Viking is adding four new ships custom built to navigate the Seine River in the heart of Paris to its 2020 offerings. Inspired by the design of its Longships, the four new, identical vessels will debut in 2020. All will be deployed on the cruise line’s popular eight-day Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary by 2021.
Hosting 168 guests in 84 staterooms, the new Seine Ships, Viking Fjorgyn, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid and Viking Skaga, will be smaller than Viking Longships, but will feature many of the same popular features including an Aquavit Terrace, a wide variety of stateroom choices and onboard solar panels, as well as Viking’s signature Scandinavian design aesthetic. Designed specifically to navigate the Seine River, these four ships will dock in the center of Paris, adjacent to the Eiffel Tower.
“We have always had a strong vision for how to help guests explore the world in comfort. For 22 years, we have led the industry in defining what modern river cruising looks like for experienced travelers who have interests in history, art and culture,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, in a statement. “We continue to lead because we focus on the destination, and we continue to innovate for our guests, offering them new and different opportunities for learning, and opening doors around the world at places that may otherwise have been difficult to visit.”
Sailing roundtrip from Paris, guests on the line’s Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary explore Giverny and visit the gardens and farmhouse where Claude Monet lived and worked; trace the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen; walk hallowed ground at Normandy’s American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches; and savor Normandy cuisine. This 8-day cruise along the Seine River celebrates history, art, food and customs in the country’s most dazzling urbane and pastoral settings.
From now through December 31, 2019, special savings on cruise fares are being offered as well as in some cases, free air on 2020 and 2021 ocean and river itineraries.