by Dayna Engberg

3 Reasons to Choose River Cruising

Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, when it comes to river cruising, small ship is the way to go. Keep reading to discover how small ship river cruises can offer an elevated experience from traditional cruise lines.

Small Ships. Big Impact.

The whole focus of a river cruise is the destination. You’ll dock in the heart of small towns, walk right off the ship and start exploring. Get closer to your destination with immersive experiences and dive deeper into the culture with more time in port. The onboard experience on a river cruise like Viking® is much different from a mega-liner cruise ship — no noisy casinos, no waiting in line and no formal nights. Instead, you’ll find a tranquil, adults-only environment with onboard cultural enrichment centered specifically around your destination to enhance your time ashore.

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Watch the views glide by from your Veranda Stateroom

All About the Views

Your stateroom on a river cruise is extra important, because some of the best views are the ones floating right past the ship. On a Viking river cruise, there are no interior cabins, so you’ll be guaranteed a great view from your spacious stateroom with a full-size veranda. Plus, Viking Longships offer river cruising’s first-ever true suites, each with two full-size rooms — the largest suites on Europe’s rivers — one of the many reasons Viking was voted the number one river cruise line in the Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Enjoy lunch al fresco on Viking's Aquavit Terrace

Culinary Excellence

On a Viking river cruise, you won’t pay extra for things like specialty dining, beer and wine because it’s all included. Their highly trained chefs craft regional cuisine and timeless classics enhanced with locally sourced ingredients, so you can explore new cultures through food. Enjoy your meal surrounded in the streamlined Scandinavian design of their main dining room or watch Europe’s picturesque riverscapes unfold before you on Viking’s Aquavit Terrace, boasting the most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers. With flavors accented from their onboard herb garden and a selection of acclaimed regional wines, dining is part of the journey.

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