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Viking Njord - Tour and Profile of Viking River Cruises' Longship


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Viking Njord at the dock on the Danube River in Durnstein, Austria

Viking Njord at the dock on the Danube River in Durnstein, Austria

Viking Njord (c) Linda Garrison
The Viking Njord is one of six new Longships launched by Viking River Cruises in 2012. This new class of European river ship has received a lot of publicity due to the number of ships launched in one year, plus the cruise line's plans to add eight more Longships in 2013 and a dozen additional Longships in 2014. With 26 identical Longships launched in just three years, Viking almost doubles its worldwide fleet of river ships. All of the Longships are named for Norse gods, so some of the names may be unfamiliar to many travelers, but at least they are unique! I sailed a Danube River Christmas market cruise on the Viking Njord in December 2012 and came away greatly impressed with the Longship. This article provides a detailed tour of the Viking Njord, and these Longship photos complement the article.

Viking Longship Itineraries

The Viking Njord and other Longships sail at least a dozen different itineraries on the great rivers of Europe, including the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle of Central Europe; the Saône, Rhône, Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers of France; and the rivers and waterways of the Netherlands. The itineraries range from 7 to 22 days, and with so many ships available, the itineraries can be combined into longer river voyages. Other Viking ships sail these same rivers, but also cruise on the Seine, Elbe, and Douro Rivers of Europe. Viking also operates river ships in Russia, Egypt, the Ukraine, China, and Southeast Asia.

What's Included on a Viking Longship Cruise?

Many cruise travelers think river cruises are much more expensive that ocean cruises since the basic fare is higher. This difference is the way cruises are priced. Everything on an ocean cruise (except room and meals) is mostly a la carte. For example, cruise travelers almost always pay extra for shore excursions on ocean cruises. However, on a river cruise, most shore excursions are included in the basic fare. This difference can add up to hundreds of dollars per person. In addition, the Viking Longships feature complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service, plus free Wi-Fi, bottled water, and port charges. For many travelers, the total coast of a a river cruise vacation on a Viking Longship will not be much different than an ocean cruise.

Let's take a tour of the Viking Njord. Click on each link below to learn more about the ship.

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