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 Prestige - River Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews
Christened on June 30, 2011 in Amsterdam is Viking River Cruises brand-new Viking Prestige. Sister ship to the 2009-built Viking Legend, Viking Prestige sails on a variety of itineraries from Amsterdam to Budapest, Budapest to Nuremburg, and Passau to Budapest along the famous “blue Danube.” She will carry 188 passengers in 97 distinct staterooms: two suites, 89 deluxe, and six featuring single accommodations.
The first thing passengers embarking are likely to see is Viking Prestige’s two-story reception lobby. Spacious and airy, the atrium provides direct access to the ship’s restaurant, observation lounge and staterooms. A 24-hour coffee station is also located here.
Decorated in shades of blue and woods, the Restaurant features open-seating dining for breakfast, dinner and lunch. An extensive breakfast buffet is also available, and passengers dine on fine china placed atop high-quality linens.
The forward-facing Observation Lounge is located on Upper Deck and provides fantastic vistas of the breathtaking Danube. A bar area with bar stools serves up drinks, while a dance floor and stereo system ensures guests utilize this space well into the evening. A screen and projector are also available for guest lecturers and onboard staff.
On Viking Prestige’s topmost deck is a Sun Deck with ample seating – the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful day sailing through Europe’s greatest waterways.
Viking Prestige River Cruisers Should Know
Free shipwide wireless internet service ♦
Virtually all shore excursions are included in the cruise fare. ♦
There is no passenger elevator.
Year Built 2011 ♦
Country of Registry Germany ♦
Length 443 ft - 135 m ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 189 ♦
Passenger Decks 4 ♦
Officers and Crew 50 ♦
Officer's Nationality European ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality European
There are a total of 97 staterooms aboard Viking Prestige, many of which boast French balconies. All staterooms are between 134 and 310 square feet.
There are seven stateroom categories aboard Viking Prestige:
Category CS staterooms are designed to accommodate the solo traveler. Located on Upper, Middle and Main decks, these 134-square foot staterooms all feature French balconies with the exception of stateroom 122 on Main Deck, which features a picture window that cannot open. Being designed for one person, these rooms have a bed that folds up into a sofa during the daytime. Other amenities include a private bathroom with enclosed shower, air conditioning, a roomy wardrobe, and a 26” flat-panel television.
Category D & E staterooms are located on Main Deck and measure 155 square feet. They have a half-height picture window that cannot be opened, and can sleep two people on their deluxe hotel-style beds. They feature all of the amenities of the Category CS staterooms but with additional living space.
Category A, B and C staterooms are also 155 square feet, but feature French-style balconies with sliding glass doors. They are located on Upper and Middle decks and are equipped with the same amenities found in the Category D and E staterooms.
Suites are at the top of the accommodation chain aboard Viking Prestige. Located on Upper Deck, these are 310 square feet and feature a separate entryway with wardrobe in addition to a separated living room, bedroom and bathroom with full tub and shower. The living room features a sitting area with a sofa bed, and French balconies are present in both the bedroom and living room. There are only two of these suites aboard, so it is best to book early to avoid disappointment.
Total Cabins 98 ♦
Suites 2 ♦
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 ♦