At the Viking Cruises Viking Longships christening events last week in Amsterdam, Avignon, Bordeaux and Porto, Viking welcomed a total of 18 brand-new river cruise ships to the fleet. But one ship was mentioned at each and every event, despite the fact that […]

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One of the main goals of this site is always to provide informed information about the entire cruise experience, which is why I routinely write about everything from cruises to airfare to pre-and-post hotel stays. The idea is to provide a comprehensive overview about the choices available for each, and to allow readers to learn […]

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It’s the month of christenings: on Tuesday, ultra-luxury line Silversea officially welcomed their newest expedition vessel, Silver Discoverer, into the fleet in a ceremony held at the Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore.

The third ultra-luxury expedition vessel and eighth ship in the line’s fleet, Silver Discoverer will primarily operate in the Pacific, […]

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Porto, Guimarães, and the newest Vikings on the Douro

March 22, 2014

With the Viking River Cruises 2014 Christening Ceremonies now officially behind us, we had the chance to sample two cities featured on the line’s Portugal’s Rivers of Gold itinerary: Porto and Guimarães.

Porto is actually located across the Douro from where […]

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Flying to Porto to discover the new Viking Hemming & Viking Torgil

March 21, 2014

This morning, we bid farewell to Viking River Cruises Viking Forseti near Bordeaux, France. But we’re far from done with the 2014 Viking River Cruises Christening ceremonies. From the ship, we drove directly to Bordeaux’s Merignac Airport […]

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A Quick Look at Viking’s Latest Vessel on Portugal’s Douro

The last few days have been a major event for Viking River Cruises, and we’re doing our best to cover it all. Here in Portugal, there’s much to discuss, from the brand-new Viking Hemming and Viking Torgil to the splendours of Porto, Portugal and […]

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Bordeaux, Cognac, and Viking Forseti

The sun was shining this morning in Bordeaux as we were given the chance to sample Viking River Cruises brand-new Chateaux, Rivers and Wine itinerary.

One week in duration, the Chateaux, Rivers and Wine itinerary sails both the Gironde and Garonne rivers and includes port calls in Pauillac, Blaye, […]

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We travel to Bordeaux to preview Viking’s new Chateaux, Rivers and Wine itinerary

One thing I’ve always said about Viking River Cruises is that they always put on a good show – and they always know how to impress.

Today, we bade farewell to a blustery Avignon and Viking Heimdal and made our way […]

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16 More Viking Longships. A second Guinness World Record. One spectacular day.

Today was one of the most deeply moving days I have ever experienced in my lifetime, as we bore witness to the christening of Viking River Cruises striking Viking Longships, 14 of which will set sail this year and two of which […]

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Bonjour, Avignon!

The agent checking me in to my KLM flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam spied my bright-red Viking River Cruises tag when I put my luggage up on the belt. “Going on a river cruise?”

Sort of, I replied. I explained that Viking was christening 16 Viking Longships in a ceremony in […]

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