River cruising appeals strongly to baby boomers and matures. That said, a wide range of people river cruise. Some river cruise companies have family-friendly sailings for people traveling with children. The introduction of bikes on board is also enticing younger cruisers. There is a wide range of nationalities on board, generally from English-speaking countries, including from the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Viking River Cruises
Viking Idun - River Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews
Set to launch in spring 2012, Viking Idun is one of four brand-new sister ships built by Viking River Cruises. Dubbed the Viking Longships, Viking Idun and her sisters Viking Freya, Viking Njord, and Viking Odin represent a completely new generation of river cruise ships.
Environmentally-friendly, these innovative vessels offer more of the amenities passengers have been asking for, like full-depth balconies in most staterooms, redesigned accommodations, and modern, stylish interiors crafted by Norwegian firm Yran & Storbraaten, who have been designing deep-ocean cruise ships for over twenty years.
Viking’s Chairman and CEO Torstein Hagen noted, “What has emerged are vessels that will deliver a peerless travel opportunity to aficionados of river cruising and those that have yet to try this unique way to see the world.”
Named after members of the Norse pantheon, they will operate some of Viking’s most sought-after itineraries, including the popular 10-day Tulips and Windmills voyage, the 8-day Romantic Danube, the 8-day Danube Waltz and the spectacular 15-day Grand European Tour.
Notable among Viking Idun’s public areas is the addition of a new indoor/outdoor lounge called the Aquavit Terrace. Featuring retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors, the lounge can be used in any weather conditions and makes the perfect place to enjoy a drink and the company of new friends while admiring the stunning scenery.
Adjacent to the Aquavit Terrace are new Al fresco dining areas. Located on the Upper Deck, these alternate venues offer guests more dining choices, and passengers are no longer limited to dining in the ship’s main restaurant.
Viking Idun also features a main lounge and restaurant, both of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows for unparalleled views of the passing scenery. A library, Internet Centre and Reception area are also offered. On the uppermost level is the expansive Sun Deck, which boasts ample seating, including plenty of direct-sunlight and shaded options.
Viking Idun River Cruisers Should Know
Free shipwide wireless internet service ♦ Virtually all shore excursions are included in the cruise fare.
Year Built 2012 ♦
Country of Registry Germany ♦
Length 443 ft - 135 m ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 190 ♦
Passenger Decks 4 ♦
Officers and Crew TBA ♦
Officer's Nationality European ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality European
Explorer Suites will be the largest river cruise suites in Europe at 445 square feet. These two suites each featuring a separate living room, bedroom, bathroom and private wraparound veranda, offering 270-degree views.
Veranda Suites measure 270-square feet with full-size verandas in the living room and French balconies in the bedroom, offering guests the best of both worlds. Seven of these Suites are aboard Viking Idun.
Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas measure 205-square feet, and closely resemble their deep-ocean cruising cousin. Thirty-nine of these well-appointed staterooms are onboard.
French Balcony Staterooms measure 135-square feet and feature a French balcony. Twenty-two of these staterooms are available on Viking Idun, and include all the comfortable amenities you might expect from a boutique European hotel.
Total Cabins 95 ♦
Suites 9 ♦
Hotel-style Bedding ♦
TV with Movie Channels ♦
Bathrobes and Slippers upon request ♦
Bottled Water - replenished daily ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional Single Seating Dining in the restaurant ♦
Complimentary Wine, Beer or Soft Drinks with Lunch and Dinner
Onboard Lectures ♦
Nightly Light Entertainment
Activities and Sports
Sightseeing with Local Guides Included
Other Facilities and Services
Free Wireless Internet shipwide ♦
Sundry Shop ♦