LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced new details about its 2020 river cruise season, which will see the addition of four new ships custom built to navigate the Seine River in the heart of Paris. Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships®, the four new, identical vessels will debut in 2020; all will be deployed on Viking's popular eight-day Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary by 2021.
Hosting 168 guests in 84 staterooms, the new Seine Ships ? Viking Fjorgyn, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid and Viking Skaga ? will be smaller than Viking Longships, but will feature many of the same popular features ? including an Aquavit Terrace, a wide variety of stateroom choices and onboard solar panels, as well as Viking's signature Scandinavian design aesthetic. Designed specifically to navigate the Seine River, these four ships will dock in the center of Paris, adjacent to the Eiffel Tower.
"We have always had a strong vision for how to help guests explore the world in comfort. For 22 years, we have led the industry in defining what modern river cruising looks like for experienced travelers who have interests in history, art and culture," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. "We continue to lead because we focus on the destination, and we continue to innovate for our guests, offering them new and different opportunities for learning ? and opening doors around the world at places that may otherwise have been difficult to visit."
Sailing roundtrip from Paris, guests on Viking's Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary explore Giverny and visit the beautiful gardens and charming farmhouse where Claude Monet lived and worked; trace the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen; walk hallowed ground at Normandy's American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches; and savor Normandy cuisine. This 8-day cruise along the Seine River celebrates history, art, food and customs in the country's most dazzling urbane and pastoral settings.
From now through December 31, 2019, U.S. residents can take advantage of special savings on cruise fares, and up to free air on 2020 and 2021 ocean and river itineraries.
About Viking Cruises
Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests "the thinking person's cruise" as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure's 2016, 2017 and 2018 "World's Best" Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 78 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List" as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as "Best Overall" Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers' Choice Awards, "Best River Cruise Line" and "Best River Itineraries," with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named "Best New River Ships" in the website's Editors' Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.
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