After spending a week on Viking Odin, I now know there are at least six aspects that differentiates this vessel from its competitors.
I’m not referring to aspects such as service and dining, because all river cruise companies do well in these departments. Nor am I talking about included tours, verandas, complimentary internet/WiFi and beer/wine/sodas included at lunch and dinner. These are becoming standard offerings in the river cruise industry.
Viking Odin and its Viking Longships sisters are differentiated by:
- Nordic Design. The vessels were designed by Bjørn Storbraaten, of Olso-based Yran & Storbraaten Architects. If you have been on Seabourn, Holland America Line or Disney (and more), you already know his fine work. See Nordic Design On Viking Odin
- The Aquavit Terrace. Featuring retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors, the lounge can be used in any weather conditions and makes the perfect place to enjoy a drink and the company of new friends while admiring the stunning scenery. See Viking Odin: Public Spaces & Service
- Huge In-Stateroom Sony Televisions. As you will see the photos below.
- Explorer Suites. The largest river cruise suites in Europe at 445 square feet. These two suites each feature a separate living room, bedroom, bathroom and private wraparound veranda, offering 270-degree views.
- Green Features. Such as the “Swedish” garden by the lobby staircase, an organic herb garden, solar panels and energy-efficient hybrid engines.
- Shifted Ship’s Corridor. The off-center corridor from the lobby to aft allows for a variety of stateroom configurations, detailed further down in this post.
That’s not to say that Viking Odin is perfect. For me, it is missing a fitness center, jacuzzi/sauna and bicycles, which some other vessels offer.
Viking Odin Public Rooms
Careful attention has been put into Viking Odin and her sister Viking Longships to ensure passengers are constantly surrounded by an environment that is as rich, comfortable and fittingly cozy.