• Veranda: These Are the Best Luxury Cruises to Take in 2024

    February 6, 2024 — America’s greatest waterway gets the luxe treatment with this new Viking offering, which debuted in 2022. Start in St. Paul, Minnesota and journey through 10 states until ending in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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  • Forbes: The 8 Best European River Cruises For Every Type Of Traveler

    January 19, 2024 — The doyen of Europe's waterways is the adults-only Viking Cruises, a multifaceted cruise line that also boasts a fleet of ocean and expedition vessels. With 55 Nordic-inspired “Longships” sailing mainland Europe—including the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Rhône and Elbe—plus four ships on Portugal's River Douro, Viking has an itinerary for every type of river cruiser. The cruise line’s soothing Scandinavian aesthetic combines a chic design with spacious accommodations that include river views or private verandas, and sails also include drinks during mealtimes, shore excursions and Wi-Fi.

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  • AFAR: The New Viking Aton Cruise Ship Brings Sleek Scandinavian Design to Egypt’s Nile River

    December 18, 2023 — If you’ve never been on a Viking ship, know that the company stays true to its Scandinavian roots across its entire fleet, whether on the rivers or at sea—and the Viking Aton is no exception. That means an emphasis on light, modern, minimalist design with an appreciation for attention to detail, from the books in the common and stateroom libraries, to the warm earth-toned color palette throughout the ship. Richard Riviere, the architect behind most of Viking’s ocean, expedition, and river cruise ships, and godfather of the Aton, was onboard the inaugural sailing and explained the five pillars of Viking’s ship design.

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  • The Telegraph: The adults-only cruise line with none of the glitz but all of the glamour

    December 9, 2023 — Viking has come a long way since it began sailing on the waterways of Russia in 1997. Today the adults-only Norwegian-owned line operates ships of varying sizes on rivers, lakes and oceans around the world and owns the largest fleet of river ships in Europe. Nordic-inspired décor and serene, light-filled spaces are a hallmark of Viking ships and have given it one of the strongest brand identities in the business.

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  • Cruise Critic: Cruise Critic Announces 2023 Editors' Picks Award Winners

    December 7, 2023 — Cruise Critic’s 2023 Editors’ Picks Awards is noteworthy for the return of the River Cruise awards for the first time since the global health pandemic shut down travel three years ago. In that category, river cruising giant Viking took top honors as the Best River Cruise Line.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking plans for 10 new Longships

    December 6, 2023 — With demand continuing to grow for Europe river cruises, Viking said it will add 10 new Longships to its fleet in 2025 and 2026. Eight of the ships will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, and two will sail the Seine. Viking said the new ships will have a hybrid propulsion system and will be equipped for shore power to reduce reliance on fuel while in port. Solar panels on the ships will contribute to energy efficiency.

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  • Travel + Leisure: This 15-day River Cruise Around Cambodia and Vietnam Includes Stops in Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and a Visit to the Iconic Angkor Wat

    November 17, 2023 — Viking Tonle will be the cruise line's second ship on the river, following Viking Saigon, which launched in 2022. Carrying just 80 guests in 40 outside staterooms — each with a veranda or French balcony — the ship has a restaurant, a spa and fitness center, a pool, and an outdoor bar on the top deck. It'll also feature Viking's signature Scandinavian design.

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  • Cruise Critic: Viking to Launch Second Mekong River Ship, Viking Tonle

    November 14, 2023 — Viking is set to double its presence in the Mekong River with the launch of a new vessel purposely built to sail the Southeast Asian waterway. Currently under construction, Viking Tonle will debut in October 2025. The three-deck, 80-passenger ship will be identical to its sister ship Viking Saigon, which was launched in 2022.

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  • Robb Report: Viking Unveils a Luxe New Ship Designed to Cruise the Nile River in Style

    November 13, 2023 — True to Viking’s sleek and Scandi-style roots, the shiny new vessel comes outfitted with 41 residential-style staterooms, an open-air atrium, two modern restaurants, and an infinity-edge plunge pool flanking Aton’s signature Aquavit terrace. Where the sunny ship really shines is the thoughtful and understated design details like floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interiors with natural light and uninterrupted Nile views at every turn.

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  • Porthole: Viking Cruises Honored with Six Awards

    November 2, 2023 — Viking received numerous awards from U.S. News & World Report and Silver Travel Advisor for Best Luxury Line, Best Line for Couples, and Best Line in the Mediterranean. Viking.TV also won Silver Standout for Innovation, marking its third consecutive win since launch. Silver Travel Advisor named Viking #1 for Rivers and Oceans in the Best Premium or Luxury Cruise Line category.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Experience the Most Extraordinary Voyages in the World With Viking

    October 3, 2023 — A Viking cruise puts the magic of your destination at center stage, while ensuring your comfort and enrichment at every turn. It’s no surprise that Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Viking to the top of the River, Ocean, and Expedition cruise categories in the 2023 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards—the first time a travel company has been voted number one across these three categories simultaneously.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2023 Readers' Choice Awards

    October 3, 2023 — Viking has expanded feverishly in recent years, with more than 60 riverboats, nine ocean vessels, and two expedition ships in its fleet. The company's longships explore familiar waters like the Danube and Rhône in Europe, as well as faraway itineraries on the Volga in Russia, the Nile in Egypt, and the Mekong in Southeast Asia. Viking River Cruises also includes complimentary Wi-Fi and select shore excursions in its prices, and its “Culture Curriculum” offers experiential learning through events like regional wine tastings and menus that rotate seasonally.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Review: Viking Aton

    October 2, 2023 — Among the miscellany of vessels bobbing down the Nile, Viking’s sister ships—the Osiris and the Aton—are some of the sleekest (and newest) builds, with iconic itineraries that take travelers to the feet of the Great Pyramids, the temples of Luxor, and ancient tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

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  • TravelAge West: Review: Viking Skaga in France

    September 24, 2023 — Since Viking’s “inclusive value” fare includes one free shore excursion at every port of call, I walked away from the trip with expanded knowledge of the Normandy region’s history and robust culture. Other enlightening outings included an introductory sightseeing bus tour around Paris and a history- and architecture-focused walking tour of Rouen. Our overall trip was full of fun, comfort and great memories. I could not imagine doing this sailing a better way.

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  • Travel Weekly: Shining a light on the spacious new Viking Aton

    September 23, 2023 — Fans of Viking's river ships now have more opportunities to sail Egypt's Nile River, thanks to the addition of the Viking Aton to its growing fleet there. The ship recently joined three other Viking vessels on the river: the Antares, the Viking Ra and the Viking Osiris. The Aton is a sister ship to the Osiris, which launched in August 2022, accommodating 82 guests in 41 cabins. It has all of the same features as the Osiris, making for a familiar experience for guests who have sailed the Nile with Viking.

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  • Travel Awaits: Viking River Cruises’ Romantic Danube: How To Make The Most Of Every Stop

    September 19, 2023 — River cruising is a popular way to get the ease and convenience of a cruise while enjoying a more intimate experience. Viking River Cruises is one of the most recognized names in the industry, and we had the chance to take their eight-day Romantic Danube cruise in the wintertime. The cruise stops vary from year to year and season to season, but each version has stops in Germany, Austria, and Hungary.

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  • U.S. News & World Report: The 10 Most Festive Christmas Cruises for 2023

    September 7, 2023 — Viking's 12-day Christmas on the Main & Moselle cruise sails between Paris and Prague in 2023 and 2024. The adults-only sailing affords passengers 18 or older the opportunity to visit four European countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic. In addition to browsing the boutiques in Paris and a variety of Christmas markets in Germany, you'll want to explore iconic landmarks like Reims Cathedral in France and the Luxembourg American Cemetery. Don't miss the famed wines produced in the region, including Moselle, riesling, Müller-Thurgau and gewürztraminer.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking continues its Egypt strategy and expansion with the Aton

    August 30, 2023 — When it comes to designing and deploying river cruise ships, Viking doesn't just stick to what it knows -- it sticks to what it does best. The Viking Aton, which debuted this month, is the latest addition to the company's Nile River fleet. The 82-guest, 41-cabin ship will sail a 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary between Aswan and Luxor, with three nights in Cairo.

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  • Cruise Critic: Everything You Need to Know About Sailing a Nile River Cruise with Viking

    August 28, 2023 — Viking ships sail around the globe, but there is one country in particular where it has its sights set particularly high: Egypt. At the naming ceremony of Viking Aton in Aswan, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen teased that the options there are endless, promising a “slew of new ships” to come. There is no question that the excitement is there, both from Viking as well as customers seeing that 2024 Egypt sailings are almost entirely sold out with a similar direction headed for 2025.

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  • Travel Weekly: One unforgettable day on a Viking Nile cruise

    August 23, 2023 — I just completed a press trip to Egypt with Viking to launch their newest and fourth ship on the Nile, the Viking Aton. It was an abbreviated version of the company's 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, which the Aton will sail after it launches later this month. While it was a shorter itinerary I was on, it was by no means disappointing. This was my first time in Egypt -- my first time on the continent of Africa, in fact. I found Egypt to be almost surreal, a sort of mythological place.

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  • TravelPulse: Viking’s Newest Nile River Ship Named in Aswan

    August 21, 2023 — Viking has named its newest river ship, the Viking Aton, with a special celebration in Aswan, Egypt. The ship’s ceremonial godfather, Richard Riveire, designer of Viking’s award-winning river, ocean and expedition vessels, offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for the ship. The Viking Aton, an identical sister ship of the Viking Osiris, is a state-of-the-art vessel specifically built to navigate the Nile and will sail the line’s popular Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary.

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  • Cruise Critic: The Best Rhine River Cruise for Every Traveler

    August 16, 2023 — With its culture-rich itineraries, Viking River Cruises is a popular line with older passengers. Viking places a big emphasis on curating tours that provide an authentic insight into destinations rather than just scratching the surface. The line is also highly considerate of any mobility issues its passengers might have and provides options for all.

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  • Porthole: A Voyage of Love: The Best Cruise Lines for Honeymooners

    August 10, 2023 — On this adult-only cruise line, every passenger is treated like a VIP guest. Each stateroom has a private veranda, providing the perfect setting for you and your partner to savor a glass of wine and gaze upon the tranquil waters of the open ocean. Viking Cruises offers some of the most romantic all-inclusive getaways offered at sea. With captivating itineraries like the Mediterranean and Polynesia, any couple is sure to have a dream honeymoon. Regardless of your itinerary, every Viking Cruises vessel has six complimentary restaurants onboard, all with a captivating ocean view.

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  • Mashed: Viking Provides The Bougiest Cruise Food

    August 8, 2023 — According to Food & Wine readers, the cruise line that offers the best culinary experience overall is Viking. A ticket for a Viking cruise does include all restaurant meals as well as snacks and drinks from an in-suite mini-bar, and the dining options — similar to Vikings themselves — span the globe from Italian to sushi. The ships do, however, feature certain Scandinavian specialties, some said to be based on recipes from the cruise line founder's mother.

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  • Forbes: The Best Luxury Cruises Of 2023

    August 4, 2023 — Time spent on Viking River Cruises’ Viking Osiris is not only a retreat, but an enlightening experience. Known for its educational programming, the ship features lectures and informative guides that highlight seemingly endless knowledge on everything Egyptian (ancient to modern). Paired with the Nile as a backdrop, you’ll find yourself absorbing more than you can have possibly imagined.

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  • Forbes: The Best Cruises For Adults

    August 1, 2023 — When asked to envision a cruise, chances are you might summon images of kids wailing down waterslides, dripping in ice cream and building sandcastles, typically what you see in the many candy-colored ads from mega cruise ships. But those are far from the only cruise options out there for grown-ups who want to get away from it all. The best cruises for adults cater to adult guests with high-brow luxuries or dedicated spaces—and some even don’t allow kids on board, period.

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  • Forbes: Viking Founder Torstein Hagen Checks Off A 65 Year Old Bucket List Item

    July 25, 2023 — Every once in a while, work and play come together in an unexpected, magical moment. And that’s why Viking Founder/Chairman, Torstein Hagen, recently found himself in a post office in Ushuaia, Argentina – the world’s southernmost city, nicknamed the “End of the World” – fulfilling a childhood wish from 65 years ago.

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  • TravelPulse: Why So Many Travelers Are River Cruising for the First Time

    July 21, 2023 — My husband and I booked a Viking Rhine River Cruise this summer that sailed from Amsterdam to Basel. As always, the cruise was amazing, the sites were spectacular and because it’s not a mega cruise ship, you get to know many of your fellow passengers. With a boat that only holds 190 passengers at full capacity, that’s not hard to do.

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  • INSIDER: Brought Family on River Cruise, Best Money We Spent Traveling

    July 17, 2023 — I went on an eight-day river cruise through France aboard the Viking Skaga with my retired parents. The relaxed pace, calm waters, and mellow excursions made it the perfect way to travel with them.

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  • CNBC: Viking chairman: We appeal to the 'thinking person' which has been very favorable for us

    June 16, 2023 — Torstein Hagen, Viking chairman and founder, joins ‘The Exchange’ to discuss a rebound in travel following the pandemic, pricing packages for Viking Cruises, and opportunities for older consumers looking to travel.

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  • TravelPulse: The Rise And Fall And Rise Again Of Viking’s Torstein Hagen

    June 14, 2023 — The 25-year ascent of Viking to become one of the world’s most consequential cruise lines is quite a story. Especially when it is told by the company’s forthright founder Torstein Hagen.

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  • Global Traveler: Viking’s Newest River Cruise Itinerary Celebrates Treasures of the Rhine

    June 13, 2023 — Viking recently announced its newest river voyage, Treasures of the Rhine, sailing the Middle Rhine and debuting in December 2023. With this new sailing, Viking becomes the first line to operate year-round on Europe’s rivers. The 10-day Treasures of the Rhine itinerary sails the Middle Rhine’s turreted fortresses; grand cathedrals; medieval towns; scenery, including terraced vineyards; and destinations like Amsterdam, Basel and Cologne.

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  • Forbes: The Viking Cruise Vision: Steadfast And Unflappable

    June 12, 2023 — Viking guests remain fiercely loyal to the line because it offers what they want both on the rivers and oceans. They appreciate the modern ships, attentive service and broad choices of itineraries.

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  • Fox News: Viking on Cruise Industry Resurgence

    June 8, 2023 — Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen discusses the cruise industry’s resurgence after the pandemic on ‘Your World’ as they are 93% booked for 2023.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best New Cruises in the World: 2023 Hot List

    April 27, 2023 — Sailing with just 82 passengers and replete with sophisticated Scandinavian design elements, Viking Osiris has the look and feel of a boutique hotel on the Nile. Cozy up with a coffee in the airy two-story atrium at the heart of the ship—a rarity for river vessels—and watch lush scenery like date palms and mango groves pass by the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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  • Food & Wine: This Is the Best Cruise for Food, As Voted on by Our Readers

    April 18, 2023 — While one strategy rolled out by many lines has been focusing on quantity with a dizzying variety of ho-hum options, that’s never been part of the plan for Viking Cruises, which our readers voted the overall best cruise for food in the world.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Exploring France's Enchanting Villages With My Father on a Seine River Cruise

    April 12, 2023 — Arriving in Paris that crisp November morning, we were well placed for our trip down memory lane. *Fjorgyn—*which debuted last March—docks on the Seine, in the 15th-arrondissement neighborhood of Grenelle. From our stateroom balcony we could see the Eiffel Tower, only a 20-minute stroll down the tow path; the nearest Metro station just a 10-minute walk in the opposite direction.

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  • AFAR: 5 European UNESCO Sites You Should See By River Cruise

    March 14, 2023 — Stonehenge. The Acropolis of Athens. Pompeii. Europe has so many protected UNESCO World Heritage sites—more than 400 by last count—one could practically stumble upon history on a morning walk to get coffee. (In Rome, another UNESCO site, you almost always do.) These landmarks, per UNESCO, are “so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and to be of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity.”

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  • The Points Guy: Best first-time cruises for all types of travelers

    February 11, 2023 — If you're retired or fall into the 55+ age group and are looking for an adults-only, highly inclusive cruise designed to immerse you in the destination, Viking has you covered.

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  • Food & Wine: Get a Crash Course on Bordeaux's Wines Via This Viking River Cruise

    December 30, 2022 — My homework began before I’d even packed my suitcase. Viking provided all passengers taking the Longship Forseti’s “Châteaux, Rivers & Wine” cruise with a list of suggested reading that spanned French literature, history, art, wine, and food. A few weeks later, collapsing onto the bed of my modern, Nordic-style stateroom, I paged through an introduction to Bordeaux’s wine regions while surveying the selection of in-room wine education videos.

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  • Fodor’s Travel: All the Ancient Egyptian Mythology You’ll Learn on a Nile Cruise

    November 8, 2022 — Viking River Cruises’ Viking Osiris, launched in 2022, is the most luxurious new ship sailing the Nile, geared toward curious travelers who value educational excursions with talented Egyptologists.

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  • Vogue: A Rhine River Cruise Is the Perfect Way to Discover Europe’s Lesser-Known Cities

    November 8, 2022 — For seven days and nights, we cruised along the Rhine: stopping in both tiny villages and cosmopolitan cities; enjoying the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in our staterooms and the lounge; spotting vineyards and castles along the river all the way from the Black Forest to the canals of the Netherlands.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Top Cruise Lines in the World: 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards: River Ship Line #1: Viking River Cruises

    October 4, 2022 — Parent company Viking Cruises has expanded feverishly in recent years, with more than 60 river ships and seven ocean vessels in its fleet.

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  • USA Today: Sail ‘right in the heart of the US’ on Viking's new Mississippi River cruise ship

    September 10, 2022 — Viking has brought American travelers to destinations around the world on its cruises, but until now has not had a river ship based in North America. The company operates close to 100 river and ocean vessels, and 82% of its guests come from America, Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, told USA TODAY.
     

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  • Newsweek: America's Best Customer Service 2023

    August 31, 2022 — Viking ranked #1 on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Customer Service Brands in the transportation and travel cruise category for the third consecutive year.
     

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  • Forbes: Viking Names Its Newest Nile River Ship In Luxor, Setting Egypt Up For A Travel Boom

    August 23, 2022 — Egypt’s ancient hieroglyphics are all about symbols and Viking Osiris is likely to become the symbol of how to explore the country in style.

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  • Cruise Critic: Live from Viking Osiris: A Luxury Cruise on the Nile River

    August 23, 2022 — Viking is no stranger to sailing the Nile: The cruise line long has chartered ships from other companies to sail Egypt's famed river, and in 2018, it launched Viking Ra, a ship it took down to its studs and refurbished to match the line's trademark Scandinavian style. But with the August 2022 debut of Viking Osiris, the company has created its first purpose-built ship for the region.

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  • The Points Guy: A trio of new super-small cruise vessels promises luxury adventure from South America to Asia

    August 20, 2022 — River cruise giant Viking is calling its new river ship the most upscale cruise vessel on the Nile, and from what we’ve seen of it so far, it’s a boast that’s hard to dispute. Designed to hold just 82 passengers, Viking Osiris features an entire deck of sprawling suites with two full-size rooms apiece; two suites even have stunning glass walls that wrap around the front of the vessel.

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  • U.S. News & World Report: The 10 Top River Cruise Lines

    August 19, 2022 — Viking's 60-plus ships − known as longships − carry roughly 75 to 250 people (depending on the vessel) and traverse major rivers across Europe, including the Danube, the Rhine, the Douro and more. Other popular routes sail to destinations in Asia, Egypt and the Mississippi River.

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  • USA Today: Sail down the Seine from Paris to Normandy on this luxury cruise

    August 2, 2022 — Viking offers a wide itinerary of Paris tours from its ships, so if it's your first time in this “City of Light,” a tour of Paris in the comfort of your luxurious Viking bus, with stops at every destination along the way, is definitely the way to go! Your ship is docked within easy walking distance to many of the famous Parisian sites, so don't be hesitant to stretch your legs and explore this city's beauty on your own.

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  • USA Today: These are the 10 best river cruise ships, according to our readers

    July 30, 2022 — The Viking Hlin out of Amsterdam cruises the Rhine in style. Built in 2014 with accommodations for 190 passengers, the ship features an open-air cafe on the bow, as well as a top deck that runs the ship's entire length with plenty of lounging options and the chef's herb garden.

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  • Travel + Leisure: The 10 Best River Cruise Lines

    July 12, 2022 — With its fleet of more than 50 contemporary “longships” on rivers such as the Rhine, the Danube, and the Seine, plus additional ships in Europe, Egypt, and Vietnam, T+L's top-ranked river cruise line for 2022 is often praised for its steadiness. “Having traveled on seven Viking longships that are virtually indistinguishable from one another, I believe it's the consistency that makes Viking one of our favorite ways to travel,” said one reader.

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  • U.S. News & World Report: 10 Top Mississippi River Cruises 2022-2023

    June 13, 2022 — Viking River Cruises is a newcomer to U.S. rivers, and its custom-built ship – the 386-passenger Viking Mississippi – will mark that milestone when it sails its inaugural Mississippi River cruise in June 2022.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking Radgrid and its sisters sail to the heart of France

    June 4, 2022 — It's not every day that a cruise line launches four ships at the same time on the same river, but that's just what Viking Cruises did earlier this spring. The Viking Fjorgyn, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid and Viking Skaga all joined the fleet to sail Seine and Rhone itineraries visiting delightful ports in Normandy and central and southern France.

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  • The Points Guy: The types of Viking cruise ships, explained

    April 3, 2022 — Viking is unusual among major cruise lines in that it operates both ocean ships and river ships. But despite this, it has one of the easiest-to-understand fleets.

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  • Forbes: Viking Christens 8 New Ships To Kick Off River Sailing Season

    March 18, 2022 — In a special naming ceremony that took place in Paris and live-streamed from Amsterdam, Viking christened 8 new river ships that had been in the pipeline since 2020.

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  • Associated Press: Viking Mississippi cruise ship touches water for first time

    March 9, 2022 — A Swiss company’s plan to offer tourists cruises along the length of the Mississippi River drew a step closer to reality this week as its new 386-passenger ship was floated out of a south Louisiana shipyard.

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  • TravelPulse: Viking's New Egyptian Ship Marks Construction Milestone

    January 27, 2022 — Viking has announced that its newest Nile River ship, the Viking Osiris, has marked a key construction milestone on January 26, touching water for the first time as it was “floated out” at the Massara shipyard in Cairo, Egypt.

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