On March 24, Viking River Cruises announced the newest additions to its fleet of river cruise vessels at a simultaneous christening ceremony in Amsterdam and Rostock, Germany.
The company christened a total of 12 new river vessels, including 10 of its award-winning Viking Longships® and two custom vessels for the Elbe River. This brings Viking’s total river fleet size to 60 and comes one year after the company set a Guinness World Record™ for the most new ships launched in a single day.
Ten of the new vessels are 190-passenger Viking Longships and will be deployed in Europe, including the popular “Grand European Tour,” “Romantic Danube” and Rhine Getaway” itineraries. Two are 98-passenger vessels specially designed for the Elbe River, which will double the company’s capacity on the Elbe River for 2015.
This is the fourth year in a row that Viking has held a mass christening for its Viking Longships, as well as other vessels sailing European rivers. At a press conference shortly before the naming, Viking Chairman Tor Hagen announced that his company would introduce six more Longships next year with an option for another 18 such vessels in the future.
This latest river ship-naming event is the culmination of Hagen’s plan to turn Viking into the largest river cruise company in the world with the most innovative and cost-efficient fleet.
SOURCE: Viking River Cruises Press Release