Viking Longship Odin
As the father of the Gods in Norse folklore, it’s not surprising that Viking River Cruises borrowed Odin’s name when inaugurating one of the first of its Longship-class vessels in 2012. Along with its sisters that were released in the same year, the Viking Longship Odin introduced features and facilities that would become standard in new additions to the fleet, including a patented corridor design that allows for a variety of room configurations, ‘green’ credentials, and the stunning al-fresco Aquavit Terrace that can be used regardless of the weather.
Viking River Cruises continues to win awards in the travel industry, and demand for its itineraries continues to rise. With Longship-class vessels like the Viking Longship Odin leading the way on Europe’s rivers and beyond, it’s easy to see why.
With a maximum capacity of 190 passengers, the Longship Odin isn’t the smallest on the rivers, but guests needn’t worry about feeling overcrowded or cramped onboard because the spacious design ensures there’s room for all. The impeccable service provides quality hospitality throughout every itinerary, and the Programme Director and Viking Daily newsletter ensures all guests can manage their time effectively.
There is one main dining room onboard, which is decorated elegantly with crisp white table linens and gleaming tableware. The open seating policy that is in place, and the casual dress code, ensures that all guests can enjoy a relaxed, friendly and laidback dining experience, from the buffet breakfast and lunch served from the large stations, to the sit-down a la carte menu that is available at dinner.
Guests can enjoy a choice of local specialities and some crowd-pleasing favourites that will suit all tastes. All dishes are freshly prepared using seasonal and locally sourced produce, including herbs from the organic herb garden situated on the Sun Deck. Drinks are complimentary with lunch and dinner, with the option to upgrade to a more premium package if required. Hot drinks are also available free of charge, from the beverage station.
The Aquavit Terrace onboard, situated at the front of the Observation Lounge, is available if guests would prefer to enjoy lighter, casual fare. The innovative design of this venue means that you can enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, which ensures it’s a useable area, no matter what the weather is doing. An al-fresco grill menu is available when weather permits.
The majority of the entertainment programme onboard takes place in the Observation Lounge, which benefits from a full-service bar and an in-house pianist. There’s ample, comfortable seating, and a dancefloor which occasionally hosts local performers who are invited onboard to perform local revues, such as folkloric performances and classical renditions.
The welcome and farewell dinners, and cocktail reception, are always highly anticipated on each Viking itinerary.
The reason why many people choose to embark on a river cruise is the experiences that await them at the various ports, and Viking River Cruises are no different. The full itineraries ensure there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities in store, including a number of exciting guided tours, which include the complimentary use of an audio headset. Optional shore excursions are also available at a small additional fee, if guests wish to enhance their voyage even further, including the ‘Romantic Road’ to Rothenberg.
The carefully-selected Viking Culture Curriculum provides guests with ample enrichment onboard, to complement their experiences off the ship. Expert-led lectures and discussions on the European Union and the Main River are always enjoyed, while culinary classes which can teach you how to make traditional German bread pudding and Rudesheimer coffee are also organised. Guests can also have the opportunity to listen to Moselle folk tales and watch an impressive glassblowing demonstration by a local craftsperson when moored in Miltenberg.
The ship is also fitted with a boutique, well-stocked library and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.
There are 95 staterooms onboard the Odin, divided according to size (between 135 sq. ft. and 445 sq. ft.) and view, into eight different categories. Standard staterooms (150 sq. ft.) are slightly larger than French balcony staterooms (135 sq. ft.) but lack a veranda or balcony; instead they provide half-height picture windows which offer a view of the river. The remaining categories all include either a French balcony or a veranda, depending on the accommodation chosen. The seven Veranda Suites and two Explorer Suites all benefit from both a French balcony and a veranda – the Explorer Suite verandas wrap around the room and provide stunning 270-degree views.
Amenities that are standard across the various categories include hotel-style beds (with optional twin configuration on request), ample storage, climate control, flatscreen TV with infotainment system and English-speaking channels, telephone, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator and complimentary bottled water (restocked daily). All rooms boast a private bathroom with shower, bath products and bathrobes/slippers on request. In addition, higher end bathrooms are slightly larger, with heated floors and mirrors.
The Sun Deck, situated at the top of the ship, features a large walking track around the outside of the deck and a putting green that’s perfect for a golfing challenge. Plenty of comfortable sunloungers and a shaded seating area allow guests to put their feet up and watch the beautiful scenery drift by –great for helping you to relax and unwind.
The Viking Longship Odin currently offers one captivating itinerary which takes guests between Paris and Prague on a 12 day river cruise extravaganza. The ‘Cities of Light’ itinerary sails along the Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers, and includes an array of enriching activities and guided tours.
Highlights include a visit to Germany’s oldest city – Trier – which is home to Trier Cathedral, Church of Our Lady and the Roman Porta Nigra, a breathtaking sail through the mesmerising Rhine Valley, and guided tours of several of Europe’s most beautiful cities and towns, including Paris, Prague, Luxembourg City, Cochem, Koblenz, Heidelberg, Bamberg and Nuremberg.
As part of the itinerary, guests can enjoy two nights each in Paris and Prague.