Viking Longship Njord
Joining the Viking fleet in 2012, the Viking Longship Njord is one of the 46-strong fleet of Longships that are navigating European waterways today. The award-winning design showcases some incredible engineering, including diesel-electric hybrid engines and solar panels, while the elegance and comfort that its decks provide are just two of the reasons why the line has a loyal number of followers that will embark on river cruise adventures with Viking over and over again.
From the airy atrium that bathes guests in natural light and the beautiful staterooms and suites that are filled with all the amenities a guest could need, to the carefully selected shore excursions and enriching activities onboard, the Viking Longship Njord ensures that trips along Danube are simply unforgettable.
The majority of travellers onboard the Viking Longship Njord are English-speakers, from nations including the USA and the UK, as well as other areas of Europe and beyond. Many guests travel as a couple, but solo travellers are also well catered for, with single staterooms available.
The vessel travels with a maximum capacity of 190 guests and 50 crew, and the resulting crew to passenger ratio means guests can enjoy attentive service throughout the voyage. There is a dedicated Cruise Director onboard, and the daily newsletter – Viking Daily – will ensure guests know the details of the itineraries ahead of time.
The main restaurant onboard benefits from open seating, so guests can choose where to sit for breakfast, lunch and dinner service. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views as you dine. Generous opening times offer guests plenty of flexibility so that they can dine when they are ready to.
The Aquavit Terrace onboard offers an alternative to the main dining area, dishing up an early risers buffet, as well as casual dining options, including items cooked on the grills. The indoor and outdoor viewing area also lends itself to al-fresco dining.
Dress code is casual, but ‘dressy casual’ in the evenings – particularly for the welcome and farewell dinners – is commonplace. Local house wines, beers, soft drinks and hot beverages are included with every meal, but upgraded beverage packages which include premium wines and spirits can be arranged. A 24 hour hot drinks station is also available.
Entertainment onboard is low key, with a programme that includes local entertainers and performances that are in-keeping with the Viking Culture Curriculum programme which coincides with the itinerary.
The Observation Lounge and Bar is a popular place for guests to unwind after dinner.
Onboard every Viking Longship, there’s a vast selection of amenities that will keep every guest happy. Make use of the ship-wide complimentary Wi-Fi and stay connected with loved ones back home, grab a book and relax in the library corner, browse the onboard boutique or take a stroll around the organic herb garden situated on the Sun Deck. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the selection of cultural activities that match your chosen itinerary, such as cooking classes, hands-on demonstrations, multimedia talks and expert-led lectures.
Carefully chosen shore excursions provide guests with an invaluable look at each port, from guided tours and sightseeing walks to local tastings and ballet performances.
There are 95 staterooms onboard, all of which benefit from outside river views. Staterooms vary from standard (150 sq. ft.), to French balcony (135 sq. ft.) and veranda (205 sq. ft.) staterooms, and there are also 7 Veranda Suites and 2 Explorer Suites, which are substantially larger at 275 sq. ft. and 445 sq. ft. respectively. All rooms boast French balconies or verandas, apart from the standard staterooms which have picture windows. Suites feature two rooms – a living area with veranda and bedroom with French balcony.
Amenities that come as standard include hotel-style beds (with optional twin bed configuration), private bathroom with shower and premium toiletries, telephone, fridge, in-room safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, climate control, flatscreen TV with premium entertainment package and movies, and bottled water that is replenished daily.
When not immersing yourself in the excursions and activities, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind, with an onboard putting green and walking track situated on the Sun Deck.
The Sun Deck also boasts panoramic views, a shaded sitting area and plenty of sunloungers and deck chairs where guests can sit with a refreshing drink and watch the world go by.
The itinerary that the Viking Longship Njord currently offers is the eight day ‘Romantic Danube’ voyage that takes guests from Budapest to Nuremburg. The itinerary includes six guided tours, complete with audio headset use, and visits to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stroll around Gottweig’s Benedictine Abbey, Matthias Church in Budapest, or Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. Wander the medieval city of Regensburg or sign up for a Danube Narrows excursion, before navigating the engineering marvel that is Main-Danube Canal, then sailing through the beautiful Wachau Valley.
Pre and post-sail extensions to the river cruise are also available, in both Prague and Budapest.