Viking has just released information that they have placed an order for seven river cruise ships that will debut in 2019.
The new order includes six 190-passenger Viking Longships which will sail the brand’s itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers.
The smaller, seventh vessel, hosting 106 passengers, will be designed specifically for the company’s Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary and therefore cruise down Portugal’s Douro River.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, said: “We knew there was an opportunity to do things differently when we started 20 years ago. In the last two decades, we have led the industry to define what modern river cruising looks like today.
We continue to lead the industry with the largest fleet, the widest selection of itineraries and stateroom categories, and the most awards of any river cruise line.
“The Viking way of exploration has resonated with our target audience of experienced travellers. This new ship order is a reflection of strong demand for more destination-focused cruises.”
Viking offers guests ‘the thinking person’s cruise’ as an alternative to mainstream cruises, providing guests with extraordinarily well-designed voyages that bring them closer to the cultures of the world.
Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local culture at night or evening performances
Viking will welcome its sixth ocean ship in the same year and this newly announced order of seven ships will increase the fleet around the world to 76 river vessels in 2019.
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