Within minutes of boarding Viking Atla, I was on my way to cabin 321. Viking Atla is one of the many ships Viking River Cruises has sailing in Europe and would be my home for the next week while on my Romantic Danube river cruise.
Viking Atla is one of the longships that Viking River Cruises sails, which makes up more than two thirds of its European fleet. Built in 2013 and measuring 443 feet long, the ship can accommodate up to 190 guests and 50 crew members. How many staterooms are onboard? There are 95 outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 7 Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms, and 25 Standard Staterooms).
For my cruise onboard Viking Atla, I stayed in cabin 321, a Veranda Stateroom (A) on the Upper deck. Measuring a spacious 205 square feet with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a full size veranda, the room is light, bright, and airy in a modern Scandinavian way.
Here’s Viking River Cruises’ floor plan of the Veranda Stateroom (A).
With hotel style beds measuring 79 inches x 63 inches, my travel companion and I opted for the optional twin-bed configuration. To the left of the one bed is a small nightstand/desk area and a chair.
The cabin offers great storage options including a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers, shelf storage, space under beds for storing suitcases, and an in-room safe.
While the balcony isn’t huge, you can easily fit two people out on the balcony in the provided chairs and take in the sweeping river views. The view here was while we were docked in Erlangen and admittedly wasn’t much of a view at the time, but I loved taking in the view non-stop from the balcony as we sailed down the Danube and through the river locks.
TSG Tip: Please get dressed BEFORE opening up the curtains first thing in the morning as sometimes your ship will be docked adjacent to another longship. This means you can and will see directly into other cabins so be warned.
The bathroom was perfect and I do mean perfect! I love the decor in the cabin and in the bathroom and having a glass shower, dark wood vanity, heated floors, and L’Occitane premium bath products transformed this small space into the best luxury spa bath ever.
The desk/vanity area opposite the beds holds a variety of important items that you’ll need during your cruise from the obvious phone and television remote for the 40-inch flat panel TV with its premium entertainment package to the audio equipment you’ll need for the included tours provided by Viking. You won’t have to worry about charging your phone, laptop, or other devices as there are outlets located throughout the cabin here as well as by the beds.
TSG Tip: Voltage is 220V and 110V in staterooms. Also located in this area of the cabin is a refrigerator and hair dryer.
One of the nice touches that I noticed upon arrival to the cabin was the bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit. Even better was that the fruit was super fresh and replenished daily as well as the bottled water.
While the cabin and the ship were even better than I could have anticipated, the true star of Viking Atla for me was its crew. In my next post I’ll cover why the crew is what makes cruising with Viking River Cruises extra special.
I was a guest of Viking River Cruises for this cruise, but as always — all opinions and photographs are my own.