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Viking Beyla: Ship overview & photo tour

Have you sailed on Viking Beyla? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Offering many of the same design elements as Viking's Longships, Viking Beyla is one of Viking's new ships designed to sail the Elbe. Launched in 2015, Viking Beyla features deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors — all specially built to navigate this historic Elbe river.

Since entering the river cruise market, Viking River Cruises has received numerous awards for its itineraries, innovative ship designs and onboard programming. 

Who will like sailing on Viking Beyla  

Viking River Cruises has typically attracted an older demographic; however, that's changing as the clientele has consistently been younger and younger. Viking is an excellent option for cruise lovers with an interest in exploring art, culture and history. 

Where Viking Beyla sails

Viking Beyla sails 10-day itineraries along the Elbe River. Discover the natural beauty of former East Germany’s landscape as you visit the palaces and gardens of the Saxon monarchs. Sail between the sandstone cliffs of Germany’s “Saxon Switzerland.” Your journey is bookended by nights in multicultural Berlin and beautiful Prague.

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River cruising: It's about destination immersion

River cruising is about the destination probably more so than the ship. While enjoying the creature comforts of Viking Beyla, make sure to take advantage of opportunities to connect with local culture, history and highlights of the places that you visit. Don't be surprised to see local dishes on the menu or local entertainers sharing music, dancing and stories.

Dining

Viking Beyla has one restaurant with a casual yet elegant atmosphere. When Beyla is not scheduled to leave port until later in the evening, treat yourself to a night on the town and sample cuisine at a nearby restaurant (at your own expense, but a nice way to experience the local culture.)

For breakfast, there is a buffet with a lot of variety, allowing you can choose from a selection of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, expect a five-course menu with regional specialties.

You can also dine al fresco on the Aquavit Terrace.

Prague embankment on a beautiful summer evening.
Jan Fidler / Creative Commons BYPrague embankment on a beautiful summer evening.

Entertainment & activities

River cruising is very mellow. There are not any large production shows or comedy clubs. What you will enjoy is some light piano music played by the house musician and local entertainers who are brought onto the ship to sing, dance, or tell stories from the local perspective.

After dinner, you can hang out in the lounge and have an after-dinner drink or you can walk back into town if the ship is not leaving port until later in the evening.

Staterooms

This is curated from Viking River Cruises:

  • All staterooms are outside with river view 
  • Veranda Suites are 250 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, a full veranda & French balcony 
  • All Upper deck staterooms have a full veranda or French balcony
  • Standard staterooms have two standard-size twin beds
  • Private bathroom with shower & premium bath products; bathrobe & slippers upon request
  • Flat-panel TV with CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic & more
  • Telephone, safe & individual climate control

Your take

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Elbe River
  • Where: Viking Beyla

  • What: Old Town Prague
  • Where: Viking Beyla destination
  • All staterooms are outside with a river view
  • Observation lounge & bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to an open-air Aquavit Terrace
  • Restaurant with windows for panoramic views
  • All staterooms & suites have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • Veranda Suites are 250 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, a full veranda & French balcony & 2 flat-panel TVs

Fast facts

98 Passengers [?]
28 Crew
2 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
4,000 Tonnage [?]
361 Length in feet
36 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

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