Viking River Cruises, the largest, most popular and leader in the river cruise industry, sailing the waterways of Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, South East Asia and China, recently set a world record with the christening of ten new Viking Longships.
Four of the christenings took place in front of a large crowd in Amsterdam, while the remaining six were conducted live via satellite from the Neptun shipyard in Germany.
The simultaneous christening ceremony debuted the ships Viking Aegir, Viking Atla, Viking Bragi, Viking Embla, Viking Forseti, Viking Jarl, Viking Rinda, Viking Skadi, Viking Tor and Viking Var.
Ten distinguished women from around the globe served as ceremonial godmothers for the new ships, representing the key Viking brand pillars of history, art, education, exploration and discovery.
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises commented at the event “Today is a proud day for Viking and for river cruising. We are honoured to showcase ten of our revolutionary new Longships and to have such a celebrated group of women helping us christen them. Our guests are explorers, just like the ancient Vikings of our Norse heritage, which is why we deliver authentic and enriching travel experiences like no other cruise line.”
The event was certified by a Guinness World Records™ adjudicator as “The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company”.
Viking plans to break its own record in 2014, with the launch of twelve new Longships.
The new Viking Longships will accommodate 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, and will also feature two Explorer Suites, which will be the largest river cruise suites in Europe complete with 270 degree views. There will also be seven two-room Veranda Suites, each with a full size veranda in the living room and French balcony in the bedroom; 39 Veranda Staterooms with full size verandas and 22 French Balcony Staterooms.
Viking has released their 2014 River Cruise Atlas exclusively for the Australian and New Zealand market with AUD pricing, featuring new itineraries and twelve new Longship vessels, plus an early booking discount. They also have a remarkable airfare offer, where travellers can purchase a $995 per person, return economy airfare to Europe, from all major gateways in Australia. This deal is inclusive of taxes and seasonal surcharges and is offered to a wide range of European gateways.
22 itineraries are offered in 2014 ranging from 8 to 23 days in length. While the majority are in Europe, they also journey along the Volga, Neva and Svir between Moscow and St. Petersburg. In China, where “cruise tours” take visitors to Beijing, Shanghai and the Terracotta Army in Xian, plus a Yangtze River cruise, Viking’s ship features all balcony staterooms.
Itineraries include new destinations such as Portugal, Burma and a new way to see Bordeaux, as well as Old European favourites, such as Grand European Tour and European Odyssey. Viking has also reintroduced Elegant Elbe, Footsteps of the Cossacks, Magnificent Mekong and Tulips and Windmills.
River cruising is the fastest growing sector of the travel industry; unpack once and let the ship take you right into the heart of towns and cities.
The Aquavit Terrace’s indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship and grills for al fresco dining, an elevator for easy access between decks and free shipwide wireless internet service are just some of the many features guests will enjoy on their Viking river cruise.
Viking Longships, with their sustainability upgrades which include on board solar panels and organic herb garden plus energy efficient hybrid engines that reduce vibrations for a smooth ride, offer passengers an unforgettable experience.