The ship's programming is light on the enrichment lectures, save for descriptions of the next day's optional excursions. In the lounge there is a nightly pianist, as well as a small band playing contemporary music twice weekly.
The excursions desk offers a pleasant balance of optional and included shore excursions. Reservations for both can be made ahead of time online. On most days, there is one included excursion, and two or three for-fee optional ones. While it is feasible on several days to take both the included and an optional excursion, there are a few days that this is unfortunately impossible due to the two tour types running concurrently.
Included shore excursions generally consist of half-day coach tours. There are usually multiple coaches used, each designated by guests' physical abilities and special mobility needs. The ports of call program director and knowledgeable assistants stay with the group for the excursions and entire cruise.
The overwhelmingly most popular optional excursion is the all-day Swiss scenic mountain tour departing from Basel, which allows some free time at the mountain for the hearty passengers to enjoy a short hike, and others to peruse the gift shops. Passenger reviews seem less favorable, however, for the Amsterdam Golden Age tour, a pricy art museum and canal excursion whose itinerary can be easily arranged by passengers more economically a la carte at the attractions, which are all located within walking distance of the boat.
Daytime and Evening Entertainment
There is a nightly pianist in the lounge, and a small band playing contemporary music twice weekly. There is a generous assortment of local wines and beer served by attentive staff at no charge. The mood is fairly quiet after dinner, with most passengers retiring to their staterooms by 10 p.m.
Enrichment lectures are sparse, with the ship's evening programming focusing on upcoming port visits. Local craftsmen and artists, such as silversmiths in Amsterdam, visit the Upper Deck to perform basic demonstrations of their craft making, and also sell their work.
Vidar Bar & Lounge (Upper Deck): The lounge's elegant floor-ceiling glass doors open to a well-designed and roomy social space. Nightly entertainment options here are live grand piano performances by a resident pianist and cocktail hour. While a full bar is offered, most guests prefer the regional wines and beers. Depending on the visited port cities and towns along the Vidar itinerary, this lounge occasionally offers tastings of local delicacies and wines.
The top Sun Deck's panoramic views are especially popular during afternoon castle cruising near Koblenz. There is no pool, whirlpool or sauna, but the ship does have a small walking and running track, simple putting green and charming herb garden. Unfortunately, the ship elevator does not service the Sun Deck.
A small library is located on the Upper Deck. There are comfortable, attractive sofas for those enjoying a quiet read. There are two computer terminals nearby generously offering free Wi-Fi, which is also free throughout the ship. There are no card rooms, self-serve laundry facilities or art/photo galleries.
The ship has no spa, salon or gym. Fitness opportunities consist of a putting green and a walking track, which are both located on the Sun Deck.
Viking does not allow passengers under 18.