Ever so quietly, Viking River Cruises introduced what many river cruisers have not-so-secretly been hoping for since the line announced back in 2013 that it would construct a fleet of oceangoing cruise ships: combination river and ocean voyages. This year, Viking is testing the first two river and ocean cruise combination itineraries out, and although they are still months away from departing, it looks like the experiment has worked.
For Torstein Hagen, returning to Bergen, Norway, was about much more than christening his new and much-lauded ocean-going vessel, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The event marked a “coming home” for Hagen as well as the crowning achievement of a Lazarus-like return from two potentially catastrophic events in his life. The first was his being ousted from Royal Viking Line. Hagen… [Read More]
Prelude to a Viking Christening Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Saturday, May 17, 2015 The excitement in the air is almost overwhelming here in Bergen, Norway, and it was noticeable even before I stepped out of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bergen this morning. Not only is it Norwegian Constitution Day here in Norway, but… [Read More]
This past week, the Avid Cruiser‘s own Ralph Grizzle has been sailing onboard Viking Cruises‘ brand-new (and first-ever) oceangoing cruise ship, Viking Star. During that time, he’s filed an amazing series of reports, including a firsthand video look at what makes this new ship so exciting. Produced by Ralph Grizzle | Cinematography by Chris Stanley, Amber… [Read More]
Viking River Cruises Christens 12 New Ships in Amsterdam Tuesday, March 24, 2015 After a morning of touring the beautiful Dutch city of Haarlem, guests returned to Viking River Cruises Viking Skirnir, where the red carpet had been rolled out at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam for the big event: the christening of 12 brand-new vessels… [Read More]
Now through the middle of May, Aaron Saunders and I will be reporting from Europe, live from four river cruises, and two ocean cruises, one on the new Viking Star and the other on Silver Wind. Aaron is already in Amsterdam, ready to cover the naming of 12 Viking Longships. That’s right, a dozen new… [Read More]
Our Avid Cruiser Voyage is set in a destination that has remained controversial ever since the Arab Spring uprisings that began in December 2010. But Egypt has such an astonishing variety of historic landmarks and cultural attractions on offer that it’s almost as if the country was tailor-made for cruising. Not many of my Facebook friends are courageous… [Read More]
With so many river cruise lines in operation along the waterways of Europe and elsewhere throughout the world, it’s never easy to answer one of the most basic questions travelers are likely to have: How are each of these river cruise companies different from one another? Aaron Saunders and I (Ralph Grizzle) have been fortunate… [Read More]