Viking River Cruises has ordered six newbuilds from Germany’s Neptun yard.
The ships will join Viking’s Longships fleet and will accommodate 190 passengers in 95 cabins, sailing on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, according to BRL Consultants. One of the vessels ordered is based on the Longships’ design but adapted specifically for cruising on the Douro river in Portugal. It will have diesel-electric propulsion.
The dimensions for the Longships’ design is 135 m long, 11.45 m beam with a draft of 1.9 m. BRL Consultants said that “energy efficient engines reduce vibration to a minimum for a smooth ride”.
Neptun has built 51 river cruise vessels for Viking River Cruises so the total will rise to 58 units when the newbuildings are commissioned.
The Viking River fleet will reach 69 vessels globally in 2019 including the latest newbuildings.