Viking River Cruises of Los Angeles, the world’s leading river cruise line, recently held a christening ceremony for Viking Prestige
in Amsterdam. Janice Farrar-Titus, wife of the late renowned cruise
industry innovator Warren Titus and the ship’s godmother, officially
named the 443-foot vessel with a traditional breaking of a bottle of
champagne while blessing it on all future voyages.
The 188-passenger Viking Prestige embarked on its inaugural voyage, the 15-day Grand European Tour, on July 2. It will then will begin its regular service on the popular 8-day Romantic Danube itinerary which travels Budapest to Nuremberg (or reverse), visiting ports in Hungary, Austria and Germany.
The launch of the Viking Prestige
represents the first phase of Viking’s $250 million dollar fleet
development program and will be the first European ship in a series of 10 new builds to follow for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.
of the design philosophy of the storied Royal Viking Line, the concepts
have been realized by renowned Norwegian maritime architects Yran &
Storbraaten, designers of The Yachts of Seabourn, Oceania and Disney
vessels, among others. Viking Prestige is the first ship in the
fleet to feature the new open-air Aquavit Lounge at the bow, where
passengers can enjoy a drink or meal al fresco.
staterooms and French balconies on both the Upper and Middle decks, the
ship will feature sophisticated, understated
Built at the Neptun Shipyard in Rostock, Germany, Viking Prestige is
the company’s second “green” river cruise vessel powered by an
efficient, hybrid propulsion system. Using significantly less fuel and
producing less vibration, this cutting-edge technology offers a
smoother, quieter ride than other ships and represents the
environmentally responsible future of Viking’s European vessels.
To celebrate the launch of Viking Prestige,
Viking is currently offering 2-FOR-1 cruise fares with complimentary
wine, plus savings on all-inclusive roundtrip international airfare.
These special offers for both the 2011 and 2012 sailing seasons are
valid through July 31, 2011.
Dates and pricing as well as ship and itinerary information are available on the company’s website at vikingrivercruises.com.
Viking’s all-inclusive pricing features accommodations, all onboard
meals, daily guided shore excursions and more.
Also, Viking is the only
river cruise line to include port charges in the cruise fare. For
additional details, contact your travel agent or Viking River Cruises
toll-free at 1-877-66VIKING (1-877-668-4546).