Viking Cruises fleet
Review of Viking Cruises
This is CruiseMapper's page for both companies - Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises - their fleets (riverboats and liners), cruise tour itineraries, destinations, and homeports. We have listed all Viking cruise ships as schedules (itinerary calendars with prices PP) and current position tracking maps.
Our Viking cruise ship schedules show visited ports (towns and cities visited on shore excursions), themed voyages (theme names) and port times (arrival-departure). All schedules also show how much will cost you to travel with Viking on the European rivers (Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel, Seine, Rhone, Saone, Douro), on Asian rivers (Mekong, Irrawaddy, Yangtze), Egypt (Nile), in Russia (Volga, Dnieper, Svir, Neva) and also on all Viking Ocean ships.
Viking River Cruises holds 1/2 of North America's market. In the period 2011-2015, the company spent over USD 600 million on promotions. In May 2017, Viking celebrated its 20th anniversary. By the year 2027, the company's 16-ship ocean fleet will have a combined capacity of 16,930 berths, ranking Viking Ocean world's largest cruise company with ship capacity under 1000 passengers.
IMPORTANT: Since August 2018, Viking Cruises (both brands/river and ocean) is an adults-only company that doesn't allow minor passengers (under 18 years of age) on its vessels.
NEWS: In early-April 2019, Viking and China Merchants Group (China's first commercial corporation/1872-founded) unveiled a plan to launch a new cruise line (joint venture company) for the Chinese market. China Merchants Group's shipbuilding subsidiaries will design and construct the new ocean liners for the new company. As of 2019, Viking Cruises fully owns and operates a fleet of 6 ocean liners plus 72 riverboats, almost all of which are of the patented Longship-Class.
Viking River Cruises
As a division of Viking Cruises, Viking River Cruises has an estimated European river market share of around 49%. Cruisetour itineraries range from 7 to 23 days and include as regions the European rivers Rhine, Main, Danube, Saone, Rhone, Seine, Elbe and Douro, also Ukraine's Dnieper, Russia's Volga, China's Yangtze, Burma's Irrawaddy and Cambodia-Vietnam's Mekong. Most voyages are cruisetours and include both river cruising, land tours, and hotel stays. All itineraries have at least one tour or guided shore excursion per day (complimentary / cruise fare-inclusive).
Viking River Cruises provide travelers with top-quality cruise tours via world's newest and most innovative fleet of newbuild riverboats with patented "longship" design.
On March 20, 2013, the newly renamed company "Viking Cruises" launched 10 ships at one time, thus entering Guinness Book of World Records. Beginning on March 17, 2014, Viking christened 16 new boats over a 24-hour period, again setting an industry record. Viking named two more ships in Oporto (Portugal) on March 21.
On March 22, 2015, Amsterdam (Holland) witnessed the naming ceremony of 12 new longships. Their godmothers were from USA (Los Angeles), UK and even Russia. In 2015, Viking River Cruises fleet expanded to 64 vessels, 40 of which patent-design longships (capacity 190 passengers, introduced in 2012).
During the 2015 christening, 8 longships were in Amsterdam. The other 4 longships were named via live video link with the shipbuilding shipyard in Neptun Werft (Rostock, Germany). Two of the longships (Astrild and Beyla) are specifically designed for Elbe River. These boats are with modified longship design ("baby Longships") with only 2 decks (1/4 lighter) and capacity 98 guests (46 cabins).
Viking European river cruises for Chinese travelers
In Fall 2016, Viking became the first European river cruise company offering itineraries on dedicated to Chinese travelers riverboats. The company dedicated two longships, on which the primary onboard language is Mandarin.
- The first longship's 2016 itineraries (starting November 10) are on Rhine River, between Amsterdam and Basel.
- The second longship's 2017 itineraries are on the Danube.
- On both riverboats, all the hotel staff is Mandarin-speaking, all the signage is in Mandarin (from menus to toiletries). The onboard cuisine is traditional Chinese (dishes prepared by Szechuan and Cantonese chefs) plus European dishes by Michelin-star chefs.
- All excursion programs ashore are organized by Viking River Cruises. Each ship has all 8 Mandarin-speaking tour guides assigned to 25-passenger groups.
- The Rhine cruise program includes a shipboard overnight in Amsterdam and 3 days (2 shipboard overnights) in Basel with Lake Lucerne tour. In Strasbourg, passengers take the high-speed TGV train to Paris. Optional (exclusive) deals include private jet travel (to any airport in Europe) for 1 day at the price of USD 30,000 pp. Cruise fares start from around USD 4,300 pp.
("Cruise Lines International Association") CLIA's projections for 2020 are that the number of Chinese travelers to Europe will be the same (or larger) in comparison to US travelers.
Viking River Cruises line is a global travel corporation headquartered in the US. And it all started in the not so distant 1997 with the establishment of the modest Viking River Cruises company. The Viking line was founded by a consortium of Scandinavian and Dutch investors, with only 4 river cruise boats bought in Russia.
- In the mid-1990s, Viking River Cruises company founder, Torstein Hagen, enjoyed a river cruise in Russia and was so excited that decided to create his own river cruising company.
- Viking Cruises company started in 1997 by purchasing four Russian vessels. In 2000 it acquired KD River Cruises.
- The KD purchase included an extremely valuable asset - the landing stages, and now Viking Cruises owns docks in more cities in Europe than it stops in. This ensures prime docking locations, easy passenger access and ability to walk into town directly.
- In 2000 Viking River Cruises enlarged into the American market, establishing company's US headquarters in LA, California.
- In April 2004 Viking lines expanded in China with cruise tours on Yangtze River. They additionally include hotel stays in a variety of cities, mainly in Shanghai and Beijing.
- As a result of new builds and acquisitions, as of 2014, the company operates a river cruise ship fleet of 52 vessels with a total of 9,200 berths.
- Worldwide, Viking Cruises hires over 2,500 staff and crew. Line's river cruises are targeted primarily to English-speaking travelers in the UK, North America and also Australia.
- Nowadays, Viking manages the largest in the world fleet of river cruise vessels, ever.
- In 2015, Viking's European river cruise sales became a bit slower than expected. The slower growth was partially related to the reduced demand for cruises in Russia. Viking's Ukrainian and Russian ships were laid up, but their staff remained on the payroll.
- Until the 2015 slowdown, the company reported a steady growth of over 30% per year for the period 2010-2015. Company's turnover (gross revenue) from both river and ocean shipping operations for 2015 was about USD 2 billion.
In October 2017, Viking River Cruises announced a shipbuilding order for 7 new riverboats. Of those, 6 are Longships (Einar, Sigrun, Sigyn, Tir, Ullur, Vali) plus one modified Longship design Douro River cruiser (Helgrim). The newbuilds were launched in 2019 and christened together on March 19. The 7-ship "virtual" naming ceremony was via satellite connections and held in 4 riverports - Basel Switzerland (Sigrun and Einar), Rostock Germany (Ullur and Sigyn), Brunsbuttel Germany (Vali and Tir) and Oporto Portugal (Helgrim).
Viking River Cruises include accommodations, meals on board, most cultural activities and shore excursions. Beer, soft drinks and wine are included with lunches and dinners. Viking ships feature nonsmoking interiors and a smoking area on the sun deck. Since the focus is on the ports of call and the river, activities onboard are geared towards enrichment lectures.
Viking Cruises Longships
In 2009, Viking Cruises launched Viking Legend, which is the first of Viking ship featuring hybrid diesel-electric engines. These new type engines use 20% less fuel than the conventional ones. The engine rooms are noise-insulated and this reduces noise and vibration. Environmental impact is further reduced through the ship's membrane water treatment plant. In 2011 Viking Prestige was launched - the next Viking new vessel with the "green" features of Viking Legend.
In 2012 Viking Cruises introduced the "Viking Longships" class. All of these really longships have the same engine system. They are environmentally friendly, with a patented interior design creating 2-room suites, French balcony staterooms, full-size rooms, and verandas. Three-quarters of Viking Longships' cabins are with French balcony, veranda, or both. Other features include the indoor-outdoor "Aquavit Terrace" (suitable for alfresco dining), large "Explorer Suites" (aft / stern location), an organic herb garden and solar panels (on the sun deck).
Next YouTube video is about the original longships of the Vikings.
The first 6 Viking longships were launched in 2012 and collectively won "Best New River Ship" award. 10 more were launched in 2013, and additional 18 launched in 2014 (including 2 smaller ships purpose-built for Douro River in Portugal).
Each of Viking Cruises longships is named for a Norse mythology figure.
Viking River Cruises in the USA
The company plans to add cruise ships on Mississippi River (USA). However, the process is slowed due to issues regarding the so-called "Jones Act" (Merchant Marine Act from 1920). It imposes restrictions on where USA-based ships can navigate and how to be staffed.
Company's plan to enter the US river market was officially announced in 2015. In October 2018 was announced as a potential start-up (with Mississippi-based boats) the year 2021. By 2027, Viking plans to increase river's annual passenger shipping capacity to over 100,000 (compared to 2018's 50,600) by deploying six Viking riverboats. The 7-day cruise itineraries will include roundtrips from New Orleans, as well as one-ways between New Orleans and Memphis TN, and between St Louis MO and Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN.
Viking's USA-based cruise ships will be newbuilds, each with 5 decks, all-balcony staterooms, an aft-located infinity pool, bow ramp (for passenger landings). All the 6 ships will be built and owned by ECO Shipyards (a subsidiary of Edison Chouest Offshore) and operated by Viking Cruises under a charter.
Viking Ocean Cruises
In March 2016, Viking Ocean Cruises confirmed the order of three more ocean vessels, which was increased to four in 2017 (December). By 2023, the newbuilds (by Fincantieri Italy) will expand the fleet to 10 liners.
- The "9-vessel fleet" news was announced at the float-out ceremony of Viking Sky (March 2016). In April 2017, Fincantieri and Viking Cruises signed the MoA for the building of two vessels (fleet's 7th and 8th) with the option for two additional ships.
- The "10-vessel fleet" news was officially announced in December 2017, when Viking Cruises signed the shipbuilding order for the 2 optional vessels.
- The "16-fleet" news was announced on March 6, 2018, when Viking Cruises entered an agreement with Fincantieri for 6 more ocean vessels. They will be delivered in the period 2024-2027.
- Viking Ocean's fleet consists of 10 liners - Viking Star (2015), Viking Sea (2016), Viking Sky (2017), Viking Sun (2017), Viking Orion (2018), Viking Jupiter (2019), Tellus and Venus (2021), TBN1 (2022) and TBN2 (2023). Each ship has capacity 928 passengers and 465 crew, and building cost around USD 400 million (EUR 340 million).
Among the vessels' innovative marine technologies are energy-saving hybrid engines, top-deck solar panels, pollution-minimizing exhaust system. Thess ships also use seawater as a lubricant for their propeller shaft bearings. This technology lowers the vessel's maintenance costs and also the risk of sea pollution. Replacing the biodegradable oils, the water is being directly discharged into the sea.
All Viking Ocean ships offer destination-rich itineraries marked by "small ship cruise" tour and onboard experiences. Compared to similar-class vessels operated by other companies, Viking Ocean itineraries feature fewer sea days, longer port stays and many overnight ports of call.
On May 17, 2013, the company announced the launch of its "Viking Ocean" division. This was the reason for modifying the parent company's name to "Viking Cruises". The Viking Ocean brand was introduced in 2015 with Viking Star, which started operations with mostly one-way itineraries in Baltic Sea (Scandinavia, Russia) and Mediterranean Sea.
After Walt Disney Cruise Line (with MS Disney Magic, 1998-launched), Viking became industry's second cruise brand company to launch a purpose-built passenger liner (Viking Star). All Viking Ocean ships are from one series - same-designed, with same layouts, interiors and amenities, featuring spacious lounges, multiple dining options (several al-fresco / outdoor deck venues), 3-story Atrium, premium theater/show lounge, Sun Deck (with 2 swimming pools), Nordic-design Spa, Gym and sports area, Snow Room, duty-free boutique shops. The infinity pool (resistance swimming pool) on each ocean ship was a "first at sea" facility,
All Viking Ocean's ship orders made the company world's largest "small ship cruise" brand with a dominant share on the luxury market (23,9 % by year 2020). The company also plans to add in near future newbuild expedition vessels to its fleet.
In mid-September 2016 was announced that TPG Capital and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board intend to make a joint investment of USD 0,5 billion in Viking Cruises. The deal resulted in combined 17% stake in Viking. The funding helped the company's growth, particularly on the ocean cruising market, and also strengthened its balance sheet as it branched into China (since 2016).
- Viking Ocean's port agent for China is Wallem Ship Agency China. The company is responsible for vessels berthing (cruise terminal arrangements), logistics, fresh water supply, customs, crew changes, passenger disembarkation/embarkation.
- Wallem China (part of Wallem Group) has a network of 28 offices across Asia, of which 8 are in China, The shipping agency handles annually over 500 cruise ship calls. The list of its services also includes drydock vessel support, newbuilding supervision, lifeboat servicing, equipment testing.
In 2017, Viking signed a sponsorship with National Geographic Society for shooting NatGeo's "Genius" (anthology series).
MV Viking Star became world's ever-first ocean ship with a "snow room". Must be noted, that the 2013-launched Viking Grace (2800-passenger cruiseferry operated by Viking Line) was the first-ever passenger ship with a Snow Room. Viking Ocean ships' Snow Grotto is a wellness retreat with powdery snow falling down from the ceiling. The experience (touted beneficial to the body's blood circulation) includes heating in a sauna (steam bath), then walking into this small room. It is fitted with benches and has dark stone walls illuminated by blue light. The snow on the floor is kept at sub-freezing temperatures. This Arctic-themed facility is part of the ship's thermal suite (within the spa complex). This relaxation area has 1 hot tub, sauna room, heated ceramic loungers, therapeutic showers, salt-water thermal pool. Snow Grotto access is complimentary to all passengers.
Next YouTube video is a Viking Ocean cruise ship review (by Jim Zimmerlin). It shows all the ship's main onboard facilities and also provides information on most amenities.
On Apr 4, 2018, Viking Cruises and VARD (Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri) signed LOI (Letter of Intent) for designing and building 2 new-class ocean liners.
- Contract's potential value is approx NOK 5 billion (USD 611 million = EUR 525 m) for both ships, and also includes optional two more vessels of the same series.
- The shipbuilding contract was officially signed on July 23, 2018.
- The liners will be developed by VARD Design (Norway) with hulls constructed in Romania (VARD Tulcea). If started, the project will result in building a new fleet of ocean liners.
Viking Ocean cruise deals
Just like on all Viking riverboats, Viking Ocean cruise deals are inclusive of popular amenities, such as Wi-Fi Internet, alcohol (beer and wine at lunch and dinner), shore excursions (at least one in every port of call along the itinerary), spa usage (thermal pool, sauna, hot tub, Snow Grotto room (snow falling from its ceiling), Gym (fitness center), library (with books reflecting the cruise itineraries), 24-hour room service; absolutely all meals at any of the onboard restaurants; beverages (cappuccinos, espresso drinks), self-service laundry; in-room movies on demand, lectures, airport to cruise port transfers. At additional cost are only spa massages, beauty salon services; specialty beer, premium alcohol (wine and spirits), and some shore excursions.
In early 2018 was announced, that the Viking Cruises company raised USD 975 million through a private placement of USD 275 million (5,875% secured notes due in 2027) plus USD 675 million (5% secured notes due in 2028).
- The note proceeds were used for repaying all the company's loans used to finance the building of the Viking Ocean liners Star and Sky, as well as for repurchasing Viking Sea (operated on sale-leaseback agreement).
- As of January 2018, Viking Cruises operated a combined fleet of 62 riverboats plus 4 ocean ships. As ownership, 1/5 (20%) of the company is owned by TPG Capital (US investment company) and CPP Investment Board (CPP=Canada Pension Plan). Company's Net revenues for FY2017 were estimated at about USD 1 billion.
Itinerary of Viking Cruises
Here you can compare all Viking cruise ships and their itineraries, destinations, and departures dates. CruiseMapper provides you with free of charge schedules with listed cheapest ticket prices per person per itinerary.
In 2013, the Viking line announced the launch of its new brand "Viking Ocean Cruises". The Viking Ocean line's product was introduced in May 2015 with the launch of its first vessel MV Viking Star.
Viking river cruise itineraries
In 2013 Viking River Cruises operated a 37 ships fleet. Till the end of 2014, the line's fleet numbers 52 riverboats. All ships have been fully renovated or newly built since 1999. Viking cruise ships on the European rivers have a capacity of 190 passengers, which is typical for the line. Viking cruise ships in Russia feature an average of 200 and over, the ships in China - up to 246. Note: "Longship" is a new patented ship design. "Modified" longships are smaller in size.
Viking river cruise itineraries range from 7 to 23 days. They are operated along the:
- European rivers Rhine, Main, Danube, Saone, Rhone, Seine, Elbe, and Douro
- Asian rivers - Ukraine’s Dnieper, Russia’s Volga, China’s Yangtze, Myanmar’s Irrawaddy and Vietnam’s Mekong.
- Some voyages (few in Europe, Egypt, Southeast Asia, and China) are "cruise tours” marked. They include both the river cruising portion and hotel stays.
All itineraries have at least one tour or guided shore excursion per day - all included in the fares.
- Viking Aegir longship - the Rhine, Main, and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria
- Viking Alruna longship - Rhine - Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Akun - Volga, Svir, and Neva - Russia
- Viking Alsvin longship - the Rhine, Main, and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Astrild longship-modified - Elbe River (Germany, Czech Republic)
- Viking Atla longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Baldur longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Bestla longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland
- Viking Beyla longship-modified - Elbe River (Germany, Czech Republic)
- Viking Bragi longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland
- Viking Buri longship - Saone and Rhone - France
- Viking Delling longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Egil longship - Rhine and Danube - Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Holland, Switzerland
- Viking Einar longship - TBA
- Viking Eir longship - Rhine River - Germany, Holland
- Viking Eistla longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Embla longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria
- Viking Emerald - Yangtze - China
- Viking Forseti longship - Dordogne, Garonne, and Gironde - France
- Viking Freya longship - Danube - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Gefjon longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic
- Viking Gullveig longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Heimdal longship - Saône and Rhône - France
- Viking Helgi - Volga river - Russia
- Viking Helgrim - Douro - Portugal, Spain
- Viking Hemming - Douro - Portugal, Spain
- Viking Herja longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Hermod longship - Saone and Rhone - France
- Viking Hild longship - Rhine - Holland, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland
- Viking Hlin longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Idi longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Idun longship - Danube - Germany, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia
- Viking Ingvar - Volga river - Russia
- Viking Ingvi longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Jarl longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Kadlin longship - Seine River - France
- Viking Kara longship - the Rhine, Main, and Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- Viking Kvasir longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland
- Viking Legend - Danube - Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia
- Viking Lif longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Lofn longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Slovakia, Czech Republic
- Viking Magni longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium
- Viking Mani longship - Rhine River - the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France
- Viking Mekong - Mekong - Vietnam, Cambodia
- Viking Mimir longship - Rhine, Main, Danube - the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary
- Viking Modi longship - Rhine, Main, Danube - the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, France
- Viking Njord longship - Danube - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Odin longship - Danube, Moselle, Rhine, and Main - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, France, Czech Republic, Luxembourg
- Viking Osfrid - Douro River - Portugal and Spain
- Viking Prestige - Danube - Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia
- Viking Pride - Seine River - France
- Viking Ra (2018, Nile River in Egypt)
- Viking Rinda longship - Danube - Austria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria
- Viking Rolf longship - Seine River - France
- Viking Rurik - Volga river - Russia
- Viking Sigrun longship - TBA
- Viking Sigyn longship - TBA
- Viking Sineus - the Dnieper - Ukraine
- Viking Skadi longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland, Belgium
- Viking Skirnir longship - the Rhine, Main, and the Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Slovakia
- MS Viking Spirit - Seine River - France
- Viking Sun - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Tialfi longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Tir longship - TBA
- Viking Tor longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Torgil - Douro - Portugal, Spain
- Viking Truvor - Volga river - Russia
- Viking Ullur longship - TBA
- Viking Vali longship - TBA
- Viking Var longship - Rhine - Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
- Viking Ve longship - the Rhine, Main, and Danube - Holland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Vidar longship - the Rhine, Main, and Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
- Viking Vilhjalm longship - Danube
- Viking Vili longship - the Rhine, Main and Danube - Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia.
- MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam (Lake Nasser, Egypt) is a Steigenberger-owned ship, operated by Viking under charter.
- MS Mayfair (Nile River, Egypt) is a privately-owned ship, operated by Viking under a charter.
- Century Legend and Century Paragon are Yangtze River cruise ships in China. Both are privately owned and operated by Viking under a charter. These riverboats are also chartered by other major European lines, like AmaWaterways, Avalon, and Uniworld.
Starting operations in 2021 with 6 newbuild boats, Viking's USA-based river cruise ships will be 5-deck, with all-balcony staterooms, aft-located infinity pool, bow ramp (for passenger landings). All the 6 ships will be built and owned by ECO Shipyards (a subsidiary of Edison Chouest Offshore) and operated under a charter. The 7-day cruise tour itineraries will include roundtrips from New Orleans, as well as one-ways between New Orleans and Memphis TN, and between St Louis MO and Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN.
Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All river passenger shipping line companies and their fleets are listed there.
Viking Cruises Egypt
Starting in 2018, Viking River Cruises is the first non-domestic company licensed to operate cruise ships on the Nile River in Egypt. The itineraries are operated by the new vessel Viking Ra starting in March 2018.
The news just confirmed Viking Cruises' intent to keep the company's leading position on the river cruising market. Viking Ra ship is the newest member of a rapidly expanding riverboat fleet.
Most Nile River cruise boats (from a total of around 200 vessels) are marketed as 5-star. The onboard food is buffet style and far away from fine-dining. The major advantage is that Egypt river cruise deals are way cheaper in comparison to the European ones.
Viking Cruises' Nile tours will surely bring the luxurious style (generally associated with the Viking brand) to Egypt, but also probably higher cruise fares.
Viking Ocean cruise itineraries
See below the list of main Viking Ocean itineraries as themes and ports of call:
- Mediterranean cruises leave from: Turkey (Istanbul), Italy (Venice, Rome /port Civitavecchia), Spain (Barcelona).
- Northern Europe/Baltic cruises depart from Norway (Bergen) and Sweden (Stockholm).
- All voyages include overnight stays in both ports (of departure and final disembarkation).
Repositioning cruises are officially themed as:
- Northbound Atlantic: "VIKING EMPIRE" (Istanbul-Stockholm)
- Southbound Atlantic: "PASSAGE THROUGH WESTERN EUROPE" (Bergen-Barcelona), "SCANDINAVIA TO SPAIN" (Stockholm-Barcelona)
- Baltic-UK: "BALTIC JEWELS and THE MIDNIGHT SUN" (Stockholm-London) and "INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN" (Bergen-London).
Viking Baltic itineraries are operated in the summer, themed as "Viking Homelands" (14 nights in length). Baltic Sea routes offer visits to 8 different countries, with a total of 11 cruise tours (all complimentary, included in the Viking Baltic deals prices). Viking Mediterranean itineraries are themed as:
- (Barcelona to Rome, 7-nights) "Romantic Mediterranean" (visits 4 countries, included 8 land tours)
- (7-nights) "Mediterranean Getaway" (visits 3 countries, included 6 land tours)
- (9-nights) "Empires of the Mediterranean" (visits 5 countries, included 7 land tours)
- (12-nights) "Mediterranean Odyssey" (visits 6 countries, included 10 land tours)
- (14-nights) "Mediterranean Explorer" (visits 5 countries, included 12 land tours).
In November 2018, Viking Cruises announced an 11-day ocean cruise itinerary named "Greek Odyssey". It is expected to allow passengers to explore Aegean Sea's ancient empires of antiquity during the quiet season. Voyages aboard Viking Sea are roundtrip from Athens and begin January 2021. The itinerary includes 3 new ports of call for the cruise line: Nafplio, Volos, and Thessaloníki in Greece, as well as a visit to Ephesus marking Viking’s return to Turkey.
Highlights of the Greek Odyssey itinerary include:
- Volos, Greece is a cosmopolitan port city, and the region was once considered the playground of the gods. Passengers can experience the exciting scenery of Meteora, with its medieval monasteries, or explore the religious center of Dion, situated on the foothills of Mt Olympus.
- Thessaloniki, Greece is the 2nd-largest city in the country and offers a mix of modern life and ancient culture. While in port, passengers can walk the waterfront promenade with its many restaurants and cafes, or head outside the port city to the remains of the Macedonian kingdom of Alexander the Great.
- Nafpilo, Greece is set between the Bay of Argos and breathtaking mountains. Travelers can explore its Byzantine churches and Venetian homes, take a drive to the imposing fortress towering over the city, Palamidi, or travel to the Peloponnese peninsula.
- Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey is among the world's best-preserved cities of antiquity. Passengers can visit the remains of Byzantine Basilica of St John, enjoy sights like the massive Great Theater and Library of Celsus, and see the modest home where the mother of Jesus, Mary, lived out her final days.
- Scenic cruising: Mt Athos: During the sea day on the itinerary, passengers will sail past Mt Athos, the “Holy Mountain,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spiritual capital of Orthodox Christianity. The soaring peaks of the peninsula are home to twenty monasteries where monks work to preserve a vast collection of liturgical works and art.
The cruise fare includes balcony cabins for all passengers, complimentary shore excursions in all ports, all onboard meals, complimentary wifi, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, access to spa's Thermal Suite, and 24-hour room service.
World Cruises 2019-2020
Ahead of its first World Cruise scheduled for 2017-2018 winter, Viking Cruises announced that its Viking Sun continues sailing the globe on company’s 2nd World Cruise, which is due to span 128 days, 5 continents, 21 countries and a total of 44 ports, with 10 overnights.
Departing January 3, 2019, on the 4th vessel in Viking’s Ocean fleet, the grand journey marks the second voyage of Viking Sun around the world. Sailing out of Miami to London, the new World Cruise itinerary for 2019 allows passengers to explore South America and the South Pacific islands, call upon ports in Africa, and cruise Strait of Magellan, Indian Ocean, and the Tasman Sea before concluding in London.
Passengers receive a complimentary shore trip in each of the 44 ports of call, free unlimited Wi-Fi, Business Class airfare and all service fees and gratuities, along with added-value included features in the cruise fare.
Viking Cruises also released 4 new itineraries ranging between 38-87 days, that join to form the 245-day Viking Ultimate World Cruise, roundtrip from London UK departing August 2019. This is the 3rd world cruise onboard Viking Sun.
- 2019, August 31: the 41-day British Isles to Eastern Seaboard, from London UK to New York City, visiting 11 countries and featuring 24 guided tours and 4 overnight stays. Prices from US$9,995 pp in a Balcony Stateroom, US$25,995pp in a Penthouse Balcony Stateroom.
- 2019, October 10: 87-day The Americas and the Chilean Fjords, from New York to LA, visiting 18 countries and featuring 38 guided tours and 9 overnight stays. Priced from US$38,995pp in a Balcony Stateroom, US$47,995pp in a Penthouse Balcony Stateroom.
- 2020, January 4: 38-day South Pacific and the Land Down Under, from Los Angeles to Sydney, visiting 7 countries, and featuring 15 guided tours and 2 overnight stays. Prices from US$9,995pp in a Balcony Stateroom, US$25,995pp in a Penthouse Balcony Stateroom.
- 2020, February 11: 82-day Australia, Asia, Europe and Beyond, from Sydney to London UK, visiting 21 countries, and featuring 39 guided tours and 8 overnight stays. Prices from US$38,995pp in a Balcony stateroom, US$47,995pp in a Penthouse Balcony Stateroom.
Central and South American itineraries 2019-2020
Viking Cruises launched 3 new Central and South American itineraries, including 22-day Cuba, Panama, and the Pacific, 22-day Southern Atlantic Crossing and 18-day South America and Chilean Fjords. The unveiling of the new cruises gives passengers the opportunity to explore a range of exciting hotspots in Central and South America.
- The 22-day Southern Atlantic Crossing from Barcelona to Buenos Aires (vice versa) visits the cities of Montevideo and Buenos Aires. After Rio de Janeiro and coastal Recife, passengers cross the Atlantic to the West African city of Dakar and Casablanca. Guests also explore Granada's Andalusian charm and Barcelona's fabled architecture. The voyage departs November 13, 2019, and March 15, 2020, featuring 8 guided tours and covering 6 countries. Prices start from US$7,500 per person in Veranda stateroom.
- The 18-day South America and the Chilean Fjords cruise from Buenos Aires to Santiago (vice versa) visits Port Stanley, home to over 1 million penguins, before reaching the city at the “End of the World”, Ushuaia. Sailing through Strait of Magellan, as well as passing blue-tinted icebergs and rugged mountain peaks, passengers also get a taste of Santiago. The voyages depart between December 2019-February 2020 and offer 8 guided tours in 4 countries. Prices start from US$9,600 per person in Veranda stateroom.
(back-to-back) Combined Ocean and River cruise itineraries 2019
Viking Cruises in 2019 provides passengers with the opportunity to combine in back-to-back cruises (B2B) ocean and river itineraries in Europe. Deals include travel on 190-passenger Viking Longships prior to embarking on Scandinavian cruises on Viking's 930-passenger ocean vessels.
Debuting May 2019, "Grand European and Viking Fjords" B2B itinerary (Budapest to Bergen Norway) combines the 15-day "Grand European Tour" itinerary on Danube and Rhine rivers (between Budapest and Amsterdam) with an 8-day "Viking Shores and Fjords" ocean cruise itinerary in North Sea (between Amsterdam and Bergen).
In 2019, Viking also offers more departures on the 15-day B2B itinerary "Rhine and Viking Shores and Fjords" (debuting June 2018) between Basel and Bergen.
- "Grand European and Viking Fjords" (22-day Budapest-Bergen; May 26, June 2, 2019) visits 6 countries and 19 ports. Passengers sail along the Danube into Wachau Valley in Austria and pause to explore historic German castles along Rhine River. In Amsterdam, they are able to experience Holland's windmills before boarding the Viking Ocean liners towards multiple Norwegian ports. The combo itinerary is also available on the reverse route. Prices start from USD 8,750 pp (double occupancy).
- "Rhine and Viking Shores and Fjords" (15-day Basel-Bergen; June 2, 2019), visits 6 countries and 15 ports. In Amsterdam, passengers are transferred to a Viking Ocean ship and continue in the North Sea to Skagen, before sailing through Norway's fjords and disembarking in Bergen. The combo itinerary is also available in the reverse route. Prices start from USD 6,350 pp (double occupancy).
Viking cruise tracker
An intriguing feature in all our Viking ship pages is the Viking cruise tracker showing actual ship positions. This riverboat current location tracking service is located at page-bottom in each ship page below. This way you'll be able to see where your Viking cruise ship sails through the year, when, and for how much, plus where is the Viking riverboat right now - in real time.
At page-bottom in each page, you'll find a map with the boat's current location (AIS position). All the real-time tracking data is provided by VesselFinder. It's all about convenience - you will find where is your Viking ship cruising today and now along its current itinerary!
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