River cruise ports are often located right in the middle of a town or city.

Selecting a river cruise ship can be a challenge and far and away, Viking River Cruises is the biggest river cruising brand in the world, in terms of fleet numbers. The line holds a Guinness World Record for the highest number of new ships christened in a single day, with 12.

On the rivers of Europe, in nearly every port you visit you’ll find a Viking river ship. It’s only after checking the name on the side of the ship that you can be sure it isn’t the exact one.

But therein lies the brand’s beauty. If you’ve selected Viking River Cruises as the brand which will take you across Europe on your holiday, the last thing to do then is choose your itinerary and not worry about the specific ship on which you’ll be travelling. That’s because for the most part, they are all identical.

In some parts of the world, due only to physical river limitations, Viking offers a slightly downsized version of the same ship as you’ll find elsewhere in Europe. On the Rhine, Main, Danube, Seine, Po and many other rivers in Europe, you’ll find the Viking Longship. This is the stencil on which most of the Viking fleet around the world has been built. Each of the dozens of longships is 135 metres in length and features multiple dining venues, social areas including comfortable lounges, an elevator and 95 passenger staterooms.

During a recent visit to Europe, Cruise Advice was invited onboard Viking Gefjon, just one of the many longships for a look around. Rather than read about it, check out our photo tour.