European Luxury River Cruises

State-of-the-art River Cruising!

If you thought a river cruise was just a simple cruise down a river, think again!

River cruise tours have become big business, and because of this growing popularity, river cruise ships are evolving and getting better all the time.



Take for instance the  the magnificent Viking longships. Not so much a small ship that travels along the rivers, more an amazing hotel on water sailing through some of the most breathtaking scenery anyone could want to wish!

Aquavit Terrace

Veranda Suite

Furthermore, it’s not just the luxurious state rooms river cruise liners have to offer, although they are something else as well. The big extras make all the difference too!

Take for example the Emerald Waterways ships and all their finery.



These ships are Emerald Waterways new state-of-the-art ships and are really something else!

The new deluxe ships boast a heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof and bar, creating a brilliant on board oasis to relax in, whatever the weather. Once you’ve had a dip in the pool’s sparkling waters, you can always grab a drink from the bar to enjoy as you unwind on the comfortable lounge chairs. 

Swimming Pool and Bar | Emerald Waterways

On selected evenings, the pool area inventively transforms into a cinema showing a collection of classic films and recent releases – taking on board entertainment in a completely new direction -wow!

Evening Cinema | Emerald Waterways

And if that’s not enough, the fact that dining is made a truly amazing experience just makes river cruising even better.

Enjoy delightful cuisine in their Reflections main restaurants,  grab a café-style lunch from a choice of pastas, pizzas, soups, sandwiches and fish and chips and enjoy alfresco dining with views of the spectacular scenery on the Terrace.

They even have complimentary tea and coffee available at all times throughout the cruise and red and white wines, local beers and soft drinks for you to enjoy with your lunch and dinner – all of which are included in the price of your holiday.

Whats’s more, to complement the high quality dining on board ships, authentic dining experiences  are often provided off the ship to give you a deeper insight into your destination’s culture – truly amazing!

New World Record for River Cruising!



Viking River Cruises can certainly put on a show!




Viking River Cruises recently announced it has set yet another Guinness world record with the launch of its newest Viking Longship!

Viking  was awarded the Guinness World Record for “The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company”

In a very impressive multi-phased event taking place over a duration of 24 hours, Viking christened 16 of its award-winning Viking Longships, which

beat last years record of 10 new Viking Longships christened in one day. 

During these unique ceremonies, 9 Viking Longships were christened in Amsterdam, 4 in Rostock, Germany and 3 in Avignon, France – WOW!

The highly efficient,  glamorous and first-of-its kind ceremony included ceremonial godmothers for each ship who went on to christen the ships in

typically elaborate fashion, swinging the usual champagne bottle across the waiting vessels.



The festivities didn’t stop there as Viking also went on to christen  2 new, unique river vessels in Porto, Portugal, bringing the grand total to 18 new

ships launched across four countries in five days -beat that!


Due to the popularity of Viking’s ‘Portugal’s River of Gold’ river cruise, the two new ships there will double the company’s current capacity on the

Douro River, no doubt making a lot of people happy!


Discovering the Douro on this ‘Portugal’s River of Gold’ itinerary is amazing.

This fabulous river cruise features two days and nights in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and a cruise along the Douro River.

You get to see some of Europe’s most pristine vistas, historic monasteries, terraced vineyards and baroque mansions – wonderful!

It also includes a day trip to Salamanca, Spain, one of this itinerary’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and several visits to

wineries to see the process and sample the port and tawny wines – sounds like heaven!



This river cruise alone is testament to the amazing river cruises that Viking have got to offer, no wonder Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises proudly announces “Today we mark a new milestone for Viking and for modern river cruising. We are proud to celebrate the arrival of our newest ships, and it is an honor to have each one named by a prominent godmother. River cruising is the fastest-growing segment of travel, and it is in large part because of the enthusiasm of our guests and travel trade partners that we have enjoyed such success.”

What to expect on a Viking River Cruise!

You’ve probably seen the logo above on numerous occasions when watching a T.V programme and so also probably wondered who on earth Viking River Cruises were. Well, they are one of the world’s most popular river cruise lines who can provide a wealth of information about their amazing river cruise tours!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know exactly what to expect on a Viking River Cruise!

To know what  the accommodation is like and what the view is like from the ship!

Even to know what type  of clothes you need to take!

Well, the video below might give you some idea, so take a look on board their amazing Longships:

The Viking Longships are revolutionary vessels setting innovative standards in style, space and comfort. With names inspired by the legendary Viking Gods, the Viking Longships represent a quantum leap in design, elegance and state-of-the-art engineering.

What’s more, a Viking river cruise is remarkable value for money with just about everything included in the price!

The reason I would choose a Viking River Cruise is because of their excellent quality, service and outstanding value for money. They also have a reputation that is second to none and are also the world’s most award winning river cruise line!!


Spacious Accommodations

Every stateroom has an “outside” river view with a window or balcony for viewing scenery, and on every ship, most windows open to the fresh air. Experience the comfort of hotel-style beds with European linens and duvets, and satellite television with BBC, CNN and other programming.



Gourmet Cuisine

Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and wonderful lunches and dinners with Viking. Created by European and well known chefs, our menus combine regional specialties with gourmet fare to delight the most discriminating palate. While meals are casual, open-seating affairs, the atmosphere is always elegant.



Expert Planning & Execution

When you travel with Viking, you can relax knowing that all the details of your experience, both on board and ashore, will be fun and interesting. Their knowledgeable Programme Directors, all Viking staff members, are completely devoted to ensuring that every trip you take exceeds your expectations.



Cultural Enrichment

On every Viking itinerary, our expert Programme Directors provide background, context and regional perspective. Demonstrations, lectures and workshops supplement on-shore exploration. And now, we take you to a wider range of destinations than ever before—which means more cultural traditions, cuisines and wines, games, music and dances to experience and enjoy. This adds up to a personalized, in-depth experience wherever you travel with Viking.


Consistently Excellent Service

Wherever we sail, you enjoy the same standard of service—because we manage it all: nautical, technical, catering, sightseeing and guides. With operational headquarters in Switzerland and offices in both Russia and China, we oversee these regional shipboard operations.

The World’s Most Award-Winning River Cruise Line

We have consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Best Small Ships awards; and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best; we have also been honored by prestigious international organizations like the World Travel Awards. Meanwhile, travel agents have recognized us with awards including TravelAge West’s Best Line for River Cruising and Travel Weekly’s #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything.


World Travel Awards 2012Cruise Critic U.K. Editors’ Picks2010Food and Travel Magazine Awards 2012Food and Travel Magazine Awards 2012Food and Travel Magazine Awards 2012National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything

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