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  • Viking-Legend-Library-2 - Curl up with a book in the Viking Legend library or simply enjoy the view as you sail the European waterways.
  • Viking-Legend-Library - Relax and flip through a coffeetable book in the library of Viking Legend during your sailing down the Danube.
  • Viking-Legend-Restaurant - Guests will enjoy an intimate dinner in the inviting atmosphere of Viking Legend's restaurant.
  • Viking-Legend-Deluxe-Stateroom - The spacious staterooms aboard Viking Legend will make your journey comfortable as you explore the Danube River.
  • Viking-Legend-Suite - The spacious suites aboard Viking Legend offer you a place to retreat to during your journey along the Danube River.
  • Viking-Legend-on-Danube - Viking Legend sails the Danube through the heart of Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.
  • Viking-Legend-Restaurant - Guests will enjoy an intimate dinner in the inviting atmosphere of Viking Legend's restaurant.
  • Viking-Legend-Chain-Bridge-Budapest - Discover the famed Chain Bridge spanning the Danube River and connecting eastern and western Budapest, Hungary, during your sailing aboard a Viking river ship.
  • Viking-Legend-in-Cologne-Germany -  Viking Legend sailing the Danube through historic Cologne, Germany. The ship also calls on Hungary, Austria and Slovakia.
  • Viking-Legend-Budapest - The river cruise ship Viking Legend in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Melk-Austria - A tranquil scene on the Danube above the town of Melk, Austria.
  • belvedere-palace-view - Upper and Lower Belvedere Palace, view from Rennweg, Austria.
  • Germany-Passau-Christkindlmarkt - The Passau Christmas Market, or Passau Christkindlmarkt, is set in the old historic town center of Passau.
  • Germany-Passau5 - The scenic town of Passau, Germany. It's called the City of Three Rivers: the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz all pass through it.
  • Viking-Passau-night-market - Bundle up and get in the holiday spirit at the Christmas Market in Passau, Germany.
  • Viking-Passau-Cathedral - Beautiful Passau, Germany, features St. Stephen's Cathedral with its distinctive caps on the bell towers.
  • Viking-River-Cruise-Passau - Scenic Passau, Germany, is one of many picturesque towns you can visit on a Viking river cruise.
  • Budapest-cityscape-nightfall - Budapest, Hungary, as night falls. A number of cruise lines offer river cruises down the Danube River.

Viking Legend: Ship overview & photo tour

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

Snapshot

Launched in 2009, Viking Legend 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.

Who will like sailing on Viking Legend

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 Legend 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 recently introduced an ocean-going 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 Legend sails

Viking Legends sails the eight-day Danube Waltz itinerary. You will get to explore four of Europe’s most enchanting countries — Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia — along the storied Danube River. See the range of architectural wonders in Budapest and Bratislava, sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, and take a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk.

Ratings & awards

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  • Best River Cruise Ship, Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards (2014)

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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 Legend, 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 Legend 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 Legend sails in Budapest, Hungary.
Francisco Antunes / Creative Commons BYViking Legend sails in Budapest, Hungary.

Dining

Viking Legend has one restaurant. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant. When Legend 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.   

Staterooms

Rooms specs per Viking River Cruises:

  • Suites are 340 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, two flat-panel TVs, a walk-in closet, bathtub/shower and two French balconies
  • All double occupancy staterooms and suites have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • All Upper & Middle deck staterooms have a French balcony
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products; bathrobe and slippers are available upon request
  • Sony 26-inch, flat-panel TV with CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer and individual climate control
  • Bottled water replenished daily

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.

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 (Christmas cookies and Gluwein, for example, during a Christmas Markets cruise).

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Viking Legend
  • Where: Danube River

  • What: Passau, Germany
  • Where: One of her destinations

  • What: Library
  • Where: Viking Legend
  • All staterooms are outside with river view
  • Sun deck with shaded sitting area
  • Restaurant with panoramic views
  • Observation lounge & bar with panoramic windows
  • Library and onboard boutique
  • Free wireless Internet

Top dining options on board

The Restaurant

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

Fast facts

188 Passengers [?]
45 Crew
4 Decks
2009 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
443 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

Overheard

“The Viking Legend has a very comfortable minimalist interior, and is an excellent choice for a good-quality river cruise. The cuisine is good with ample choice and variety but there’s really no ‘wow’ factor.”

Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe

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