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Viking River CruisesIn this year’s Top 10 Cruises in 2012 we chose Viking River Cruises as the best river ship debut, what with its plans to introduce six new Longships to its fleet in 2012. Just last week four of those Norse-god-named Longships were christened, and another two are due for delivery later this summer. While this is already an unprecedented number of ships for a single year, Viking River Cruises has just announced that 2013 will be more of the same; another six Longships will be added to its fleet.

The sleek Longships, designed by the same firm behind the Disney Dream and the Yachts of Seabourn, are high-tech, modern, and full of sizable rooms – it’s no wonder the demand is high enough for another six. Each of the ships’ 95 staterooms include deluxe amenities like heated bathroom floors and mirrors and Sony HD TVs, and the ships all have an Aquavit Terrace – a lounge with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass walls so that you can fully enjoy favorable weather. The Longships are also more sustainable, with solar panels, onboard organic herb gardens, and hybrid engines that have the added bonus of a smoother ride.


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With Viking River Cruises’ Longships you can enjoy European riverside cities and towns with such itineraries as the 10-day Tulips & Windmills (with departures in April 2012 and March and April 2013) which visits Amsterdam and Antwerp, or the 15-day Grand European Tour (multiple departure dates in summer 2012 and 2013) which includes Amsterdam, Vienna, and Budapest, among other stops. www.vikingrivercruises.com


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