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Viking Announces Plans for Seven New Ships

Viking announced it has placed an order for seven new river ships that will debut in 2019. The new build order includes six additional Viking Longships, which will sail the company’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, and one additional vessel, inspired by the Longships and specifically designed for Portugal’s Douro […] The post Viking Announces Plans for Seven New Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Voted Best River Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Viking has been voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Viking has scored in the top of the list every year since the river cruise category was introduced. With the #1 winning score, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Viking higher […] The post Viking Voted Best River Cruise Line in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Fifth Ocean Ship to Set Sail in July 2018

Viking today announced that American chemist, emergency room physician, and recently retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher will be honored as godmother to its fifth ocean ship, which will debut in July 2018. The new ship has been named Viking Orion after the constellation and in honor of Dr. Fisher’s contributions to NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle... [Read More] The post Viking’s Fifth Ocean Ship to Set Sail in July 2018 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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What Makes Viking’s Ocean Ships So Great

The Timeless Appeal of Viking’s Oceangoing Ships Earlier this week, Viking Cruises announced it had taken delivery of Viking Sun, the line’s fourth oceangoing ship following the 2015 introduction of Viking Star. Viking Sun’s debut is also important for another reason: she’ll be hosting Viking’s first-ever World Cruise that begins this December in Miami. But... [Read More] The post What Makes Viking’s Ocean Ships So Great appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking Announces Delivery of Viking Sun

Viking Ocean Cruises announced the delivery of Viking Sun, the company’s fourth ocean ship. The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. On October 4, Viking Sun will set sail from Venice, making her way through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on her maiden voyage. In early November, Viking Sun will cross... [Read More] The post Viking Announces Delivery of Viking Sun appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking Announces 2019 World Cruise Aboard Viking Sun

Ahead of its first-ever World Cruise scheduled for this winter, Viking Cruises announced Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the company’s second World Cruise, which will span 128-days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports, with 10 port overnights. Departing on January 3, 2019 on the soon-to-be delivered fourth vessel in Viking’s ocean fleet, this grand journey... [Read More] The post Viking Announces 2019 World Cruise Aboard Viking Sun appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking Announces Northern Lights Ocean Cruise

Viking Cruises announced a new ocean cruise itinerary that will allow guests the opportunity to explore the far north in Norway’s winter, during a peak period for aurora borealis sightings. Sailing between London and Bergen starting in January 2019, In Search of the Northern Lights will establish Viking as the first U.S. cruise line to offer a full-length... [Read More] The post Viking Announces Northern Lights Ocean Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Rhine Getaway On Viking River Cruises

May 7-14, 2017, I’ll be cruising from Amsterdam to Basel with Viking River Cruises. The eight-day journey promises plenty of castles and cathedrals as we cruise along one of Europe’s best-beloved rivers. We’ll also experience a wonderland of beauty and culture as we visit Strasbourg, with its rich culinary traditions of Alsace. On a visit to the […] The post Rhine Getaway On Viking River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking River Cruises Welcomes Two New Additions to its Fleet

Viking River Cruises welcomed two new additions to its fleet. During a celebration that took place at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers in Koblenz, Germany, Viking Hild and Viking Herja were officially christened by ceremonial godmothers. Viking Hild will sail the Rhine River this spring on Viking’s new Paris to the Swiss Alps itinerary, and later this year both new ships will […] The post Viking River Cruises Welcomes Two New Additions to its Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Introduces New Ocean Itineraries Worldwide

Viking Sea Lerwick
Viking Cruises is on a roll. The oceangoing arm of Viking River Cruises has announced it will introduce a total of 13 new itineraries between now and 2019, including the line’s first-ever voyages to Alaska and British Columbia. The line has also rolled out an extensive collection of cruises to Australia, Asia and the Caribbean... [Read More] The post Viking Introduces New Ocean Itineraries Worldwide appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Ship Review – Cruising the Rhone on Viking’s Buri

Editor’s Note: This past September, writer and photographer K.D. Leperi cruised with Viking River Cruise on their itinerary “France’s Finest.” Her journey on the Buri was the second week of a 15-day cruise. First, let me make it abundantly clear that I love France. I even took French as my second language in high school […] The post Ship Review – Cruising the Rhone on Viking’s Buri appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ship Review – Cruising the Seine on Viking’s Rolf

Editor’s Note: This past September, writer and photographer K.D. Leperi cruised with Viking River Cruise on their itinerary “France’s Finest.” Her journey on the Rolf was the first week of a 15-day cruise that covered the best of northern and southern France First, let me make it abundantly clear that I love France. I even […] The post Ship Review – Cruising the Seine on Viking’s Rolf appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe

niworld's new S.S. Joie de Vivre begins operating on the Seine in March of 2017. Rendering courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Next year promises to be another great season for river cruising through Europe, with companies launching new itineraries, new destinations, and of course, new river cruise ships. While the overall numbers are down a bit from 2016 (largely in part due to the fact that Viking River Cruises will only be introducing two new vessels […] The post The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Which Lines Offer River Cruises in Russia?

Scenic Tsar sails Russian itineraries for Scenic Tours. Photo courtesy of Scenic Tours
It’s one of the most historic waterways in the world, but river cruises on Russia’s Volga River are becoming a rare commodity. Geopolitical issues have seen the reduction of these voyages in recent years, though there are still cruise lines that continue to be committed to the region. The vast majority of river cruises through […] The post Which Lines Offer River Cruises in Russia? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Christmas Markets Roundup 2016

Avalon is increasing the number of Christmas Market river cruises it has on offer for 2017 with five new itineraries. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
If we could only pick one more river cruise to take, it wouldn’t be a difficult decision. Both River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle and myself would, without hesitation, hop aboard one of the festive Christmas Markets river cruises that close out the year on the rivers of Europe. Typically operating between November 25 and December […] The post Christmas Markets Roundup 2016 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Recapping Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe River Cruise

Sailing the famous Iron Gates of the Danube aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Embla. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Passage to Eastern Europe Is A Pleasant Surprise Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor If you ever want to appreciate the value of a cruise, take a long-haul flight in economy class. I have two inches between my knees and the seat in front of me, and even less between my elbow and my seatmates’ […] The post Recapping Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest Day 2

Today, I set out to explore the city of Budapest, Hungary entirely on foot. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Budapest On Foot Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Friday, July 15, 2016 After beginning our Viking River Cruises’ Passage to Eastern Europe voyage in Bucharest, Romania last week, it’s now time to say goodbye: today, Viking guests enjoyed a day at their leisure in Budapest, Hungary to cap off this 10-day journey through some of […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest Day 2 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest, Hungary

Today, Viking's Passage to Eastern Europe voyage continued with a post-cruise stay in Budapest, Hungary. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Many Sides of Budapest Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Thursday, July 14, 2016 Every time I come to Budapest, Hungary, it seems to look a little better than the last. In the five years that I’ve been coming here (this is visit number seven), I’ve seen a lot of changes. I’ve seen the addition […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Budapest, Hungary appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Kalocsa, Hungary

Viking River Cruises' Viking Embla docked in Kalocsa, Hungary this afternoon. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Beauty of the Viking Longships Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Four motorcoaches pulled up on a dusty road outside of the ship this afternoon. I looked at them, then at the Hungarian family taking a picnic in the shade under the trees. It looked hot. I stepped outside the ship. […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Kalocsa, Hungary appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Osijek, Croatia

The streets of Osijek's historic Old Town, as seen on our included tour with Viking River Cruises today. Photo ©  2016 Aaron Saunders
The Real Passage to Eastern Europe Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Tuesday, July 12, 2016 There’s nothing like seeing a bullet-riddled, half-collapsed building to make you grateful for what you have in life. Today, Viking River Cruises’ Viking Embla arrived in Vukovar, Croatia. At Danube Kilometre Marker 1333, it is less than 200 kilometres further […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Osijek, Croatia appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Belgrade, Serbia

A Day in Belgrade - and a behind-the-scenes tour at the Serbian Opera awaited us today. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Beautiful, Complicated, Belgrade Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Monday, July 11, 2016 A shabby little red car pulls up in front of our motorcoach and Milos, our guide, jumps into action. “See the car on your right, the red one with the short end. That’s the Yugo.” He goes on to describe the car and […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Belgrade, Serbia appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – The Iron Gates

Cruising the Danube's Iron Gates with Viking River Cruises this afternoon.
The Danube’s Iron Gates Sunday, July 10, 2016 A field of high-voltage power cables are crackling above my head. It sounds like a cross between a bad Frankenstein movie (“It’s Alive!”) and a bowl of Rice Crispies. Snap, crackle, pop. It’s extremely audible, and almost disconcerting. I’m hesitant to turn on my camera for fear […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – The Iron Gates appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Vidin, Bulgaria

Vidin, Bulgaria: capsule to another time. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The Broken Dreams of Vidin Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Saturday, July 9, 2016 It’s the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday. The temperature hovers near 32°C, and I can literally hear the sound of cheese pizza sizzling on the pavement. No, really: there are two slices of cheese pizza that someone has left […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Vidin, Bulgaria appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Russe, Bulgaria

The spectacular Eastern Danube, as seen this evening from onboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Embla.
A Day in Bulgaria, and a Big Win for Viking Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Friday, July 8, 2016 After a good night’s sleep, I was up early at six this morning, where I stepped onto the heated floor of my stateroom’s bathroom to begin my day. It’s such a simple luxury – not having […] The post Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe – Russe, Bulgaria appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Passage To Eastern Europe – Embarkation in Bucharest

Welcome aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Longship Embla on the eve of our Passage to Eastern Europe river cruise! Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Romania And Our Viking Journey to Eastern Europe Aaron Saunders, River Cruise Advisor Wednesday, July 6, 2016 “Do you take American? American dollars?” A self-assured tourist is standing at the bar in the InterContinental Bucharest, his arm resting casually on the countertop. He’s got a wad of limp U.S. currency in his hand, and he’s […] The post Viking’s Passage To Eastern Europe – Embarkation in Bucharest appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Embla Voyage Report: My Viking Journey

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Documents, Airfare and My Viking Journey Today, I’m flying to Bucharest, Romania to embark Viking River Cruises’ Viking Embla as part of the line’s 10-day Passage to Eastern Europe cruisetour itinerary. Because it’s a long day – and because I have just over 16 hours to kill between my departure from Canada and my arrival […] The post Viking Embla Voyage Report: My Viking Journey appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Voyage Preview: Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe

Viking Embla on the Danube on a cool winter day. In December, we'll sail sister-ship Viking Baldur on the Rhine. Photo © Aaron Saunders
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports It’s time to go river cruising again as we travel to Bucharest, Romania in early July to join Viking River Cruises’ Passage to Eastern Europe cruisetour itinerary. Travelling from Bucharest to Budapest, Hungary, our home on this 10-night itinerary will be Viking Embla, one of Viking River Cruises’ first Longships […] The post Voyage Preview: Viking’s Passage to Eastern Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Ten Reasons You’re Going To Relax On Viking Sea

Cruising the North Sea aboard Viking Cruises' brand-new Viking Sea, en-route to Bergen. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Viking’s Latest Oceangoing Ship Showcases The Best of Cruising Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports I’ve been sitting in the Viking Bar on Deck 1 aboard Viking Cruises’ Viking Sea now for over an hour. I’ve already finished Cappuccino No. 1 and I’m disturbingly close to finishing Cappuccino No. 2. And I have very little to... [Read More] The post Ten Reasons You’re Going To Relax On Viking Sea appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Despite New Ocean Ships, Viking Not Slowing Down On River Cruises

Viking Sea in Greenwich, England on May 5, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
The big news last week was the christening of Viking Cruises’ brand-new Viking Sea in London. She’s the largest ship to ever be christened upon the River Thames, and Viking’s second oceangoing ship after Viking Star, which made her debut last year. But the expansion of Viking’s oceangoing product doesn’t mean that the line has […] The post Despite New Ocean Ships, Viking Not Slowing Down On River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Christening Viking Sea In London: A Firsthand Look

Fireworks blanketed the skies over Greenwich and the River Thames as Viking officially christened its second oceangoing ship. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Encore! Viking Does It Again With Viking Sea Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Thursday, May 5, 2016 Today, along the banks of the River Thames, Viking Cruises officially christened its newest ship, Viking Sea. The 930-guest ship is the sister-ship to last year’s trendsetting Viking Star, and I joined Viking Sea in London for the... [Read More] The post Christening Viking Sea In London: A Firsthand Look appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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7 Reasons Why Viking Sea May Just Be The Best Ship Sailing – And 1 Reason Why It Is Not

In Manfredi’s, one of four restaurants open for dinner on the new Viking Sea, I take a bite of the Bistecca Fiorentina. I’ve had the steak before, on Viking Star last year, and my reaction tonight is the same as it was back then. Pure bliss. The tender beef melts in my mouth. Unequivocally, the... [Read More] The post 7 Reasons Why Viking Sea May Just Be The Best Ship Sailing – And 1 Reason Why It Is Not appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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Preview: Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea

Viking Star at anchor in Greenwich (London) England on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
In May, Viking Cruises will christen its second oceangoing ship, Viking Sea, in a ceremony set along the River Thames in London, England. It’s a grand city befitting of a truly grand ship – one that is poised to offer guests everything that made Viking’s first ship, Viking Star, so spectacular. Inside and out, Viking... [Read More] The post Preview: Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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What I Learned About Viking River Cruises In Amsterdam Last Week

viking umbrellas
Last Tuesday in Amsterdam, I stood in a cold, light rain to witness the christening of six new Viking Longships. Though the Viking christenings, which I have been attending for the past three years, have always been exciting, my talks with Viking executives before and after the events were even more exciting. I learned a lot about Viking River Cruises […] The post What I Learned About Viking River Cruises In Amsterdam Last Week appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Time-Sensitive Offer: Viking River Cruises, Lower Single Supplements & Reduced Airfare

The sitting room of Category AA Veranda Suite 212. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Viking River Cruises announced that for a limited time it will offer a special reduced Single Traveler supplement starting at 25 percent on top-selling river cruises, along with reduced airfare starting at $195. The new promotion is the first of its kind for Viking, providing a unique value for solo travelers to experience three of […] The post Time-Sensitive Offer: Viking River Cruises, Lower Single Supplements & Reduced Airfare appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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To Russia on the Ingvar: Viking River Cruises’ Waterways of the Tsars

St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square - © K.D. Leperi
This past July, writer and photographer K.D. Leperi cruised Viking River Cruises’ Waterways of the Tsars. What follows are her impressions of Viking Ingvar, the vessel that transported her through Russia, and of the Viking experience in Russia. The Ship -Viking’s Ingvar The Viking Ingvar sails the 13-night Waterways of Tsars itinerary with themed trips […] The post To Russia on the Ingvar: Viking River Cruises’ Waterways of the Tsars appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part II

Viking Star maneuvers into position at 9:00p.m. on Sunday, May 17 in Bergen, Norway. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
From Vikings to Glaciers, 2015 Offered A World of Cruising Wonder Part II of our favorite cruises of 2015, by Aaron Saunders. Viking Star – London to Bergen Christening Cruise It’s rare that a cruise line gets a new class of ship so right on the first try, and rarer still that a cruise line that’s... [Read More] The post My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part II appeared first on Cruise Reviews, Ship Reviews by The Avid Cruiser.
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