Viking Forseti

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    Exterior View

    Viking Forseti on the Garonne River in Bordeaux, France
    ••• Viking Forseti on the Garonne River in Bordeaux, France. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    The Viking Forseti is one of Viking River Cruises Longships and was launched in 2012. The river vessel currently sails the Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde Rivers near Bordeaux, France on an 8-day itinerary called "Châteaux, Rivers, and Wine". 

    All the Viking Longships are almost identical in configuration, but have slight differences in decor. However, they share a simple, Scandinavian look on the inside, an off-center hallway in the cabin area, and a square bow. The cabins and suites on the Viking Forseti are like the staterooms on the other Longships.

    Let's take a photo tour and learn more about the Viking Forseti.

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    Square Bow

    Square bow on the Viking Longship Forseti
    ••• Square bow on the Viking Longship Forseti. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison
    All the Viking Longships have a distinctive square bow like the Viking Forseti. This gives the ships more outdoor seating area, which is particularly important on itineraries with low bridges since guests cannot sit on the top deck while passing under a low bridge.
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    Outdoor Seating on the Aquavit Terrace

    Outdoor seating on the Viking Forseti Aquavit Terrace
    ••• Outdoor seating on the Viking Forseti Aquavit Terrace. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    Having breakfast, lunch, or drinks outside on the Aquavit Terrace of the Viking Forseti is a pleasant way to spend time on a river cruise. During inclement weather, guests can move inside to the glass-enclosed seating area.

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    Indoor Seating on the Aquavit Terrace

    Indoor seating on the Viking Forseti Aquavit Terrace
    ••• Indoor seating on the Viking Forseti Aquavit Terrace. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    The Aquavit Terrace has both indoor and outdoor seating. Its bow location provides great views of the passing river scenery. Guests can enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, or just drinks in this glass-enclosed area or move outside for the fresh air. Meals on the Viking Forseti are also served in the main Restaurant, which is forward on deck 2.

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    Lounge Seating on the Aquavit Terrace

    Lounge seating on the Viking Forseti Aquavit Terrace
    ••• Lounge seating on the Viking Forseti Aquavit Terrace. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    In addition to the indoor and outdoor tables, the Aquavit Terrace on the Viking Forseti also has this nice indoor lounge area.

     

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    Restaurant

    Viking Forseti Restaurant
    ••• Viking Forseti Restaurant. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    The Restaurant on the Viking Forseti has round and rectangular tables with open seating at all meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in this venue. Breakfast and lunch feature both buffet and menu dining, while dinner is served from a menu. All the meals we had on the Viking Forseti were delicious and were multi-course dining experiences featuring traditional American and Continental favorites and local specialties from the Bordeaux region of France.

    The galley can accommodate special dietary needs. Guests need to notify the cruise line when booking the cruise and meet with the chef once onboard.

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    Window View from the Viking Forseti Restaurant

    Window view from the Viking Forseti Restaurant
    ••• Window view from the Viking Forseti Restaurant. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    Restaurants on most river ships like the Viking Forseti have their Restaurant near the water level and feature large windows. Therefore, diners can enjoy great views during meal time.

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    Coffee Bar

    Viking Forseti 24-hour coffee, tea, water, and snack bar
    ••• Viking Forseti 24-hour coffee, tea, water, and snack bar. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    The Viking Longship Forseti has two nice coffee bars, one on each side of the ship. They are found just outside the Observation Lounge on deck 3 midship.

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    Observation Lounge

    Viking Forseti Observation Lounge
    ••• Viking Forseti Observation Lounge. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    The Viking Forseti has a large, comfortable Observation Lounge just aft of the Aquavit Lounge on deck 3. This lounge is the hub of the ship, with many activities, entertainment, and cocktail parties scheduled here.

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    Observation Lounge Bar on the Viking Forseti

    Observation Lounge Bar on the Viking Forseti
    ••• Observation Lounge Bar on the Viking Forseti. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    This large bar in the Observation Lounge is a popular place before and after dinner.

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    Reception Area and Atrium on the Viking Forseti

    Viking Forseti Reception and Atrium
    ••• Viking Forseti Reception and Atrium. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    This photo of the Reception Area on deck 2 and the library above on deck 3 show the clean, simple Scandinavian decor on the Viking Forseti. The next page has a photo looking up from deck 2.

     

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    Reception Area and Stairway

    Reception Area and Stairway on the Viking Forseti
    ••• Reception Area and Stairway on the Viking Forseti. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    The Reception area on the Viking Forseti has a small retail shop, reception desk, and concierge desk on deck 2. Deck 3 has some quiet seating areas, the library, and computer and Internet center.

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    Library

    Library on the Viking Forseti
    ••• Library on the Viking Forseti. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    This small library on deck 3 of the Viking Forseti is next to the computer and Internet center.

     

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    Computer and Internet Center

    Viking Forseti Computer and Internet Center
    ••• Viking Forseti Computer and Internet Center. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    Like the other Viking Longships, the Viking Forseti has ship-wide complimentary WiFi available for the guests who bring along their own computers or tablets. However, the ships also have these two computers located next to the library on deck 3 for guest's use.

     

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    Deck 3 Sitting Area on the Viking Forseti

    Deck 3 Sitting Area on the Viking Forseti
    ••• Deck 3 Sitting Area on the Viking Forseti. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison
    This quiet space on deck 3 of the Viking Forseti is a good place to sit and use the complimentary WiFi or to read a good book.

     

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    Exterior View of the Viking Forseti at the Dock in Blaye

    Viking Forseti at the dock in Blaye, France
    ••• Viking Forseti at the dock in Blaye, France. Viking Forseti © Linda Garrison

    The Viking Forseti is sleek and long like the other Viking Longships. It's a comfortable ship and a great choice for this fascinating itinerary in the Bordeaux region of France.

    As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary cruise accommodation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our Ethics Policy.