Archive for the ‘Viking River/Ocean Cruises’ Category

Six New River Ships For Viking

October 15, 2017

(Courtesy Neptun Werft)

Warnemünde-based Neptun Werft has confirmed another order for six vessels for Viking River Cruises. They are due for delivery in 2019.

These additional Viking Longships will be 135 metres in length and are 11.45 metres wide. Each will  accommodate 190 passengers in 95 outside cabins.

Equipped with diesel-electric propulsion, the vessels are tailored for operation on numerous European rivers including the Rhine, Main and Danube as well as Dutch inland waters.

Neptun Werft has already delivered 51 ships for Viking River Cruises of 68 river vessels built in total over the past 15 years.

(Neptun Werft )

Is river cruising for you? See HERE

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Viking Name Fifth Ship

October 6, 2017

(Courtesy Viking)

Viking Ocean Cruises will take delivery of its fifth ship in 2018, and has renamed the 930-passenger vessel the Viking Orion. It was previously named the Viking Spirit.

Viking Orion will be deployed into Alaska for the 2019.

The line’s sixth ship is on schedule for a 2019 delivery, followed by two more ships being built by Fincantieri, with deliveries scheduled in 2021, and 2022, respectively.

Stop Press:  Dr. Anna Fisher has been invited to be the godmother of Viking Cruises’ fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion, which enters service in July 2018

Dr. Fisher is an American chemist, emergency room physician and recently retired NASA astronaut.

The ship  is named after the prominent constellation and in honour of Fisher’s contributions to NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project

(Viking)

Portsmouth International Port Welcomes Viking

October 2, 2017

Viking Cruises made a maiden call at Portsmouth International Port on Friday 29th September 2017, when ‘Viking Star’ arrived at the UK south coast port.

Viking Star berthed after sailing overnight from Le Havre, part of a 15 night cruise. The cruise started in Viking Star’s home port of Bergen, Norway. After leaving Portsmouth the ship is heading to Falmouth, and then onto stops in Portugal and Spain.

Situated just off the English Channel, Portsmouth International Port is scheduled to welcome Viking Cruises again in 2018.

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Viking Order Two More Ocean Ships + Two

April 20, 2017

(Courtesy Viking)

Viking Ocean Cruises and the Italian Fincantieri shipyard have signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional 47,800gt ocean cruise ships, with an option for another two.

The newbuilds will be sister ships to the six ships already delivered/or on ordered and will enter the Viking fleet in 2021 and 2022, respectively. That makes a total of eight ocean ships + a possible two.

The first ship to be built by Fincantieri for Viking, Viking Star was delivered in spring 2015. The second and the third ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, were delivered in early 2016 and early 2017. Viking Sun joins the fleet this October 2017, Viking Spirit launches in June 2018. A third unnamed ship joins the fleet in 2019.

All ships will have an be identical specification: 47,800 gross tonnes and will accommodate 930 passengers.

(Viking)

Malcolm says: Not only are Viking dominating the worlds rivers, there Ocean fleet is expanding!

Viking Cruises Partners with National Geographic

Viking Cruises has announced that it has signed on to sponsor National Geographic’s global anthology series, “Genius”.

The first season of the season tells the story of Albert Einstein.

Viking To Cruise The Nile

Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen has announced that Viking River Cruises will be the first foreign company allowed to have a license to operate ships along the Nile River.

The new ship, named Viking Ra, will begin sailing March 2018.

(Viking)

Malcolm says: Viking seem to be intent on the world dominance of river cruising. They operate more than 60 river vessels. They certainly have a high media profile, a good reputation, an rapidly expanding fleet and are able sustain some high fares. They also plan to offer Mississippi cruises in the future.

My first river cruise was the Nile (see below), which I loved. They are 200 boats on the Nile and they all claim to be five star, but they ae not. I cruised on a very nice boat, but the food was simplistic buffet style and by no means fine-dining. However the fare was very low compared to European river cruise standards.

Viking will bring a brand to the Nile that people trust, some higher standards and fares to match.

Balloon ride over Luxor: HERE

The Pyramids: HERE