Viking Longship Aegir
Introduced in 2012 alongside five of its Longship-class sisters including the Odin, Njord, Idun, Freya and Embla, the Viking Longship Aegir was one of the original Longships that Viking River Cruises launched onto Europe’s majestic waterways. Boasting hybrid diesel-electric engines which promote cleaner, more efficient and quieter voyages, and solar panels which help to keep the vessel ‘green’, the Viking Longship Aegir is an innovative, contemporary and beautiful ship on which guests can enjoy popular European itineraries, including the Grand European Tour.
As soon as guests walk onboard, they will be bathed in natural light thanks to the stunning atrium, before exploring the well-appointed public areas and staterooms which all offer river views. The outstanding Viking Culture Curriculum will also ensure that every guest can walk away from their Viking cruise enlightened, enthralled and with plenty of fond memories.
At maximum capacity, the Viking Longship Aegir can hold 190 passengers, with 50 crew members providing all with attentive, friendly and relaxed service. There is also a Cruise Director on-hand to ensure every guest can make the most of their free time.
Most guests who choose to sail on a Viking river cruise are from a more senior demographic, and are well-travelled and affluent. As an American line, guests tend to hail from the USA, but itineraries are also increasingly popular with travellers from the UK and other English-speaking countries. All crew members are fluent in, and all announcements and commentaries are delivered in, English.
The main dining room onboard operates an open-seating arrangement, meaning guests can enjoy flexibility when choosing when and where to sit. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer phenomenal views of the surrounding river views, and breakfast, lunch and dinner have a diverse, professionally-prepared choice of dishes. Breakfast and lunch are served in a buffet format, providing plenty of choice for guests to enjoy, and dinner is in the form of an a la carte menu, with excellent waiter service. The expert chefs onboard create regional and traditional options, with local, season produce – including produce grown in the onboard organic herb garden!
Drinks including local wines, beers, soft drinks and water are complimentary with lunch and dinner, with the option to upgrade the drinks package to include fine wines and premium spirits also available. Hot beverages are also available around the clock, via the self-serve station onboard.
Guests also have the option to dine at the Aquavit Terrace, which boasts both indoor and outdoor seating areas, offering perfect views to accompany an al-fresco casual dinner or early-riser breakfast. The dress code across the ship is casual, with many choosing ‘dressy casual’ for evenings onboard.
The entertainment programme onboard takes place in the Observation Lounge, which also benefits from a full-service bar. Here, guests can sit back and relax with an after-dinner drink, socialising with fellow travellers, or can watch the engaging performances that are included in the itinerary. Local acts pop onboard to perform region-specific talents, such as Austrian classic musical revues in Austria and Serbian folkloric performances.
Alternatively, guests can also sign up for optional evening excursions to Viennese concerts, or explore the local port if moored for the night.
As part of the Viking Culture Curriculum, guests can choose from a myriad of exciting opportunities, both onshore and onboard. The Aegir is home to a well-stocked library, a boutique and also features shipwide, complimentary Wi-Fi for guests to use whenever they wish. There are also a number of expert-led lectures and presentations available for guests to attend that are in-keeping with the various itineraries, such as lectures encompassing current affairs in Germany and the EU, or the myth of Dracula, or live glassblowing demonstrations.
Onshore, guests can join guided walking tours and sightseeing trips, or explore independently at their leisure. All guided tours include the use of individual audio headsets so that the information provided by the expert guides isn’t missed.
There are 95 staterooms and suites onboard, ranging from 135 sq. ft. to 445 sq. ft. depending on which category you choose. All options provide river views, with Main Deck standard staterooms featuring half-height picture windows and the remaining categories offering either French balconies or verandas. Explorer and Veranda Suites feature both, with Explorer Suites’ wraparound verandas providing outstanding 270-degree views of the landscape.
Regardless of which category of stateroom you choose, the amenities include hotel-style beds (including twin configuration option), private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, individual climate control, flatscreen TV with infotainment system and entertainment package, refrigerator, in-room safe, hairdryer, bottled water, and bathrooms and slippers on request. In addition, suites offer separate sleeping and seating areas, spacious bathrooms with heated floor and mirror, and two flatscreen TVs instead of one.
The Aegir’s Sun Deck benefits from ample sunloungers, as well as a shaded sitting area for guests can enjoy during their downtime. There is also a putting green for golf fans and a walking track available.
The Viking Longship Aegir currently runs three different itineraries, the 15-day ‘Grand European Tour’, the 11-day ‘Passage to Eastern Europe’ voyage and the 23-day ‘European Sojourn’ that combines elements of the first two itineraries.
The Grand European Tour, which travels along the beautiful Rhine, Main and Danube, and sails from Amsterdam to Budapest, includes 13 guided tours of cities and towns such as Cologne, Vienna and Nuremburg, and encompasses activities including making your own Rudesheimer coffee and listening to baroque organ music in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau.
The Passage to Eastern Europe voyage sails along the Danube between Budapest and Bucharest, and includes eight days on the river, two days in Budapest and one day in Bucharest. Explore the two iconic capitals, as well as Belgrade, Osijek and Kalocsa, sail through the Iron Gate between Serbia and Romania, and enjoy unique experiences including a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship.