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Viking’s Fifth Ocean Ship To Be Named On June 14

Orion is the fifth addition to Viking’s ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, and Viking Sun. The post Viking’s Fifth Ocean Ship To Be Named On June 14 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Shoulder Season Price Comparisons: Douro 2019

Douro Bridges
During shoulder season, a river cruise on the Douro can represent an incredible value, with some river cruises priced at 20 percent less than during peak season. Sample 2019 lead-in per diems range from $388 per person to $564 per person. The post Shoulder Season Price Comparisons: Douro 2019 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking’s Sixth Ocean Ship, Viking Jupiter, Floats Out

Viking’s sixth ship – the 930-guest Viking Jupiter – was “floated out,” marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touched water. Scheduled for delivery in early 2019, the arrival of Viking Jupiter will officially make Viking the largest small ship ocean cruise line in the industry. The ship will... [Read More] The post Viking’s Sixth Ocean Ship, Viking Jupiter, Floats Out appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking River Cruises 2018 Douro River Cruise Itineraries

Viking River Cruises offers one itinerary on the Douro River – Portugal’s River of Gold. It’s a 10-day cruise tour between Lisbon and Porto. Some guests may want to extend their trips and spend two additional days in Braga, Portugal and Santiago de Compostela, Spain following the river cruise. Now, let’s take a look at […] The post Viking River Cruises 2018 Douro River Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Sun Will Host Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise

Viking has outlined its Ultimate World Cruise, which will span 245 days, six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe – making it the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary. Departing from London on August 31, 2019, on Viking Sun, this eight-month journey will mark Viking’s... [Read More] The post Viking Sun Will Host Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking to Offer Combination River and Ocean Itineraries

Viking announced its 2019 Ocean & River Voyages, which provide guests the unique to explore Europe’s rivers on a Viking Longship before setting sail to Scandinavia on one of Viking’s ocean ships. Debuting in May 2019, the Grand European & Viking Fjords itinerary will sail Budapest to Bergen, combining Viking’s popular 15-day Grand European Tour... [Read More] The post Viking to Offer Combination River and Ocean Itineraries appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking To Offer Combination River & Ocean Itineraries

Viking has officially announced its 2019 Ocean & River Voyages, which provide guests opportunities to explore Europe’s rivers on a Viking Longship before setting sail to Scandinavia on one of Viking’s ocean ships. Debuting in May 2019, the Grand European & Viking Fjords itinerary will sail Budapest to Bergen, combining Viking’s popular 15-day Grand European […] The post Viking To Offer Combination River & Ocean Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Sun Named in Shanghai

Viking’s fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, was officially named during a celebration on The Bund, in the heart of Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing Viking’s sold-out 141-day World Cruise from Miami to London, and its stop in Shanghai marks the first time one of Viking’s ocean ships has called in China. Viking Sun is... [Read More] The post Viking Sun Named in Shanghai appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Viking’s Fleet Will Grow Up to Sixteen Ships by 2027

Viking announced a new agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027. The new understanding expands Viking’s partnership with Fincantieri, raising the company’s total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The agreement for the six additional ships,... [Read More] The post Viking’s Fleet Will Grow Up to Sixteen Ships by 2027 appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines

Beverage Policies can vary dramatically from one river cruise line to the next. While nearly all of the major lines offer at least some complimentary beverages, some are more inclusive than others. Even if you’ve sailed with a particular line in the past, you may notice that beverage policies can change from year-to-year. Both Tauck […] The post Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Active River Cruises:

River cruising can be surprisingly active. Unlike ocean cruises, river cruising throughout Europe, Asia and abroad requires a decent amount of physical mobility. Walking tours are prevalent in most, if not all, ports of call, and it should come as no surprise to those wearing FitBits that it’s easier than you might imagine to hit […] The post Active River Cruises: appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Viking Star’s Voyage through the Viking Homelands

As a fanatical devotee of Viking river cruising, I was admittedly anxious when I booked passage on the ocean-sailing Viking Star. However, an itinerary called the “Viking Homelands” both enchanted and piqued my curiosity, proving to be the tipping point for giving it a try. After all, with 15 days in 8 countries and 11... [Read More] The post Viking Star’s Voyage through the Viking Homelands appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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From the Rivers to the Oceans: Viking’s New Combination Itineraries

Ever so quietly, Viking River Cruises introduced what many river cruisers have not-so-secretly been hoping for since the line announced back in 2013 that it would construct a fleet of oceangoing cruise ships: combination river and ocean voyages. This year, Viking is testing the first two river and ocean cruise combination itineraries out, and although […] The post From the Rivers to the Oceans: Viking’s New Combination Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Five Ways Viking’s Cuba Cruises Do Things Differently

Leave it to Viking Cruises to do things differently in Cuba. With Viking’s first-ever season of Cultural Cuba cruises wrapped up (and another short season scheduled to run in November of 2018, and January-February of 2019), Viking has already crafted a robust journey, both onboard and ashore. During my Cultural Cuba cruise in early December... [Read More] The post Five Ways Viking’s Cuba Cruises Do Things Differently appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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Our Man in Havana: A Look At Viking Cruises New Cultural Cuba Itinerary

I’m currently sailing onboard Viking Cruises brand-new Viking Sun, bound for Miami after a week spent on the line’s new Cultural Cuba itinerary. This weeklong cruise is one of Viking’s newest itineraries, and considering this is only the fourth run that Viking Sun (and Viking Cruises) have made to Cuba, there is a serious level... [Read More] The post Our Man in Havana: A Look At Viking Cruises New Cultural Cuba Itinerary appeared first on Avid Cruiser.
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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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