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River Cruises

River Cruise Common Characteristics

  • Limited Accessibility for persons with mobility limitations
  • Cruise itineraries are very similar. Prices are determined by the amenities offered by each cruise line.
  • Cruises leave ports/cities around 12 midnight
  • 2 people per stateroom
  • Passenger Capacity: 100 to 196 passengers

Cruiser Profile

People 40+, people oriented, want a cruising experience with calm waters, like walking or cycling, looking for a cultural learning experience of a region including its history, its people, its customs and its food.

Cruise Experience

  • Attire ranges from very casual by day to jacket casual at night
  • Avoid crowds
  • Smaller more personal tours
  • More scenic
  • Visit wineries, castles, restaurants and markets

Value and Budget Oriented

  • Hidden costs eliminated
  • Gratuities included on most cruises
  • Tours that are included
  • Gourmet Meals
  • Wine, beer and soda included with lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from cruise line or when included as part of a package

7 night cruises start at $2,400pp
14 night cruises start at $4,400pp

AmaWaterways is about more than just the destination – “It’s the Journey.”Ama Waterways is an award-winning cruise line with a fleet of 22 ships. They are family owned and operated, and the owners continue to have a hands-on approach to management. This approach lends to their belief in building strong personal relationships and providing exceptional customer service. They work to ensure that our company is committed to offering the most exceptional river cruises in the industry.

Destinations

AmaWaterways’ European river cruising includes Europe’s Danube, Douro, Garonne, Main, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers. AmaWaterways European river cruises provide all the luxuries of a 5-star hotel. Their amenities include lavish twin-balcony staterooms, fine dining, comfortable public spaces, hair salon, fitness room and a sun deck pool. River cruising is an excellent way to experience a destination in luxury and style. AmaWaterways Europe river cruises offer the chance to explore historic sites from the comfort of a floating hotel.

In Vietnam/Cambodia, AmaWaterways’ Riches of the Mekong river cruise is one of our most exotic and unforgettable journeys.

Africa river cruise itineraries pair a unique voyage on the Chobe River with luxurious land and safari programs.
A sightseeing tour is included in each city and town you visit, along with free time to explore these ports.

Cabins

Cabins range in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. Stateroom amenities include:

  • Entertainment-On-Demand
  • Internet access featuring free high-speed
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Movies, music and English language TV stations
  • Climate-controlled air conditioning
  • An in-room safe
  • In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers
  • Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and a separate shower.

Dining

Europe:

All meals are skillfully prepared by European chefs and consist of Continental cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Breakfast is buffet-style with selections available from the menu as well. Lunch is also buffet-style with salads, soups and a selection of hot buffet items, hot entrees and desserts. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a choice of delicious entrees, including a vegetarian option.

Vietnam & Cambodia:

All meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a selection of entrées.

Africa:

All meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as local cuisine. The mornings offer a full English breakfast and the afternoons offer a lavish gourmet lunch buffet. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a selection of entrées. Certain meals will be served on land.

Dietary Restriction Requests:

Please advise your Travel Agent or call AmaWaterways directly with any dietary restrictions or allergies requests prior to embarkation. Please note, though AmaWaterways can provide options to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities. They cannot guarantee there will not be any cross-contamination.

Beverages

Europe:

Coffee, tea and specialty coffees, such as espresso and café latte are available free of charge throughout the day and during meals. Complimentary bottled water is replenished daily. During lunch and dinner, local wines soft drinks and beer are available on a complimentary basis. Enjoy their daily “Sip and Sail” cocktail hour. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available at additional cost.

Vietnam & Cambodia:

Complimentary soft drinks, juices, house brand spirits, local beers, filtered coffee and tea are available during the cruise. Free flowing wine with every lunch and dinner on board. Imported wine and premium alcoholic beverages are available to purchase at an additional cost. Complimentary bottled water is replenished daily.

Africa:

Complimentary wine and beer is served with all lunch and dinners on board. Coffee and tea are available free of charge throughout the day and during meals from the bar. Premium alcoholic beverages as well as drinks outside of meal times are available at the bar for additional cost. Complimentary bottled water is replenished daily.

Activities

Activities and excursions are designed to provide more insight. In each port, ships enhance the cruise by visiting food markets and bring onboard local singers, dancers and musicians.

Fleet

Ama Waterways has 22 cruise ships in Europe.

Elevators

Europe:

Elevators are available on board all vessels reaching the two highest passenger decks, reception area and restaurant. They do not reach the lowest passenger deck or the Sun Deck. The Ama Mora, Ama Lea and Ama Kristina feature an elevator that reaches all 3 passenger decks, but does not reach the Sun Deck.

Vietnam & Cambodia:

The Ama Dara does not feature elevators.

Africa:

The Zambezi Queen cruises the Chobe River and does not feature an elevator.

Accessible

Europe:

Wheelchair accessibility is very limited on their European ships. They do have an elevator between the two main decks; however it does not reach the Sun deck or Piano deck. Passengers would be able to move around the dining room and lounge in their chair. However, the staterooms are not able to accommodate a wheelchair. While in their stateroom they would need to be able to move around on their own. Their chair would also need to be stored in their stateroom, due to limited storage on board. Getting on and off the ship, could be a challenge, as the planks are narrow and cannot accommodate a wheelchair or scooter’s width. They would have to be able to get on and off the ship without their wheelchair and the wheelchair would have to be light enough to be lifted off and on the ramps. It is common to tie up to other river ships in port. When this happens we would sometimes need to travel through another ship to disembark, with many ships requiring we do so from the Sun deck, where there is only stair access.

During the excursions, a good majority of the cities visited have the cobble stone walk ways; this may be a challenge to maneuver with a wheelchair. The motor coaches we use as a main means of transport do not have any sort of lift and there are 4 or 5 steep steps to get on and off.

Vietnam, Cambodia & Africa:

These itineraries require a person to be able bodied. There are many unpaved roads and the ships do not have elevators.

Insurance

Purchasing Trip insurance and not cruise insurance is a prudent and sensible investment for a 7 night cruise when you add in extras such as air fare, pre/post cruise stays with hotels and meals. You are investing upwards of $5,000 per person (pp) on the trip.

Purchasing Trip insurance and not cruise insurance is a prudent and sensible investment for a 7 night cruise when you add in extras such as air fare, pre/post cruise stays with hotels and meals. You are investing upwards of $5,000 per person (pp) on the trip.

To purchase a Cruise Protection Plan, please contact your Travel Agent or AmaWaterways’ Reservations Department.

Deposits

Deposit and Final Payment:

To confirm a cruise or cruise & land reservation, a required deposit of $400 per person for Europe and Asia itineraries and $2,400 per person for Africa itineraries on or before the deposit due date indicated on the confirmation. Once airline arrangements have been accepted, an additional deposit ($350 per person for economy class and $600 per person for business/first class) is required to confirm said arrangements. Certain airline tickets require non-refundable, full payment at the time of reservation. Hotel Extra Nights require a non-refundable deposit of $50 per stateroom at the time of confirmation of the hotel availability. Final payment is due no later than 90 days before the travel start date.

Cancellation Charges:

In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice to Ama Waterways must be via email to Res@amawaterways.com, which must include a return receipt and read notation, or other writing stating clearly and correctly each guest’s name, ship name, start and end date of the cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not sufficient. The effective date of the cancellation is the date we receive the written cancellation notice. Cancellation charges for bookings within charter and part-charter agreements are as per the charter contract. All other cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as seen in the chart below.

More than 121 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $200 (Europe & Asia) $1,200 (Africa)
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty

120-90 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $400 (Europe & Asia) $2,400 (Africa)
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty

89-60 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 35% of cruise and land price
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
Other Charges (except insurance): 35% of all charges

59-30 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 50% of cruise and land price
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
Other Charges (except insurance): 50% of all charges

29-7 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 80% of cruise and land price
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
Other Charges (except insurance): 80% of all charges

6-0 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 100% of cruise and land price
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
Other Charges (except insurance): 100% of all charges

Air Fares

Ama Waterways Air Department offers prompt and professional customized air service. They have contracts with major carriers, including Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, British Airways, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific and many more others. They don’t charge deviation fees and always provide you with a complete flight itinerary as part of your air quote

Gratuities

Gratuities to your Cruise Manager and ship crew are not included in the vacation price. While the amount of these gratuities will depend upon your degree of satisfaction for services received, many of our clients have asked us for general tipping guidelines. Here are our recommendations:

Europe:

For great service, AmaWaterways recommends:

  • 3 Euros per passenger, per day for the Cruise Manager
  • 12 Euros per passenger, per day for the crew, which will be divided up among the ship’s personnel.
  • It is also customary to acknowledge a particularly good performance of a local guide by leaving a tip of 1-2 Euros per tour and Bus Drivers 1 Euro.
  • Gratuities on most vessels, but not all, may be charged on credit card as well as cash.

Vietnam & Cambodia:

Pre and Post Cruise:

  • National Guide US $2 per person per day.
  • Local Guides, US $1 per person per half-day tour, US $2 per person per full day tour.
  • Bus Drivers, US $.50 per person for half-day tour, US $2 per person for full day tour.

Cruise:

  • Cruise Director, US $2 per person per day.
  • Ship’s Crew, US $10 per person per day. Cruise Guide in Cambodia, US $2-3 per person per day (covers all shore excursions in Cambodia).
  • Cruise Guide in Vietnam, US $2-3 per person per day (covers all shore excursions in Vietnam.)

Africa:

  • Gratuities are not included in the vacation price.
  • The suggested tipping policy on board is between $65-80 per cabin for the 4-night cruise.
  • All tips are at the traveler’s personal discretion.

8 night cruises start at $1,495pp
14 night cruises start at $3,295pp

Emerald Waterways is owned by Scenic, an Australian company which features all-inclusive river cruises. Since its founding in 2014, Emerald has grown to 8 ships. In 2019, the MV Adriatic Princess II, a 5-star yacht, will provide a luxurious and remarkable passage on the eastern Adriatic along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast.Every cruise includes an on shore excursion at every port and visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For those with an active lifestyle, Emerald River Cruises feature hiking and biking tours.

You can relax on board with their spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge.

Destinations

Emerald Waterways’ cruises Europe’s Danube, Douro, Main, Rhine, and Rhone Rivers.

In Russia, Emerald cruses the Volga River.
In Vietnam, you will cruise the Mekong River.

Excursions

A sightseeing tour is included in each city or town you visit, along with free time to explore the city according to your own interests.

Cabins

Cabins range in size from 162-315 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 117 sq. ft. All Staterooms are equipped with

  • A flat screen TV with infotainment system
  • Individual air conditioning system
  • A personal safe
  • A fridge
  • A hairdryer
  • Hotel-style beds
  • An ensuite bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bottled water daily

Owners One Bedroom Cabins

These cabins include a selection of special features:

  • A spacious bathroom
  • A luxurious walk-in closet
  • A complimentary Nespresso machine
  • A mini-bar restocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks
  • To keep up-to-date with the latest news, you’ll have an iPad to use throughout your cruise
  •  In order to offer you a more intimate dining experience, you can order continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats to enjoy in the privacy of your suite’s lounge or outdoors on your balcony.

Dining

Experienced chefs take great pride in preparing your dishes to the highest quality standards. Menus showcase the fantastic regional cuisines of Europe. Every day, enjoy a breakfast and lunch buffet with an array of hot and cold appetizers and main course choices. There is also a dessert table with a collection of fine sweets. Every evening, you will experience a four-course dinner serving delicious international and regional specialties.

Beverages

If your itinerary includes booking on an Emerald “Star-Ship,” all standard beverages are included in the tour price during lunch and dinner while you are on board. This includes beer, wine and soft drinks. It also includes daily replenishment of specific designated cabin minibars. Selected items, such as spirits, and French champagne, are not included and will be subject to an additional charge. Otherwise, beverages will only be included when listed on the itinerary.

Activities

  • All airport transfers to and from the ship on day of embarkation and disembarkation
  • Spectacular ship innovations such as the onboard pool and cinema*,
  • Our innovative open air system in cabins on the Vista & Horizon decks
  • All meals* and a collection of highlight dinners in the Reflections restaurant
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Tea & Coffee available throughout the day; bottled water replenished daily

Fleet

Emerald Waterways has 8 cruise ships in Europe.

Elevators

All ships for Emerald Waterways have an elevator onboard.

Accessible

Emerald strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. Sightseeing in many historic towns and cities can only be undertaken by walking tours of up to 5 km (3.2 miles), often on uneven surfaces. Some tours include mountain excursions involving high altitudes. Consequently, a reasonably adequate (and sometimes high) level of fitness is required for many of our tours. Please consult with your doctor to ensure that you have an adequate level of fitness and are in good health before participating in these included excursions. Emerald will not provide any refunds if you are not able to participate in any portion of the tour. Most transportation services are not equipped with elevators or wheelchair ramps, and cabin doors and rest rooms may not be wide enough to provide access for standard wheelchairs. Emerald will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of its physically challenged guests, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Nor is it responsible for any denial of service by vessel operators, air carriers, hotels, restaurants or other Providers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to our customers for walking, dining, getting on and off vessels, motor coaches and other vehicles, or for other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need assistance and must assume full responsibility for their well being. Please note that motorized scooters are not suitable on international tours, and are may not be permitted in certain countries.

Insurance

You are urged to arrange comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the tour. Emerald is not liable in any regard for your failure to adequately insure yourself, and you agree to indemnify and hold Emerald harmless for any expenses or delays incurred as a result of your failure to adequately insure yourself. For your convenience, Emerald offers its clients the opportunity to purchase travel protection through TripMate, Inc. Emerald acts as a broker. Once purchased, the Travel Protection Plan premium is non-refundable.

Deposits

You must pay the deposit listed on the itinerary (the “ Deposit”) within 3 days of booking your travel. Your Booking will be automatically canceled if your Deposit is not received by Emerald on or before the due date. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, except as otherwise stated.

Final Payment

The balance of the Tour Price must be paid no later than 90 days prior to the tour departure date. Failure to pay the balance within 90 days of the tour departure date will result in cancellation of your trip and loss of the Deposit.

Bookings Within 90 Days

If you place a booking with Emerald within 90 days or less of your chosen departure date, full payment of the Tour Price is required before we can request and confirm your booking. If the tour is not able to be fully confirmed, then we will refund all funds paid to us, and Emerald will have no further obligations or liability to you in respect of your booking.

Late Booking Fee

A late booking fee of $50.00 per booking is payable on all bookings made within 21 days of tour departure.

Variation Fee

An administration fee of $50.00 is payable for each variation to your booking (except variation to the tour departure date, which will attract cancellation fees, as set out below). Emerald may choose to accept or reject your request for variation in its sole discretion.

Payments to Travel Agents

In the event you booked your tour through a travel agent, your travel agent may forward your deposit or final payment to Emerald on your behalf. Emerald is not responsible for any payments made to travel agents. Therefore, a payment to your travel agent will not be deemed a payment to Emerald unless and until such payment is received by Emerald and the funds fully clear.

Air Fares

Airfare From price is based on low season; a high season surcharge will apply to some dates. Applicable airline and airfare will be advised at time of airfare booking. All airfare prices are an indication only and subject to confirmation.

Air Credit Offers

These offers are based on airfares booked by Emerald. A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due prior to ticketing. Emerald reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer is subject to availability of appropriate airline class and once sold out surcharges will apply.

Taxes

Taxes are defined as all airline and government taxes and surcharges. Taxes are subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of issuing air ticket. Flight Reservations Dependent on departure date and time of booking the required booking class for airfare offer may be too far in advance to book with the appropriate airline. If the required booking class is unavailable air surcharges will apply. The flight quote including air taxes and surcharges will be confirmed once all air sectors are booked and confirmed.

Business Class Upgrade

Guests have the opportunity to upgrade their International flights to Business Class from as little as $999 each way (subject to availability and pricing changes). Paid Business class travel is guaranteed on transoceanic flights only; travel in economy class may be required within North America, Europe or Asia. Business Class upgrades are subject to availability and may not be available on all sailings.

All prices herein are stated in U.S. Dollars.

Air Reservations/Ticketing

Payment in full is required for all airfares at the time of booking.

Airline Seating & Special Requests

Seats are limited in our contracted class of service and may not be available on every flight. Emerald does not hold block space on any airline and therefore does not provide any assurance of seat availability for every single tour departure date. Seat assignments and meal preferences may be requested at time of booking but remain subject to availability on a first come first served basis. Emerald does not assure any such requests will be granted. Not all airlines offer pre-assigned seats and some may impose additional charges for pre-assigned seats. Any additional charge imposed by any airline will be at your sole expense. Seating is solely under the control of the airline, as are the itinerary changes resulting from flight delays and schedule changes. Flight cancellations, delays and schedule changes are the sole responsibility of the airline and Emerald accepts no responsibility or liability for such delays or rescheduling.

Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes, Fees and Restrictions

All airfares quoted at the time of your booking, will be based on round trip purchase and will include air-related taxes, fees and fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines. Any additional fees charged by the airlines such as checked baggage fees, seat selections and/or any other services are your sole responsibility.

Cancellations

The cancellation fees listed above do not include any cancellation fees that may be imposed by the airlines. In cases when paper tickets are issued, no refund will be made for canceled air tickets until tickets are returned to Emerald. Non-refundable tickets cannot be refunded under any condition. Please ensure that any returned airline tickets are sent by certified or registered mail. Lost ticket replacement can take up to one year and processing fees may be assessed.

Gratuities

Gratuities and tips are included on tours and river cruises operated by Emerald and that are listed on your itinerary. All other gratuities and tips are the customer’s responsibility.

8 night cruises start at $1,899pp
15 night cruises start at $3,400pp

Viking River Cruises are moderately priced river cruises. Their intimate, inclusive itineraries are designed for you to explore/engage with your destination through its food, culture, countryside and customs.

Destinations

Vikings’ European river cruise destinations include the Danube, Dordogne, Garonne, Douro, Elbe, Main, Moselle, Rhine, Rhône, Saône, Seine rivers and Dutch & Belgian Waterways.

In Russia, Viking cruises the Volga and Svir Rivers.
In the Ukraine, Viking sails the Dnieper River from Kiev to Odessa.
In Asia, Viking cruises from Beijing to Shanghai in China and from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Excursions

A sightseeing tour is included in each city or town you visit, along with free time to explore the city according to your own interests.

Cabins

Staterooms range in size from 135 square feet and 445 square feet. The River-view staterooms feature:

  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40″ flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeepin

Dining

Indulge in attentive table service in Viking’s elegant, upscale restaurant as you sail into your next port. Greet the morning with a sumptuous buffet. Enjoy a savory soup and light salad midday. In the evening, settle in for a relaxed, multicourse fine-dining experience. Open seating allows you to dine with the same guests or meet someone new each day.

Beverages

Europe: Coffee, tea and specialty coffees, such as espresso and café latte are available free of charge throughout the day and during meals. Complimentary bottled water is replenished daily. During lunch and dinner, local wines soft drinks and beer are available on a complimentary basis.

Activities

Activities are designed to provide more insight into the ports and destinations by having Guest Lecturers, Destination Performances, Port Talks, Wine Tastings, Cooking & Craft Demonstrations plus Classical & Regional Musicians.

Fleet

Viking River Cruises has 63 cruise ships, the largest river cruise fleet. 80% of the European fleet is comprised of Viking’s new Longboats.

Elevators

  • Viking Longships and other European river cruise ships have elevators onboard.
  • There is not an elevator on the Nile River cruise ship in Egypt – the MS Mayfair.

Accessible

Ships have elevators serving the passenger decks, but not the sun deck. Some excursions are handicapped accessible. Viking welcomes disabled guests, but points out the challenges that exist onboard and during shore excursions. Viking does not have any designated wheelchair-friendly cabins.

Insurance

Protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly yourself from those unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip.

The Viking Cruises Travel Protection Plan is a Plan made up of different components.

The Plan includes:

  • a Cancellation Waiver, provided by Viking Cruises, Travel Insurance Benefits and Non-Insurance Services.
  • Plan benefits, limits and provisions may vary by state jurisdiction.
  • To review full plan details online, go to: www.tripmate.com/wpA425V.

Prices

8 night cruises start at $1,899pp
15 night cruises start at $3,400pp

Include:

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase

Deposits

Cancellation received – Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure)

Cruise/tour/land cancellation

  • 121 days or more is $500 per person
  • 120-60 days is 50% of full fare
  • 59-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Air inclusive cancellation

  • 121 days or more is $1,500 per person
  • 120-60 days is 50% of full fare
  • 59-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from Viking.

Air Fares

Flights can be reserved up to 330 days prior to departure. Viking River Cruises has exclusive access to certain flights through our airline partners. Viking Air Plus service is the only way to guarantee guest and group accommodations. Flight schedules, seat assignments and luggage restrictions are subject to change by the airline at any time. Viking River Cruises will make every effort to notify guests of these changes to flight schedules or luggage restrictions, via email. However, Viking recommends that you contact your airline directly via website or phone at least 72 hours prior to your departure for current policies. This may include: how much time to allow prior to check-in, carry-on or checked luggage restrictions, or prohibited travel items.

Gratuities

From the Hotel Manager to receptionists, from restaurant servers to housekeeping, Viking’s onboard staff is 100% dedicated to serving our guests.

  • Tips are not included in your cruise price, but are a voluntary way of showing satisfaction for good service.
  • You may tip onboard staff in cash if you like, or you may charge your tips to your credit card at the end of the cruise (everywhere except Egypt, Southeast Asia and Portugal).
  • These gratuities are distributed among the ship’s staff.
  • The Tour Escorts or Program Directors that travel with you do not share in the onboard staff gratuities. It is customary to tip them separately in cash.

The following guidelines are based on typical amounts; they vary by region so please read the section for the region to which you will be traveling. Please note that local city guides and coach drivers are not included in the onboard gratuities; any tipping should be done in cash on the day of the tour as you are not likely to see them again.

Europe

In Europe, we recommend that you tip in euros. Guidelines:

  • Program Director – €2 per guest, per day
  • Onboard staff – €12 per guest, per day
  • Local city guides – €2 per guest, per day
  • Coach drivers – €1 per guest, per day

Russia

In Russia, we recommend that you tip in U.S. dollars. Guidelines:

  • Onboard staff – $15 per guest, per day
  • Tour Escort – $10 per guest, per day
  • Local city guides – $2 per guest, per day
  • Coach drivers – $1 per guest, per day

China

In China, we recommend that you tip in U.S. dollars. Guidelines:

  • Onboard staff – $15 per guest, per day
  • Tour Escort – $10 per guest, per day
  • Local city guides – $2 per guest, per day
  • Coach drivers – $1 per guest, per day

Southeast Asia

In the Mekong region and in Myanmar, we recommend that you tip in U.S. dollars. Guidelines:

  • Onboard staff – $15 per guest, per day
  • Tour Escort – $10 per guest, per day
  • Local city guides – $2 per guest, per day
  • Coach drivers – $1 per guest, per day

Egypt

In Egypt, we recommend that you tip in U.S. dollars. Guidelines:

  • Onboard staff – $15 per guest, per day
  • Tour Escort/Egyptologist – $10 per guest, per day
  • Local city guides – $2 per guest, per day
  • Coach drivers – $1 per guest, per day