Viking Longship Bragi
As part of the 46-strong fleet of Longships, the Viking Longship Bragi has been navigating some of Europe’s majestic waterways since 2013. With ‘green’ credentials including diesel-electric hybrid engines and solar panels incorporated into its design, the Bragi showcases some fantastic, environmentally-friendly engineering that helps to solidify Viking’s place in the river cruise market as being one of the best available.
As soon as guests step onboard, they will be treated to swathes of natural light and contemporary design features, including the two-storey atrium and beautifully-appointed public areas and staterooms. With a carefully selected itinerary that includes a whole host of shore excursions that are immersive and engaging, the Viking Longship Bragi does Europe’s waterways proud.
The majority of holidaymakers onboard the Viking Longship Bragi tend to be American, with UK holidaymakers, as well as some from Europe and beyond, making up the mix. English is spoken fluently onboard, and guests can enjoy the Viking Daily newsletter delivered to their staterooms which include details of the following day’s itinerary.
The maximum capacity of the vessel is 190 passengers and 50 professional and attentive crew members, including a Program Director that can answer all queries to the best of their knowledge.
There is one main restaurant onboard, where an open-seating policy operates for all meals. Guests can tuck into well-thought-out breakfast and lunch buffet spreads, which include a range of delicious dishes from cereals, continental meats, cheese, fruits and made-to-order eggs for breakfast, and soups, entrees, pastas and salads for lunch. Dinner is waiter-served and a la carte, with a choice of regional fare and traditional favourites to suit every palate.
Guests can enjoy wines, beers, soft drinks and water with lunch and dinner service, with an optional upgraded beverage package available, which includes premium spirits and fine wines. Hot drinks are available around the clock from the onboard self-serve beverage station.
Guests can also enjoy early riser buffet breakfasts and casual dining on the Aquavit Terrace, with al-fresco options if desired. The dress code, regardless of where you dine, is casual, but most guests choose to adopt a more ‘dressy casual’ look in the evenings.
The Welcome and Farewell dinners are always well-anticipated, but there is also a low-key entertainment programme onboard that is in-keeping with the itinerary and the corresponding Viking Culture Curriculum, such as folkloric performances on the ‘Tulips and Windmills’ cruise, and the Austrian music classics that are performed as part of the ‘Grand European Tour’ voyage.
Most guests head to the Observation Lounge and Bar to unwind after dinner and enjoy the various performances, before retiring to their staterooms.
Guests can enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi that is available throughout the ship, or relax in the library corner with a good book. There is also an onboard boutique, where guests can treat themselves – or a loved one - to something special.
What will really keep every guest happy, though, is the extensive and fantastic shore excursion programme which provides an invaluable look at the destinations that make up the itineraries that the Bragi follows. From guided tours (including the use of individual audio headsets) to independent exploration, there’s enough to satisfy all. The onboard expert-led lectures on topics including the 17th century tulip craze in Holland, Belgium’s political landscape and the EU’s current affairs offer guests fascinating insight, but other activities are also available as part of the Viking Culture Curriculum, including trying your hand at Dutch shuffleboard, and cheese and jenever tasting.
Guests have a choice of 95 staterooms onboard, which vary in size between 135 sq. ft. and 445 sq. ft. but all benefit from stunning outside river views. Standard staterooms have picture windows, but all other categories of offer either a French balcony or a veranda. Explorer Suites also boast a wraparound veranda that offers amazing 270-degree views of the river.
Standard amenities include hotel-style beds, en-suite bathroom with shower and premium bath products, fridge, in-room safe, telephone, hairdryer, climate control, flatscreen TV with infotainment system and premium entertainment package, bathrobes and slippers (on request) and bottled water that is replenished daily.
In addition, suites feature two separate rooms – a living area and a bedroom – as well as a larger bathroom and two flatscreen TVs instead of one.
While the excursions and activities will take up most of your time while cruising, the Viking Longship Bragi does also boast ample relaxation opportunities on the Sun Deck, where there are plenty of sunloungers, deck chairs and shaded sitting areas, as well as a putting green and walking track. The Sun Deck is also where you’ll find the organic herb garden that is maintained by the onboard chef, which is also a wonderful area to wander during down time.
The Viking Longship Bragi currently offers two different itineraries to its guests – the 15-day ‘Grand European Tour’ and the 10-day ‘Tulips and Windmills’ voyage.
As part of the Grand European Tour, guests sail between Amsterdam and Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, visiting some of Europe’s most iconic cities including Cologne and Vienna. There are 13 guided tours to enjoy, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wander Nuremburg’s Palace of Justice, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau (including a special organ concert) or sample some sachertorte in Vienna.
The Tulips and Windmills tour includes eight guided tours and two UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the breathtaking windmill village of Kinderdijk. Enjoy excursions and sightseeing tours in Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, drop by Anne Frank’s house or take a tour of the Paleis Het Loo, which is the Dutch Royal family’s summer home. Head back to Amsterdam via Rotterdam, famed for its innovative architecture that was rebuilt following WW2.
Pre and post extensions are available in Amsterdam and Prague (Grand European Tour) and Amsterdam and The Hague (Tulips and Windmills).