New Viking longships

The Vikings of old had a reputation for being brilliant seafarers and fearsome warriors who would often indulge in raping and pillaging during their long cruises. The Vikings today are nothing like their ancient compatriots, except for the fact that they are still brilliant seafarers and today’s longships are outfitted with luxurious mod cons which guarantee that their passengers, who these days travel with them willingly, thoroughly enjoy their time in the hands of the Vikings.

he Vikings are, of course, Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise company, offers scenic cruising along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia.

They have announced two more ship builds in 2012 in response to the high demand for 2012 & 2013 bookings.

The new ships are in addition to the four already in production. The new builds will copy that of Viking’s “green” Longship river cruise vessels, including the Viking Prestige and Viking Legend. The Longships will be 443 feet long, feature 95 staterooms per ship and will boast key innovations such as:

Two Explorer Suites—which will be the largest river cruise suites each featuring a separate living room, bedroom, bathroom and private wraparound veranda, offering 270-degree views. Seven 275-square-foot Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom.

Thirty-nine Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas.

A new all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace that reinvents the lounge by bringing the outdoor river scenery indoors with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

Al Fresco dining areas on the Upper deck, adjacent to the lounge to present more dining choices to guests.

Sustainability upgrades such as energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels, efficient, hybrid propulsion system and an onboard organic herb garden.

The six ships are scheduled to sail Viking’s most popular European itineraries including the 15-day Grand European Tour, 8-day Romantic Danube, 8-day Danube Waltz, 10-day Tulips & Windmills and 8-day Rhine Getaway.

Since its 1997 inception, the company has grown to a fleet of 19 vessels, and provides unique, deluxe holidays to travellers with an interest in geography, culture and history.

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