Viking River Cruises
The History of Viking River Cruises
Established in 1997, Viking River Cruises merged with KD River Cruises in 2000. The California-based company now operates a remarkable fleet of river cruise vessels throughout Europe, Russia & the Ukraine, China and Southeast Asia, and Egypt.
Viking River Cruises has ambitious growth plans: the line just announced they intend to build six stunning new river cruise vessels which will launch in time for the start of the 2012 river cruise season. Dubbed Viking Longships, these remarkable new vessels are easily the line’s most ambitious ships to-date and reflect the line’s committment to continually improving their fleet, onboard product and itineraries as a direct result of feedback from their cruise guests.
In 2012, the line will also sail a completely refurbished fleet along Russia’s Volga River. Viking remains the only Western-based line to exercise complete ownership over its Russian-based ships, four of which will be renamed for the upcoming cruise season.
The Viking Fleet
Dubbed the Viking Longships, Viking Aegir, Viking Embla, Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord and Viking Odin will create an entirely new class of river cruise ship for the line. They will feature larger suites, modern decor, and more traditional full balconies than ever before. Set to launch in 2012, these six game-changing ships are available for booking immediately.
These are six new ships you don’t want to miss out on!
Viking’s two smallest ships are the 124-passenger Viking Fontane and Viking Schumann, both built in 1991 with the Elbe River in mind, and refurbished and refitted throughout the years to ensure they still sparkle.
Viking’s European ships have a comfortable capacity between 150 and 160 guests. These include the Viking Danube, Viking Europe, Viking Neptune, Viking Pride, Viking Sky, Viking Spirit, and Viking Primadonna. With capacity for 198 guests, Viking Helvetia, and Viking Sun are larger.
In late 2011, Viking announced it would dramatically upgrade its Russian-based cruise fleet, refurbishing and renaming Viking Surkov, Viking Pakhomov, Viking Peterhof and Viking Kirov to Viking Helgi, Viking Ingvar, Viking Rurik, and Viking Truvor, respectively.
The popular Viking Lomonosov returns to offer the fascinating “Footsteps of the Cossacks” itinerary throughout the Ukraine.
Cruises in Europe are offered on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Elbe, Saône, Seine, and Rhône rivers, as well as the canals of the Netherlands and Belgium. Viking also has five ships in Russia and Ukraine. Viking Kirov, Viking Pakhomov, Viking Peterhof and Viking Surkov sail on the Volga, while Viking Lomonosov is deployed on the Dnieper.
The brand-new, 264-passenger Viking Emerald will be deployed on China’s Yangtze River, and will be the largest ship in the Viking fleet. Also new for 2011 will be cruises along the magnificent Mekong River on board the 66-passenger RV Tonle (built in 2002).
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Viking LongShips Reviews
|Ship||Type||Live Voyage Report|
|Viking Aegir||Viking Longship|
|Viking Alsvin||Viking Longship|
|Viking Atla||Viking Longship|
|Viking Baldur||Viking Longship|
|Viking Bragi||Viking Longship|
|Viking Buri||Viking Longship|
|Viking Delling||Viking Longship|
|Viking Eir||Viking Longship|
|Viking Embla||Viking Longship|
|Viking Forseti||Viking Longship|
|Viking Freya||Viking Longship|
|Viking Gefjon||Viking Longship|
|Viking Gullveig||Viking Longship|
|Viking Heimdal||Viking Longship|
|Viking Hlin||Viking Longship|
|Viking Idi||Viking Longship|
|Viking Idun||Viking Longship|
|Viking Ingvi||Viking Longship|
|Viking Jarl||Viking Longship|
|Viking Kara||Viking Longship|
|Viking Kvasir||Viking Longship|
|Viking Lif||Viking Longship|
|Viking Lofn||Viking Longship|
|Viking Magni||Viking Longship|
|Viking Mani||Viking Longship|
|Viking Mimir||Viking Longship|
|Viking Modi||Viking Longship|
|Viking Njord||Viking Longship|
|Viking Odin||Viking Longship|
|Viking Rinda||Viking Longship|
|Viking Skadi||Viking Longship|
|Viking Skirnir||Viking Longship|
|Viking Tor||Viking Longship|
|Viking Var||Viking Longship|
|Viking Ve||Viking Longship|
|Viking Vidar||Viking Longship|
|Viking Vili||Viking Longship|
|Viking Hemming||Viking Douro Ship|
|Viking Torgil||Viking Douro Ship|
|Viking Osfrid||Viking Douro Ship|
|Viking Astrild||Viking Elbe Ship|
|Viking Beyla||Viking Elbe Ship|
|Viking Fontane||Viking Elbe Ship|
|Viking Schumann||Viking Elbe Ship|
|Viking Legend||Viking Prestige Ship|
|Viking Prestige||Viking Prestige Ship|
|Viking Akun||Russia River Cruise Ship|
|Viking Ingvar||Russia River Cruise Ship|
|Viking Truvor||Russia River Cruise Ship|
|Viking Emerald||Asia River Cruise Ship|
|Viking Mandalay||Asia River Cruise Ship|
|Viking Mekong||Asia River Cruise Ship|
|ms Mayfair||Egypt River Cruise Ship|
|ms Omar El Khayam||Egypt River Cruise Ship|