Friday, March 25, 2011

Viking River Cruises 2012 Fleet Upgrades

Next Generation of River Cruising
Viking River Cruises Longships

Viking has announced plans to build four new river cruise vessels which will debut in 2012 in Europe.  Six more ships are planned to be built by 2014.   The cost of this venture is $120 million out of a total expansion budget of $250 which they announced last year.

UPDATE:  February 23, 2012 - Viking River Cruises Longships Update

Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord and Viking Odin

Expertly designed by Yran & Storbraaten, designers of Disney Dream and several Yachts of Seabourn ships, these new vessels offer state-of-the-art engineering, design and luxury. The most notable difference will be true 2-room suites and full balconies.

If you have never done a river cruise before, you may not be aware that the river cruise ships are long, low, and narrow.   This design is necessary so that the vessels can navigate the various rivers and the lock systems that are along the way.    Because of this design, true balconies with a sitting area have been out of the question.   The balconies on existing river cruise ships are French Balconies.   Watch the video to see how the designers overcame obstacles to add full balconies to some of the staterooms.

PHOTOS (Click links below):

Introducing for 2012, the Viking Longships

Sneak Preview: 3D renderings of the new Viking Longships, debuting in Europe in 2012. Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord and Viking Odin.


Here are some of the highlights of the new Longships:

  • Aquavit Terrace with an indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship
  • Two Explorer Suites with a private wraparound veranda and 270° views
  • Veranda suites and staterooms with full outdoor balconies
  • French balcony staterooms featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Deluxe amenities like L'Occitane bath products and premium in-room entertainment packages—all included
  • Quiet, environmentally friendly hybrid engines, plus solar panels and an organic herb garden
  • The same fine cuisine, exemplary service and immersive, culture-rich itineraries you have come to expect from Viking
The Longhsips are 443-foot-long and will have 95 cabins each. They'll sail four of Viking's most popular European itineraries spanning the Rhine and Danube rivers.

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