Viking River Cruises has announced that it has placed an order for two additional Viking Longships in 2013, bringing the number of new ships launching next year to eight - and a total of 14 new Longships for the company over a two-year period.
The company's chairman, Torstein Hagen, said: "As the fastest-growing segment of travel, river cruising is inspiring more vacation plans than ever before. We are very pleased by the response we have seen to our new Viking Longships, and we are continuing our expansion to meet that demand."
The ships combine cutting-edge technology with comfortable amenities that reflect guest preferences and current travel trends, including two Explorer Suites, each featuring a separate living room, bedroom and private wraparound veranda, offering 270-degree views; seven two-room Veranda Suites; 39 Veranda Staterooms; 22 French Balcony Staterooms; a new all-weather indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace, allowing guests to enjoy the scenery and dine al fresco; new premium in-cabin amenities that include heated bathroom floors and mirrors, HD TV's and premium bath products; and sustainability upgrades, such as solar panels, an onboard organic herb garden and energy-efficient hybrid engines that reduce vibrations for a smooth ride.
Accommodating 190 passengers, the ships are scheduled to sail four of the line's most popular European itineraries, including the ten-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 Longships will be 443ft long and will feature 95 staterooms.

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