They’re the most talked about river cruise ships in the last couple of years. Last year, Viking River Cruises made history by christening 10 of their ships at one time. In fact, they’re in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most cruise ships christened in a single day by a single line.
To date there are 28 Viking Longships that will be sailing the waterways of Europe this season. What are these longships, though? What sets them apart from other ships and why are there so many of them? We address these frequently asked questions in this post.
Built between 2012 and 2014, these Longships are 80 feet longer and slightly wider than the rest of the Viking fleet. Each longhship accommodates 190 guests in 95 stateroooms. There are:
- 2 Explorer Suites at 445 sq ft,
- 7 veranda suites at 275 sq ft,
- 39 veranda staterooms at 205 sq ft,
- 22 french balcony staterooms at 135 sq ft,
- and 25 standard staterooms at at 150 sq ft.
What Makes These Ships Special?
Floor-to-ceiling sliding windows in lounges and public spaces are great, but it’s these three features that make Viking Longships unique:
1. The Aquavit Terrace – Located at the bow of the ship, the Aquavit Terrace is a casual outdoor venue offering panoramic views. If the weather doesn’t agree, the area is enclosed with glass walls so as not to obstruct your enjoyment of the scenery.
2. Hybrid engines – Viking introduced hybrid diesel-electrical engines in 2009 which apparently uses 20% less fuel than conventional engines. Furthermore, the propulsion system is designed to reduce noise and vibration, it’s been reported by many that the ride is so quiet and smooth.
3. The organic herb gardens and solar panel – On the sun deck. If this isn’t neat, then what is?
What Longships Lack
What the Longships don’t have, however, that Viking’s competitors do on their ships are small gyms, spas or specialty dining. Something’s got to give and Viking prefers to bring something new to the table rather than be like everyone else. As for the specialty dining, the leaders of Viking believe there’s no reason for that when the cuisine is excellent to start with. Makes sense.
They obviously know what they’re doing: 17 of their ships received top spots on the Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Cruise Poll, including the Viking Longship Odin, ranked #1. And in 2012, the Longships were named Best New River Ship by Cruise Critic editors.
Are you considering a river cruise aboard a Viking Longship? Call us at 1-800-565-2784 to speak with a River Cruise Specialist and start planning your vacation today.