Viking River Ship Collides With Chemical Tanker

Viking River Cruises
The deck of one of the company's river cruise ships.

Viking River Cruises’ Viking Idun struck a chemical tanker near Antwerp, Belgium, around midnight local time on April 1. The ship had been sailing an itinerary between Antwerp and Ghent, The Maritime Executive reports.

"No guests were injured," a spokesperson for the cruise line tells Travel Agent. "The ship sustained some damage near the bow and is currently docked in Terneuzen with all guests. While damage of the ship is being assessed, guests will continue with a modified version of the itinerary. We hope to have the ship in operation in time for its next departure on April 4, if that should not be so future guests will be accommodated on another Viking Longship. Viking’s Customer Relations team will communicate directly with the guests or their travel agents."

Viking operates the world’s largest fleet of river cruise vessels, totaling 68 ships. Last month the company christened seven more of its signature Longships, which will be deployed on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Douro rivers. 

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