What to expect on a Viking River Cruise!

You’ve probably seen the Viking logo on numerous occasions when watching a T.V programme and so also probably wondered who on earth Viking River Cruises were. Well, they are one of the world’s most popular river cruise lines who can provide a wealth of information about their amazing river cruise tours!

 

 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know exactly what to expect on a Viking River Cruise!

To know what  the accommodation is like and what the view is like from the ship!

Even to know what type  of clothes you need to take!

 

Well, the video below might give you some idea, so take a look on board their amazing Longships:

 

 

The Viking Longships are revolutionary vessels setting innovative standards in style, space and comfort. With names inspired by the legendary Viking Gods, the Viking Longships represent a quantum leap in design, elegance and state-of-the-art engineering.

What’s more, a Viking river cruise is remarkable value for money with just about everything included in the price!

 

 

The reason I would choose a Viking River Cruise is because of their excellent quality, service and outstanding value for money. They also have a reputation that is second to none and are also the world’s most award winning river cruise line!!

 

Why river cruise with Viking

Spacious Accommodations

Every stateroom has an “outside” river view with a window or balcony for viewing scenery, and on every ship, most windows open to the fresh air. Experience the comfort of hotel-style beds with European linens and duvets, and satellite television with BBC, CNN and other programming.

 

Gourmet Cuisine

Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and wonderful lunches and dinners with Viking. Created by European and well known chefs, our menus combine regional specialties with gourmet fare to delight the most discriminating palate. While meals are casual, open-seating affairs, the atmosphere is always elegant.

 

Expert Planning & Execution

When you travel with Viking, you can relax knowing that all the details of your experience, both on board and ashore, will be fun and interesting. Our knowledgeable Programme Directors, all Viking staff members, are completely devoted to ensuring that every trip you take with us exceeds your expectations.

Cultural Enrichment

On every Viking itinerary, our expert Programme Directors provide background, context and regional perspective. Demonstrations, lectures and workshops supplement on-shore exploration. And now, we take you to a wider range of destinations than ever before—which means more cultural traditions, cuisines and wines, games, music and dances to experience and enjoy. This adds up to a personalized, in-depth experience wherever you travel with Viking.

Consistently Excellent Service

Wherever we sail, you enjoy the same standard of service—because we manage it all: nautical, technical, catering, sightseeing and guides. With operational headquarters in Switzerland and offices in both Russia and China, we oversee these regional shipboard operations.

 

The World’s Most Award-Winning River Cruise Line

We have consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Best Small Ships awards; and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best; we have also been honored by prestigious international organizations like the World Travel Awards. Meanwhile, travel agents have recognized us with awards including TravelAge West’s Best Line for River Cruising and Travel Weekly’s #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything.

 

Bed hopping around the world

Double, Single, Queen, King, Twin, Triple, Quad, Suite, Full Size, Wide Double, Olympic, Super King, California King, King Long, Stateroom?
These are all terms used by bed mattress makers worldwide, but when it comes to travel, they mean different things in different countries!

We all like a nice comfy bed after a busy day sightseeing on an escorted tour of Europe or Britain.

A double bed in a London hotel

A double bed in a London hotel

At Global Coach Tours, we are always explaining the terms, so at last, here is the full explanation you wanted, but were afraid to ask.

All these terms are bed configurations within rooms, except did you spot the deliberate mistake?
The word ‘stateroom’ is not a bed, but is a type of room used on board ships and river cruise boats.

Four poster

A romantic four poster double bed in a country house hotel

A single room or bed in North America might mean ‘a room’ rather than a suite, but in Europe it means a room for one or a bed wide enough for only one person to sleep in.

Touring by coach in Britain & Europe you will get a “twin room” as standard. That’s a room with two single beds in it  (approx 90 x 190 cm aka a twin). If you are travelling as a couple, you can request a double (aka a full size bed) but as you will be staying in a variety of hotels, demand may outstrip supply in some hotels. You should get your request fulfilled for most of your tour.  The size of a double will be at least 140 x 190 cm, but you may get a larger bed in some hotels.

Put simply, request ‘double bed’ if you are travelling as a couple and like to sleep in the same bed. This means one larger/wider bed sleeping two, rather than two narrow beds sleeping one person each.

A triple room can either be a double plus a single or three singles. A quad room could be any configuration that sleeps four people, including two separate rooms.

Are you travelling alone? Touring with Trafalgar, Insight and Cosmos, single room prices apply if you want a room to yourself. If you wish to save money, on most tours you are guaranteed to be matched with a room mate of the same gender at the start of the tour and only pay the standard twin-share price. Should there be nobody to share with on day 1 of the tour, you would get a single room at no extra cost, but this doesn’t happen very often. The only way to be guaranteed a room for sole occupancy is to agree to pay the single room price when you book. 

For a definitive explanation with exact bed sizes, please see this Wikipedia article

 

 

Christmas Wishes on a Rivercruise

I’m so excited – just been told I’m going on a Christmas Markets River Cruise by my wonderful husband . Apparently it’s going through Alsace and Germany which I can’t think of any better place to be during the festive season to savour Gemütlichkeit, Glühwein and Lebkuchen? I can’t wait to be enthralled by the beautiful decorations adorning the magnificent buildings and the twinkling lights on the market stalls.The festive atmosphere which these Christmas Markets conjure would be one to beat on a beautiful crisp winter’s day.

 

We fly to Zürich on the 26th November (which will soon come round) and go on to a place called Basel for four nights where the cruise ship is based. Apparently we are all to meet the crew at a welcoming reception so we can get to now them and vice versa.

I’m particularly looking forward to the second day as I believe there is an excursion to the famous Black forest which is best known for its cute cuckoo clocks, fabulous woodcarvings, Black Forest ham and the delicious Black Forest Gateaux!

The following day we should be visiting Strasbourg which has the oldest and most finest Christmas markets in Europe which date back to 1570! The City’s famous Christkindelsmärik‘ is also found around Place de la CathÈdrale and Place Broglie and  a giant Christmas tree is traditionally seen as its centrepiece.

I’m also very excited for day four as we can either explore the magnificent and ancient imperial city of Speyer or join an excursion to beautiful and romantic Heidelberg with its ancient castle, ice rink and wonderful Christmas Market.

Basically, I can’t wait to spend my whole time exploring the wonderful Christmas Markets whilst savouring the aromas of mulled wine and cinnamon cookies and listening to the sounds of festive Christmas songs – roll on November 26th!

 

 

The Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant – a flag waving frenzy!

It was a rare 4 day weekend with an extra day off for the celebrations. On the 2nd of June 2012 my wife and I left the Global Coach Tours office and headed to London. We stayed at the Hotel Verta which is a 5 star London hotel at Battersea Heliport by the river which had a good offer and overlooks the Thames. You can read my TripAdvisor review here

After a huge delicious breakfast we were set up for viewing the pageant on June 3rd and we joined the throngs to await the Queen’s arrival. This was going to feature around 1000 vessels of every kind imaginable. The most amazing river cruise the Thames had ever seen!

After standing and waving all afternoon, the brave choirs and bands continued to sing and play, whilst we had the good fortune to head home just as the rain began to fall. We felt proud to be British!