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When you cruise with Viking you sail with the world’s leading river cruise company, and you enjoy the rewards of more than 175 years of heritage and a level of expertise second to none.

Inspiring destinations, beautifully crafted itineraries, expert tour guides, luxurious ships, fine cuisine, excellent service, remarkable value—our success is defined by all these things, and something else, too: personal attention to every detail. It’s the way the bartender has your drink ready for you, at just the right time. It’s the gentle guidance from your tai chi master in a lesson you take while sailing along the Yangtze. It’s the handwritten directions from your concierge to the best coffeehouse in Vienna.
At Viking, we never forget that looking after you is why we have become the world’s favorite river cruise line, and why our guests return to cruise with us again and again. Indeed, it is our guests who are our greatest ambassadors, making us the most honored river cruise line in the world.

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If you have experienced the pleasure of traveling with us, then you will appreciate what makes a river cruise with Viking so special. And if that experience is still ahead of you, then it is one you are sure to enjoy.

The Most Award-Winning River Cruise Line
Viking River Cruises is the World’s Best River Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey and has consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Best Small Ships awards. We have also been honored by prestigious international organizations like the World Travel Awards. Meanwhile, travel agents have recognized us with awards including TravelAge West’s Best Line for River Cruising and Travel Weekly’s #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything. Enriching Encounters – If you want to truly experience, explore and discover your destination, Viking takes you up close to meet the people, tour the places, learn about the customs and sample the cuisines.

Choice – A river cruise is unique in the extent to which you can make the experience your own; the choice in accommodations, excursions and dining styles cannot be matched in other ways of travel.

Celebrating Fine Food – In the company of friends, old and new, you will share one of the greatest joys of travel: the discovery of new and exciting dishes and the places they represent.

The Best Service – Unparalleled service is one of Viking’s cornerstones, and over the years we have been recognized by esteemed magazines and travel industry organizations for service excellence.

Viking Value – All Viking itineraries offer great value because they are all-inclusive; your fare covers accommodations, meals, tours, cultural enrichment and more. So you get the most out of your vacation dollar.

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The ship builders were working extra fast this year and managed to finish one of our new 2015 longships early.  The Viking Mani is

not only finished early, but we are already putting her to work.  She will be stretching her sea legs for the first time in September

of this year on the Rhine Getaway.  As you may have already noticed, these new sailing brought some excellent promotions with

them as well.  The new sailings were announced June 1st, and the availability has already dwindled by at least 70%.  However,

there is still time to jump on one these cruises if you act first.

The Ukraine sailing that Viking offers has always been a fan favorite.  Because of the political unrest in that region, Viking has

been forced to hold off on sailing the Footsteps of the Cossacks for now.  In an attempt to capture the beauty and unique history

contained in that portion of the world before the end of the sailing season this year, Viking has just released its newest itinerary

“The Timeless Shores of the Black Sea.”  This is a 12 day Cruise-tour that begins in Bucharest, Romania and ends in Istanbul

Turkey.  This itinerary boasts ancient cities, Jewish culture and history, and the majestic wildlife found in the Danube Delta, which

is a UNESCO site.  You can read all about this itinerary on Monday 6/9/14 on our website.  This special cruise opportunity will have

incredibly limited space, as we are only running it twice this year.  The dates will be 9/8/14 and 9/15/14.  Only roughly 385 people

will get to experience this brand new adventure this year.  Please understand that the course of this itinerary, as well as the cities

we visit in Ukraine, are nowhere near the political unrest and are completely safe.  Book now while there is still space!

SPECIAL PROMOTIONS:  

            -Rhine Getaway Run of the Ship promos

1.) $3999 for best available Cabin + 2 for 1 air (Select September dates) –must pay in full at time of booking

2.) $2999 for best available Cabin + 2 for 1 air (Select Oct. Dates) –must pay in full at time of booking

3.) Up to Free Air for any Suite in Sep. and Oct

-Grand European Run of the Ship promos

1.) $4999 Best available Cabin + 2 for 1 air (Select October dates) –must pay in full at time of booking

2.) $3999 Best available Cabin + Free Air (select Jun & July) –must pay in full at time of booking

3.) Up to Free Air for any Suite in Select Oct dates

-Romantic Danube Run of the Ship promos

1.) Up to Free Air for any Suite in Select Oct Dates

2.) $2999 Best available Cabin + 2 for 1 air in Select Oct Dates –must pay in full at time of booking

-Timeless Shores of the Black Sea

1.) Up to Free Air for both September sailings (8th and 15th)

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Spb_collage-214x300This was originally posted by Doug Parker at Cruise Radio.

Over the past couple years I’ve had the opportunity to take a few river cruises and I admit, on my first cruise I had no clue if I was going to like it or not. Turns out it was a grand slam and I have another river cruise on the books for this fall. I’m slowly learning about the unique itineraries they offer to, like sailing up the Mekong River in Southeast Asia or sailing the rivers of Russia.

Here are five reasons to river cruise:

1. Relaxing. It has been said that an ocean cruise is a drinking man’s cruise and a river cruise is a thinking man’s cruise. I couldn’t agree more. Sailing down the river and passing castles, locks and small quaint villages is something that an ocean cruise couldn’t give you.

It was peace and serenity while sailing in Northern Europe, the Mississippi River and Alaska. Words can’t describe the feeling when it’s just you and nature.

2. Intimate setting. One thing that I instantly fell in love with on my river cruise was the setting and the people that I met. A river cruise is a social cruise because you have set dining times, excursion times and activity times – so it’s possible by the end of the cruise you’ll know your fellow cruisers.

On my Mississippi River cruise I met a retired executive from NBC, a retired federal prosecutor and a school principal. It was so intriguing hearing the stories of my fellow cruise passengers. We literally talked for hours.

3. Personalized service. River cruises have a concierge desk that I would put against any landside resort. If you want to dine at finest restaurant in Amsterdam or get a workout in a buff gym in France, all you have to do is ask.

I had trouble finding my hotel on disembarkation day and the concierge desk used their personal cell phone to find the exact location and how to get there.

4. Unique Excursions. Besides docking right in the middle of town, you are offered some of the most unique shore excursions on a river cruise. Enrichment, adventure, culinary with local guides allows you to make the most of your shore side experience.

One fond memory that sticks out in Europe was docking right in the middle of Amsterdam where we did a local guided walking tour of the Red Light District, the Anne Frank house and took an inland tour of the canals that ran through the city.

5. Bucket list check.  We all have destinations we want to check off our bucket list. Maybe you want to do a cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg or just ply the waters of Southeast Alaska on a 68-guest riverboat – the opportunities are endless.

Are river cruises for everyone? I wouldn’t say that, but if you want to experience the world and parts of countries like never before – go for it! Before I took my first river cruise, I had dozens of ocean going cruises under my belt and was hesitant to do a river cruise because I heard it was full of “old” people. That wasn’t the case at all. There were people younger than me on all three of my river cruises.

Life is short, enjoy and take in the experiences.

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Viking Star

 

 

Until last night we knew very little about Viking River Cruises navigating into the waters of ocean cruising. We knew they were dabbling in the market of ocean cruising but it was very vague. At an event in Los Angeles, Viking River Cruises announced their new line Viking Ocean Cruises, the first ocean-going line in nearly a decade. The new line will introduce two brand new ships in May 2015 and 2016, with an option for four more.

The first ship, Viking Star (photo right), will be built at Fincantieri shipyard in Venice, Italy. The steel cutting ceremony for Viking Star will be held in June and the first cruise is scheduled for May 2015 in Northern Europe.

The new 928-guest ship on order will tout all veranda suites, three-deck atrium, two-deck lounge above the bridge, multiple inside and open air dining options, piano lounge, onboard cooking school and a theater for nightly entertainment.

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American Cruise Lines announced today that they’ll offer shorter four-night voyages on their 150-guest paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi, roundtrip from New Orleans. Featured dates include November 30, December 4 and 8.
The new shorter plantation cruises will feature a variety of special events and onboard activities:
Mint juleps served on the Oak Alley lawn
Performance by Judy Davis, singer, entertainer and storyteller of life on a plantation
Praline-cooking demonstration by Michael DeVidts
Performance by the New Orleans Jazz All Stars
Onboard cooking demonstration by a Louisiana Culinary Institute chef

The Queen of the Mississippi carries 150 guests in spacious 300 square foot staterooms, which feature large private balconies with sliding glass doors and all of the amenities today’s travelers expect, while maintaining the elegance of classic late 1800s Mississippi riverboats.

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‘Like’ AmaWaterways on Facebook
for Chance to Win a Cruise

River Cruise Line Launches Sweepstakes to Send
One Facebook Fan and Friend on a Rhine River Holiday Cruise

CHATSWORTH, CA (OCT. 26, 2012) – Facebook fans have a great reason to “Like” AmaWaterways’ newest sweepstakes, “Spend the Holidays on The Rhine.” One lucky Facebook fan will win a seven-night trip for two exploring four European countries onboard AmaWaterways’ Christmas on the Rhine itinerary.

From now until Nov. 16, 2012, visitors to AmaWaterways’ Facebook page can become a fan and submit an easy entry form.  One randomly selected Facebook fan will win a seven-night “Christmas on the Rhine” cruise from Dec. 27 – Jan. 3, 2013. The prize includes one double occupancy cabin, cruise fare and port charges. The cruise fare includes all onboard meals; free-flowing wine, beer and soda with every dinner; daily shore excursions; in-room direct Internet access and Infotainment; ship-wide Wi-Fi; guided bicycle tours, and much more. 

“We are very excited about our growing popularity on Facebook and other social media, and this sweepstakes is our way to say ‘Thank You’ to our loyal fans,” saidKristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-owner. “Cruising the Rhine River and exploring Europe’s famous Christmas Markets is a magical and memorable way to celebrate the holidays.”

Europe’s Christmas Markets are a beloved holiday tradition that attracts millions of visitors every year. Starting in late November, thousands of outdoor markets and vendors spring up in city and village squares selling local food, hot mulled wine, and sweet desserts like freshly baked gingerbread and pastries. Local artisans create wooden toys, handmade crafts, ornaments and more unique gifts and stocking stuffers for loved ones back home.  Visitors can explore amongst Gothic churches and half-timbered houses for the winter experience that fills the senses with holiday cheer.

AmaWaterways’ seven-night Christmas on the Rhineitinerary embarks in Basel, Switzerland, aboard the AmaCello, a 148-passenger ship. Cruising from Basel to Amsterdam, passengers will have a leisurely view of the beautiful scenery of Switzerland, France, Germany and Holland   and a variety of shore excursions, including tours of:

  • The “Black Forest” region, including a visit to Strasbourg, home to the oldest and largest Christmas Market in France.  Market highlights include shopping for handicrafts and sampling seasonal treats such as hot mulled wine, kouglof (a traditional Alsatian cake), and boules de neige (a chocolate-covered marshmallow confection).  
  • Tours of  Colmar, France, plus a tasting of Alsatian wines; the medieval town of Speyer; the university city of Heidelberg and its red-walled castle; Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim, Germany; the charming town of Koblenz; and Cologne, Germany, and its 13th century gothic cathedral. 
  • A canal cruise and city tour in Amsterdam, where passengers can also purchase local holiday souvenirs (such as Delft Blue ceramics, antiques and cheese) and sample seasonal snacks, such as uitsmijter, (open-faced sandwiches), pommes frites (thick French fries served with mayonnaise) and oliebollen (fried dough dusted with powdered sugar, traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve).

No purchase is necessary to enter or win the Spend the Holidays on The Rhine sweepstakes. Multiple entries are not valid. Airfare and any relevant taxes are not included. For the official terms and conditions, please visit www.facebook.com/AmaWaterways. For more information on AmaWaterways, please visit www.AmaWaterways.com.

About AmaWaterways

Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal, the line’s award-winning fleets complement a variety of travel plans.

The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006).  In the spring of 2012, AmaWaterways introduced the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.

In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).

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