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Viking River orders two more ships for 2013

Viking River Cruises has placed an order for two additional Viking Longships in 2013. This brings the number of new ships launching next year to eight – an industry first – and a total of 14 new Viking Longships over a two-year period. Features of the Viking Longships include: !!! Two Explorer Suites, at 40 square metres, each featuring a separate living room, bedroom and private wraparound veranda, offering 270-degree views; !!! Seven two-room Veranda Suites with a full-size veranda in the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom; !!! Thirty-nine Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas; !!! Twenty-two French Balcony Staterooms; !!! An all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace, which reinvents the onboard lounge experience by bringing the panoramic outdoor river scenery indoors with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors allowing guests to enjoy the scenery and dine al fresco; !!! New premium in-cabin amenities that include heated bathroom floors and mirrors, Sony HD TV’s and premium bath products. Accommodating 190 passengers, the ships are scheduled to sail four of Viking’s most popular European itineraries, including the 10-day Tulips & Windmills, eight-day Romantic Danube, 15-day Grand European Tour and eight-day Danube Waltz. The two newest ships, Viking Jarl and Viking Atla, will host guests on the eight-day Rhine Getaway cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Basel. Each of the new Viking Longships will be 135 metres long and will feature 95 staterooms per ship. (http://www.vikingrivercruises.com)

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