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Viking River Cruises

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Viking Longship

ABOVE: A rendering of a "Viking Longship" on the Rhine. INSET BELOW: Viking Star will be the first of Viking's oceangoing ships when it enters service in 2015.

Viking River Cruises operates dozens of ships, with the majority catering to Americans, Canadians, and other English-speaking cruisers. Its modern vessels cruise in the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Elbe, Seine, Rhône/Saône, Douro, and Volga rivers.

Viking StarThe company is investing heavily in fleet expansion and refurbishment, with dozens of new "Viking Longships" in service, in the shipyard, or on the drawing board. (A new Viking Ocean Cruises brand will be launched in 2015, when the first of three new 928-passenger deepwater ships is scheduled to enter service.)

Viking has been emphasizing "green" features in its newbuilds, with hybrid diesel-electric engines that reduce emissions, noise, and vibration. Also, a number of Viking ships offer free Wi-Fi Internet service in public rooms and cabins.

Viking's fares include most shore excursions, so a Viking river cruise is somewhat like a group tour where you unpack only once and travel by boat instead of bus.

Durant Imboden cruised with Viking a number of years ago (see our MS Maribelle cruise review), and the cruise offered a comfortable, informal first-class voyage through beautiful countryside with stops in interesting cities and towns.

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Viking River Cruises

Cruise review:

MS Maribelle: Southern France

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