Viking River Cruises is reaching out to both previous guests and river cruising newcomers with discount offers on its 2009 itineraries, effective through September 30, 2008.
Guests who reserve and pay in full for a 2009 Viking vacation before September 30 have their choice of two offers. First, they can have all-inclusive international roundtrip airfare as low as $199 per person—covering any government taxes and airline fuel surcharges, plus all transfers to and from ships and/or hotels. Guests on Grand European Tour, China’s Cultural Delights, Imperial Jewels of China and Roof of the World fly from$199; guests on Treasures of the Rhine, Portraits of Southern France, Rhine Getaway, Eastern European Odyssey, Romantic Danube, Elegant Elbe, Cities of Light, Paris & the Heart of Normandy, Tulips & Windmills, Danube Explorer and Danube Holiday Delight fly from $495; and guests on Waterways of the Czars, Russian Rhapsody and Footsteps of the Cossacks fly from $795. These are available to guests who book stateroom category B or above; final price does vary by gateway city, but all zones receive the same dollar savings.
Guests who prefer to arrange their own air travel may instead choose an Early Booking Incentive offer that will save them up to $1,250 per guest ($2,500 per stateroom). Guests on Grand European Tour or Eastern European Odyssey receive the $1,250 per person discount. Guests booking Treasures of the Rhine, Portraits of Southern France, Rhine Getaway, Romantic Danube, Elegant Elbe, Cities of Light, Paris & the Heart of Normandy, Tulips & Windmills, Danube Explorer, Danube Holiday Delight, China’s Cultural Delights, Imperial Jewels of China and Roof of the World receive a $750-per-person discount. Guests on Waterways of the Czars, Russian Rhapsody or Footsteps of the Cossacks receive a $500-per-person discount. These discounts apply to stateroom categories B and higher; those choosing the more economical category C and below staterooms will each receive a $500 discount ($1,000 per stateroom).
Additionally, to encourage guests to take advantage of its new E-Check program, Viking will reward those who pay by E-Check (electronic funds transfer) or personal check with double frequent flyer miles.