Viking has revealed it has placed an order for seven new river ships that will debut in 2019.
“We knew there was an opportunity to do things differently when we started this company 20 years ago,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“In the past two decades, we have led the industry to define what modern river cruising looks like today.
“We continue to lead the industry with the largest fleet, the widest selection of itineraries and stateroom categories, and the most awards of any river cruise line.
“The Viking way of exploration has resonated with our target audience of experienced travelers, and this new ship order is a reflection of strong demand for more destination-focused cruises.”
The newbuild order includes six additional Viking Longships, which will sail on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, and one additional vessel, inspired by the Longships and specifically designed for Portugal’s Douro River.
With the addition of the new river ships, Viking will operate a fleet of 69 river vessels around the world in 2019. Also by 2019, Viking will welcome its sixth ocean ship.
Of the seven vessels on order for 2019, six are Viking Longships, accommodating 190 passengers in 95 staterooms. Features include all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace with its retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors.
Viking’s additional ship on order for 2019 will be designed specifically for the company’s Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary.
The new sister ship will join Viking’s existing fleet of three ships on the Douro. Hosting 106 passengers in 53 staterooms, the Douro ships are smaller than Viking Longships, but feature many of the same features – including an Aquavit Terrace.
For more information, visit vikingcruises.co.uk.