The Viking Difference: The Thinking Person’s Cruise™

We travel to explore, to learn, to understand. At Viking, we believe travel should be more than just a trip—it should be a doorway to cultural insight and personal enrichment. That is why our intimate, inclusive cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore nuances of your destination: its food, culture, people and customs. Here is some of what we feel defines the Viking Difference:

REINVENTING OCEAN CRUISING. We launched Viking Ocean Cruises to reinvent the category. And it didn’t take long for us to rise to the top. If you prefer an elegant, serene ship ambiance, more time in each port and an inclusive experience complete with exquisite dining and thoughtfully curated shore excursions, the world’s best ocean cruise line was created for you.
SMALL SHIP EXPERTS. On a Viking ship, you will sail into the heart of your destination, so you can explore up close and in depth. The size of our vessels—with just 930 guests—gives us greater maneuverability, allowing us to dock where the mega-liners cannot, giving you more access to your destination and more time to explore. From our prime, central berths in the world’s great cities and seldom-visited ports, enriching discoveries are just a short walk from your ship.
THE VIKING WAY. With more itineraries in more destinations worldwide, we offer behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities that set us apart from other travel companies. While our included and optional shore excursions cover cultural and historic highlights, we also go beyond, sharing with you The Viking Way with our Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences—opening doors to people and places otherwise difficult to visit.
CULTURAL ENRICHMENT. Our Culture Curriculum, an exclusive onboard program, brings local history to life with lectures on history and art; tasting of vintage wines from your destinations; restaurant menus inspired by local cuisine; informative port talks; enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows and musicians playing regional and classical music; and an onboard cooking school allowing guests to learn how to prepare local specialties. Enlighten yourself further with our Library’s carefully curated collection of informative and inspirational books.
SERENE SCANDINAVIAN SPACES. Expand your horizons on our elegant, intimate ships, designed by experienced nautical architects and exclusive hotel designers to help you connect with your destination in every way. We have designed our vessels down to the most minute detail—from the serene Wintergarden, perfect for a calming cup of tea; to our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of wellness; to the Explorers’ Lounge, where you can share your latest adventures with fellow travelers. The perfect retreat to relax and begin your day refreshed, each well-appointed stateroom is an open and airy sanctuary with a sweeping view of your destination.
DESTINATION-FOCUSED DINING. Whatever your tastes, we believe dining is an important part of your journey. That is why we celebrate dining both on shore and on our ships. Our ocean vessels put the spotlight on fine dining in The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and the widest selection of culinary options. Our alternative restaurants, The Chef’s Table and Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, feature regional cuisine and specialty dishes—so you have choices, not just in food selection but where and how you enjoy them.
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GENUINE & THOUGHTFUL SERVICE. At Viking, our Swiss-trained, friendly and knowledgeable staff are all devoted to making your onboard stay the most memorable possible. Our ships are small and intimate, and every member of our staff—from stateroom stewards to the Explorers’ Desk team—is dedicated to personally hosting you. We are quite confident we will exceed your expectations that we have guaranteed our award-winning service—the only cruise line to do so.
STATE-OF-THE ART TECHNOLOGY. Our shipwide Wi-Fi, ample USB ports and Business Center allow you stay connected as little or as much as you like. Throughout the ship, tabletop screens provide information about onboard events, and your choice of chess, scrabble or cards should you be in the mood to play a game. Your in-room interactive TVs system provides complimentary movies, TED Talks and informative videos, plus book your dining and Spa appointments from the comfort of your stateroom.
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining
  • 24-hour room service, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Top-rated spa and state-of-the-art fitness center access
  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with purchase of Viking Air
  • Included features valued at $203 per person, per day

What We’re Not.

When most cruise lines are building bigger and more over-the-top ships, we provide a thoughtful, authentic and well-designed small ship experience that brings you closer to the world’s cultures. You will not find casinos, kids, umbrella drinks or needless distractions. Instead, you will cruise to intriguing and often little-known ports, enjoying ample time ashore, many overnight stays and an included excursion in each port of call. And since a cruise with Viking is an inclusive experience, there is never any sales pressure to purchase spa packages or specialty items from our menus. Any extras you add are entirely up to you.