Viking Longship Rinda
As one of a growing number of Longship-class vessels to join Viking River Cruises’ fleet, the 2013-launched Viking Longship Rinda continues the line’s pledge to provide an excellent standard of river cruise to guests from all over the world. With a combination of elegantly designed and spacious public areas, a bright and airy atrium, beautifully-appointed staterooms and itineraries that continue to impress, the Rinda has everything that a river cruise enthusiast could want. The Longship-class vessels also benefit from eco-friendly features including energy-efficient hybrid engines and solar panels that ensure a clean, quiet and efficient voyage, and a patented corridor design which allows for different configurations of staterooms to suit all preferences.
The Longship Rinda focuses its attention on some of France’s most beautiful and breathtaking regions, and includes a Culture Curriculum filled with activities, tours and excursions that reflect the brand’s mission to provide top-quality itineraries throughout the year.
With a maximum capacity of 190 passengers, you may think that the Viking Longship Rinda would feel busy and overcrowded, but the design features and incredibly spacious interiors means that guests can enjoy relaxed and laidback cruising without feeling cramped. The excellent hospitality onboard, including the service of a dedicated Programme Director, can help to ensure all needs are met at every step of the way.
The Viking Daily newsletter is delivered to every stateroom every day, to allow guests to plan and manage their time effectively. The majority of guests onboard are English-speaking, well-travelled, and have a love of culture, history and natural scenery.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the fare, and are served in the main dining room onboard, which is fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sensational views of the countryside as you dine. Breakfast and lunch are served in a self-serve buffet format, while dinner comprises a sit-down a la carte menu made up of authentic regional dishes and traditional favourites that ensure all guests are well-catered for. Drinks including local wines, beers and soft drinks are complimentary with lunch and dinner, and upgraded drinks packages are available if guests wish to enjoy fine wines and premium spirits without worrying about settling the bill at the end of the cruise.
In addition, guests can enjoy lighter, casual, al-fresco fare in the Aquavit Terrace onboard, which can be found at the bow of the ship, in front of the Observation Lounge. With indoor and outdoor viewing areas, this all-weather casual dining venue offers grill fare, light lunches and early riser breakfasts at no extra cost. Both dining areas are casual, relaxed and friendly, with an open seating arrangement and no formal dress code.
There is a low-key entertainment programme onboard that coincides with the overall itinerary, which includes local performers popping onboard occasionally to perform regional and classical revues. The Observation Lounge, which is the social hub of the ship, also features a full-service bar and resident pianist for relaxing evenings with a drink and friendly company.
Social highlights for all itineraries are the welcome and farewell dinners, as well as the Captain’s cocktail reception, which are great excuses for dressing up and socialising with fellow travellers.
The Longship Rinda features a library and a boutique, and is kitted out with ship-wide Wi-Fi for when guests wish to surf the web and chat with loved ones back home. The Culture Curriculum also offers a multitude of interesting and immersive activities which enrich and inspire, from tasting sessions where guests can sample French cheeses, and culinary classes which can teach you how to make your own tarte au citron, to in-depth lectures on Joan of Arc and French impressionism. As you cruise through areas of France, you can also learn a few French words and phrases which may prove helpful on your travels!
On land, guests can sign up for a number of optional excursions which are available at an additional, nominal fee. However, many guided tours are included as standard - and with the help of audio headsets, can offer guests a great way of exploring the local ports and their landmarks at the same time as learning from an expert local guide. Independent exploration is also possible with bicycles often available.
Of the 95 staterooms onboard, only the standard staterooms situated on the Main Deck lack a French balcony or veranda. Instead, these offer half-height picture windows. The other accommodation categories, divided into French Balcony Staterooms, Veranda Staterooms, Veranda Suites and Explorer Suites, feature either a French balcony, private veranda, or both (in the case of suite accommodation).
Staterooms vary in size between 135 sq. ft. and 445 sq. ft. with many amenities coming as standard, including hotel-style beds, plenty of storage options, climate control, flatscreen TV with infotainment system and various channels, telephone, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator and complimentary bottled water. Every room also features a private bathroom with shower and premium bath products. Higher end accommodation also boasts heated floors and mirrors. Bathrobes and slippers are available on request.
The Sun Deck is home to a large walking track and a putting green. The abundant sunloungers and shaded seating area provide an opportunity to relax and unwind, while admiring the breathtaking views of the river.
The Viking Longship Rinda takes its guests on a journey along the Seine River, through Northern France, as part of the eight day ‘Paris & the Heart of Normandy’ itinerary. Included in the voyage is six guided tours, and the option for pre- and post- cruise extensions in Paris. From the romantic French capital and the provincial towns of Vernon and Giverny, to the beaches of Normandy and the medieval city of Rouen, every guest has the opportunity to enjoy new experiences and explore the local destinations.
Visit Giverny, where Monet used to live, including a tour of his home and the gardens that so often inspired his masterpieces, or tick off some of Paris’ most remarkable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Musee d’Orsay, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Champs Elysees. Sign up to an optional excursion to the Louvre, or join a coach tour of the City of Lights during the evening. Guests can also sign up for an excursion to Bayeux – home to the famous tapestry.