Viking announced an additional 10 Viking Longships to its river fleet.
Viking said to meet the demand for European river voyages, eight of the new vessels will sail Viking’s itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. At the same time, two additional Viking Longships will join the fleet on the Seine River.
The total order also includes one Viking Longship for the Seine River, announced in FEB 2023, as Open Jaw reported.
Five of the new vessels will be delivered in 2025, with the remaining five to be delivered in 2026. To officially mark the start of construction on all 10 ships, a keel laying ceremony was held on 06DEC at Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany, where all Viking Longships have been built since their debut in 2012.
“Ever since we started Viking 26 years ago, our mission has been to help our guests explore the world in comfort. We focus on the destination, and we build elegant, innovative ships,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We look forward to welcoming these new Longships to our European fleet and introducing The Viking Way of exploration to even more guests in the coming years.”
Last month, Viking celebrated the float out of its newest ocean ship, the Viking Vela, which will debut in December 2024, and announced a new ship for the Mekong River in 2025, the Viking Tonle.
As Open Jaw reported, in AUG, Viking named its newest river ship on the Nile the Viking Aton. The vessel, an identical sister ship of the Viking Osiris, is specifically built to navigate the Nile and will sail Viking’s popular Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary.
More information on Viking's website.