Viking River Expands in Europe

New itineraries, pricing structure and longer season in store for 2003

Viking River Cruises is introducing four new itineraries and a simpler pricing strategy as part of its 2003 program.

The Los Angeles-based company, which specializes in European river cruises, also is extending the season so it begins in late March and continues through December.

“The niche of river cruising is one of the fastest growing segments in vacation options for American travelers,” said Jeff Dash, the line’s president.

New itineraries include Eastern European Odyssey, a 17-night lower Danube cruise from Vienna to the Black Sea; A Rhine Getaway, a 5-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam; Rhine and Moselle Explorations, a 12-night voyage exploring the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland; and France’s Finest, a 14-night package on the Seine and Rhone rivers.

The Best Value Pricing structure packages the cruise, daily sightseeing, port charges, roundtrip air and airport-ship transfers. All-Inclusive Cruise-tour pricing is also available, which includes everything except airfare.

European all-inclusive cruise-tours start at $899 while the Russian cruise-tours are priced from $1,599.

Overall, Viking River is offering 225 departures on 13 itineraries on 10 ships geared toward North American tastes.

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