Viking Celebrates New Ships with Picasso Tour, Dinner and a Rare Concert

  BASEL, Switzerland — As I discussed a week ago, Viking just named seven new river ships  and did a lot of celebrating. There were nearly 20 cruise journalists in attendance and Viking made our Basel visit extra interesting by inviting us to tour their operational headquarters in Basel. This turned out to be quite the treat as it gave us insight into the depth of their operations. Executive VP Tony Hoffman led us from department to …

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Viking Names Seven New River Ships in Impressive Ceremony

  BASEL, Switzerland – Yesterday Viking Cruises kicked off the 2019 cruising season with the naming of seven new river ships. But there was a hitch: Only two of the ships were in Basel. Two were at the shipyard in Rostock, Germany, two were in Brunsbuttel, Germany, delayed by weather and the last was in Porto, Portugal. But Viking put its creative talents to work and devised a “virtual” naming. All of the ships’ godmothers were in …

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Viking River Cruises Changes Policy to No Children on Board

I’ve enjoyed two exceptional river cruises with Viking: River of Gold in Portugal and the Danube Waltz following the famed river from Budapest to, Bratislava, Vienna, the Wachau Valley and ending in Germany. Both cruises offered stellar service and educational opportunities in addition to their wonderful itineraries. During my journeys, no children were aboard, however, I cruised at a time when schools were in session. A new Viking River Cruise policy went into effect after my trips. …

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Day Three – A New Bordeaux Itinerary for Viking

ABOARD THE VIKING FORSETI — We are docked outside of the Place de la Bourse, a massive public square overlooking the Garonne River. The stunning Bordeaux Palais De La Bourse, which reminds me somewhat of Versailles, dominates the skyline.   The people of Bordeaux are not looking at the historical monuments, though. They are more captivated by us, the Viking Forseti, as we make the inaugural cruise of the new Chateaux, Rivers and Wine itinerary.   From …

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Viking Cruises and The World Of Finse

I love anything that teaches our kids about the world they live in- especially when it’s something as unique and charming as these books, written by Viking Cruises’ Vice President Karine Hagen.  What a wonderful holiday idea! Here’s the press release about the new series, called The World of Finse, straight from Viking Cruises: (Dec. 6, 2013 )Viking Cruises today announced the launch of the new book series , “The World of Finse,” along with the first …

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