Welcoming 12 New Viking River Cruise Ships in Amsterdam

The Future of River Cruising Is Still Here – three years later. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

For the past three years, I’ve traveled to Europe every March to witness something very special: the launch of the newest batch of Viking Longship river cruise vessels from Viking River Cruises. This year will be no exception, as we travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands during the week of March 22, 2015 to witness the christening of the next 12 Viking Longships to hit the waterways of Europe.
Looking back on it, it’s hard to believe that in 2012, the first four Viking Longships ships were christened in the port of Amsterdam. The christening of four ships in of itself seemed like some kind of fanciful pipe-dream at the time; a feat never before accomplished. Back then, I glowingly wrote that Viking was embarking on a “massive newbuid order that will see twelve of these new “Longships” added to the feet by 2014.”
Twelve. Oh, how wrong we all were.

Viking Forseti sailing the Gironde River. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Viking Longship Forseti sailing the Gironde River in France. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

In actuality, demand far outstripped supply for the new Viking Longships, and Viking was forced to add new Longships as quickly as Rostock-based shipbuilder Neptun Werft could churn them out. A banner hung across the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam in 2012 proclaimed that, The Future of River Cruising is Here.

Click here to read our Live Voyage Reports from past Viking Longships Christening Ceremonies:

As it turned out, 2012 was a major turning point for both Viking River Cruises and the river cruise industry in general. Viking’s massive Longship newbuild program brought river cruising recognition to a greater segment of the population in North America. Their innovative partnership with PBS as a sponsor for MASTERPIECE (and, accordingly, the wildly-popular Downton Abbey) only furthered Viking’s brand recognition and continued to hammer home the benefits of river cruising.

Viking Odin, Viking Aegir and Viking Embla arrive in Hoorn, Netherlands on March 21, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Viking Odin, Viking Aegir and Viking Embla arrive in Hoorn, Netherlands on March 21, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The stunning Aquavit Lounge is one of Viking River Cruises' greatest innovations. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The stunning Aquavit Lounge is one of Viking River Cruises’ greatest innovations. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Viking Baldur's atrium, decked out for the Holidays. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Viking Baldur’s atrium, decked out for the Holidays. Viking has made subtle but important changes to the interior decor, including textures and materials, of each successive Viking Longship. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

March 18, 2014: The 2014 Viking Longship Christening Ceremonies in Avignon, France. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

March 18, 2014: The 2014 Viking Longship Christening Ceremonies in Avignon, France. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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