Having already conquered the waterways of Europe as the world’s largest river-cruise operator, Viking has announced it will add a further 24 river vessels to its existing fleet of 65.
Creating more waves, Viking is also commissioning another six ocean cruise ships to be delivered from 2024 to 2027. Unsurprisingly, the extra vessels mean more ports-of-call.
The latest ocean cruise ship to launch, Viking Jupiter, will be christened in Oslo in June 2018.
Accommodating up to 930 guests, the ships use state-of-the-art technologies and feature elegant Scandinavian design. Boasting an all-veranda stateroom layout, guests are treated to an all-inclusive style of service.
“When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We focus on the destination, and we do not cram our ships with gimmicks and waterslides. Our understated, elegant, award-winning ships are designed to simply enable our guests to better explore their destination.”
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River & ocean combo cruises
With continued strong demand for its combined ocean and river cruise holidays, Viking has launched two new River and Ocean Voyages for 2019; the new 22-day Grand European & Viking Fjords and the already popular 15-day Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords.
These immersive itineraries combine an ocean and a river cruise itinerary for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of discovery, allowing passengers to enjoy the value of both river and ocean cruising in the one itinerary.
The Grand European & Viking Fjords
On The Grand European & Viking Fjords, departing 26 May and 2 June 2019, guests will visit 19 ports from Bergen, via Amsterdam to Budapest, or vice versa.
Admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle and sample the food and wine of Austria’s Wachau on Viking’s most iconic river itinerary, before settling in for the ocean section of their adventure, setting sail for the beautiful Skagen of Denmark.
Visit cosmopolitan Oslo, browse the fish market and fortress of Kristiansand and marvel at the magnificent fjord setting of tiny Flåm on this richly rewarding journey into Scandinavia’s most scenic and fascinating corners.
Prices start from $12,990 per person, which includes a saving of $2,000 per couple, as well as free flights if booked before 30 April 2018.
Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords
On the Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords, from Bergen to Basel or vice versa (both departing 2 June 2019), guests will tour highlights of the legendary Rhine River, then discover Nordic wonders by sea, experiencing cultured Basel before setting sail for Germany’s storied Black Forest and France’s multicultural Strasbourg.
Setting off from Norway’s dramatic fjord landscapes, journey from vibrant Oslo and history-rich Kristiansand to cosmopolitan Stavanger and spectacularly scenic Flåm, before arriving in historic Bergen, a city with deep Viking roots.
Prices start from $10,190 per person, which includes a saving of $1,400 per couple, as well as flights for $995 per person if booked before 30 April 2018.
2019 river cruise brochure now out
Viking has launched its 2019 river cruise brochure covering Central Europe, France, Portugal, Russia, China, Southeast Asia, Ukraine and Egypt, including two brand new European itineraries.
New itineraries include the 8-day Rhone Explorer, a roundtrip from Lyon, where guests will follow the trade routes of centuries old as they explore the beautiful French countryside along the Rhône River.
Discover Roman ruins in Vienne and Lyon and walk in the footsteps of van Gogh in Arles. Guests will visit one of France’s most celebrated wine-producing regions on a tour to Châteauneuf-du-Paper and immerse themselves in the history of Avignon while marvelling at the Roman feat of engineering, the Pont du Gard.
This 8-day cruise encapsulates France’s bucolic charm and is priced from $4,595 per person.
A second new itinerary is the 10-day Holland and Belgium in Bloom, from Amsterdam to Antwerp or vice versa, where guests will set sail through the inland waterways of Holland and Belgium.
Enjoy scenic cruising through vast networks of canals and rivers, with stops in key cities that allow them to soak up Dutch and Flemish culture. Guests may cycle through tulip fields or stroll the renowned Keukenhof Gardens, see the windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and fascinating Rotterdam, one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.
They will finish their cruise with an overnight stay in Europe’s diamond capital, Antwerp. This itinerary is priced from $4,595 per person.
2019 at 2018 prices
Viking is currently offering 2019 river cruises at 2018 prices, plus a range of exceptional value special offers on bookings made by 30 April 2018.
- Fly free on itineraries of 13 days or more in Europe, Russia, Asia or Southeast Asia, in any stateroom or suite category
- Fly for $995 per person on itineraries of 12 days or less in Europe or Ukraine, in any stateroom or suite category
- Fly Business Class for $4,995 per person on any Europe or Russia itinerary of 13 days or more in a Veranda Stateroom category or above
- Fly free to Europe when any two European river cruises are booked back to back regardless of duration
- Travel with friends and save $600 per couple when six or more people book any river cruise of 13 days or more together
- Customise the airline or break up the journey to Europe with a stopover for just $250 per person in Economy Class or $500 in Business Class on a choice of Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Qatar Airways.
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