First Time River Cruiser

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you're new to river cruising, our short film and quick guide above reveals all you need to know. Of course, you can always call us to find out more. We're open seven days a week, and are happy to answer all your questions.
Call 0800 319 66 60 to speak to one of our Specialist Cruise Consultants.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

So much is covered in the cost, including return travel from the UK; river-view staterooms; all on board meals with wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner; excursions and much more. On holidays with land stays, your deluxe hotels are also included.

WHAT ARE THE SHIPS LIKE?

As the world's leading river cruise line, Viking ships set the standard in comfort and design. Most of our ships accommodate around 200 guests, and all of our ships are light, airy and wonderfully spacious. Panoramic windows throughout make the most of the ever-changing views; it's like staying in a deluxe floating hotel — one that travels with you.

WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION CAN I EXPECT?

If you haven't travelled with Viking before, stepping inside one of our cabins — or staterooms as we call them — may take you by surprise. All our staterooms are outside, with a river view. Roomy and light, they offer ensuite facilities and plenty of storage space. There's a whole range of different staterooms to choose from, some with verandas, and two-room suites.

IS THERE SPACE TO RELAX ON BOARD?

Yes, every ship offers a choice of public areas where you can sit back and watch the world go by. Chill out on the sun deck, enjoy a drink in the stylish and spacious lounge, or on the new Viking Longships, relax as you dine in the open air on the Aquavit Terrace.

WHAT DO YOU DO DURING THE DAY?

Unlike some ocean cruises, you won't spend any long days at sea. Every day, you explore somewhere new. There's a great selection of excursions (including visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites) that are included in the cost. Plus, on board events, activities and performances that add to the pleasure of your holiday.

...SO IS THERE MUCH WALKING INVOLVED?

Our holidays include many excursions with a certain amount of walking. We advise that in order to take full advantage of the tours, our guests should be able to walk 1 — 2 miles over uneven streets and stairs. Call our Customer Services Team on 0800 319 66 60 if you have any questions regarding mobility.

CAN I EXPLORE ON MY OWN?

Of course you are welcome to discover each and every place independently — your on board concierge or receptionist can help you make the most of your time ashore.

WHAT'S THE FOOD LIKE ON BOARD?

The food on board a Viking river cruise ship is exceptional. From a sumptuous breakfast and delicious lunch to a five-course dinner, you’ll enjoy the finest cuisine. You'll be treated to traditional favourites and regional specialities. Lighter and vegetarian options are also available.

DO I HAVE TO DRESS UP FOR DINNER?

No, you don't have to dress formally for dinner. One of the things guests love about a Viking river cruise holiday is the relaxed dress code in the elegant but informal restaurant.

...AND DO WE HAVE TO SIT AT THE SAME TABLE EVERY NIGHT?

Our restaurants are open-seating, so you can choose to sit where you like. It's a great way to get to meet different people, or enjoy a quiet meal together.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

All our holidays include flights from the UK — with regional flights from selected airports at no extra cost. We'll meet you at your overseas airport and take you to your ship. At the end of your cruise, we'll take you back to the airport — so there's no need to worry, everything is taken care of.

WILL I GET SEA SICK?

No, one of the many advantages of river cruising is that there is no wave motion, so no sea-sickness. You're always close to the riverbank, and those wonderful views.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

You may like to know that when you book your holiday with Viking, your money is safe and fully protected. As members of ABTA, Viking is a fully bonded and licensed tour operator, with air holidays protected by ATOL and administered by the CAA. All of which gives you complete peace of mind.

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