Viking Odin Photo Tour

Viking Idun, sister-ship to Viking Odun, berthed next to the Amsterdam Passenger Terminal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

In 2011, Viking River Cruises announced they would be constructing four brand-new river cruise ships. Dubbed the Viking Longships, these vessels wouldn’t merely be sister ships to Viking’s existing fleet; instead, they were redesigned and re-imagined from the keel up.

They would offer more glass than any ships that had come before them, allowing for expansive views of the surrounding scenery and offer innovations like a new propulsion system, solar panels, a herb garden, and an interior design that shifted the passenger corridor from the centerline of the ship to create a unique arrangement that allowed Viking to offer standard balcony staterooms alongside true suites, an issue the river cruise industry has long struggled with. Viking was so proud of the idea, they patented it.

Crew of the Viking Odin during christening ceremonies in Amsterdam, March 21, 2012. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

But what started as a four-ship order quickly grew, and by the time of Viking Odin’s christening ceremonies on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, it had grown to encompass a whopping twelve new Longships to be delivered by 2013, with the option of another six Longships to be delivered from the Neptun Werft yards in Rostock, Germany by the end of 2014.

Viking Odin was one of the first Longships to enter service on March 24, 2012, and we were onboard for two nights for her Christening in Amsterdam.  Let’s take a look at what makes this ship worthy of the Viking name.

MAIN DECK

Stateroom corridors aboard Viking Odin are elegantly decorated. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The lowest deck aboard Viking Odin, the Main Deck is home to 25 Oceanview staterooms spanning Categories E and F.  These staterooms were fully booked during our stay onboard, so we weren’t able to take any photographs of this area.  Categories E and F both measure 150 square feet.

MIDDLE DECK

Middle Deck houses both accommodations and Viking Odin’s stunning reception area, along with the superb Restaurant onboard.

The Reception Area

The Reception Atrium aboard Viking Odin is elegant, classy and modern. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The first place most passengers will see when embarking Viking Odin is the ship’s fabulous, two-story Reception Area.  Flanked by walls of glass and modern Scandinavian décor, this bright and airy space hosts the main Reception desks, a Concierge, and a small gift shop. But the real eye-catcher here is the massive staircase leading up to the ship’s Upper Deck.

An enormous skylight above the Reception Area bathes the ship in natural light. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Adorned with a glass skylight, you might be tempted to spend more time loitering around the Reception Desk than on any other river cruise ship!

Thoughtful touches, like this real garden at the foot of the staircase, abound on Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The Restaurant

All the way forward on Middle Deck lies Viking Odin’s Restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinners are served here in an open-seating arrangement that allows you to dine with as many – or as few – people as you wish.

The Restaurant aboard Viking Odin is done in the same crisp, clean, Scandinavian style that characterizes the rest of the ship. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Several thoughtful touches abound here, like the artisan-style wooden bread bowls and the decorative, sea-blue china.  Scandinavian in style, elegant in execution, this spacious room is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows; another rarity among most river cruise ships.

Table settings aboard the Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light, and make dinner a particularly special occasion. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

French Balcony & Veranda Staterooms

The area aft of reception is devoted to Viking Odin’s accommodations. On Main Deck, these include both traditional French Balcony staterooms alongside larger staterooms offering a full, step-out veranda much like those found on deep-ocean cruise ships.

French Balcony Stateroom 224 aboard Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Although a tight squeeze for two at just 135 square feet, the French Balcony staterooms are surprisingly well designed. Thoughtful touches include lights that turn on in closets when opened, a digital thermostat, and dual North American and European power outlets, eliminating the need for troublesome adapters for the majority of guests.

Two QuietVox headsets are provided in each stateroom, along with dual 120V and 220V power outlets. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Stateroom bathrooms aboard Viking Odin are well-appointed. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Bathrooms are spacious and feature a full shower with sliding glass door, along with L’Occitane toiletries and plenty of storage space. Note that because the bathroom door is made of sliding glass, there is no hook on the back for those of you (like me) who rely on hanging toiletry kits.

Showers aboard Viking Odin all feature glass doors and are surprisingly spacious. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

L'Occitane toiletries are in every stateroom aboard Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Perhaps the best feature of this bathroom, though, is the heated tile floor that can be adjusted to suit your temperature preference.

The comfortable bed in stateroom 224 aboard Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Beds are very comfortable, and are flanked by two end tables and a great lighting system that allows for varying levels of illumination – perfect for reading or indulging in movies on the largest flat-panel television I’ve seen in any stateroom.

The vanity area of stateroom 224 aboard Viking Odin, coupled with one of the largest televisions I've seen on a ship. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

If you crave more space, you might find the 205-square foot Veranda staterooms across the hall to be a better fit.  It really just depends on your personal tastes.

UPPER DECK

Upper Reception Area

The Upper Reception Area features plenty of comfortable seating and great views. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Viking Odin’s stunning Reception Area spans two levels, and this upper-deck area is home to several relaxing diversions.

On the aft end is a Library, located on the starboard side, and a small internet centre with two computer workstations located on the port side.

A small but relevant and well-stocked Library graces the starboard side of Upper Deck. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Two internet stations are available on the port side of the Upper Deck Atrium area. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Several attractive seating options are clustered around the glass partitions that overlook the atrium space and Middle Deck below, and 24-hour coffee and tea stations are located along the port and starboard sides of the upper atrium.

The Upper Atrium area aboard Viking Odin, facing forward. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

24-hour coffee and tea stations are located just aft of the Viking Lounge. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Viking Lounge

Heading forward we come to the Viking Lounge, Viking Odin’s attractive space for mingling and enjoying the fantastic scenery over a drink.  Like all the other rooms aboard these innovative Longships, floor-to-ceiling windows flank both sides of this room.

A Bar area anchors the Viking Lounge aboard Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

For a special touch, be sure to try the typically Scandinavian Aquavit. Served in one of the coolest decanters we’ve ever seen, a glass of this is a great way to take the chill out of shoulder-season sailings.

At night, the Viking Lounge becomes a cozy, intimate venue. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Indulge in some Aquavit aboard the Viking Odin; it's worth it for the cool decanter alone. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Aquavit Terrace

Perhaps one of the greatest innovations Viking made when designing these new Longships was the addition of the Aquavit Terrace. Located all the way forward, past the Viking Lounge, this casual lounge and dining venue offers up breakfast in the mornings and lunch during the afternoon.

One of the greatest innovations aboard Viking Odin and her Longship sisters is the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Continental breakfast items in the Aquavit Terrace. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Plenty of attractive seating options are available here. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

When conditions are right, the glass partitions open, creating an outdoor dining venue perched on the bow of the ship. When inclement weather threatens, these partitions enclose this area, allowing you to continue to take your meals in one of the brightest, most inviting areas of this ship. After all, few things can compare to taking breakfast outdoors in the sunshine as your ship sails along the storied and picturesque waterways of Europe.

THE VIKING LONGSHIPS

Though our time aboard her was short, Viking Odin made a deep impression on us. For those who have always tentatively looked at river cruising, these Viking Longships do a lot to dispel the unfairly persistent view that river cruising is staid and boring.

Modern Scandinavian design gives Viking Odin a distinct personality. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Looking down through the two-deck Atrium space aboard Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Bright, vibrant and featuring a distinctively Scandinavian design, the Viking Odin and her sisters aren’t just good for Viking River Cruises; they’re good for the general public’s perception of river cruising as a whole.

View from the French Balcony of stateroom 224 aboard Viking Odin. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

More information on Viking Odin and her sisters can be found by visiting the Viking River Cruises Website or by reading our comprehensive Live Report from her Christening in Amsterdam, or by viewing our Viking River Cruise Profile on our sister-site, River Cruise Advisor.

 

10 Responses to Viking Odin

  1. Sharon Birch says:

    In the deck-by-deck description, I didn’t see the smoking section pointed out. Where is that?

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  5. Contavelis carole says:

    Can we smoke in the balcony of the french stateroom 224 or any other room?

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      No – smoking isn’t allowed in any stateroom aboard Viking’s river cruise ships. There is, however, a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck. Hope that helps!

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