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Apr 15, 2015, 15:28 ET
The first new ship from Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Star, sails past Hagia Sophia on her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice, launching the travel industry's first entirely new cruise line in a decade. Viking Ocean Cruises was developed from the ground up with experienced travelers in mind. Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local culture at night or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and "collector ports," appealing to those with an interest in history, art, music, and cuisine. For more information, visit www.vikingoceancruises.com.

Viking Star Sets Sail On Maiden Voyage

 Viking Ocean Cruises® (www.vikingoceancruises.com) today announced its first ship, Viking Star, has embarked on her maiden voyage from...

Mar 30, 2015, 19:05 ET
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises, at the delivery ceremony of the company's first ocean ship, Viking Star. The ship was presented on March 28 at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside of Venice, Italy. On April 11, Viking Star will set sail from Istanbul through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened on May 17 in Bergen, Norway.

Viking Ocean Cruises Celebrates Delivery Of First Ocean Ship

Viking Ocean Cruises® (www.vikingoceancruises.com) today announced it took delivery of Viking Star, marking the company's official arrival...

Mar 25, 2015, 10:30 ET
Viking River Cruises christening ceremony in Amsterdam. The company christened a total of 12 new river vessels, including 10 of its award-winning Viking Longships(R) and two custom vessels for the Elbe River.

Viking River Cruises Expands Fleet With 12 New Ships Christened In Europe

 Marking another year of impressive growth, Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) yesterday welcomed the newest additions to its...

Feb 05, 2015, 13:00 ET
Viking Ocean Cruises released a new online video documenting the recent successful sea trials of its first ship - the 930-passenger Viking Star. The trials, which took place in the Aegean Sea in mid-December, represented the vessel's first voyage in open water and included nearly a week of intense diagnostics that evaluated all aspects of the Viking Star's performance. The ship will take on her first guests on April 11 before being officially christened on May 17 in Bergen, Norway.

Viking Star Completes Successful Sea Trials

Viking Ocean Cruises® (www.vikingoceancruises.com) today released a new online video documenting the recent successful sea trials of its first...

Jan 28, 2015, 10:30 ET
Mary Berry, leading cookbook author, onboard the Viking Longship Alsvin in March 2014. Berry served as the ceremonial "godmother" to the new ship. She can be seen on the new PBS series, "The Great British Baking Show," which is sponsored by Viking River Cruises.

Viking Cruises Cooks Up New Sponsorship Deal For "The Great British Baking Show" On PBS

 Viking Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced that it has signed on as a sponsor of The Great British Baking Show, which recently...

Nov 20, 2014, 12:59 ET
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Cruise Critic Presents Top Honor To Viking In 7th Annual Editors' Picks Awards

 With final preparations underway to extend into ocean cruises in 2015, Viking Cruises® (www.vikingcruises.com) today is celebrating its...

Nov 03, 2014, 14:15 ET

Viking River Cruises Expands Sponsorship Of PBS' MASTERPIECE

 Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) announced today that  it has extended its partnership with the celebrated series...

Oct 16, 2014, 10:00 ET
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Plan Ahead With Fall Promotion From Viking River Cruises

River cruising is the fastest-growing segment of travel, and there has never been a better time to book a journey on one of the world's iconic...

Oct 14, 2014, 09:00 ET

Viking Ocean Cruises Announces Captain Of Viking Star

 Viking Ocean Cruises® (www.vikingoceancruises.com) today announced that Captain Gulleik Svalastog will be at the helm of its first ocean...

Jul 17, 2014, 09:00 ET
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Viking River Cruises Extends Sponsorship Of PBS' Masterpiece For Additional Year

Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) announced today it has renewed its national corporate sponsorship of PBS' celebrated series...

Jul 16, 2014, 13:55 ET

Viking Cruises Ltd Announces Receipt of Requisite Consents in Consent Solicitation for its 8.50% Senior Notes due 2022

 Viking Cruises Ltd ("Viking") today announced that it has received the Requisite Consents (as defined below) from holders of its outstanding...

Jul 11, 2014, 15:18 ET

Viking Cruises Ltd Announces Increase In Consent Fee and Extension of Consent Solicitation

 Viking Cruises Ltd ("Viking") today announced that in connection with its previously announced consent solicitation (the "Consent...

Jul 11, 2014, 09:00 ET
Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen, a native of Norway, with Trude Drevland, mayor of Bergen, Norway. Drevland will serve as godmother to Viking Star, the company's first ocean ship. The 930-passenger Viking Star is pictured at its "float out" ceremony at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside Venice, Italy. The "float out" marks a major construction milestone - the first time the ship touches water - and kicks off the final stage of outfitting and interior build-out. Viking Star will be christened in Bergen, Norway, on May 17, 2015 - Norwegian Constitution Day. (PRNewsFoto/Viking Cruises)

"Star" Of Bergen, Norway To Be Godmother Of New Viking Star

Viking Ocean Cruises® (www.vikingoceancruises.com) today released a new online video highlighting the "float out" ceremony of its...

Jul 07, 2014, 08:30 ET

Viking Cruises Ltd Announces Commencement of Consent Solicitation for its 8.50% Senior Notes due 2022

 Viking Cruises Ltd ("Viking") today announced that it is soliciting consents (the "Consent Solicitation") from holders of its outstanding...

Jun 24, 2014, 08:00 ET
A shipyard worker is seen next to the hull of the new 930-passenger cruise ship, Viking Star. The ship was "floated out" on Monday, June 23, in a traditional ceremony that took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice, Italy. Debuting in spring 2015, Viking Star is the first of three new ships from Viking Ocean Cruises (www.vikingoceancruises.com), with maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. (PRNewsFoto/Viking Cruises)

Viking Ocean Cruises Celebrates Float Out Of First Ship

 Viking Ocean Cruises® (www.vikingoceancruises.com) today announced its first ship – the 930-passenger Viking Star – was...

May 09, 2014, 12:00 ET
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Viking Ocean Cruises To Triple Size Of New Fleet

As a result of strong customer demand, Viking Ocean Cruises (www.vikingoceancruises.com) today announced it will launch two additional ocean ships,...

Apr 22, 2014, 09:00 ET

More Ships & New Itineraries Coming for Viking River Cruises in 2015

 Demonstrating no slowdown in the European river cruise boom, Viking River Cruises® (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today confirmed official...

Mar 18, 2014, 20:55 ET
Viking Cruises christens nine of its award-winning Viking Longships in Amsterdam as part of a multi-phase event. In 24 hours, the company christened 16 of its award-winning Viking Longships – setting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD – including four in Rostock, Germany; and three in Avignon, France. In total, Viking Cruises will christen a total of 18 ships in four countries over five days. For more information, visit www.vikingcruises.com. (PRNewsFoto/Viking Cruises)

Viking Cruises Sails Past Its Own Guinness World Record With Launch Of 18 New Ships

Viking Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced it has set a new world record with the inauguration of its newest Viking Longships™....

Feb 05, 2014, 12:45 ET
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Viking Cruises Launches New Story-Driven TV Campaign For Fourth Season Of 'Downton Abbey'

Viking Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced details behind its new television ad campaign, which debuted on PBS for the Season Four...

Jan 28, 2014, 09:00 ET
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Viking Longships Top 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Poll For Best River Cruise Ships

 Viking Cruises® (www.vikingcruises.com), the world's leading river cruise line, has started 2014 with a bang. What will be the...