Viking to Launch New Seine River Ships in 2020

The Seine River flowing by the Eiffel Tower in Paris
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Big news for cruisers who want to visit the City of Light: Viking has announced new details about its 2020 river cruise season, which will see the addition of four new ships custom-built to navigate the Seine River in Paris. Inspired by the design of Viking’s Longships, the four new, identical vessels will debut in 2020; all will be deployed on Viking’s eight-day Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary by 2021.

Accommodating 168 guests in 84 staterooms, the new Seine Ships—Viking Fjorgyn, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid and Viking Skaga—will be smaller than Viking Longships, but will have many of the same features, including an Aquavit Terrace, a wide variety of stateroom choices and onboard solar panels, as well as Viking’s Scandinavian design aesthetic. Designed specifically to navigate the Seine River, these four ships will dock in the center of Paris, adjacent to the Eiffel Tower.

Sailing roundtrip from Paris, guests on Viking’s Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary explore Giverny and visit the gardens and farmhouse where Claude Monet lived and worked; trace the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen; walk hallowed ground at Normandy’s American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches; and savor Normandy cuisine.

From now through December 31, 2019, U.S. residents can take advantage of special savings on cruise fares, and up to free air on 2020 and 2021 ocean and river itineraries.

This story originally appeared on www.luxurytraveladvisor.com

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