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Viking is building 10 more river cruise vessels for Europe

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A keel-laying ceremony was held today at Neptun Werft in Rostock to herald the construction of 10 more Viking Longships for Europe's rivers.

Eight of them are planned to sail on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, while two are scheduled for the Seine. This order is includes one Viking Longship for the Seine that was announced in February this year.

Five to arrive in 2025, the rest in 2026

Five of the vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2025, with the remaining five due in 2026.

All Viking Longships have been built at Neptun Werft since their debut in 2012.

80 river vessels currently

With a current fleet of 80 river vessels and more than 50% of the market share for North American travelers, Viking is by far the leading river cruise line.

Viking Longships, which comprise the vast majority of the company’s river fleet, host 190 or fewer passengers. They have a patented design with a wide variety of stateroom choices, the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace and Viking’s signature Scandinavian design.

Hybrid propulsion

The new vessels feature a hybrid propulsion system with batteries and are equipped for shore power to reduce reliance on fuel while in port. Solar panels further contribute to the Viking Longships' energy efficiency.