Viking Longship Vidar
Named after the Norse god who is associated with loyalty, the Viking Longship Vidar made its way onto Europe’s rivers in 2015 alongside nine other Longship-class vessels and has since cruised through Switzerland, Germany, France and Holland.
Incorporating the features and highlights that Longship-class vessels have as standard, including the beautiful al-fresco Aquavit Terrace, eco-friendly solar panels and hybrid engines, and a patented corridor design to allow for more stateroom configurations, the Viking Longship Vidar is one of the latest in an expanding fleet of vessels that Viking River Cruises is rightly proud of.
Every Longship-class vessel can accommodate up to 190 guests at any one time, and the 50 staff and crew members onboard will ensure every guest enjoys impeccable service throughout. The Programme Director can help guests to plan free time, and the Viking Daily newsletter provides essential information regarding the following day’s events and activities.
The majority of guests who choose to travel with Viking Cruises tend to be from a more senior audience, are English-speaking and have a love of travel, history, culture and natural scenery.
Guests can enjoy a flexible open seating arrangement in the main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner services. Despite the beautiful décor and sophisticated table settings, the venue exudes relaxing vibes thanks to the flexible dining and casual dress code. Breakfast and lunch are served from a self-serve buffet station, with dishes ranging from pastries, cheese, cold meats and cereals for breakfast to soups, salads and desserts for lunch. Hot meals including made-to-order eggs at breakfast and entrees for lunch are also available. For dinner, a five-course menu is offered, made up of professionally-prepared dishes spanning both local cuisine and more traditional favourites. Chefs onboard use seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, including produce from the organic onboard herb garden.
Drinks including local wines and beers, as well as soft drinks and water, are free-flowing with lunch and dinner, with an optional beverage package upgrade also available if you would like a wider choice of drinks without worrying about the cost. A range of hot drinks are complimentary 24/7 from the self-serve beverage station.
If you do fancy something a little different during your river cruise, the Longship-class Aquavit Terrace feature is a wonderful alternative dining venue that is popular with guests. This al-fresco venue can be found at the front of the Observation Lounge and, thanks to its innovative design, is an all-weather indoor and outdoor space where guests can enjoy lighter fare and food served from the grill.
Entertainment onboard is low-key, but most guests tend to be more than happy with that after busy days exploring off-ship. The Observation Lounge is home to a full-service bar, in-house pianist and dancefloor, and is a perfect social hub for guests who wish to relax and mingle after dinner. Occasionally, local acts are invited onboard to perform regional music and classical revues.
The Captain’s welcome reception and dinner, and the farewell dinner at the end of the voyage, are well-anticipated on every cruise. Some guests choose to dress up for these special events.
Enjoy walking tours of beautiful towns and cities, including Basel, Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Cologne, and embrace some unique experiences including the chance to visit a traditional cuckoo clock workshop in Breisach and the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. Thanks to the excellent Viking Culture Curriculum, guests also have the opportunity to learn some Dutch diversions onboard including sjoelen (Dutch table shuffleboard) and sampling Dutch cheeses and jenever – a local distilled juniper liquor. In Amsterdam, guests can take a trip along the vast canal network on a glass bottomed boat – a perfect way to finish the adventure. Optional excursions are on offer, including the charming Alsatian town of Colmar, and independent exploration is encouraged when time allows.
The Longship Vidar also features an onboard boutique and well-stocked library corner. Guests are also welcome to make use of the ship-wide complimentary Wi-Fi, and attend expert-led lectures on interesting itinerary-specific topics.
There are 95 staterooms onboard, split into eight categories. All feature outside views, either via half-height picture windows in the 150 sq. ft. standard staterooms, French balconies or private verandas. Higher end suite accommodations feature both a French balcony off the bedroom and private full-size veranda off the living area. Explorer Suites go one step further, offering incredible wraparound verandas that provide sensational 270-degree views of the river.
Amenities that are standard across the accommodation categories include comfortable hotel-style beds (with optional twin configuration on request), private bathroom with shower, flatscreen TV with entertainment package, climate control, refrigerator, safe, hairdryer, telephone, complimentary bottled water (restocked daily), bathrobes and slippers (on request) and premium bath products. In addition, suites feature larger bathrooms with a heated floor and mirror.
The Sun Deck situated at the top of the ship is home to a shaded seating area and plenty of comfortable sunloungers which guests are welcome to use during their free time, to enjoy the beautiful views and unwind. This deck is also home to a walking track, putting green and deck games for more active types.
As of 2016, the Viking Longship Vidar will be sailing the ten day Switzerland to the North Sea voyage which encompasses a number of ports between Basel and Amsterdam, travelling through areas of Switzerland, Germany and France before navigating the waters of Holland. Stop at Breisach, the gateway to the stunning Black Forest, and later in the cruise you’ll travel through the breathtaking Middle Rhine area, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.