Viking River Cruises Christens First Four New Viking Longships

Viking River Cruises yesterday christened the first four of its new Viking Longships at an event in Amsterdam. Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of the PBS series “Masterpiece,” which includes the hit show “Downton Abbey,” and Joanna Lumley, the British actress famous for her role as “Patsy Stone” on “Absolutely Fabulous,” joined the celebration as the ceremonial “godmothers” for the Viking Freya and Viking Odin. Renowned Harvard physicist Dr. Lisa Randall and Viking’s most traveled passenger, Gail Wiswedel, …

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Viking River Cruises launches the first two of six new river ships

For river cruisers in Europe, this will be a year for boning up on stories about Viking gods, goddesses, and heroes. Viking River Cruises, largest of the many companies that operate long and low vessels on the busy rivers of Europe, is introducing six identical boats this year, all named for famed Vikings. You might recall that that Odin is the god of wisdom, Freya the goddess of love and fertility, Njord the god of wind, Aegir …

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Viking River Cruises announces six more Viking longships new builds for 2013

Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, announced today that it has commissioned six more Viking Longships for delivery in 2013. The six vessels will be joining Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord, Viking Odin, which will be christened on March 21, 2012, and Viking Embla and Viking Aegir, which will be delivered later in 2012. “The new orders reflect the great interest in Viking River Cruises and its revolutionary Longships,” said Viking’s Chairman Torstein …

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Viking River Cruises offers year-around sailings in Egypt beginning in September

As a result of increased popularity and overwhelming demand, Viking River Cruises has announced the addition of a new Egypt cruisetour itinerary. The 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids program will begin in September 2010 and continue throughout the 2011 season. “Egypt is one of the world’s up-and-coming travel destinations,” states Richard Marnell, Viking’s senior vice president of marketing. “Ever since launching our Egypt itineraries just a few years ago, we have seen incredible interest in this region. In …

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Viking River Cruises offers a number of spring sales

For a vacation that offers the opportunity to engage with a new culture, see new sights everyday and experience all of the comfort and ease of a “floating hotel” more travelers are turning to river cruising. With the cruising industry’s busiest booking period quickly approaching at the start of the New Year, Viking River Cruises is pleased to announce its suite of upcoming discounts for cruises and cruisetours in Europe, Russia, Egypt and China and highlight the …

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Viking’s end-of-year sale ends Dec. 18…check it out!

Viking River Cruises is reminding guests that its current 2010 Early Booking Discount expires on Dec. 18. The offer, which includes 2-for-1 cruise pricing plus up to 2-for-1 roundtrip international air plus complimentary wine with dinner, has been quite popular. Therefore,  there is limited availability on select itineraries, departure dates and stateroom categories. “Now, more than ever, people are seeking solid value for their travel dollars,” said Richard Marnell, Viking’s senior vice president of marketing. “So this …

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New Year’s on the Rhine for $999 on Viking

You’re invited to ring in the New Year with Viking River Cruises. This year, enjoy the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration: put on your dancing shoes for a festive party aboard the deluxe Viking Helvetia, surrounded by fireworks on the Rhine River. For a limited time, cruise for $999 per person, any available category, December 27, 2009! This delightful cruise presents the highlights of the Rhine River Valley including Cologne, Koblenz, Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Marksburg, Speyer and Mainz. …

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Cruise Offerings

Uniworld Delivers Royal Treatment On the Nile River Taking a Uniworld River Cruise along the Nile River – the lifeline of both ancient and modern Egypt – is like watching 5,000 years of history and culture unfold before your eyes. When guests sail the Nile onboard Uniworld’s new, ultra-luxurious all-suite River Tosca, they’ll follow the path of pharaohs, traders, invaders, and explorers who for thousands of years have taken in Egypt’s most magnificent sites from the decks …

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Limited offer: 2-for-1 pricing on holiday river cruises

Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, has added three new holiday season cruises to its 2009 European offerings to meet the anticipated seasonal demand. These itineraries provide a far richer holiday lineup featuring the Rhine region, including multicultural Strasbourg, and magical Prague in the Czech Republic.Viking River Cruises

Viking’s holiday gift to travelers is 2-for-1 pricing on all five holiday season itineraries (details available on Viking’s website). Enjoy a 2009 Christmas markets cruise for as little as $1,214 per person (based on double occupancy) if purchased and paid in full by September 30.

The new cruises are:

v Christmas on the Rhine begins and ends in Cologne, Germany, taking guests on six guided tours with Christmas markets in Cologne, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden and Mainz. Guided tours of Cologne, Rüdesheim, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Mainz and the Alsatian Wine Country round out this 8-day journey on Viking Helvetia in late November or December.

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