Viking Torgil: Overview of Douro River Ship
The Viking Torgil is one of three identical river ships that Viking Cruises purpose-built in 2014 to sail on the Douro River in Portugal and Spain. The 262-foot,106-guest Viking Torgil, Viking Hemming, and Viking Osfrid, are smaller than the 443-foot, 190-guest Viking's Longships and similar to the "baby Longships" that sail the Elbe River in Germany for Viking Cruises.
Viking Cruises built the Douro River ships smaller because the river channel is often narrow and shallow and makes sharp turns as it winds its way through the steep river valley. These river characteristics make travelers love the spectacular river scenery and surrounding mountain countryside, which is covered with vineyards and olive trees, even though it is steep.
Those who have sailed on other Viking Longships will notice that since there are less guests and staff onboard, almost every common area and stateroom is smaller on the Douro River ships like the Viking Torgil. Other than the size, the ship has the same Nordic design and furnishings. The ship is simple, not ornate, but very comfortable and delightful for river cruising.
This article provides an overview and photo tour of the Viking Torgil, but remember that the Viking Hemming and Viking Ostrid look very much the same.
Aquavit Terrace Is Perfect Outdoor Observation Lounge on Viking Torgil
The outdoor Aquavit Terrace on the rounded bow area of the Viking Torgil gives the Viking Longships their signature look. This open space is perfect for having a drink, socializing with friends, or just watching the world go by as your ship sails along the Douro River in Portugal.
Guests appreciate the terrace's comfortable seating and its close proximity to the indoor Observation Lounge. The river ship also has a huge sun deck on top, so if the weather is nice, there's plenty of outdoor seating for everyone.
Viking Torgil Outdoor Swimming Pool
Swimming pools are not often seen on river ships, but the Viking Torgil has one that actually looks like a pool rather than just a giant hot tub. The pool is flanked by a sundeck with comfortable lounge chairs — the Douro River is one of Europe's most scenic, so it is relaxing and fun to stretch out and enjoy the views. The ship also offers a covered sundeck.
Viking Torgil Putting Green
Golfers are always wanting to practice their putting skills, and this small "green" on the Viking Torgil allows them to putt away to their heart's content without missing out on the river scenery. Adjacent to the green sits the ship's herb garden, the produce of which is used in onboard cuisine.
Viking Torgil Observation Bar and Lounge
The Observation Lounge on the Viking Torgil is the hub of the ship. On a Douro River cruise, this large lounge is used for presentations on topics like port wine, olive oil, cork, the Douro River, and Portugal. The program directors give nightly briefings on the next day's schedule in the lounge right before dinner, and the chef gives his menu recommendations for dinner. Entertainment like Flamenco dancers and Portuguese musicians and singers also liven up the room at night. And, this large room has the only bar on the ship, so it's a popular gathering place throughout the day and night.
Guests also use the Observation Lounge on the Viking Torgil for relaxing and watching the vineyards, river locks, other ships, and lovely mountain scenery drift by.
The Restaurant on the Viking Torgil River Ship
Travelers who have sailed with Viking Cruises in the past will recognize the lovely blue bread plates and silver napkin rings used on all the ships. The Restaurant is the only dining venue on the Viking Torgil. Outside The Restaurant, on deck 2, there's a 24-hour coffee station that also has pastries for those looking for an early or late breakfast and cookies available in the afternoon.
No one goes hungry on a Viking river cruise. Breakfast and lunch feature both buffet and menu items, and dinner is ordered from a menu. Since most travelers are North American, Australian, or English-speaking Europeans, most dishes are familiar like rack of lamb, grilled scallops, Beef Wellington, and halibut. In addition, most lunches and dinners feature at least one regional dish from Portugal or Spain. For example, one lunch option is a delicious Porto favorite — a Francesinha sandwich, which is made of made with toasted bread, ham, cheese, sausage, steak, and a sauce with cognac in it. Another dish is made with stock fish, which is a favorite in both Portugal and Norway. Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and wine are available at lunch and dinner. Everyone appreciates (and enjoys) the local Portuguese wines.
Like other Viking cruise ships, the Viking Torgil also has an alternate menu at every dinner that includes common favorites like grilled salmon, chicken, or steak, along with Caesar salad. Many guests mix and match the two menus.
Viking Torgil Veranda Suite Bedroom
Since the Viking ships on the Douro River are smaller than the Longships on other European rivers, some of the staterooms and suites are also smaller. For example, the Veranda Suites and Veranda Staterooms are about 20-25 square feet smaller. However, the French Balcony Staterooms and Standard Staterooms are 15 and 5 feet larger, respectively.
The largest accommodations on the Viking Torgil are the 11 Veranda Suites on decks 2 and 3. These 302-square-foot staterooms have a bedroom with French balcony, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, walk-in closet, and television. As shown in the next photo, the living room has a nice seating area and a veranda.
All of the other Viking Torgil staterooms have a private bathroom with shower and premium bathroom products, television, hotel-style beds (with optional twin-bed configuration), telephone, safe, hair dryer, and bottled water replenished daily, bathrobe and slippers available upon request, individual climate control, space under bed for storing suitcases; roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers, both 220V and 110V voltage, 40-inch flat-panel TVs with an infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus television stations in English.
Each of the other Viking Torgil stateroom categories have differentiating factors.
- The 23 Veranda staterooms measure 185 square feet. These cabins have a veranda.
- The 3 French Balcony staterooms measure 150 square feet. These cabins have a French balcony.
- The 16 Standard Staterooms on deck 1 measure 155 square feet. These cabins have a half-height picture window that does not open.
Viking Torgil Veranda Suite Living Room
The Viking Torgil Veranda Suite Living Room has a separate Living Room with private veranda and a sofa, chair, desk, coffee table, and television. This space is wonderful for relaxing with friends or allows one person in the cabin to stay up and watch a movie while the other one sleeps.
Viking's "River of Gold" Portuguese adventure starts with two nights at a hotel in Lisbon, followed by a 7-night cruise on one of Viking's three ships on the Douro River round-trip from Porto. The ship is small, intimate, and has the lovely decor seen on other Viking river ships. Many of the staff are Portuguese, and they enjoy sharing their country and its culture, historical sites, and culinary delights with visitors.