

Vondelpark – While not a traditional docking location, some smaller Viking River Cruises ships may be able to dock near Vondelpark, a popular park in Amsterdam.

Explore the vibrant atmosphere of Vondelpark, where you can soak up the beauty of nature and immerse yourself in the lively energy of Amsterdam. As one of the largest and most popular parks in the city, Vondelpark is an ideal docking location for smaller Viking River Cruises ships.

This picturesque park offers a serene escape from the bustling city center while still being conveniently located near many attractions and activities. Take a leisurely stroll through the park’s paths lined with beautiful trees and flowers, or rent a bike and explore the park’s vast green spaces.

Vondelpark is also home to a variety of sculptures, ponds, and open-air theaters, providing endless opportunities for relaxation and entertainment. With its tranquil setting and proximity to the city’s vibrant culture, Vondelpark is a must-visit destination for any Viking River Cruise traveler.

Continuing our journey, let’s head to Nieuwe Meer, located near Amsterdam’s forest and recreational area, offering a tranquil setting away from the bustling city center.

Nieuwe Meer – Located near Amsterdam’s forest and recreational area, this docking spot offers a tranquil setting away from the bustling city center

To fully embrace the tranquility of Nieuwe Meer, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Amsterdam’s forest and recreational area, providing a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Here are some things you can do and places to eat near Nieuwe Meer:

Activities available near Nieuwe Meer:

Take a leisurely stroll through Amsterdam’s forest, immersing yourself in nature’s beauty.

Rent a bike and explore the scenic trails that wind through the area, offering breathtaking views of the surroundings.

Enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the lake, admiring the calm waters and picturesque landscape.

Dining options near Nieuwe Meer:

Indulge in a delicious meal at De Veranda, a restaurant known for its exquisite cuisine and beautiful waterfront views.

Visit Het Bosch, a Michelin-starred restaurant offering a fine dining experience with a stunning lakeside setting.

Have a casual lunch or dinner at Strandzuid, a trendy beach club where you can relax and enjoy tasty dishes while overlooking the water.

Nieuwe Meer truly offers a tranquil retreat with plenty of activities to enjoy and delightful dining options to savor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can viking river cruises dock directly in the city center of amsterdam.

Yes, Viking River Cruises can dock directly in the city center of Amsterdam. There are several docking options available, allowing passengers to conveniently explore the vibrant streets, picturesque canals, and iconic attractions of the city.

Are there any docking locations that offer beautiful views of the city?

There are several docking locations in Amsterdam that offer beautiful sunset views and are great for capturing the best photo spots of the city. These spots provide a stunning backdrop for your river cruise experience.

Is there a docking location that is close to Amsterdam’s trendy neighborhoods?

There is a docking location in Amsterdam that is close to the city’s trendy neighborhoods. It offers dining options and shopping opportunities, allowing visitors to explore the vibrant and fashionable areas of the city.

Are there any docking spots that provide a quieter and more residential setting?

There are docking spots in Amsterdam that offer a quieter and more residential setting. These areas provide peaceful surroundings and are located in charming residential neighborhoods, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Are there any docking locations that offer convenient access to Amsterdam’s main transportation hub?

There are several docking locations in Amsterdam that offer convenient access to the city’s main transportation hub, making it easy to explore the popular tourist attractions. These spots are known for their proximity to public transportation and key sights.

So there you have it, the various docking spots for Viking River Cruises in Amsterdam. From the bustling city center location of Passenger Terminal Amsterdam to the tranquil setting of Nieuwe Meer, there are options to suit every traveler’s preferences. Whether you prefer to be in the heart of the action or enjoy a quieter residential atmosphere, Viking River Cruises has you covered.

But have you ever wondered what it would be like to sail along the picturesque Amstel River?

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Allegedly, unpaid fuel bills led to the seizure of the ships, totaling a staggering $4.6 million. With Crystal Cruises already facing financial difficulties and announcing a pause in voyages, this arrest adds another layer of uncertainty.

As I delve into the details, I hope to shed light on the potential implications and the challenges faced by Crystal Cruises and its parent company, Genting Hong Kong.

  • Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity ships have been placed under arrest in Freeport, The Bahamas due to allegedly unpaid fuel bills.
  • The arrest occurred after the cruise line announced a pause in voyages due to financial difficulties.
  • The ships were diverted to The Bahamas to avoid potential seizure in Florida.
  • The arrest raises questions about the future of the ships and the cruise line, adding to the challenges faced by Genting Hong Kong.

Background of the Arrest

I understand that the arrest of Crystal Cruises ships in The Bahamas was due to allegedly unpaid fuel bills, which may have been caused by Genting Hong Kong’s financial difficulties. The arrest of the ships has significant legal implications and could have a major financial impact on the cruise line.

Having a ship seized can result in significant costs and bad publicity, which could further worsen Genting Hong Kong’s financial troubles. The unpaid fuel charges, totaling $4.6 million, are relatively modest compared to the potential consequences of seizure.

It is unclear at this time what will happen with the ships and the crew onboard. The arrest raises questions about the future of the ships and the cruise line as a whole.

Announcement to Crew Members

The crew members were assured in the announcement that their movement and sign-offs would not be affected by the arrest. According to the announcement, the crew was informed that the arrest was expected and that their daily activities would continue as usual. This assurance is crucial for the crew’s peace of mind, as they rely on their ability to move freely on and off the ship for various reasons, such as personal matters or end of contract arrangements. However, it is important to note that despite this assurance, the legal implications of the ship’s arrest could have potential consequences for the crew and the cruise line. It remains to be seen how this situation will unfold and what impact it will have on the crew and their future with Crystal Cruises.

Current Status of the Ships

Both ships remain under arrest off the coast of Freeport in The Bahamas. The Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity ships are still sitting idle in the waters. The arrest of the ships has led to uncertainty about their future plans. Legal consequences may arise from the unpaid fuel charges that led to their seizure.

As of now, the ships have not been released from arrest. It is unclear what will happen to them and the crew onboard. The unpaid fuel charges, amounting to $4.6 million, have caused this predicament.

The arrest raises questions about the future of the ships and the cruise line. Crystal Cruises, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, is already facing financial difficulties. The arrest of the ships adds to the challenges faced by the parent company.

It remains to be seen how this situation will unfold and what legal consequences may follow.

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Having a ship seized can result in significant costs and damage to a company’s reputation. The arrest of Crystal Cruises ships in The Bahamas raises concerns about the potential financial consequences and the future of the company.

While the unpaid fuel charges of $4.6 million are substantial, the real impact lies in the negative publicity and uncertainty surrounding the situation. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, both part of Genting Hong Kong’s Crystal Cruises, have been placed under arrest due to allegedly unpaid fuel bills.

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I’m interested in understanding the financial challenges faced by Genting Hong Kong, the parent company of Crystal Cruises.

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While the unpaid fuel charges totaling $4.6 million are substantial, they are relatively modest compared to the consequences of seizure. It is hoped that a resolution will be reached soon to address the outstanding fuel charges and release the ships from arrest.

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How Will the Arrest of the Ships Affect the Crew Members on Board?

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I’ve just stepped foot into the remarkable Carnival Studios, a cutting-edge rehearsal facility that’s revolutionizing the way performers prepare for their shows.

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It’s here that over 500 entertainers and performers gather twice a year for intensive training, ensuring top-notch entertainment across all Carnival cruise ships.

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  • Carnival Studios is a $5 million rehearsal facility located in Davie, Florida.
  • The facility allows for intensive training of over 500 entertainers and performers twice a year.
  • It includes state-of-the-art music and dance studios, a training room, a green room, and offices for the entertainment department.
  • Rehearsing shoreside helps ensure consistency in entertainment across all Carnival Cruise Line ships and fosters camaraderie among cast members.

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I love that the rehearsal facility at Carnival Studios includes eight dedicated music studios and five full-stage dance studios. It creates a collaborative environment where performers can come together to create amazing shows.

The facility is equipped with cutting edge technology, providing the latest sound, lighting, and recording equipment in every space. The full-stage dance studios are particularly impressive, with one even featuring a massive LED screen. This allows performers to rehearse in a space that replicates the main theater stages on the Carnival fleet.

The combination of state-of-the-art technology and ample rehearsal space ensures that the entertainers can fine-tune their performances and deliver top-notch shows to guests on board the ships.

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Working at the shoreside rehearsal facility allows me to build strong relationships with my fellow cast members and develop a sense of family before we board the ship. It’s an incredible opportunity to rehearse together for an extended period, which enhances our performance quality when we finally hit the stage.

Here are three benefits of rehearsing shoreside:

Economic impact: By having a dedicated rehearsal space, Carnival can maximize the efficiency of its entertainment teams. Rehearsing shoreside reduces the time spent onboard, allowing the ships to generate more revenue by accommodating guests. It also minimizes the potential loss of revenue due to canceled shows or technical difficulties during rehearsals.

Enhanced performance quality: The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that replicates the main theater stages on the Carnival fleet. This ensures consistency in the entertainment experience across all ships. The performers can fine-tune their acts and perfect their choreography in a controlled environment, leading to a higher quality performance for guests.

Building camaraderie and family: Rehearsing shoreside fosters a sense of camaraderie among cast members, musicians, technicians, and crew. We spend four to six weeks together, collaborating and engaging with one another. This creates a strong bond and a sense of family before we even step foot on the ship. It translates into a more cohesive and harmonious performance, which resonates with the audience.

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Recruiting talent for our shoreside rehearsals involves seeking out performers who possess strong singing, dancing, and acting abilities, as well as a vibrant personality suited for the rigorous demands of our shows. Talent selection is a crucial aspect of ensuring the success of our performances onboard Carnival Cruise Line.

To find the best performers, we engage in international recruitment, casting a wide net to discover talented individuals from all over the world. Our casting and booking manager works tirelessly to ensure that the talent we select meets the requirements of our shows. We value diversity and strive to create a global team of performers who bring unique perspectives and skills to our rehearsals.

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During rehearsals, we have the opportunity to build strong relationships and a sense of camaraderie among cast members, musicians, technicians, and crew. Fostering connections and team building is crucial in creating a successful and cohesive production.

The Carnival Studios rehearsal facility provides the perfect environment for this to happen. With state-of-the-art amenities and dedicated spaces for music, dance, and training, the facility encourages collaboration and engagement among performers.

Rehearsing shoreside allows us to spend four to six weeks together, giving us ample time to bond and develop a sense of family before boarding the ship. This not only enhances our performance on stage but also creates a supportive and positive atmosphere backstage.

Building camaraderie and relationships during rehearsals sets the foundation for a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

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When auditioning for roles, it is important for me to showcase my singing, dancing, and acting abilities, as well as my personality. As a triple threat performer, I understand the value of diverse skill sets in the future of entertainment.

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As a triple threat performer, I actively engage in the casting and booking process to showcase my diverse skill set and personality to ensure I am the right fit for the roles.

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Nearby Accommodations for Cast Members

I have the opportunity to stay in townhouses within walking distance to the facility, providing convenient accommodations during the intensive rehearsal period. These townhouse rentals are specifically chosen for their proximity to the rehearsal space, allowing cast members to easily commute and maximize their rehearsal time.

Being able to stay nearby eliminates the need for long commutes or dealing with traffic, ensuring that performers can focus on their rehearsals and preparation. The convenience of these accommodations allows for a more efficient and productive rehearsal process. Cast members can easily access the facility and make the most of their time, which is crucial in creating a high-quality performance.

The townhouse rentals in close proximity to the rehearsal space provide a practical and convenient solution for cast members during this intensive period.

Fast Facts About Carnival Studios

During the development of Carnival Studios, over 30,000 staff-hours were worked on site. This impressive effort highlights the dedication and commitment of the development team in creating this state-of-the-art rehearsal facility.

One notable feature of the facility is the scenic storage area, which spans 4,635 square feet. This space provides ample room for storing and transporting scenery between studios, making it easier for performers and technicians to create stunning productions.

The attention to detail and meticulous planning that went into the development of Carnival Studios is evident in every aspect, including the efficient use of staff hours. This commitment to excellence ensures that the facility is equipped with everything needed to support the intensive training and collaboration that takes place within its walls.

How Much Did It Cost to Build Carnival Studios?

The cost estimation for building Carnival Studios was $5 million. The construction timeline was not provided in the given information.

What Is the Purpose of the LED Screen in One of the Dance Studios?

The LED screen in one of the dance studios enhances the rehearsal experience by providing a dynamic visual backdrop for performers. It adds depth and dimension to their movements, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in their routines.

How Long Do Cast Members Have to Rehearse Together Before Boarding the Ship?

Cast members typically have the opportunity to rehearse together for four to six weeks before boarding the ship. This extended rehearsal timeline allows for the development of stronger relationships and fosters positive group dynamics among the performers.

What Is the Role of John Guglielmetti in Talent Recruitment?

John Guglielmetti plays a crucial role in talent recruitment for Carnival Studios. His job is to find triple threat performers who can sing, dance, and act, ensuring they meet the requirements of the shows. Talent recruiting is vital for the success of Carnival Studios.

How Many Staff-Hours Were Worked on Site During the Development of Carnival Studios?

During the development of Carnival Studios, thousands of staff-hours were dedicated to the construction process. This commitment to staff productivity ensured the completion of the facility within the designated construction timeline.

Carnival Venezia: Unveiling the Dynamic Leadership Team

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As I step aboard the magnificent Carnival Venezia, I can’t help but feel a sense of anticipation. The ship’s unveiling of its dynamic leadership team promises an exceptional experience like no other.

With Captain Claudio Cupisti at the helm, boasting over 30 years of Carnival Cruise Line expertise, Chief Engineer Cesare Boldrini driving innovation, and Hotel Director Karl Hallberg creating unforgettable guest experiences, this is just the beginning.

Join me as we delve into the world of Carnival Venezia, where entertainment and culture collide in the most exhilarating way.

  • Captain Claudio Cupisti brings over 30 years of Carnival Cruise Line expertise and ensures a smooth and unforgettable cruise experience.
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  • Hotel Director Karl Hallberg is dedicated to creating memorable guest experiences and strives to exceed guest expectations through personalized service.
  • Entertainment Director Milena Krivokapic curates a diverse lineup of engaging and unforgettable entertainment experiences, including interactive game shows and themed parties.

Captain Claudio Cupisti: Carnival Venezia’s Seasoned Leader

I’m impressed by Captain Claudio Cupisti’s thirty years of experience with Carnival and his leadership as the seasoned leader of Carnival Venezia. He is truly an experienced captain, leading the ship with expertise and knowledge. With Captain Cupisti at the helm, Carnival Venezia is setting sail with a seasoned leadership team, ensuring a smooth and unforgettable cruise experience for all guests on board.

Captain Cupisti’s extensive experience with Carnival makes him the ideal person to lead this magnificent ship. His years of service have honed his skills and deepened his understanding of the cruise industry. He knows how to navigate the seas and handle any challenges that may arise along the way.

Under Captain Cupisti’s guidance, Carnival Venezia promises to deliver a top-notch cruise experience. His leadership will ensure that guests are well taken care of and that every aspect of their journey is exceptional. From the moment they step on board to the time they disembark, passengers can expect nothing less than excellence.

I have no doubt that with Captain Claudio Cupisti at the helm, Carnival Venezia will provide an unforgettable and truly remarkable cruise experience.

Chief Engineer Cesare Boldrini: Driving Innovation and Efficiency

Boldrini, the Chief Engineer, has been instrumental in driving innovation and efficiency on board the Carnival Venezia. With his extensive experience and expertise, he has implemented various technological advancements to enhance the ship’s performance and reduce energy consumption.

Boldrini is constantly seeking new ways to improve the ship’s systems, ensuring that they operate at their optimal levels. His innovative approach has led to the development of cutting-edge engineering solutions that have revolutionized the way the Carnival Venezia operates.

Hotel Director Karl Hallberg: Creating Memorable Guest Experiences

As Hotel Director, my goal is to create memorable guest experiences on the Carnival Venezia. I am dedicated to ensuring that every guest feels valued and taken care of throughout their journey.

Creating guest-centric experiences is at the heart of what I do. I believe in enhancing customer satisfaction through personalized service. From the moment guests step onboard, I strive to exceed their expectations and provide them with a truly unforgettable vacation.

Whether it’s organizing special events, anticipating their needs, or going the extra mile to make their stay exceptional, I am committed to making every guest feel like a VIP.

Entertainment Director Milena Krivokapic: Elevating the Fun Factor

With my experience as Entertainment Director, I strive to elevate the fun factor on the Carnival Venezia by creating engaging and unforgettable entertainment experiences for our guests.

Innovative Stage Productions: I work closely with talented performers and production teams to create dynamic and thrilling stage shows that leave our guests in awe. From high-energy musicals to mesmerizing acrobatics, our productions are designed to captivate and entertain.

Interactive Game Shows: We offer a range of interactive game shows that get our guests involved and excited. From trivia challenges to dance competitions, these shows provide endless laughter and friendly competition.

Themed Parties and Events: We bring the Carnival Fun Italian Style to life with themed parties and events that immerse our guests in the vibrant and lively atmosphere of Italy. From masquerade balls to Italian food festivals, these events enhance the guest experience and create lasting memories.

Live Music and Performances: We curate a diverse lineup of live music and performances to cater to different tastes and preferences. From jazz bands to rock concerts, our talented musicians and performers keep the energy high and the entertainment top-notch.

Engaging Activities and Workshops: We offer a variety of activities and workshops that allow our guests to learn new skills, express their creativity, and have fun. From dance classes to art workshops, these interactive experiences enhance the guest experience and provide opportunities for personal growth.

Cruise Director Marques MarQ Matthias: Energizing the Onboard Experience

As Cruise Director, my goal is to energize the onboard experience on the Carnival Venezia by creating a lively and engaging atmosphere for our guests.

One key aspect of enhancing the cruise experience is providing engaging entertainment that leaves a lasting impact on our guests’ enjoyment. This is where Marques MarQ Matthias comes in.

As our talented Cruise Director, Marques brings a unique and dynamic energy to the ship. With his infectious enthusiasm and vibrant personality, he knows how to create an atmosphere that is both fun and entertaining.

From hosting interactive game shows to organizing exciting parties and performances, Marques ensures that there is never a dull moment onboard. His dedication to providing top-notch entertainment truly elevates the cruise experience and contributes to the overall enjoyment of our guests.

Carnival Fun Italian Style: A Fusion of Entertainment and Culture

When it comes to Carnival Fun Italian Style, the fusion of entertainment and culture creates an unforgettable experience for our guests. Carnival Venezia’s cultural fusion brings together the vibrant energy of Carnival with the rich history and traditions of Italy. Here are four reasons why this combination elevates entertainment on Carnival Venezia:

Captivating Performances: From lively musical performances to dazzling dance shows, our talented entertainers bring the essence of Italian culture to life on stage. Guests are treated to a feast for the senses, immersing themselves in the sights, sounds, and emotions of Italy.

Culinary Delights: Indulge in a culinary journey through Italy’s diverse flavors and mouthwatering dishes. From authentic pasta and pizza to decadent desserts, our onboard restaurants serve up a taste of Italy that will leave you craving for more.

Cultural Activities: Immerse yourself in Italian traditions through a variety of cultural activities onboard. Learn to make homemade pasta, participate in wine tastings, or join in a lively game of bocce ball. These experiences allow guests to connect with the culture in a meaningful and interactive way.

Italian-themed Decor: Step into a world of Italian elegance as you explore the ship’s stunning interior design. From Venetian masks to Renaissance-inspired artwork, every corner of Carnival Venezia is adorned with touches of Italian style, creating a truly immersive experience.

On Carnival Venezia, entertainment is taken to new heights as the fusion of entertainment and culture creates a truly unforgettable experience for our guests.

Unveiling the Carnival Venezia: The Jewel of the Fleet

I’m thrilled to introduce the Carnival Venezia, a magnificent ship that stands out as the jewel of our fleet.

It is the ultimate experience, unleashing the Italian charm upon our guests. From the moment you step onboard, you will be transported to a world of elegance and luxury.

The Carnival Venezia boasts stunning Italian-inspired architecture, with intricate details and grandeur at every turn. The ship is adorned with beautiful Venetian masks and vibrant colors that evoke the spirit of Venice.

As you explore the ship, you will be greeted by our exceptional staff, ready to cater to your every need. Indulge in delicious Italian cuisine, relax by the pool, or immerse yourself in the exciting entertainment options.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey aboard the Carnival Venezia, where every moment is filled with the magic of Italy.

Carnival Venezia’s Vision: Excellence in Leadership and Service

Our vision for the Carnival Venezia is to consistently deliver excellence in leadership and service, creating an exceptional experience for our guests.

We believe that excellence starts from the top, which is why we have assembled a dynamic leadership team that is committed to upholding the highest standards.

Our team is dedicated to providing outstanding service and ensuring customer satisfaction at every step of the journey.

We understand that a positive work environment is crucial for our employees to thrive and deliver their best.

By fostering a culture of respect, collaboration, and growth, we create a place where our team members can excel and take pride in their work.

At Carnival Venezia, we strive for excellence in leadership, service, and customer satisfaction, all while creating a positive work environment for our employees.

How Many Years of Experience Does Captain Claudio Cupisti Have With Carnival?

Captain Claudio Cupisti has over 30 years of experience with Carnival. His expertise and leadership ensure the safety and smooth operation of the cruise ship. Experience is crucial in leadership roles in the cruise industry.

What Was Chief Engineer Cesare Boldrini’s Role Before Leading Engineering Teams?

Before leading engineering teams, Chief Engineer Cesare Boldrini started as an engine cadet in 1995. Captain Claudio Cupisti, with over 30 years of experience, has been a valuable asset to Carnival Venezia.

How Many Years Has Hotel Director Karl Hallberg Been Serving as a Hotel Director on Carnival Ships?

Karl Hallberg has served as a hotel director on Carnival ships for 6 years, ensuring exceptional guest experiences. Meanwhile, Captain Claudio Cupisti brings over 30 years of experience with Carnival, leading the ship with expertise and skill.

What Was Entertainment Director Milena Krivokapic’s Position Before Leading the Entertainment Team on Carnival Horizon?

Before leading the entertainment team on Carnival Horizon, Milena Krivokapic worked as a photo host. It’s fascinating to see how individuals transition and grow within the cruise industry.

How Long Has Cruise Director Marques Marq Matthias Been a Cruise Director?

No, Marques Marq Matthias is not the longest serving cruise director in Carnival’s history. However, he has made significant contributions to the role, transforming it with his unique style and engaging approach on Carnival ships.

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Where Does the Viking River Cruise Ship Dock in Amsterdam?

By Alice Nichols

The Viking River Cruise Ship docks at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, located in the Dutch capital. The terminal is conveniently located just minutes away from Amsterdam’s renowned attractions – including the Anne Frank House and the Royal Palace – and is well-connected to public transportation.

The Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is one of Europe’s largest cruise terminals and has been serving ships since 1999. It offers a wide range of facilities, including a restaurant, shops selling souvenirs and other items, as well as comfortable seating areas. The terminal also provides access to shuttle buses that can take passengers to nearby attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.

The Viking River Cruise Ship departs from the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam on its way to exciting destinations such as Germany, France, Belgium and other European countries. Passengers can expect an unforgettable experience on board the cruise ship, with stops along the way for sightseeing, shopping and dining experiences.

The Viking River Cruise Ship offers a range of amenities for passengers to enjoy during their voyage, including comfortable cabins with private bathrooms, delicious cuisine prepared by expert chefs and nightly entertainment in the ship’s theater. Onboard activities include lectures by guest speakers, art auctions and more.

Conclusion:

The Viking River Cruise Ship docks at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam in Amsterdam city centre, providing easy access to popular attractions nearby. The terminal provides an array of facilities for travelers looking for a memorable cruise experience with luxurious amenities aboard their vessel.

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The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Viking cruise ship

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Fast-growing Viking has one of the most diverse arrays of itineraries of any cruise line.

Not only does the California-based company offer ocean cruises in almost every corner of the world, it also offers river cruises on many of the world’s major rivers.

That’s notably different from most cruise lines. Typically, cruise lines operate either ocean cruises or river cruises but not both. That gives them a smaller range of itineraries.

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Viking has a particularly large footprint when it comes to European river itineraries, with a wide range of sailings on nearly every European river of any note, from the Douro in Portugal to (until recently) the Volga in Russia.

The company also operates river trips on the Nile in Egypt and the Mekong in Southeast Asia, and it just began river trips on the Mississippi River .

There are 80 river ships in Viking’s fleet — an astounding number. None of its main competitors among river lines catering to North Americans, which include Avalon Waterways, Uniworld and AmaWaterways , have anywhere near that number of vessels.

Related: First look at Viking’s stylish new Nile River ship

Among ocean cruise destinations, Viking has a major presence in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, which it considers its home turf. (The company was founded by a Norwegian family.) However, you’ll find Viking’s nine traditional ocean ships everywhere from North America to Asia and Australia.

Last year, the line began cruising to Antarctica with its first expedition ship — a type of vessel built specifically for travel to remote, hard-to-reach places. Viking now has two such vessels.

Among the line’s voyages, there’s everything from eight-day cruises in the Mediterranean to 138-day around-the-world voyages.

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Scandinavia and Northern Europe

Some of Viking’s most interesting itineraries are around Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, with many beginning or ending in Norway — the homeland of the company’s founder and chairman, Torstein Hagen.

As Hagen once told me, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea are what the company considers “Viking country” — a region where it wants to dominate.

During summers, in particular, Viking devotes an unusually large number of its ships to itineraries around Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea and other Northern Europe destinations such as Iceland. Many, notably, use the relatively small but famously scenic Norwegian city of Bergen (population 286,000) as a gateway, something no other line is doing. That allows for unusual variations on the typical Baltic Sea or Norwegian fjords cruise.

The line’s most popular route in the region, “Viking Homelands,” is a two-week-long, one-way trip between Bergen and Stockholm that combines several days of exploring the fjord region of Norway’s west coast with more-typical Baltic cruise destinations such as St. Petersburg, Russia, and Helsinki.

Related: The ultimate guide to Viking ships and itineraries

Note that, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Viking has pulled the St. Petersburg stop, as well as stops in Finland and Estonia from the Viking Homelands itinerary; the trips instead feature extra stops in Norway and Denmark. It’s unlikely St. Petersburg will return to the itinerary until the war in Ukraine is resolved.

Viking also offers a 14-night itinerary that includes several stops in the northernmost part of the country above the Arctic Circle. Dubbed “Into the Midnight Sun,” the one-way route between Bergen and London is unique because it combines calls in far-north Honningsvag and Tromso, Norway, with visits to Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands. Though part of the United Kingdom, these archipelagos have ties to Norwegian and Viking history.

Itineraries that will take you from Bergen to Iceland or even as far away as France, Portugal and Spain also are available.

Viking’s Scandinavia and Northern Europe trips range widely in length from just seven nights to a whopping 28 nights.

Among the longest sailings that Viking offers that include calls in Northern Europe are one-way, 28-night voyages between Bergen and New York City. The trips include stops in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

In Northern Europe, Viking ships mostly sail out of Bergen, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London as well as Reykjavik.

The Mediterranean

Viking has grown into a major player in Mediterranean sailings, with more than 30 distinct itineraries that include stops in the region.

The trips include voyages focused specifically on the Western Mediterranean or Eastern Mediterranean and some that include stops across both areas.

Typical of the latter is the line’s 14-night “Mediterranean Antiquities” routing, a one-way trip between Athens and Barcelona that stops in Greece, Turkey, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain.

More-focused Mediterranean itineraries include the line’s nine-night “Empires of the Mediterranean” voyages between Venice and Athens, which mostly concentrate on stops along the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.

In the Mediterranean, the line’s main hubs are Barcelona; Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) and Venice, Italy; Piraeus (the port for Athens), Greece; and Istanbul.

Related: The complete guide to Viking cabins and suites  

Europe riverways

Viking is, quite simply, the giant of river cruising in Europe — at least among lines that cater to English speakers. The company operates around 70 river ships on a broad swath of the continent’s rivers — far more than any other river line catering to North Americans.

In all, the line accounts for about half of all river cruises taken by North Americans in the region. The next biggest player in Europe river cruises for North Americans, AmaWaterways, is less than half the size.

Among the rivers in Europe where Viking has a major presence are the Rhine, Main and Danube in Central Europe; the Seine, Rhone, Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde in France; the Douro in Portugal; and the Moselle and Elbe in Germany. Until recently, Viking also offered cruises on the Dnieper River in Ukraine. The voyages have been suspended since Russia invaded the country in early 2022.

On nearly all of the rivers, the line offers multiple itineraries with lengths ranging from seven nights to as many as 22 nights.

Among 10 different itineraries on the Rhine River alone, offerings range from a seven-night “Rhine Getaway” from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, to a 22-night “European Sojourn” from Amsterdam to Bucharest, Romania. The latter adds travel on the Main and Danube rivers to days on the Rhine.

Viking offers some of the most intimate and elegant cruises on the Nile, with three ships including the recently unveiled, 82-passenger Viking Osiris — one of our favorite vessels on the river.

All three of Viking’s Nile ships operate the same seven-night Nile cruise itinerary that Viking pairs with a four-night stay at a hotel in Cairo (three nights before the cruise and one night after) to create an 11-night “Pharaohs and Pyramids” tour of Egypt.

Related: The ultimate guide to Viking’s loyalty program

The cruise portion of the tour includes visits to the historic temples of Luxor, Karnak, Esna, Dendera and Abu Simbel as well as a visit to the iconic Valley of the Kings. The stay in Cairo brings a visit to the pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and other sites.

Viking Osiris is the first of four sister ships that Viking plans to launch on the Nile by 2025 as it doubles its footprint in Egypt. The vessels offer a clean-lined, Scandinavian-influenced design that mimics the look of Viking’s Europe-based vessels.

Notably, the ship features an entire deck of sprawling suites that rival anything else found on the Nile for luxury and comfort. Each comes with two full-size rooms — a large living room with a residential feel and an adjacent bedroom with a walk-in closet and bathroom. Each suite also has an outdoor balcony with seating for two — something you don’t always see on Nile ships.

Viking is a newcomer to cruises to Antarctica, but the destination is a big growth area for the line. Viking recently added two new, 378-passenger expedition cruise vessels specifically built to travel to the White Continent.

Dubbed Viking Octantis, the first of these vessels began sailings to Antarctica in February 2022. The second ship in the series, Viking Polaris, has just joined its sister in Antarctica this year. Together, the two ships are already making waves in the market for Antarctica cruises, in part because they have several new and unusual features.

Most notable is The Hangar, an enclosed marina that allows passengers to transfer to two of each ship’s exploratory vessels while still in the protected interior of the ship. A first for an expedition ship, it’s something that is significantly improving the experience for passengers heading out on Antarctica exploration.

Related: The 3 types of Viking ships, explained

In another first for polar expedition cruise vessels, every cabin on both Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris has floor-to-ceiling glass walls that slide partially open from the top to create a balcony-like feel.

Viking offers several Antarctic itineraries, with the typical trip starting with a night at a hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before a flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, to board one of the two expedition ships for an 11-night cruise to Antarctica and back. A longer version of the trip features 13 nights on board one of the ships and extra days in Antarctica.

Viking also offers Antarctica sailings that combine a visit to the White Continent with stops in the Falkland Islands, Uruguay and Brazil.

Viking Octantis, notably, also operated Viking’s first sailings around the Great Lakes this year. In 2023, both Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will spend their summers in the Great Lakes.

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