Launched in 2014, the Viking Torgil has joined two other Viking vessels (the Osfrid and the Hemming) on the Douro River, providing unforgettable river cruises through some of the most beautiful areas of Portugal. With innovative engineering and contemporary Scandinavian-style interiors, the Viking Torgil continues to enhance the line’s reputation of excellence, combining the spirit of a Longship with the intimacy and size of a ship that can navigate the Douro with ease. Despite this ship’s ‘baby Longship’ size, Viking has still managed to squeeze a swimming pool onboard – a welcome touch on a summer cruise in sunny Portugal!
There are many similarities between the Viking Torgil and the Viking Longship class of vessels. However, unlike the Longships, the maximum capacity of the Torgil is only 106 passengers, which means guests can enjoy an intimate experience while benefitting from attentive service from the 36 crewmembers onboard. Passengers tend to be mature and well-travelled.
All guests can enjoy a copy of the Viking Daily delivered to their staterooms, which allows them to plan the next day’s activities in advance of sunrise. The majority of guests onboard tend to be from the USA and UK, with English-speaking crew, guides and announcements.
There is one main restaurant onboard, situated on the Middle Deck, which boasts an al-fresco dining area too. Here, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while also soaking up the panoramic views offered by the huge windows. Contemporary cuisine, featuring regional and traditional options, will ensure that guests have a good choice of fare, from the buffet station at breakfast – including cereals, pastries, egg dishes, meats and cheeses – to the soup and sandwich bar available at lunchtime. For dinner service, guests can enjoy a five-course gourmet menu with accompanying regional wines, as well as culinary enhancements that reflect the itinerary.
The restaurant is casual yet elegant – with a dress code to match - and there’s an open-seating arrangement which gives guests an opportunity to mingle with new-found friends and to eat at a time that suits them best. Casual dining is also available on the Sun Deck. As well as drinks with lunch and dinner, there is also a self-serve station where guests can help themselves to complimentary hot beverages, 24 hours a day.
The Observation Lounge can be found at the heart of the ship on the Upper Deck, and features a full-service bar. Here guests can enjoy local music and dancing performed by regional acts that pop onboard during each itinerary. There are plenty of comfortable seating areas, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow guests to watch the scenery drift by at the same time as relaxing and having a drink. If you don’t want to have to worry about paying for drinks at the bar in the evenings, all inclusive drinks packages are available for an additional cost.
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell dinners are a social highlight of any Viking cruise, with some guests choosing to get slightly more dressed up on these occasions.
At the end of the Observation Lounge there are floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to the popular outdoor Aquavit Terrace.
As part of every itinerary, there’s a multitude of activities planned to suit all interests, both onshore and onboard. From visiting port wine makers to touring Lisbon’s historic Bairro Alto district, there’s a wide range of excursions and guided tours for guests to enjoy when the Torgil is moored.
Onboard, guests can watch folkloric shows, flamenco performances and multimedia lectures and presentations that are specific to the area, covering topics such as Portuguese Fado music, the European pilgrimage tradition and local art and architecture.
There is also a well-stocked library, a shop and complimentary Wi-Fi is available across the ship, so guests can stay connected with loved ones back home.
There are a variety of accommodation types on the Torgil, from standard stateroom to suite. The main difference between standard staterooms and higher end accommodation types is the space that guests can enjoy, ranging from 155 sq. ft. to 302 sq. ft. Amenities across room categories are very similar, including hotel-style beds (with twin configuration optional), private bathroom, refrigerator, flatscreen TV with a variety of channels, infotainment system and movies on demand, hairdryer, telephone, air conditioning, premium bath products and bathrobes and slippers upon request. Bottled water is available and replenished daily.
Staterooms either have half-height picture windows, French balconies or verandas. Suites have separate seating and sleeping areas, a full-size veranda and French balcony.
The Viking Torgil boasts a pool and a putting green on the Sun Deck for when guests are feeling active, and ample seating and sunlounging/shaded areas for when relaxation and soaking up the sun and views is the order of the day. An organic herb garden and solar panels on the Sun Deck add to the Torgil’s green credentials.
The Viking Torgil offers the 10 day ‘Portugal’s River of Gold’ itinerary, which travels from Porto, through Bitetos, Regua, Pinhao, Barca d’Alva and Salamanca in Spain, and then back to Porto via Vega de Terron and Pinhao. This cruise includes eight fantastic guided tours, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of medieval Guimaraes, the Alpendurada Monastery and Quinta do Seixo, one of the area’s famous port wine regions. Guests have the opportunity to explore Lisbon prior to boarding, and a range of ports and destinations on the way. All at the same time as tucking into the mouth-watering local cuisine and eyeing the pristine, untouched landscapes.