Viking Cruises has announced that they’ve placed an order for seven new river ships, to debut in 2019. The order includes six Viking Longships, which will sail the company’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, and one additional vessel specifically designed for Portugal’s Douro River. With the new ships, Viking will operate a fleet of 69 river vessels around the world in 2019.
Viking Longships integrate a patented corridor design and cutting-edge technology with comfortable amenities that reflect guest preferences and the current travel trends. The features include an indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which allows guests to enjoy the views no matter the weather. Accommodating 190 guests, Longships have a layout that allows for two Explorer Suites – the largest river cruise suites in Europe, as well as 7 two-room Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and French balcony in the bedroom. There are also 39 Veranda staterooms and 22 French Balcony staterooms on the Longship vessels. Amenities include heated bathroom floors, hotel-style beds, mini fridges, and both US and EU outlets. In addition, all Longships have onboard solar panels, organic herb gardens, and hybrid engines that reduce vibrations for an incredibly smooth ride.
Viking’s additional ship on order for 2019 will be designed for the company’s Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary. The new sister ship will join Viking’s existing fleet of three ships on the Douro River. Hosting 106 guests, the Douro ships are smaller than Longships, but offer many of the same features, like an Aquavit Terrace, solar panels, an organic herb garden, and a wide variety of stateroom choices.
From now through October 31, 2017, Viking is offering US residents special offers, with 2 for 1 cruise fare and up to free international air on select river and ocean itineraries.