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Honeymoon Destination – Viking River Cruise

Honeymoon Destination – Viking River Cruise: Everything You Need To Know!

Possibly the best part of planning a wedding for travel addicts is deciding where to go on the honeymoon!! With countless options available, it can be hard to narrow it down to just one celebratory trip.

With that said, I’ll be writing a mini honeymoon series of posts about three unique honeymoon options. These posts will feature positives, negatives, estimated costs, and our general thoughts about each location.

So far, I’ve covered a Mediterranean Cruise and a trip to South Africa.

Today I’m focusing on a Viking River Cruise as a honeymoon destination.

Spoiler Alert – this is the option we ultimately chose, so you can read my compete Viking River Cruise review post for even more details!

 

 

 

Honeymoon Destination – Viking River Cruise

 

Overview:

If you’ve seen an episode of Downton Abbey, then I can basically guarantee you’ve heard of Viking River Cruises. I think they spent their entire advertising budget on BBC / PBS for the past few years. Clearly it worked on me!

Viking River Cruises give travelers the opportunity to visit multiple European cities and enjoy gorgeous views without switching hotels. River cruising is a completely different experience from an ocean cruise since the boats are smaller and they can travel through smaller bodies of water and dock at many more cities.

I’ve decided to focus on Viking River Cruises for this cruise since they are highly rated and offer a top-of-the-line, but not outrageously priced experience. 

 

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Positives:

  • All meals and snacks plus alcohol with lunch and dinner included
  • Shore excursions included
  • On board lectures / cooking demonstrations included
  • Smaller number of people sharing the ship
  • Visit multiple countries and cities without changing hotels / unpacking

 

Negatives:

  • Flights are not included
  • Less variety of restaurants, on-board activities
  • Time in each city is limited to length of time ship is docked

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Estimated Costs:

With the amount of vacation time available to us, our max number of days for a cruise is 8. Therefore, I’m basing my pricing estimates on a 7-8 day cruise. We’re also planning to leave within a month or two of our wedding date, so I’m only including pricing for July 2017 cruises. You can expect cheaper prices during off-peak months such as April and October.

This pricing is also reflective of a 2 for 1 deal, which seems to happen quite often. We’re certainly waiting for this type of deal before we book because it is way too expensive otherwise. Pricing is per person.

Cruise Destinations # of Days Standard Stateroom
 Romantic Danube  Hungary, Austria, Germany 8 $2,799
 Rhine Getaway  The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland 8 $2,749
 Danube Waltz  Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany 8 $2,799

 

Overall Thoughts:

As you read in the intro, we ultimately selected a Viking River Cruise as our honeymoon destination! The experience exceeded even my high expectations, so I cannot recommend it highly enough! 

 

Will you make your honeymoon destination a Viking River Cruise??

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