Comparing U by Uniworld River Cruises vs Viking River Cruises
Check out the comparison chart below, or scroll down to read detailed breakdowns.
|U by Uniworld||Viking|
|Price Range for 8 Day Cruise||$1,499+||$2,099+|
|All Inclusive?||Includes meals, excursions, onboard WiFi, and gratuities, but not alcohol or port fees.||Yes|
|Cruises Offered||6, within Western Europe||Dozens, throughout Europe, as well and China and Egypt|
|Ship Size||62 Rooms||95 Rooms|
|Charge a Single Supplement Fee?||Yes||Yes|
|Ship Amenities||Rooftop Lounge, Gym, Spa, Bar, Laundry Service (for additional fee)||Sun deck, Bar, Library, Walking Track, Laundry Service (for additional fee)|
|Demographics||20s-40s (though there is no age restriction)||Retirees|
|Dress Code||None||None, but recommended "elegant casual" attire for evenings|
|Size of Standard Room||128 sq ft, Queen size bed||150 sq ft, Bed in between Full and Queen size dimensions|
|Private Bathroom in all Rooms?||Yes||Yes|
U by Uniworld vs Viking: Things to Consider
If you’re on a tight budget, U by Uniworld is a an easy choice. In addition to fares that are easily half or less than Viking, their unique Triple Standard rooms allow you to bunk with 2 friends (I’m dying to do this for a girls trip!), bringing the cost down even further.
Viking has a lot to recommend it if you’re working with a larger budget, but the demographic can be a little stodgier. Which brings us to the next consideration…
You’ll be spending a week with the other travelers on your ship, so who will they be? Travelers in their 20s and 30s may find it easier to socialize among U by Uniworld’s younger-skewing demographic.
One of the things I love about U by Uniworld is that excursions start later in the day to allow you to sleep in after a late night out. But if you’re more of an early riser and not big on partying, Viking may be a better bet for you.
Viking cruises aren’t cheap, and they follow through with high quality food and amenities, with an old-school luxury hotel feel on board.
Being geared to a younger demographic means a different vibe on board U by Uniworld, including an on-board nightclub, spa and gym, along with a sleek boutique hotel feel. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s specifically geared towards Instagrammability, but like so many new brands, they’re always conscious of it.
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