Viking Cruises increased its order for additional Viking Longships, bringing the total number of new ships launching in 2014 from 12 to 14 vessels. Viking will have introduced a total of 30 new ships in a three-year period – the most rapid fleet expansion program the cruise industry has ever seen. The 14 new ships in 2014 will sail Viking’s most popular itineraries in Europe.
Over the last few years, river cruising has grown at an average annual rate of approximately nine percent. Within this segment, Viking has grown an average of 22 percent per year, compared to the estimated four percent annual growth of other river cruise lines.
In March of this year, Viking set a world record with the inauguration of 10 new Longships for the 2013 sailing season in a first-of-its-kind simultaneous christening ceremony in Amsterdam.
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