Arriving in Europe to begin a cruise, one might expect passengers to come from a variety of nationalities. We see people from all over the world on cruise ships that ply the waters of the Caribbean, coastal North America, Mexico and Hawaii. Alaska is no stranger to cruise travelers that represent multiple nations, as are itineraries focused on South America, Asia and elsewhere. But those are ocean cruises. This is a Christmas Markets river cruise. More specifically, this is a Viking River Cruise that sources passengers mainly from the United States. Less than 200 of them will sail on Viking Longships for what looks to be the voyage of a lifetime.
Regular readers know that Viking River Cruises is the fastest-growing river cruise line in the business. We’ve taken you to inaugural sailings of multiple ships, through France on Viking’s Portraits of Southern France itinerary, Germany on their Elegant Elbe itinerary and a 15-day Grand European Tour over the last few years as Vikings unprecedented growth continues.
Today, we continue to explore why the line has had such phenomenal growth.
That the focus of a river cruise is mainly off the ship is no surprise. We discovered and approved of that notion after just one sailing on a Viking longship.
After arriving throughout the day for their Christmas Markets sailing, passengers may be travel-weary until the ship’s Program Director congeals the group at a Welcome Briefing held just before dinner. Running through safety information and housekeeping notes, it will be apparent that we are traveling with like-minded passengers who share a lot in common. A show of hands on our last Viking river cruise revealed all but a handful were Americans, most were on their first river cruise and quite a few had sailed in the ocean before.
Still, there will be other nationalities on board, travelers who will bring a unique view on what we will see along the way. From there come some of the best stories that we hope to share with you. Here is more on Christmas Markets sailing with Viking River Cruises:
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Coming Up On The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas:
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: River vs. Ocean Experience
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Top Accommodations On Viking Longships
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: What Passau Was Like In The Summer
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Visiting Vienna, Austria Via Viking Longship
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Why I’m Looking Forward To Visiting Vienna Again
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Ocean Cruise Skills I Will Not Need On My Viking River Cruise
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Going Through Locks: Will They Be Frozen?
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Overnight In Budapest: What To Do?
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Bringing Home Our Christmas Markets Presents
- The 12 Days Of Viking Christmas: Your Complete Guide To International Air Travel The Easy Way
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