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Helgi – Prince and prophet; inherited Russian empire Rus
A prince and a prophet immortalized in Russian literature, Helgi was a Viking of adventure and of legend. In the early 10th century, Helgi inherited the ancient Russian empire Rus founded by Rurik, believed to be his brother-in-law.
Take an unforgettable journey to discover the treasures of Russia on one of the very best ships sailing the country’s waterways today. Refurbished for the 2013 sailing season, Viking Helgi, Viking Truvor and Viking Ingvar carry 210 guests in two 400-square-foot suites and 104 spacious staterooms, with those on the upper and middle decks featuring private verandas. All of the accommodations meet the latest European standards of comfort and elegance, with hotel-style beds (except for the two single staterooms) and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators. An expanded restaurant facility and beautiful public areas help make the Viking Helgi, Viking Truvor and Viking Ingvar the finest ships in Russia.
Viking Helgi Features
- 102 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Suites, 2 Jr. Suites, 67 Veranda, 31 Deluxe)
- Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area
- Staterooms on the upper and middle decks all feature full-sized, outdoor verandas
- Walk-around, open-air promenade on the main deck
- Observation lounge and two bars with panoramic windows
- Restaurant with panoramic views
- Library and onboard boutique
- Free internet service in stateroom
- In-room refrigerator
- Laundry service
- Doctor on board
The Viking standard
We have high standards for the English-speaking crews on board our ships. We personally recruit all of our staff members, from your stateroom steward and waiters to hotel managers and Program Directors. Proprietary training programs are implemented by our Swiss management team to ensure we always provide the level of service you would find in a fine hotel. The Viking team brings you a level of expertise other companies cannot match.
We manage everything
Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. We take care of all the details, transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories.
While you are aboard Viking Helgi, you enjoy a myriad of services, from shipwide Wi-Fi service to laundry to complimentary bottled water. An onboard daily newsletter, Viking Daily, featuring information about daily activities, shore excursions and tour departure times is delivered to your stateroom every evening.
To complement your onshore excursions, take part in Viking’s Cultural Highlights-immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:
- Traditional Russian or Ukrainian tea
- Russian cuisine workshop
- Russian or Ukrainian ballet or opera performance
- Cossack horsemanship show
These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.
Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:
- The Romanov czars
- History of Russia or Ukraine
- Putin and Democracy
- Vikings in Europe
- Key words and phrases in the local language
These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.
Fine dining aboard Viking Helgi
Our chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, European specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of our passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily. For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. Or you may prefer a hot dish, such as an omelette prepared to order. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrees and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a five-course gourmet menu with regional specialties. You can also select from our regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary-it is all part of experiencing the local culture.
- Year Built: 1984
- Year Refurbished: 2007/2008
- Flag: German
- On-Board Language: German,English
- On-Board Currency: Local
- Length: 129.10 m
- Width: 16.70 m
- Cruising Speed: 25.5 km/h
- Crew: 114
- Passengers: 210
- Tension: 220 V
- Voltages: 220V, 2 plugs.
- Credit Cards: 106
- Deluxe Cabin: 104
- Single Cabin: 2