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Viking River Cruises has announced that it has commissioned six more Viking Longships for delivery in 2013, in addition to the six ships debuting in 2012. Viking Freya, Viking Idun, Viking Njord and Viking Odin were christened on March 21, and Viking Embla and Viking Aegir will be delivered later in 2012. With the six additional vessels, Viking will have invested more than $400 million in its fleet development program over a three year span.
“At Viking, we are proud of our Norse heritage,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking River Cruises. “The ancient Vikings were the ultimate explorers, and that tradition lives at Viking River Cruises today. For that reason, we have honored our new Viking Longships — and our beautifully refurbished Russian fleet — with names of celebrated Viking gods and heroes.”
All the Viking Longships are being designed by Yran & Storbraaten, who have been responsible for many luxury vessels, including the new Seabourn ships, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios. All of the ships are being built at the Neptun Yard in Germany, part of the Meyer Neptun Group.
“The new orders reflect the great interest in Viking River Cruises and its revolutionary Longships,” Hagen added.
Viking Longships will deliver features such as two Explorer Suites at 445 square feet, each featuring a separate living room, a bedroom and a private, wraparound veranda with 270-degree views. Each ship also has seven, two-room Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom; 39 Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas; and 22 French Balcony staterooms. In-cabin amenities include heated bathroom floors, Sony high-definition televisions and premium bath products.
Each ship also has an indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace, which brings the river scenery indoors with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors allowing guests to enjoy the scenery and dine al fresco in all types of weather.
Added to the energy-efficient hybrid engines brought in on earlier Viking vessels, the Longships have sustainability upgrades, such as solar panels and an onboard organic herb garden.