When Viking River Cruises christens its new ship early in July in Cologne, Germany, it will also be pulling back the curtain on an extraordinarily efficient and quiet river cruiser that will save fuel and provide an uncommonly quiet ride.
The Viking Legend, which will debut with a classic Grand European itinerary of 15 days on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest, features cutting-edge hybrid propulsion systems that use 20% less energy than a comparable all-diesel ship. The new ship will also provide a quieter ride for guests by using four smaller propellers instead of two large propellers. With electric power supplementing the ship’s propulsion, a smaller diesel engine is required, which further reduces noise and vibration. Viking River Cruises is the first to bring this innovative technology to European river cruises.
Viking Legend has been designed to provide a high standard of luxury. At 443 feet, the three-level Viking Legend will be the longest in the Viking fleet, and will accommodate 189 guests in 98 staterooms.
Amenities include 26-inch flat-screen televisions, refrigerators, hairdryers and in-room safes. The ship’s restaurant will feature seasonal menus and local specialties to complement every destination.
Public spaces include a cozy library, a sun deck with 360-degree panoramic views, an onboard boutique and an observation lounge. Staterooms have been configured to match the shape and dimension of high-end American hotel rooms, and for guests who insist on plenty of elbow room, Viking Legend takes river cruising to a new level with two of the largest suites in Europe, measuring 310 square feet each. Viking Legend’s décor will be similar to that of the line’s newest ship, Viking Helvetia, and most recent renovations, like Viking Surkov and Viking Kirov.