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  • CC-Porto-Hemming-Torgil-Observation-Lounge.jpg -  Take in the pretty Douro Valley and meet interesting new people in the Observation Lounge on your Viking ship.
  • CC-Hemming-Torgil-Dining-Room-Entry.jpg - Entryway of the dining room on your Viking Longship.
  • CC-Hemming-Torgil-Restaurant.jpg - Dine in style and watch the passing landscapes while exploring Portugal and Spain on your Viking Longship.
  • CC-Hemming-Torgil-Veranda-Suite-Sitting.jpg -  The Veranda Suite on Viking Hemming, Viking Osfrid and Viking Torgil runs 205 square feet, with light-wood cabinetry, queen-size bed, 40-inch flat-screen TV, mini-bar and more.
  • CC-Hemming-Torgil-Veranda-Suite.jpg - The 205-square-foot Veranda Suite on sister ships Viking Hemming, Viking Osfrid and Viking Torgil.
  • Spain-Salamanca-cathedral - The New Cathedral, one of two major cathedrals in Salamanca, Spain, dates from the 16th century. See it on a cruise on the Douro River.
  • Portugal-Porto-church - The Igreja de Santo Ildefonso is an 18th-century church in Porto, Portugal, near Batalha Square. 
  • Viking-Torgil.jpg -  The 106-passenger Viking Torgil offers idyllic river cruises up and down Portugal's Douro Valley.
  • Jeronimos-Monastery-Lisbon-Portugal - The Jerónimos Monastery or Hieronymites Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Portugal-Porto-muro - Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, a historic block in Porto, Portugal
  • Portugal-Douro-Tua - Scenic Tua is part of the upper Douro wine region of Portugal.
  • Portugal-Miranda-do-Douro - A view of Miranda do Douro (Portugal) from the Douro Natural Park straddling the border between Spain and Portugal.
  • Douro-River-Vineyards-Ship.jpg - Pass through the vineyard-rich Douro Valley on your Viking Cruises exploration of Portugal.
  • Portugal-Porto-tram - The trams in Porto, Portugal, run along the shores of the Douro River.
  • Portugal-Porto-Ponte-Dom-Luis - Ponte Dom Luis I was built in 1886, crossing the River Douro in Porto, Portugal.
  • Portugal-Douro-bridge - A Douro River bridge near terraced hillsides in Portugal.

Viking Torgil: Ship overreview & photo tour

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

Snapshot

Viking Torgil was built exclusively to sail Portugal’s scenic Douro River, offering state-of-the-art engineering, deluxe accommodations and Viking’s signature Scandinavian decor.

Smaller than other Viking ships, with 106 passengers rather than 190, Viking Torgil feels more intimate and cozy. Since entering the river cruise market, Viking River Cruises has received numerous awards for its itineraries and innovative ship designs and onboard programming.

Viking Torgil has two identical sister ships, Viking Hemming and Viking Osfrid.

Who will like sailing on Viking Torgil

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 Torgil 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 a number of ocean ships. See other Viking sailings.

Where Viking Torgil sails

Viking Torgil sails Portugal’s “River of Gold” itinerary from the capital of Lisbon to the Porto district. Explore Lisbon, then see unspoiled vistas, stop at ports of call largely unchanged for centuries and sample the local cuisine and port wines on your Douro River cruise.

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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 Torgil, 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 Torgil 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.

Dining

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

This ship was built exclusively to sail Portugal’s Douro River. From spacious Veranda Staterooms and French Balcony Staterooms with sliding glass doors to two-room Veranda Suites, each offers sweeping river views. The exquisite Veranda Suites boast private verandas and separate living rooms.

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.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to an open-air Aquavit Terrace
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views and an al fresco restaurant
  • Sun deck with shaded sitting area and al fresco dining area, swimming pool, organic herb garden, solar panels and putting green
  • Library corner and onboard boutique

Fast facts

106 Passengers [?]
36 Crew
4 Decks
2013 Maiden voyage
4,000 Tonnage [?]
262 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

Overheard

“This stylish river ship launches a well-rounded cruise with well- designed, nicely appointed suites and cabins. A cheerfully decorated restaurant on board offers decent food, although lacking the ‘wow’ factor.”

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