The world’s largest fleet of river cruise ships has grown further this week, with Viking River Cruises taking its fleet to 70…yes, seventy…vessels cruising rivers in Europe, in Russia and also in Asia and Egypt.
A joint christening ceremony for all six ships took place this week in Amsterdam. The six new Longships keep to the Viking River Cruise product by being identical to all other Longships, with this design making up more than two-thirds of the Viking River Cruise global fleet.
Each ship was formally named, with the new members of the Viking family being:
- Viking Rolf
- Viking Kadlin
- Viking Alruna
- Viking Egil
- Viking Vilhjalm
- Viking Tialfi
The new additions were added two years after Viking River Cruises set a Guinness World Record by christening 18 different ships in the one day.
Each ship in the Longship class measures 135 metres in length and caters for up to 190 passengers per sailing in 95 staterooms and suites. Viking’s fleet in Russia holds 210 guests per cruise, with 160 guests fitting on each Egyptian ship and 60 per ship in Asia. Facilities onboard include a library, bars, lounges and sun deck featuring a swimming pool.
Four of the new vessels will be deployed on itineraries along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest and ports in between, while two others will be sent to France’s Seine River. A seventh ship – named Viking Osfrid – will be smaller scale of the Viking Longship model and will be launched later this month on Portugal’s Douro river.