Viking River Cruises Launches New Ships

News from my Viking River Cruises (& Viking Ocean Cruises) sales representative:

On March 1, 2016, Viking River Cruises launched six new Viking Longships at a christening ceremony in Amsterdam. Viking Rolf, Viking Kadlin, Viking Alruna, Viking Egil, Viking Vilhjalmand Viking Tialfi join the award-winning Viking Longship fleet, named “Best New River Ships” in Cruise Critic’s Editors’ Picks Awards.

Six prominent women from travel trade organizations across North America and the United Kingdom were honored as ceremonial Viking Longship godmothers, a naval tradition dating back thousands of years. “We are honored to have their support and their participation in this year’s celebration,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises.

The christening event marks another year of impressive expansion for Viking, and highlights our ongoing commitment to elevate the industry standards for cruising Europe’s great waterways. Four of the new Longships will sail Viking’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers; two will sail the Seine River on Viking’s Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary.

 

 

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Viking Cruises Update

Here’s a quick overview and update from our rep Rob with Viking Cruises

What’s Included | That’s Not Common For a Cruise
Wifi
Shore Excursions
Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks with meals

What’s Not
Speciality Shore Excursions
Cocktails, i.e. your martini before dinner or Bloody Mary with dinner
Gratuities

Where | Rivers (partial)
Rhine, Main, Danube, Yangtze, Nile, Douro

Where | Countries (partial)
Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Egypt, Portugal, France, China

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

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Viking River Cruises’ New Ships

Aquavit Terrace by Viking River Cruises
Aquavit Terrace, a photo by Viking River Cruises on Flickr.

enjoy the video by clicking through. Their “Longships” are pretty nice. Actually they’re beautiful. I’m hoping the service levels are up there.. we’ll see.

Viking River Cruises | Update for 2012

 This is the latest from Viking River Cruises per their industry update February 14, 2012.  I sell a fair amount of river cruises and would counsel my clients to 1/book early as capacity is really limited and 2/be ship specific and cruise line specific as not all ships are the same, and you might have a strong preference for one style vs. another.

For instance, Viking’s six new 190 guest ‘Longship’ Class vessels are quite different from the majority of their fleet. The look of the public areas is very contemporary with high ceilings, lots of glass and marble. The design firm is the same one that did the newer Seabourn ships, and you can see the similarities. There are full suites of 445 square feet (tub/shower), and veranda suites of 270 square feet (shower only). Regular veranda cabins are 205 square feet.

WHY RIVER CRUISING?
– The biggest benefit of river cruising is the destination as the ships dock in the heart of the towns and cities
– Small ships with just 66 to 260 guests
– Resort casual
– Port or starboard irrelevant
– All cabins and suites have river views, some with windows that open (french balconies), traditional balconies
– No motion sickness

DESTINATIONS

–  Central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, china, Vietnam/Cambodia, Egypt/Nile
–  Portugal’s Douro river in 2013

VIKING RIVER CRUISES AMENITIES

– Complimentary wine, beer soda with lunch and dinner
– Complimentary mimosas with breakfast
– Optional beverage plan
– No corkage fees
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

CULTURAL ENHANCEMENT

– Comprehensive shore excursions included
– Chef tours of local markets
– Home cultural excursions
– Old world highlight include cuckoo clock making, wooden shoe carving, tai chi lessons, traditional Russian tea service & more

FOOD

– Classic American
– Regional specialties
– Healthier alternative every day
– Single seating
– Martin Yan menu in China
– U.S. Beef, not European (due to customer request)

ITINERARIES | Most Popular
– Amsterdam to Budapest or vice-versa (2 weeks)
– Amsterdam to Basel or vice-versa (1 week Rhine Getaway)
– St Petersburg to Moscow
– Shanghai to Beijing

ITINERAREIS| New
– Amsterdam to Bucharest for 21 days
– Amsterdam to Prague

PROMOTIONS
2013 sailings now available at 2012 prices
2 for 1 pricing
Air promotions
[all promotions subject to change so please ask for latest]

Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA and abroad, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler.  His personal  relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies often allows for exclusive amenities and VIP status. 

 If you’d like to learn more about luxury travel and our services, please contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel in San Francisco’s Financial District via phone at 415.987.0372  or email: josh [at] joshfriedmantravel [dot] com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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Cruise News | Oceania and Viking

Hi Readers………

These are some bits I picked up this week:

Oceania Cruises

Has announced that it is now offering packages where you can prepay your drinks and make your cruise more like an all-inclusive one. Prices include beverage gratuities. Unlike Seabourn, Silver, Regent Seven Seas and Crystal Cruises, server and stateroom/suite gratuities are not included.*

The cost is reported at $29.95 per person per day for house beer and wine or $49.95 beer and premium house wine by the glass and most beverages on the bar menu.

Dom Perignon is still extra I presume. But then it is on Seabourn, too.

* If you book Oceania through Josh Friedman Luxury Travel we sometimes are able to include all gratuities at no charge.

Viking River Cruises

Has announced it’s moving into the world of ocean cruising with two and possibly three 888 guest ships. [yes, that’s  lucky Chinese number to say the least.] The ships are to be delivered in spriung 2014 and spring 2015.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Voyager ClubRead my luxury cruise ship reviews and photos

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Coffee,Pastries,Chocolates – a Viennese favorite | Viking River Cruises

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When you come to Vienna with Viking, a delightful treat awaits you. As you stroll through the historic streets, you will discover welcoming cafés on every corner. Enjoy steaming, freshly prepared coffee, delectable pastries and handmade chocolates—a Viennese favorite for more than 220 years. >VIEW VIDEO
2-for-1 cruise plus up to $500 per person off air!*
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*2012 EBD: 2-FOR-1 cruise pricing plus special savings on roundtrip international airfare. Offer is per person on 2012 departures and is considered a single offer. Grand European Tour & Romantic Danube itineraries receive $300 off per person airfare; Danube Waltz itinerary receives $500 off per person on airfare. International air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Must request offer 2012 EBD and book and pay in full by September 30, 2011.

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Viking River Cruises | Update

Readers,

Here is an update from my Viking River Cruises sales executive.

Some great news below. We are really selling in 2011. Even our new boats coming out in 2012 are filling! What a year this has been. I do have some specials and some great news worthy items below. Also, by now you have seen our new “long boats.” Aren’t they beautiful!

We have some HOT DEALS below.

US LIFTS RESTRICTIONS TO EGYPT:

“The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that, given the continuing improvements since the January 25 Revolution, the ordered departure status for the U.S. Embassy has been lifted as of April 29, 2011 and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo has resumed normal operations.” ….”This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2011. “

(see link: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_egypt.html & http://www.iamegypt.org/?p=798 for complete details)

NO MORE CORKAGE FEE ON VIKING:

As of May, Viking will eliminate all corkage fees in the dining room. As you may not know, we encourage our guests to go and purchase wonderful bottles of wine in these great wine regions. If the guests drinks the wine in their stateroom, there was no corkage. However, if they brought a bottle to the dining room, we did charge a modest fee. This fee is now eliminated going forward. All the more reason to think about doing that wine group! Contact your local winery or wine person to think about doing a wine cruise group with Viking.

FREE WINE, BEER & SODAS IN 2011:

This year we are adding free Beer and Sodas to our FREE beverage list at dinner along with the Free wine. If you didn’t know we are also adding all these to lunch in 2012. And of course they will be free!

MORE TULIP DATES:

We recently just opened up some more Tulips & Windmill dates for 2012. This is one of our most popular itineraries and will go fast. In fact, a couple of these dates may have already been taken. If you were looking for a group next year on the dates below. Contact our group department ASAP.

3/22, 3/23, 3/31, 4/1, 4/9, 4/10

HOT DEALS:

Europe—2-for-1 cruise plus up to FREE air! Ask for 21echo

Grand European Tour
15 days – Budapest to Amsterdam
Jun 26, 2011
Visit this link for details
Cruise from $10,399
$5,312

per person
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Up to
FREE AIR*

from Boston, Newark, New York, Philadelphia
or Pittsburgh
Portraits of Southern France
8 days – Chalon-sur-Saône to Avignon
Jun 12, 19, 26, 2011
Visit this link for details
Cruise from $4,599
$2,356

per person
(Cat D)
Up to
FREE AIR*

from Boston, Newark, New York, Philadelphia
or Pittsburgh
Passage to Eastern Europe
11 days – Budapest to Bucharest
Jun 24, 2011
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Cruise from $6,199
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Act now—limited space! Offers expire May 20, 2011

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