Viking Longship Freya
The Viking Freya was one of the original Viking Longships in a fleet that now numbers 40, thanks to the unprecedented expansion this new ship sparked due to its ground breaking technology, smart Scandinavian style and patented corridor design. Although she was one of the first Longships launched by Norwegian-owned Viking River Cruises, Freya is still a trendsetting young lady as she was christened in 2012. Along with her Longship sisters, Freya has won a string of prestigious travel industry awards. With 95 outdoor staterooms and a spacious, stylish interior, Freya, who is named after the Norse goddess of love, currently sails the romantic Danube.
Viking River Cruises’ prides itself on its immersive approach to making the culture and history of its itineraries come alive. Due to this, its mainly English-speaking guests tend to be well-travelled individuals who are keen to explore the places they visit. The low key luxury and cutting edge technology of the Viking Freya are also key factors in enticing passengers to choose this fabulous ship.
The main restaurant onboard Viking Freya is where you’ll usually eat all three main meals of the day. With floor-to-ceiling windows offering wonderful views of the passing scenery, this will always be a pleasure. The restaurant provides a relaxed dining experience thanks to its open-seating policy, but although the atmosphere is never formal, premium quality table linen, china and glass add to the casually elegant feel of the room. Viking’s famous attention to detail means that all meals include dishes inspired by the places on the itinerary
At the breakfast buffet you can choose from pastries, cereal, cheese, cold meats, eggs and fruit. Unusually for a river cruise ship, lunch departs from the buffet format and offers main courses and desserts or choices from the soup and salad bar. Make sure you work up an appetite when you’re out sightseeing as dinner is a five-course affair.
Another great spot to enjoy a casual onboard meal in the open air is the Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship. Its cutting edge indoor/outdoor viewing area means you can enjoy fabulous views, whatever the weather.
Soft drinks, beers and regional wines are included with meals and you can upgrade to the Silver Spirits Beverage Package if you wish. Tea, coffee and cappuccino are always on hand at the 24-hour beverage bar.
Freya’s captain hosts a welcome cocktail party and dinner and a farewell dinner on every cruise. There’s no need to dress up for these events although some passengers like to. Local musicians are a regular fixture but passengers tend to be happy to unwind over a drink or a book in the evening. The bar in the stylish Observation Lounge serves as the social centre of the ship, where passengers gather to discuss their day and enjoy a cocktail with a view.
Viking’s onboard Culture Curriculum offers ample opportunities to enrich your cruise experience with hands-on activities including food and wine tastings and apple strudel-making classes. Interesting presentations on subjects like the formation of the EU and the life and works of the composter Mozart also prove extremely popular. You can also learn some key phrases relating to your destinations.
Free Wi-Fi makes it easy to stay in touch with home, and the library and boutique are on hand when it’s time to start a new book or treat yourself to a souvenir.
The Daily Viking newsletter briefs passengers on the excursions ahead, and all port visits offer Viking’s trademark in-depth approach to sightseeing with knowledgeable, friendly guides and state of the art headsets to back up the experience.
You can aim for a hole in one on the putting green on Freya’s Sun Deck, or stretch your legs on the generously-sized walking track or in the fragrant herb garden. Or if you’re looking to give your feet a rest, there’s a handy onboard elevator to whizz you between decks.
Viking Freya’s staterooms are a masterclass in Scandinavian style with light woods and neutral tones enhanced by calming blue touches. All staterooms are outdoor and feature a view of the passing scenery. Phone, safe, fridge, hairdryer, premium bath products and individual climate control come as standard on all Viking Freya staterooms. All cabins also have a 40-inch flat screen Sony TV with ‘View From the Bridge’ and several English-speaking options. Bottled water is replaced daily and you can request bathrobes and slippers and your preferred bed configuration for added comfort. There’s plenty of space for case storage under the bed and the 3-door wardrobe with wooden hangers is a good size.
On the Upper Deck there are two luxurious 445 sq. ft. Explorer Suites whose main attraction is a stunning private wraparound veranda with 270 degree views which is accessed just off their living area. They also boast a French balcony in the bedroom. There are seven Veranda Suites, which measure 275 sq.ft and also feature a veranda off the living room and a French balcony. 20 Veranda Staterooms measuring 205 sq.ft and also boasting the full-size veranda but no French balcony make up the rest of this deck.
The Middle Deck is home to 19 Veranda Staterooms and 17 French Balcony Staterooms which measure 135 sq. ft, and are named after the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open as a French balcony. The Main Deck is where the 25 Standard Staterooms are housed. These measure 150 sq. ft. and have a half-high picture window.
Viking Freya’s current route takes her on the eight day Romantic Danube itinerary which starts in Budapest where you can see how the Danube River divides the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sections of the Hungarian capital. In Austria there’s the chance to explore the rich culture and cakes of Vienna and the picture-perfect towns of the Wachau Valley. From there, you’ll sail on to picturesque Passau and Regensburg in Germany before docking in Nuremberg. This itinerary also sails the return journey from Nuremberg to Budapest. There are six guided tours, optional extra excursions and the chance to extend your stay on dry land in Prague or Budapest.