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Viking Helgi

While the names of the Viking Longships were inspired by Norse mythology, the fully refurbushed Russian ships are named after the first intrepid Viking explorers who becane fouders of the Rus dynasty that for centuries ruled the land we know today as Russia. The reference is fitting, as Viking has deep roots here. Viking River Cruises was born in Russia, with a small fleet of innovative vessels that became the model for contemporary river cruising along Russia’s waterways.

Included in the price with a Viking River Cruise

  • Deluxe en-suite accommodation
  • All on board meals
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Specially selected wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at any time
  • Daily excursions
  • Complementary Wi-Fi
Launched
1984
Length
129.0
Total Crew
115
Occupancy
204

Ship Information

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Suite (AA)

These suites have 2 flat-panel TVs and panoramic windows. They have hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration); floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto a large veranda along both sleeping and living quarters; there is a large private bathroom with shower, bathtub and premium bath products; a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily. Bathrobe and slippers are available upon request. They have air conditioning, space under the bed for storing suitcases; a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers; 220V and 110V powerpoints in the stateroom and a 26-inch Sony flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

    Junior Suite (JR)

    These suites have hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration); floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto a full-sized veranda. There is a private bathroom with shower and premium bath products; a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily. Bathrobe and slippers are available upon request. They have air conditioning, space under the bed for storing suitcases; a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers; 220V and 110V powerpoints in the stateroom and a 26-inch Sony flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

      Veranda

      These suites have hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration); floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto a private veranda. There is a private bathroom with shower and premium bath products; a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily. Bathrobe and slippers are available upon request. They have air conditioning, space under the bed for storing suitcases; a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers; 220V and 110V powerpoints in the stateroom and a 26-inch Sony flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

        Deluxe

        These suites have hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration); a large picture window 4.10 ft. x 2.79 ft. (which can be opened). There is a private bathroom with shower and premium bath products; a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily. Bathrobe and slippers are available upon request. They have air conditioning, space under the bed for storing suitcases; a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers; 220V and 110V powerpoints in the stateroom and a 26-inch Sony flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming.

          It’s been said that the best way to know a culture is through its food and wine. Both engage your senses and provide a window into the traditions and essence of a land. Viking’s trained chefs are passionate about food and committed to providing a complete culinary experience. The ships’ dining areas are hospitable and inviting; the service is friendly, attentive and personalised. Menu selections include regional dishes and contemporary cuisine to offer a variety of flavours designed to suit any palate.You have choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not just in food selection, but also in where and how you enjoy them. Greet the morning with a croissant and cappuccino on deck, or begin your day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast. Have a casual lunch or dinner al fresco, or join friends in the restaurant. Open seating allows you to mingle with the same guests every evening or meet someone new each day.

          As with your stateroom, the public areas are designed to make the most of the splendid views. Whether from the sun deck, the Panorama Lounge or the restaurant, a river cruise provides uninterrupted sightseeing, from the time the morning mist rises from the water to when the setting sun announces the end to another remarkable day.

          Onboard talks

          Viking offer a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Topics may include Romanian and Bulgarian history, the Orthodox Church, the Vikings in Europe, and key words and phrases in local languages. These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.

            Library

            Select from a range of informational and inspirational travel books for your browsing pleasure.

              Panorama Bar

              An excellent spot to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the scenery, especially during arrival at one of your historic destinations.

                Onboard Boutique

                Forget to bring something? Looking for a magazine or some gift items? The onboard boutique on the Middle Deck—right across from Reception—has everything you need to make your voyage comfortable and convenient.

                  Please note: the ship does not have any dedicated Enrichment facilities. There are however onboard talks taking place throughout the cruise.

                  Activities

                  Hands-on demonstrations, cooking classes, traditional dance performances, and local tastings. These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

                    Onboard Talks

                    Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. Viking offer a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Topics may include the Dutch Masters or French impressionists, castles along the Rhine Valley, the formation of the European Union, the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the wine and cuisine of southern France, and key words and phrases in the local language wherever you are traveling. These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.

                      Please note: the ship does not feature any health & fitness facilities.

                      Sun Deck

                      Not only does the Sun Deck offer a great place to relax, you'll also find a pool and a golf green there.

                        Please note: the ship does not feature any children's facilities.

                        Disabled Facilities

                        Viking Cruises welcomes disabled guests but wishes all guests to understand that challenges will exist onboard and during shore excursions. The ocean vessels have elevators, but there may still be thresholds that could make movement difficult. Shore excursions may require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs; accordingly, a physically challenged guest will require the services of a responsible adult since crew availability is limited. Guests need to provide their own wheelchairs, except in an emergency. Motorized scooters are not typically suited on international cruises and cannot be accommodated. Viking does not accommodate animals except for certified therapy or Seeing Eye dogs on our international itineraries.

                        When you make your reservation, please let them know of any disability that will require special attention while you are on your Viking Ocean Cruise itinerary. Should you have any medical, physical or other special needs, check the deck plans to gain an understanding of the layout of any particular ship, and should contact Viking Cruises, Inc., at 0800 298 9700 directly with additional questions and to obtain a copy of their policy statement.

                        Special Dietary Requirements

                        In most cases Viking can accommodate special dietary needs. Every meal has vegetarian options and chefs will make reasonable efforts to accommodate requests. Guests requiring special diets (low salt, diabetic, gluten-free and low cholesterol) should alert Viking 90 days prior to departure and remind the Maître d’ when onboard.

                        Age Restrictions

                        Due to the nature of the cruises, Viking do not maintain specific facilities or services for children aboard cruise vessels. On all cruises children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by and share a cabin with a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult over the age of 21. Viking are unable to accommodate children under the age of 12 and reserve the right to limit the number of children onboard any particular vessel between the ages of 12 and 18.

                        Dress Code

                        Dress is casual and comfortable, both on board and ashore. Because the weather can be unpredictable, it is best to bring layers—have a sweater or light jacket for spring and summer, and a heavier jacket for chillier months. Rain can happen at any time, so a collapsible umbrella is a “must.” You are likely to do a good deal of walking during shore excursions, so you will definitely want sturdy, comfortable walking shoes; but, since our ships are much smaller than ocean cruising vessels, you do not have to worry about too much walking on board.

                        There are no “formal nights” on board, but there is usually a Captain’s Welcome Dinner and/or Farewell Dinner; on many itineraries, you will attend a concert, ballet performance or other dressier event. For these evenings, you might like to bring “dressy casual” wear.

                        Drinking Package

                        Viking offer complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner, plus specialty coffees and teas are available 24 hours a day. For those who would like premium cocktails or wines and spirits, Viking offers the Silver Spirits beverage package. Ask for details onboard or when making your reservation.

                        Smoking and E-cigarette Policy

                        All Viking ship interiors, staterooms and verandas are nonsmoking; this policy also applies to e-cigarettes. Each ship has an outdoor smoking area, generally on the Sun Deck.

                        Gratuities

                        Tipping & Gratuities for shipboard crew, local guides, and drivers are included in your cruise programs.

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