Viking River Cruises set for continued expansion

Viking River Cruises set for continued expansion

Viking River Cruises has confirmed it will launch as many as eight further longships in 2014, in addition to the ten scheduled to take to the water next year.

“The river cruise segment is rapidly growing, as more travellers are inspired to experience old destinations in a new way,” Viking chairman Torstein Hagen explained.

The company has been able to adapt its plans following a rapid increase in demand.

When the first two 190-passenger Longships launched in March the company revealed plans to launch six Longships each in 2012 and 2013 with the option for six more in 2014.

Those plans have grown to 10 in 2013, and now eight in 2014, for a total of 24 new ships in three years. 

The larger 190-passenger vessel is Viking’s newest class of river cruise boat.

The ships are all being built at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Germany, part of the Meyer Neptun group.