Viking River Celebrates 20 Years As It Launches 2 New Longships
Viking River Cruises marked its 20-year anniversary yesterday as it welcomed two new additions to its 60-plus vessel fleet. During a celebration at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers in Koblenz, Germany, Viking Hild and Viking Herja were officially christened by ceremonial godmothers.
“Two decades ago when we started this company, modern river cruising was still unknown to most travellers. Now 20 years later, we are pleased that most travellers know river cruising, and they know Viking as a household name," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises.
Viking describes its product as "the thinking person's cruise," promising “well-designed cruises that bring (passengers) 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.
Accommodating 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, Viking Longships have a patented layout that allows for two Explorer Suites — the largest river cruise suites in Europe — as well as seven two-room Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom; 39 Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas; and 22 French Balcony Staterooms.
Staterooms include amenities including hotel-style beds, heated bathroom floors, mini fridge, and both U.S. and EU power outlets. Additionally, all Viking Longships have sustainability upgrades, such as onboard solar panels and organic herb gardens, and energy-efficient hybrid engines that also reduce vibrations for a smoother ride.