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Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation


Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

Viking River Cruises are one of the hottest new trends among travel junkies like myself. My husband and I recently returned from our very first Viking River Cruise – and it did not disappoint in any respect. We are already making plans for our next cruise! If you are planning your next vacation, we highly recommend booking a Viking River Cruise.

Here’s 11 reasons the next vacation you plan should be a Viking River cruise:

You Won’t Get Sea Sick!

Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

On a Viking river cruise, there is no being tossed around by large waves or ocean swell – or going days without setting foot on land. The Viking River cruise was the smoothest boat ride I have ever been on.

Peace Of Mind

Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

Anyone who has ventured out on the open sea on a cruise boat might have experienced anxiety at some point. We have all saw Titanic and Jaws. Spoiler alert, there are no sharks in the rivers! Nor, do you have to worry about sinking and fighting your fellow cruise-goers for a life-jacket or a place on a life-boat in the event that the boat starts sinking. Most of the time, the river cruise boats are just a few feet above the bottom of the river and are always fairly close to shore. Being able to always see land is reassuring for those of us who are landlubbers at heart. Additionally, icebergs are unknown and in severe weather or storms don’t do to a river what they do to the ocean.

All Inclusive

Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

On our Viking River Cruise I was pleasantly surprised that everything really was inclusive. We weren’t being hit up every day to buy tokens, gifts, souvenirs, or over-priced drinks with umbrellas in them. On Viking River Cruises, all-inclusive REALLY means all-inclusive! In fact, except for the very reasonably priced lounge bar there is nothing to spend money upon. There are a few extra excursions one can take at very reasonable rates but all the main daily tours are included.

The Ships Are Luxurious

Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

Forget whatever image popped in to your head when you heard the word “river cruise.” Viking River Boats are as luxurious and comfortable, if not more so, than any cruise ship. The ship my husband and I traveled on (The Modi) was state-of-the-art and had impeccable décor. River boats are actually much smaller than cruise liners, so it is more like a luxurious hotel with a comfortable accessible feeling.

Universal Outlets

I know it sounds silly, but one of my favorite parts of the Viking River Cruise was when I walked in to my room and realized that I could charge my phone! Normally, I am fully prepared for European plugs. But, somehow I managed to forget the correct charger accessories this trip. So, you can imagine my relief when I checked into my room on the Viking River cruise ship and realized they had both US outlets and European outlets.

The Food Was Amazing

Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

Like I said, Viking River Cruise boats are much smaller than your typical ocean cruise boat, and that means there are fewer people on board. With less guests, you receive way more special attention – especially when it comes to the food that the chef is whipping up in the kitchen. You will be amazed by the variety and quality food you receive. Meals on Viking are a pleasure and the service is always impeccable.


Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

My Viking River Cruise stopped in a new city every day, or two – and we were able to get in so much sightseeing. Just imagine being able to wake up in a new city every day – it’s so much quicker and easier than sleeping in a hotel and having to figure out how you are going to get to the next city on your own in a foreign country. It’s basically like having a hotel on wheels, or in this case on water.

The Service Is First Class

Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

The staff on the Viking River Cruise went above and beyond the highest expectations to make sure my husband and I were comfortable and had whatever our hearts desired. Whether we were dining in the main dining room or in one of the lounges service was perfect. Our room was always stocked with fresh fruit and water – and perfectly clean with fresh towels throughout the day. By the end of the week the bartenders even knew which drinks we were going to order, without us having to tell them!

Casual, Casual, Casual!

Viking River Cruises: 11 Reasons You Must Take This Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation

The Viking River Cruise ships are VERY casual. You don’t have to spend hours getting dressed to impress – just to go sit on the top deck and gossip with other cruisers. Honestly, I think I saw a total of three men wearing ties during thr entire trip. Personally, I was thrilled to not have to pack any high heels, gowns – or tuxedos for my husband. Formal attire is not necessary, and vacations are so much more enjoyable when you are wearing comfortable clothes!

Value for Money

If you want to see a region – you might get overwhelmed once you are done tallying up the hotel costs, food for the week, and transportation. If you think about it, that all-inclusive price for a Viking River Cruise is basically covering your hotel stay, cab fares, bus fares, and hefty restaurant bills, tours, snacks and most drinks (all wine and beer is free with meals). Once you pay for the Viking River Cruise, all you have to worry about is spending money when you are shopping while sightseeing in the different cities. The value of a Viking River Cruise can’t be beat!

Top Quality Tours and Entertainment

DSC_1664During our cruise we learned that Viking provides top quality tours at every port of call included in the price of the cruise. While there are several extra tours available at very reasonable cost, those tours included provide a thoroughly wonderful and educational experience. Furthermore, the onboard Lounge entertainment and activities in the evening and during the day were varied of uniformly high quality. We were treated to authentic local dancers, singers and musicans as well as our regular excellent pianist. The captain, hotel manager and program director see to it that an upbeat atmosphere obtains at all times and guest are never bored! With only 140 guests one quickly makes new friends and that adds to the pleasure of the voyage.

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  1. OurFamilyWorld says

    This sounds like fun. I have never been on a cruise. I think it would be great to start with a river cruise first.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    This sounds like a great idea for older couples – maybe retirees. It sounds like a scaled back cruise, which is awesome for seniors.

    1. Annemarie LeBlanc says

      Hi Robin, my husband and I are not seniors and we loved this cruise. It is a great vacation for couples that want to take a break 🙂

  3. Heather says

    I was *just* talking to my husband about this the other day. While I LOVE the ocean, I’m not a big fan of ocean cruises. I’ve read so many great things about river cruises and have wondered which is one of the better companies to use. I turn the big 4-0 this year, so we’re planning a trip! I will definitely look into Viking, thank you!

    1. Annemarie LeBlanc says

      You won’t regret it Heather my husband and I loved it and are planning to take another Viking Cruise soon!

  4. Jeanette says

    The river cruises looks so cool! I’ve only taken the big one cruisers I would love to take one of these at some point in the future.

  5. Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy says

    My husband and I enjoy cruising and we would definitely love this trip. I looked at their rates and they are quite high, so we will definitely need to save up for it.

  6. Megan Elford says

    I’ve never heard of a river cruise before, it sounds so nice! I’m a bit paranoid when it comes to ocean cruises, so I’ve never been on one. But going on a river cruise sounds like something I would really enjoy!

  7. Life as a Convert says

    You had me at “Won’t get sea sick” and “all inclusive” lol. I’ve never been on a cruise before but it’s on my bucket list.

  8. Liz Mays says

    It would definitely be worth it for us. I like that you get to see and explore so many different places.

  9. April Mims says

    This sounds like the perfect way to travel. I love that it’s all inclusive and casual. I hate getting dressed up on vacation.

  10. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says

    I always get excited when I see the word Viking in travel because I feel like I am going to get to see a massive Viking ship. That would be so cool. But, this travel trip sounds just as exciting. Looks like it was quite a bit of fun.

  11. Erica Brooks says

    I’ve never been on a Viking River Cruise. They sound wonderful. I love that everything is inclusive. I totally understand your excitement about the phone outlets. LOL.

  12. travel blogger says

    These cruises look incredible! I am not into the huge cruises that are like floating malls. This looks perfect!

  13. Miles L. says

    What a remarkable trip! I have not thought of cruising in a river, but this looks like a great idea.

  14. ricci says

    I would love to go on a Viking Cruise one day! Your pics are incredible!!

  15. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey says

    I’ve been reading more and more great reviews on these river cruises! We’ve never been on a cruise before but the idea of being out there in the big blue sea gives me a little kick of anxiety. River cruise would be a perfect alternative!

  16. victoria says

    Looks fun! You had an awesome experience. I have never been in cruise but i would love to if i have a chance, I’m sure it was unforgettable moments.

  17. Rebecca Swenor says

    It looks like you both had a wonderful exciting time indeed. These are just gorgeous amazing photos and I would so go on a river cruise. A Viking River Cruise is something I would love to do before I would ever go on a huge cruise ship. It seems much more relaxing with it being smaller.

  18. rochkirstin says

    When service is top-notch and the ambiance is luxurious, I have nothing else to really worry about. This is the kind of vacation I’m dreaming about! 🙂

  19. Chubskulit Rose says

    Haven’t gone to a cruise yet but hopefully when the kidsare a little older, we will go. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics!

  20. Bites for Babies says

    This has been on my bucket list since I can remember…what an amazing experience!

  21. Jaime Nicole says

    I love the approach they take to cruising. It seems like you get such amazing service and great access to ports and tours. I would love to experience this for myself!

  22. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I have always wanted to go on a cruise. The Viking River cruise would be a great start. I love that it is all inclusive.

  23. Lynndee says

    Looks luxurious indeed! Love the photos! We’ve never been on a cruise, but I would certainly love to go someday.

  24. Kathy says

    This looks very amazing! I’d love to take one of these cruises. It looks like it would be such an amazing experience.

  25. Bonnie @wemake7 says

    I have always wanted to go on a cruise. This one looks like one I would love to go on.

  26. Claudia Krusch says

    The river cruises look great! I’ve only taken the big ones. I would love to take one that, at some point in the future. Thank you for sharing it!

  27. HilLesha says

    I have never been on a cruise with Viking River Cruises before. However, I will definitely have to keep them in mind in the future!

  28. CourtneyLynne says

    Cruises are my preferred way to travel!! How can you beat a new destination daily and unlimited food?!?! You just can’t!

  29. Yona Williams says

    This is the first time that I have heard of a Viking River Cruise, but I love the thought of not getting seasick – that’s always been a concern for me. Golly, the inside of the cruise ship is gorgeous.

  30. Renee @ Getting Fit Fab says

    I’ve been on a cruise before, and the only day I really didn’t like was the day at sea, we were in between islands, it wasn’t bad, but it was so odd to not see land anywhere. It was my first cruise so it was something to get used to. I’d try a River Cruise because it’s some place different to go to and I like the all inclusive!

  31. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says

    I wanna be able to join a cruise one of these days. I am very scared of the water because I don’t know how to swim.

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