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Why Viking?2016-12-29T23:52:15+00:00

The Viking Difference: The Thinking Person’s Cruise™

We travel to explore, to learn, to understand. At Viking, we believe travel should be more than just a trip—it should be a doorway to cultural insight and personal enrichment. That is why our intimate, inclusive cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore nuances of your destination: its food, culture, people and customs. Here is some of what we feel defines the Viking Difference:

REINVENTING OCEAN CRUISING. We launched Viking Ocean Cruises to reinvent the category. And it didn’t take long for us to rise to the top. If you prefer an elegant, serene ship ambiance, more time in each port and an inclusive experience complete with exquisite dining and thoughtfully curated shore excursions, the world’s best ocean cruise line was created for you.

SMALL SHIP EXPERTS. On a Viking ship, you will sail into the heart of your destination, so you can explore up close and in depth. The size of our vessels—with just 930 guests—gives us greater maneuverability, allowing us to dock where the mega-liners cannot, giving you more access to your destination and more time to explore. From our prime, central berths in the world’s great cities and seldom-visited ports, enriching discoveries are just a short walk from your ship.

THE VIKING WAY. With more itineraries in more destinations worldwide, we offer behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities that set us apart from other travel companies. While our included and optional shore excursions cover cultural and historic highlights, we also go beyond, sharing with you The Viking Way with our Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences—opening doors to people and places otherwise difficult to visit.

STATE-OF-THE ART TECHNOLOGY. Our shipwide Wi-Fi, ample USB ports and Business Center allow you stay connected as little or as much as you like. Throughout the ship, tabletop screens provide information about onboard events, and your choice of chess, scrabble or cards should you be in the mood to play a game. Your in-room interactive TVs system provides complimentary movies, TED Talks and informative videos, plus book your dining and Spa appointments from the comfort of your stateroom.

GENUINE & THOUGHTFUL SERVICE. At Viking, our Swiss-trained, friendly and knowledgeable staff are all devoted to making your onboard stay the most memorable possible. Our ships are small and intimate, and every member of our staff—from stateroom stewards to our Guest Services team—is dedicated to personally hosting you. We are quite confident we will exceed your expectations that we have guaranteed our award-winning service—the only cruise line to do so. 

VIKING INCLUSIVE VALUE. At Viking, we firmly believe that you should not have to open your wallet every time you want a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or an excursion ashore. Instead, our goal is to provide you with great value, so we’ve designed our cruises to give you more for your money with a cruise fare that includes everything you need, from meals and beverages to shore excursions and Wi-Fi. That is what we call Viking Inclusive Value.