Viking today (Sep.17) announced its seventh ocean ship, Viking Venus®, will join its award-winning fleet in early 2021, further solidifying the company’s standing as the largest and world’s best small-ship ocean cruise line.
Viking has announced that from 2020, the line will expand its France river cruise fleet with the launch of four new Viking Seine Ships, exclusively sailing the eight-day Paris & The Heart of Normandy itinerary on the Seine River. (etbtravelnews.global)
South Korea’s team of rescue and recovery workers dispatched to Hungary in May to cope with a tourist boat disaster will wrap up its months-long operations this week, the foreign ministry said Monday. (koreaherald.com)
The captain of a river cruise ship involved in a deadly accident on the Danube River in Budapest last week was previously involved in a boat collision in the Netherlands in April, prosecutors in Hungary said on Friday. (nytimes.com)
Speculation and accusations continued to swirl on Friday following a collision on the Danube between a Hungarian sightseeing boat and a river cruise vessel from Norwegian-owned Viking Cruises. The arrest of Viking Cruises’ captain raised more questions, as the search went on for 28 people on the sightseeing boat who are missing and presumed drowned. (newsinenglish.no)
Local authorities are investigating an evening accident that occurred May 29 on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, as rescue efforts continue for passengers of a sightseeing boat that sunk after colliding with a cruise ship. (cruisecritic.com)
Viking announced an expansion of its Egypt program for the 2020 season, which will include the launch of a new ship. Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships and built specifically for the Nile River, Viking Osiris is currently under construction and will double the company’s owned capacity in Egypt when it debuts in September 2020.
Fort Madison officials are considering construction of a new Mississippi River dock, to serve as a river cruise stop. Now they are looking to build a dock that will allow Viking Cruise Lines to make Fort Madison a stop when the company begins its Mississippi River Cruise schedule. (radioiowa.com)
On April 8, Viking and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture focused on building a cruise line with worldwide cruise offerings for the Chinese cruise market.
A Viking Cruises ship and a petroleum tanker collided near the Netherlands on Monday, the NBC affiliate 9News reported. Five people from the Viking ship reportedly suffered minor injuries from the collision. No one on the petroleum tanker was injured, according to the 9News report. Both ships were reportedly damaged in the collision. (businessinsider.com)
Last night, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) granted the company a permit to sail on a single voyage to Kristiansund to have necessary repairs made. Throughout the night, the NMA has worked together with the ship’s classification society, Lloyd’s, and the company in order to identify the reason why the Viking Sky suffered power “blackout” at Hustadvika in challenging weather conditions on Saturday 23 March.