Earlier this month, Viking River Cruises welcomed the addition of six new Viking Longships to its fleet in a waterfront celebration in Amsterdam. As the river cruise industry continues to grow, this year marks another one of expansion for Viking, which set a second Guinness World Record for most new ships launched in a single day two years ago.
Known for its destination-centric cruises, Viking River Cruises will take attendees through the canals of Amsterdam or to explore Heidelberg Castle in Germany. Four of the six new ships will set sail on popular Viking itineraries on Europe’s Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, while the remaining two will sail the Seine River on Viking’s Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary. Viking will also debut the Viking Osfrid later this month, which is similar to the Longships design but built specifically for the Douro River in Portugal.
Viking Longships have been awarded by USA Today and Cruise Critic for their patented corridor design mixed with new technology and comfortable amenities that reflect current travel trends. This includes the all-weather, indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace, which features panoramic outdoor river scenery indoors via the retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors while also allowing attendees to enjoy the views by dining al fresco.
The Longships can accommodate up to 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, featuring two Explorer Suites—the largest river cruise suites in Europe. Staterooms include feature hotel-style beds, heated bathroom floors, a mini fridge, and both U.S. and EU outlets. Additionally, all Longships have sustainability upgrades, such as onboard solar panels, organic herb gardens and energy-efficient hybrid engines that also reduce vibrations for a smooth ride.