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  • Viking-Prestige-Aquavit-Terrace - Head to the Aquavit Terrace aboard Viking Prestige for breakfast, lunch or dinner, inside or on deck.
  • Viking-Prestige-Aquavit-Terrace-inside - Grab a bite or socialize with new friends in the Aquavit Terrace aboard Viking Prestige, which sails the scenic Danube through four countries.
  • Viking-Prestige-Deluxe-Suite - Settle into a comfortable Deluxe Suite aboard Viking Prestige during your  Danube River cruise.
  • Viking-Prestige-Library - The sophisticated library of the Viking Prestige is the ideal setting for a quiet read or a social afternoon of board games.
  • Viking-Prestige-on Danube - Viking Prestige sails the Danube through scenic vistas in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.
  • Viking-Prestige-Deluxe-Suite - Settle into a comfortable Deluxe Suite aboard Viking Prestige during your  Danube River cruise.
  • melk-abbey-oesterreich - Melk Abbey, a Benedictine abbey overlooking the Danube above the town of Melk, Austria.
  • Viking-River-Cruise-Passau - Scenic Passau, Germany, is one of many picturesque towns you can visit on a Viking river cruise.
  • fisherman-bastion-budapest-hungary - Fisherman's Bastion on the Buda bank of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Germany-Passau-Christkindlmarkt - The Passau Christmas Market, or Passau Christkindlmarkt, is set in the old historic town center of Passau.
  • Viking-Prestige-Volendam - The river cruise ship Viking Prestige in Volendam, Netherlands.
  • Viking-Prestige-Cologne - The river cruise ship Viking Prestige in Cologne, Germany.
  • 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-Cathedral - Beautiful Passau, Germany, features St. Stephen's Cathedral with its distinctive caps on the bell towers.

Viking Prestige: Ship overview & photo tour

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

Snapshot

Built in 2011, Viking Prestige 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 Prestige

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 Prestige 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 is introducing an ocean-going fleet starting later in 2015. 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 Prestige sails

Viking Prestige 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)

    Top River Cruise Ship, Travel + Leisure World's Best 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 Prestige, 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 Prestige 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 Prestige sails in Cologne, Germany.
Rolf Heinrich, Köln / Creative Commons BY-SAViking Prestige sails in Cologne, Germany.

Dining

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

  • All staterooms are outside with river view
  • 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, by the way to make them more attainable). The higher the deck, the better the views and the less likely noise will be 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).

Your take

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Viking Prestige
  • Where: Danube River

  • What: Deluxe suite
  • Where: Viking Prestige

  • What: Library
  • Where: Viking Prestige
  • Sun deck with shaded sitting area
  • Restaurant with panoramic views
  • Observation lounge & bar with panoramic windows
  • Library and onboard boutique
  • Free wireless Internet
  • Laundry service

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

188 Passengers [?]
45 Crew
4 Decks
2011 Maiden voyage
443 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

Overheard

“Choose the Viking Prestige for a fine-quality, well-organized cruise experience. The cuisine is good with decent choice and variety but it just lacks the ‘wow’ factor.”

Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe

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