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By being active in the cruise sector since 1997 and currently having a 31 strong fleet, Viking River Cruises have firmly established themselves in the market as one of the leading cruise providers for trips across the globe.
Since their expansion to the American market in 2002, the company has further emphasised their popularity and sustainability in a highly competitive and growing business. What can you expect from these cruises though and what locations can you travel to and what voyages can you embark on with a Viking cruise?
Before their notable extending of the business across the Atlantic to Los Angeles, Viking provided predominately European based cruises that are still acclaimed today.
These included popular trips along the Rhine that featured cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk. The Danube, like the Rhine adventure, is still a popular destination for many cruise goers as the river is so large in its magnitude that you can easily take in 4 different countries (Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria) on a cruise of no longer than 10 days.
Indeed, Viking was one of the first mainstream cruise lines to venture into Russia with the Moscow to St. Petersburg passage being the most recognised route to take and it still retains its popularity.
Viking offer many Cruises on the Rivers of Russia and China
Its move into the American market further cemented the company’s dominance however it was its expansion to China in 2004 that really marked Viking out as an innovative and leading cruise line.
The Yangtze River cruises that include Beijing, Xian and Shanghai not to mention the natural wonders in between allowed Viking to stretch out into a new market and their South-East Asia Mekong based cruises have also been highly popular.
What kind of service is expected on Viking River Cruises? Some people are still slightly sceptical if a cruise is the right holiday for them considering that you can be onboard for days at a time although many new cruises routes, especially the China and Russian cruises that Viking offer, do have extended periods on land.
The 31 ships that Viking have cater for between 150-250 passengers so they are reasonably big without losing the personal touch that some bigger cruise ships can fall victim too.
The ships come fully equipped with many dining and leisure facilities so even on the days when you just have the natural beauty of your cruise route to admire there are things to do onboard if that is what you want.
Perhaps one of the main reasons for the immense popularity that the cruises from Viking have is in their diversity. You can have a short European cruise that can only last a few days or you can go all out and sail for weeks on end in Indo-China and beyond.
Viking itself is always looking to expand its market and further establish its dominance (it was the first cruise line to use a hybrid diesel-electric engine which saves around 20% on conventional fuel) and with new cruise lines being mooted frequently as well as the excellent testimonials and service reviews, there is little reason to see why Viking won’t be the main cruise liner and cruise provider company in the years to come.