Viking Cruises has announced that it has ordered seven new river cruise ships that will launch in 2019, helping it inch closer to its goal of 100 ships. The order includes six additional Viking Longships that will sail on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers as well as one additional ship designed for Portugal’s Douro River. With the addition of the new ships, Viking will have 69 river ships sailing around the world. It will also welcome a new ocean ship in 2019.
The new Viking Longships have the line’s patented corridor design and cutting-edge technology for the modern traveler. The ships will have an all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that allows guests to enjoy the views and dine al fresco.
The ship will accommodate 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, including two Explorer Suite, as well as 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. Rooms include high-end amenities like hotel-style beds, heated bathroom floors, mini fridge, and both U.S. and EU outlets. Additionally, all Viking Longships have sustainability upgrades, such as onboard solar panels and organic herb gardens, and energy-efficient hybrid engines that also reduce vibrations.
The new Douro River ship is being designed specifically for the Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary. It will be joining three other sister ships on the same river.
While the new ship will be smaller than the Viking Longships, 106 passengers in 53 staterooms, it will still feature many of the same amenities including Aquavit Terrace, a variety of stateroom choices, onboard solar panels and an organic herb garden.