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Viking Embla
4.0 / 5.0
141 reviews

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Passengers
190

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Passenger to Crew

Launched
2012

Shore Excursions
23
Sails To
Europe
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Jamey Bergman
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Viking Embla Overview

The modern, yet contemporary design found throughout Viking Embla -- one of the original Longships, launched in 2012  -- is both welcoming and bright, with its floor-to-ceiling windows allowing bursts of natural sunlight, its outdoor dining deck offering panoramic views and open two-story atrium featuring statement artwork.

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You can feel the Scandinavian influence all throughout the ship, from the oversize Viking painting welcoming you upstairs to the symmetrical white couches adorned with pattered throw pillows to the simple, albeit cozy, staterooms. When the ship launched, its Aquavit Terrace quickly became the Longships' signature. Created to maximize the space allowed for river cruising, this outdoor eatery boasts 270-degree views of the breathtaking scenery with comfortable chairs and dining tables that beckon a bite outside.

Another new feature aboard Embla are the two Explorer Suites, among the few "true suites" on European rivers. In these expansive staterooms, you'll find a separate living room and bedroom, a large bathroom, a French balcony and a wraparound veranda porch. Although the square footage is slightly smaller in Embla than her sister ships, these suites still offer plenty of space to relax and unwind.

The size of the ship is also no accident. To navigate Europe's complex river system, Embla was built without a centimeter or inch to spare so it can fit through the series of locks that monitor and oversea the water levels of Europe's inland rivers and squeeze beneath the mid-century bridges. To offer as much space as possible and ensure comfort and privacy, the upstairs deck is outfitted with chairs and tables (but is off-limits when cruising below bridges or through locks for safety).

Embla's public areas are her crowning glory, with comfortable pattered couches and pillows arranged dutifully around a piano and dance floor in the lounge, plush loveseats adjacent to the library and a family-style dining room decorated with simple, yet beautiful wine racks, centerpieces and simplistic flowers.

One thing you'll note as you sail along the Danube, through the Wachau Valley or down the Rhine, is how quiet and unimposing Viking Embla is. Unlike neighboring ships that are heard miles away, Embla quietly navigates along -- providing you with a more uninterrupted view of the spectacular scenery.

Not as visible but just as revolutionary is Embla's dedication to sustainability. Heated towel racks make it easier to reuse towels and minimize laundry, electric engines burn less fuel and produce more than 20 percent less emissions and solar panels on the sun deck help fuel the engines. Plus, an organic garden sits on Embla's upper deck during growing season, offering a natural, lush respite during warmer months.


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Fellow Passengers

The general age for river cruise passengers is 60 and older, but Embla and other Longships, with their contemporary design, were built with an eye toward attracting a slightly younger traveler. Regardless of age, passengers tend to be well-traveled (though many are visiting Europe for the first time).


Viking Embla Dress Code

Casual, comfortable attire is encouraged for both ship and shore on Viking Longships. The must-pack item is, without question, a comfortable pair of walking shoes for shore tours. As the ship sails in Europe, with its lovely and historic landscapes, tours frequently involve cobblestones and other uneven surfaces. Both the staff and the daily program provide ample notice when this is the case.

Generally, passengers "dress up" to varying degrees in the evenings, but never to the level of a big-ship formal night. Most don the kind of attire worn at a country club dinner, but others don't bother to change from their sensible shore excursion gear. Save your best outfits (maybe casual dresses for women and collared shirts and blazers for men) for events like the Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners


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Viking Embla Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.04.2
Entertainment3.03.8
Public Rooms5.04.3
Fitness Recreation1.03.1
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment4.04.1
Service4.04.5
Value For Money3.03.9

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rosapdx
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We were transferred to the Aegir which was identical to the Embla. The swap was handled very well and the only inconvenience to the passengers was that we had to pack up and then unpack again.... Read More
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John Hlavac
Sail Date: Apr 2018
We loved everything about our experience aboard the Embla and we are already planning our next Viking trip in 2020.... Read More
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Jake525373
Sail Date: Jul 2019
We will go on another Viking River Cruise in the future. An amazing experience.... Read More
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GGH1958
Sail Date: Aug 2018
The only e-mail we got 8 days before the cruise was regarding the change of the ship: Viking Embla instead of Viking Lif.... Read More

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