Due to their small size, it can be difficult for newly launched river cruise ships to compete with the attention-getting ice bars, carousels, boardwalks, and outdoor theaters the creative teams on ocean cruise lines have been rolling out. Although the Viking Legends new features may go unnoticed to some, these green efforts easily trump much of the flashy onboard entertainment of the newer mainstream ships. Thanks to its diesel-electric hybrid engines, it requires an estimated 20 percent less fuel to power the vessel and the noise-insulated engine rooms allow for a remarkably quiet experience. It also has its own membrane water treatment plant, and is one of the first ships to be certified under the new EU guidelines to reduce carbon emissions.
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