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Viking Prestige: Ship overview & photo tour
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.
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 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.
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).
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Top highlights on this ship
- 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
“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.”