Viking: River Preview

Fast growing Viking River Cruises launches seven new European river vessels this spring. Six are its popular Viking Longships with modern, contemporary décor and upscale staterooms and suites. Viking Tialfi and Viking Alruna will sail on the Rhine, Viking Egil and Viking Vilhjalm on the Danube and Viking Kadlin and Viking Rolf on French rivers. In addition, the new Viking Osfrid will navigate Portugal’s Douro River, giving Viking three Douro ships.

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The line is also adding five new cruisetours that feature a river cruise, hotel stays and guided tours. The 12-day “Castles & Legends” cruisetour from Munich to Budapest combines a “Danube Waltz” cruise with a Munich stay and side trips to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace and Salzburg. Other cruisetours cover Paris, Burgundy and Provence; Poland, Prague and the Elbe River; and the Rhine region. We like the new 19-day “Grand European Tour & Belgium” from Budapest, Hungary, to Ghent, Belgium, because beyond the in-depth cruise, guests spend two nights each in Ghent and Amsterdam.

Viking is also debuting a new China itinerary, “Undiscovered China,” this year. Travelers sailing on Viking Emerald will soak up history — viewing Dazu stone carvings and walking an aerial pathway above the Terracotta warriors. We also like this itinerary for the “cuteness” factor as travelers will gaze at giant pandas and their playful cubs at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. 

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