The Seabournization Of Viking River Cruises, Part III: Staterooms & Suites

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Our coverage of Viking Odin continues. Yesterday, I wrote about Odin’s Public Spaces & Service. The post was preceded by The Seabournization Of Viking River Cruises: Odin, Seabjørnized, Part I

Stateroom 201 measures 205 square feet, with a full veranda. French Balcony staterooms measure only 135 square feet, a squeeze for two, I suspect.

Staterooms, while a huge step forward for Viking River Cruises, are not as large as what you will find on luxury ocean-going vessels. I’m in 201, a Veranda stateroom that measures 205 square feet, with the full-size veranda included. And though this post is not meant to be a strict comparison to Seabourn, Odyssey’s veranda suites measure 365 square feet, more than 50 percent larger than Odin’s Veranda staterooms.

My stateroom veranda is sufficiently large enough to step out on, but Odyssey’s verandas feature more space. I make these points to distinguish the river cruise experience from the small ship luxury cruise experience for the benefit of avid cruisers. Though their price points can be similar, river cruises and small ship luxury cruises each have broad points of differentiation.

Small luxury ocean-going vessels generally have greater space ratios as well as all-inclusive alcohol and gratuities. River cruisers typically do not, although river cruisers will include many of the tours no additional cost.

For full reviews of Viking Odin and Viking River Cruises, including in-depth stateroom reviews, see our sister site, River Cruise Advisor.