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2014-02-05 12:21:00

Seven New Episodic Spots Showcase "The World of Viking" LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced details behind its new television ad campaign, which debuted on PBS for the Season Four premiere of the Emmy® Award-winning series Downton Abbey. A national corporate sponsor of PBS' celebrated MASTERPIECE series since 2011, Viking's new campaign reflects a slightly different approach to telling the brand story through TV by focusing on...

2014-01-28 08:22:12

Annual Cruise Poll Places 17 Viking Ships in Top-Ranking Spots LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking Cruises® (www.vikingcruises.com), the world's leading river cruise line, has started 2014 with a bang. What will be the company's biggest year yet - one that will see the launch of 14 new Viking Longships® - has kicked off with a momentous honor from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Seventeen Viking ships were ranked in top spots on the publication's 2014 Cruise Poll,...

2013-12-19 08:20:28

Keel Laid for Viking Star, Company's First Ocean Ship LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced the keel was laid for its first ocean cruise vessel, Viking Star, marking the next construction phase of the company's first-ever ocean product. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 18, at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside Venice, Italy. Viking Star is scheduled to be delivered in early 2015. (Photo:...

2013-05-01 08:20:41

LONDON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- - Brits are becoming more active whilst abroad with older travellers said to have more 'get up and go' - New research has found that holidaymakers are shunning books in favour of more adventurous activities as 72 per cent of Brits admit they'd rather explore a new city then relax with a new book. The study, by Viking River Cruises, found that Brits are now trying to jam pack their holiday itineraries with...

2012-12-13 08:25:43

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today announced a new itinerary in France's Bordeaux region for 2014 that will celebrate the senses. This eight-day cruise--Chateaux, Rivers & Wine--allows guests to enjoy the beauty and history of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region, while exploring some of the world's finest names in wine. Guests will sail on Viking Forseti, marking the first time an award-winning Viking Longship((TM) )will be...

2012-07-20 02:20:26

LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today announced it has placed an order for two additional Viking Longships in 2013. This brings the number of new ships launching next year to eight - an industry first - and a total of 14 new Viking Longships over a two year period. "As the fastest-growing segment of travel, river cruising is inspiring more vacation plans than ever before," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking River Cruises. "We...

2012-06-05 02:21:01

LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This year may mark the 15th anniversary for Viking River Cruises--and with the launch of six new ships in a single season, the most significant year in the company's history--but the world's leading river cruise line has plans to continue momentum in 2013 and beyond. Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today announced its complete 2013 cruise program, offering guests a broader selection of choices than any other river cruise line--from...

2012-03-22 02:20:40

LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking a landmark year of innovation and expansion, Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com), the world's leading river cruise line, yesterday proudly christened the first four of its new Viking Longships at a spectacular event in Amsterdam. Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of the PBS series "Masterpiece," which includes the hit show "Downton Abbey," and Joanna Lumley, the British actress famous for her role as "Patsy Stone" on...

Viking Sun Stone Not A Myth
2011-11-02 08:17:36

Ancient Norse mariners used Icelandic rocks to help them navigate the ocean when the Sun and stars were obscured by clouds, according to a study published Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. Over a thousand years ago Vikings ventured thousands of miles from their home toward Iceland and Greenland, and possibly even as far as North America, centuries before Columbus, by reading the position of the Sun and stars, and by way of landmarks, currents and waves. Experts have...

2011-10-06 12:20:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 15 years ago, Viking River Cruises was established with four Russian river cruise vessels and a company name to honor the Vikings that first traveled by longship to explore Russia's waterways. Since then, the company has grown to become the world's leading river cruise line, offering passengers the opportunity to intimately experience destinations across Europe, Asia and Egypt like no other style of travel. As Viking River Cruises...