The four new Viking Longships will be at the forefront of River Cruise luxury

Viking River Cruises have announced that they will be debuting four new ships in 2012 as part of a significant $250 million expansion and upgrade programme.

The four vessels are the first of Viking’s ‘Longships’.

Named after the Norse Gods, the ships are called Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord and Viking Odin. The ships are new class of vessel within the fleet.

To cope with increasing demand for European cruising, the four new ships will sail Viking’s most popular routes, including the 10-day “Tulips & Windmills” cruise, 8-day “Romantic Danube,” 15-day “Grand European Tour” and 8-day “Danube Waltz”

What are the Longships?

Viking’s new longships are sophisticated and cutting-edge additions to the Viking fleet.

Designed by renowned maritime architects Yran & Storbraaten, who have introduced a number of technologically advanced features, including:

  • Eco-friendly cruising.  The ships are powered with energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden
  • Explorer Suites. Each longship will have two of these Explorer suites, measuring a sizable 445 square feet and feature a separate living room, bedroom, bathroom and private, wraparound verandah. The seven 270-square-foot Veranda Suites on each ship will offer full-size verandahs in the living rooms and French balconies in the bedrooms.
  • Lo-o-o-ng ships Each ship will be 443 feet long and feature 95 cabins. 75% of cabins will feature Balconies or verandahs
  • Terrace Lounge New lounge concept, the Aquavit Terrace, features a retractable glass doors for alfresco relaxation on nice days and climate-controlled views on inclement days – useful when cruising Europe.

With Viking planning many more ships over the coming years, they really are the ones to watch when it comes to River Cruising.

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