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Viking Hermod: Longship overview & photo tour

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

Snapshot

Launched in 2014, Viking Hermod (named for the Norse messenger of the gods) was designed for river cruising.  Since entering the river cruise market, Viking River Cruises has received numerous awards for its itineraries and innovative ship designs and onboard programming.

Some of the innovative spaces on Viking Hermod include the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, an expansive Sun Deck and interiors that represent spacious public spaces, lots of natural light and light-blonde wood accents. Viking Hermod is a "green" ship because of energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden.

Longships can transport 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Who will like sailing on Viking Hermod

Viking River Cruises attracts an older demographic that is continuously getting younger. If you have an interest in exploring art, culture or history, then sailing on Viking Hermod will make an ideal vacation, especially with the onboard educational activities available.

 

Where Viking Hermod sails

Viking Hermod sails the following itineraries:

  • Portraits of Southern France sails France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers past some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer. During your eight-day journey, explore the region of Burgundy and the colorful fields of Provence. Visit Gallo-Roman ruins, walk cobbled streets and check out the historic Papal Palace in Avignon. Learn about the region’s winemaking traditions, sample Burgundy varietals and try the delicious regional cuisine in Lyon.
  • France's Finest is a 15-day river cruise that journeys through France. Begin in Paris, then travel along the Seine through the Norman countryside to the historic Normandy beaches before returning to Paris. Transfer to Chalon-sur-Saône to embark on the second half of your French tour, finding artistic inspiration in the colors and sunlight of Burgundy and Provence.

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River cruising: It's about destination immersion

River cruising is about the destination probably more so than the ship. The ports of call shadow the onboard amenities; however, Viking helps guests learn about the local culture, history and highlights of the places that they visit. Don't be surprised to see local dishes on the menu or local entertainers sharing their music, dancing and stories.

Viking Hermod includes daily tours with the cruise fare, which makes the hassle of figuring out logistics less challenging. Most tours are done around lunch and then you are free to do what you choose until the ship leaves port. You'll be given a nightly briefing in the evening before dinner to get updates on the next day’s call to discuss the upcoming day’s activities, tours and logistics. Plan to attend the session to discover highlights of the upcoming town's history, art, food, music and architecture.

Putting green and herb garden onboard Viking Hermod.
Courtesy of Viking CruisesPutting green and herb garden onboard Viking Hermod.

Dining

Viking Hermod has one restaurant called, fittingly, The Restaurant. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant. Dinner is at a set time, and you are welcome to sit with whomever you wish. When Hermod 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).

This from the cruise line’s website about their dining options on board: “For breakfast, 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 from a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, expect a five-course menu with regional specialties. Wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting the itinerary — it is all part of experiencing the local culture."

Don’t miss: Al fresco dining aboard Viking Hermod. One of the unique features on Viking Hermod is the Aquavit Terrace, which is an outdoor space for you to watch the river while enjoying a coffee, cocktail, pint or al fresco dining. The Aquavit Terrace is equipped with grills for outdoor cooking.

Staterooms

There are 95 outside staterooms on Viking Hermod (two Explorer Suites, seven Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms and 25 Standard Staterooms). The top category on a Viking Longship is an Explorer Suite. These spacious cabins measure 445 square feet and offer 270-degree views from a wraparound veranda.

Overall cabins are average size for a river boat, but there is plenty of closet space and extra storage available under the bed. The bathroom has a pocket door, which is a nice feature because that design saves space.

Here's a video, 102 seconds long, by Viking Cruises about their Longship Staterooms.

Entertainment & activities

River cruising is very mellow. You won't find 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, cruise passengers can hang out in the lounge and have an after-dinner drink, or they can walk back into town if the ship is not leaving port until later in the evening.

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore. Classes in cooking specialties such as apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen; traditional performances of folk music and dance or waltzes by Strauss; and tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies are some examples of in-depth experiences that are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise.

Fun facts

  • Viking Longships are 443 feet long and 38 feet wide because those are the maximum dimensions possible for river ships navigating the locks on some of Europe's waterways. If they were even two inches longer or wider, they wouldn't fit in some locks. 
  • Viking names its ships after Norse mythology. As Wikipedia tells us: "Hermóðr the Brave (Old Norse "war-spirit," anglicized as Hermod) is a figure in Norse mythology, and is the son of the god Odin."

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Cocktail lounge
  • Where: Viking Hermod

  • What: Viking Hermod
  • Where: Europe

  • What: Foyer
  • Where: Viking Hermod
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Free shipwide wireless Internet service
  • "Balcony" cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship is great place to watch the river roll by
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Library corner and onboard boutique

Top dining options on board

Aquavit Terrace

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Al fresco dining

The Restaurant

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

190 Passengers [?]
50 Crew
4 Decks
2014 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
443 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

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