Viking Longship Ingvi
The Viking Longship Ingvi, named after the son of Odin in Norse folklore, made its debut on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers in 2014, and since then has provided contemporary, cultural and immersive river cruises to guests from all over the world. As part of the growing Longship-class of vessels that Viking River Cruises operates, the Ingvi benefits from well-established Scandinavian roots, and features identical amenities and design as its Longship sisters. From the moment guests are welcomed onboard they can enjoy the light and airy atrium, spacious public areas and beautifully-appointed staterooms, and the cultural activities, excursions and experiences that come as part of the itineraries are second to none.
Viking’s ‘green’ initiative can also be seen onboard, with ecologically-friendly features including solar panels and hybrid diesel-electric engines working in harmony to provide a river cruise that is cleaner, more efficient and quieter than many of its competitors.
The vessel can hold a maximum of 190 passengers; most of whom are American, British, Canadian and Australian, but other nationalities can occasionally be found onboard. The majority of travellers are affluent, well-travelled and mature, with a love of cruising on oceans and rivers alike – mainly for the extensive experiences and sightseeing opportunities that are included in the fare.
The Programme Director is available throughout the voyage to ensure all questions are answered and free time is planned effectively. Fifty crew and staff members provide excellent service throughout, and the Viking Daily newsletter is delivered to every stateroom, every evening, to ensure all guests can plan their time wisely.
A buffet breakfast and lunch service are both available in the main dining room, every day of the cruise, dishing up a variety of tasty offerings from cereals, pastries, fruit and cold meats for breakfast, to pasta, salads and soups for lunch. Hot options, including made-to-order eggs and entrees from the menu are also available. Dinner is slightly different, with a five-course menu served a la carte, with the help of the professional waiting staff. Chefs create a diverse menu using locally sourced and seasonal goods (including produce from the onboard organic herb garden), with a choice of regional specialities and simpler menu options. Complimentary drinks, including beers, local wines and soft drinks, are free-flowing with lunch and dinner. There is also a hot beverage station onboard where guests can help themselves to tea and coffee, 24hours a day.
The dining room doesn’t have a formal dress code, with most guests choosing casual wear during the daytimes, and slightly dressier casual during the evenings. An open-seating policy ensures flexible and relaxed dining throughout. This is also true of the Aquavit Terrace, which can be found at the bow of the ship, in front of the Observation Lounge, where guests can enjoy indoor and al-fresco outdoor seating areas, and casual lighter fare served from the grill.
Evening entertainment tends to be low-key on river cruises, with more emphasis put on the daily activities and shore excursions. The Observation Lounge onboard is where the majority of evening entertainment takes place, with a resident pianist providing relaxing after-dinner music regularly, and local performers who are invited onboard to showcase regional-specific performances will also be found here, including Austrian classical music recitals.
Guests can also look forward to the welcome and farewell dinners that take place on every cruise, which both offer perfect opportunities to dress up a little and mingle. The welcome dinner and cocktail reception are particularly helpful as icebreakers.
The in-depth and captivating Culture Curriculum that Viking river cruises incorporates is always looked forward to by guests, and the Longship Ingvi includes a number of exciting and interesting activities both on and off the vessel. Onboard, guests can take part in itinerary-specific experiences, examples including expert-led lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland and the EU, as well as the opportunity to appreciate a glassblowing demonstration and the chance to taste speciality foods including a themed Hungarian dinner.
All guided tours that are included in the itinerary you choose make use of individual audio headsets that allow passengers to listen to the information provided by the expert guide. Every itinerary offers plenty of tours and sightseeing opportunities, as well as unique experiences such as the chance to taste smoke-flavoured beer in Bamberg, appreciate an organ concert in Passau and make your own Rudesheimer coffee.
During free time, guests can also browse the onboard library corner and boutique, and catch up with friends back home via the complimentary, shipwide Wi-Fi.
The Ingvi has 95 well-appointed staterooms onboard, split into eight different categories that are separated according to size and whether they have a French balcony, veranda, neither or both. Staterooms vary in size, from 135 sq. ft. French balcony staterooms to 445 sq. ft. Explorer Suites. Standard staterooms situated on the Main Deck are slightly larger than the French balcony staterooms, coming in at 150 sq. ft., but lack a French balcony or veranda, fitted with a half-height picture window instead. Suites feature both a French balcony in the bedroom, and a full-size veranda in the living area – Explorer Suites’ verandas are wraparound and offer stunning 270degree views of the river.
Amenities are standard across the various accommodation categories, and include hotel-style beds, private bathrooms with shower facilities, a flatscreen TV with infotainment system and English-speaking channels, a fridge, telephone, hairdryer, safe, climate control and complimentary bottled water. Bathrobes and slippers are also available, on request.
The Sun Deck features a putting green and walking track, as well as ample relaxing sunloungers and a shaded sitting area that’s perfect for enjoying the 360degree panoramic views as you sail down the river.
The Ingvi currently offers the 15-day Grand European Tour, which includes 13 guided tours as you sail along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest. During this time, guests can enjoy a wealth of enticing activities and experiences in ports such as Kinderdijk, Cologne, Miltenberg, Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest, and plenty of opportunity to appreciate the breath-taking landscapes that make up the UNESCO-recognised Wachau Valley and Middle Rhine.