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Viking Alruna: Explore castles & cathedrals along the Rhine
Viking Alruna from Viking River Cruises debuted in March 2016 and carries 190 passengers and 50 crew members on 8-day Rhine Getaway cruises from Amsterdam to ports in Germany, France and Switzerland (and back).
Alruna is a Viking Longship and a sister ship to Viking Egil, Kadlin, Rolf, Tialfi and Vilhjalm, which sail on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine rivers. The highlights of your sailing will likely be destinations such as Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, the classic Gothic architecture of Cologne, several cathedrals, multicultural Strasbourg, France, and the lush landscapes of the Black Forest.
Like other Viking Longships, the Alruna features the Aquavit Terrace, which transforms from an indoor to outdoor dining venue as the weather permits. For dining and entertainment, The Restaurant and Bar are the key go-to public spaces.
Where Viking Alruna sails
Viking Alruna sails 7-night Rhine River cruises from Amsterdam to Kinderdijk, the Netherlands; Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Speyer and Heidelberg, Germany; Strasbourg, France; Breisach, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland — and then 7-night cruises on the reverse voyage.
Viking Alrun has two restaurants on board: The Restaurant is the main dining venue, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views, and the Aquavit Terrace offers an innovative indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship. Both serve regional specialties and American classics.
Highlights on board
Passengers can make use of Alrun's onboard Concierge, complimentary shipwide Wi-Fi and a 24-hour beverage bar. The ship also provides an array of options for cultural enrichment: Take part in immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore to complement your shore excursions. Or participate in hands-on demonstrations, cooking classes or local tastings and watch traditional performances by local singers and dancers.
Presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience. Viking River Cruises has created a series of multimedia presentations where you can learn about the region you are sailing in.
There's no spa or fitness center but you'll get plenty of exercise walking during the frequent shore excursions.
Features & amenities
- Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, and walking track
- The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
- Library corner and onboard boutique
- Elevator from Middle to Upper Deck only; no elevator access for categories F and E
- Free shipwide wireless Internet service
- Laundry service
- Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
- 40-inch flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic and more
Several stateroom types and sizes are available, ranging from a standard cabin (150 square feet) to a French Balcony stateroom (135 square feet) to an Explorer Suite (445 square feet with a private wraparound veranda providing 270-degree views). There are 2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms and 25 Standard Staterooms. The 95 cabins are spaced out on three passenger decks and reflect Viking's trademark Scandinavian style: muted tones, pale woods, functional furnishings.
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