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Viking Ingvar: Ship overview & photo tour
Completely refurbished in 2013, Viking Ingvar is ready to take you on a cruise in Russia. Since entering the river cruise market, Viking River Cruises has received numerous awards for its itineraries and innovative ship designs and onboard programming.
Who will like sailing on Viking Ingvar
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 Ingvar will make an ideal vacation, especially with the onboard educational activities available.
Other options: Viking river ships ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt and Asia, and Viking has just introduced an ocean fleet. See other Viking sailings.
For guests who want a river cruise experience that's more upscale — less crowded, more amenities, often bigger cabins — you may want to check out itineraries from AmaWaterways, Uniworld or Scenic Cruises. But remember, Viking is one of the most popular river cruise lines in the world and remains a good choice if you're just beginning to try river cruising.
Where Viking Ingvar sails
Viking Ingvar sails the Waterways of the Tsars itinerary. The 13-day journey highlights the two sides of Russia: great cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, and quaint Golden Ring towns like Yaroslavl and Uglich. You will spend time exploring the cities’ important landmarks: Moscow’s Kremlin, Red Square, St. Petersburg’s Catherine Palace, Peter & Paul Fortress and the Hermitage, and also discover the history and culture of Russia’s heartland.
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 Ingvar, 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.
Viking Ingvar 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.
Viking Ingvar has one restaurant. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant. When Ingvar 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 an ample buffet with a lot of variety. 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 from a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, expect a five-course menu with regional specialties.
Since the refurbishment in 2013, Viking Ingvar now has two suites, two junior suites, 67 veranda cabins and 31 deluxe staterooms. Some staterooms have private balconies, while staterooms are located outside with a river view. In general, top deck cabins will fetch higher prices (be on the lookout for upgrade offers and booking incentives to make them more attainable). The higher the deck, the better the views, and the less likely you will hear noise from the engine.
Rooms specs per Viking River Cruises:
- Suites are 400 square feet, have two flat-panel TVs and panoramic windows
- Most Deluxe staterooms and Suites have hotel-style beds with an optional twin-bed configuration
- All Suites & Cat AX-BX staterooms have a veranda
- All CX-DX staterooms have a large picture window that opens
- Private, modern bathrooms with separate shower and premium bath products; bathrobe and slippers are available upon request
- Sony 26-inch flat-panel TV with CNBC, CNN, BBC and more
- Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer and air conditioning
- Bottled water replenished daily
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, people 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. Programming can include cooking classes, lectures about significant historical events, or traditional performances of folk music and dance. Don't miss the onboard opportunities to discover local tastes such as sampling local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs, beers and other delicacies.
- Viking names its ships after Norse mythology. As Wikipedia tells us: "Ingvar was the son of Osten and reclaimed the Swedish throne for the House of Yngling after the Swedes had rebelled against Solvi."
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Top highlights on this ship
- Restaurant with panoramic views
- Observation lounge and two bars with panoramic windows
- Free Internet service
- Doctor on board