Viking River Adds Ships, Itineraries & Pre- & Post-Extensions For 2019
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Viking founder Torstein Hagen.
Viking River veranda stateroom.
Viking today announced the addition of two new itineraries and a variety of new pre- and post-cruise extensions to its river cruise offerings for 2019.
Debuting in March 2019, the new 10-day Holland & Belgium itinerary will sail between Amsterdam and Antwerp, allowing guests to explore the inland waterways of the Low Countries and visit new ports of call for Viking: Rotterdam, Maastricht and Nijmegen.
Also, in commemoration of World War II and D-Day, Viking will offer a new 11-day cruisetour, Paris & D-Day 75th Anniversary, with two special departures that coincide with the 6JUN, 2019 anniversary. On this historic journey, guests will travel from London to the maritime city of Portsmouth before boarding their ship in Paris and sailing through Normandy, where they will visit and honour D-Day landing sites.
“As we begin this new year, one thing is certain – river cruising remains one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. And it is no surprise that experienced travellers love river cruising. There is simply no better method of travel in the heart of Europe – sailing from iconic cities past castle-dotted landscapes into storybook villages, all in the comfort of a modern, Scandinavian-designed Longship,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “
New Pre- & Post-Cruise Extensions
With more guests looking to extend their destination-focused travel experience beyond the core cruise itinerary, Viking has also continued to add to the slate of pre- and post-cruise extensions for new and popular river itineraries. These fully escorted offerings include:
A two-night exploration of Brussels with the Holland & Belgium itinerary. A three-night experience in Bruges is offered with the same voyage.
A new curated pre-post extension called Churchill’s Britain is available on various river itineraries. Building on the success of the Oxford & Highclere Castle program – Viking’s highest-rated Pre/Post Extension that visits “The Real Downton Abbey” – the company has applied the same degree of Privileged Access to a new curated Pre/Post Extension that explores the remarkable life and times of Sir Winston Churchill, the British statesman who led Britain through its darkest hours during World War II.
A new four-night post-extension to the Paris & D-Day 75th Anniversary itinerary is titledFrom the Bulge to Remagen. Guests will continue to follow in the footsteps of Allied troops who marched across France toward Germany during World Wars I and II. World War Battlefields is a four-night cruise extension on the same itinerary, exploring the battlefields of northern France and the Low Countries.
A three-night post-cruise extension to the Lyon & Provence itinerary, Burgundy’s Vineyards enable guests to experience the grandeur of Dijon and the world-renowned wine country of Burgundy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Viking’s Growing River Fleet in 2019
Today’s announcement comes as Viking prepares to launch seven new river ships on European waterways in 2019. The new ships include 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 to sail Portugal’s Douro River.
Designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.