Viking River Cruises has announced the refurbishment and renaming of four Russian vessels as part of their 15th anniversary celebrations next year.
The ships will be renamed Viking Rurik, Viking Helgi, Viking Ingvar and Viking Truvor and will make up the only fleet in Russia entirely owned and operated by a Western company.
Viking Rurik has been named after the Viking warrior who founded and ruled ‘Rus’ (now Russia) and its sister ships have been named after Rurik’s descendants, the original Russian explorers.
“Of all places in the world, we started in Russia. In fact, the idea for our company was born because my daughter had travelled along the Volga with her mother and grandmother,” said Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman Viking River Cruises.
“We’re immensely proud of our Russian roots and we continue to build upon our longstanding relationships and intricate knowledge of this captivating country so that we can share it with new travellers year after year.”
With increased space in staterooms slated as part of the refurbishments, Viking Rurik will also welcome full private balconies for all staterooms on the upper and middle decks along with separate sleeping and sitting areas for two-room Suites.
Two-room Suites will also feature two Sony 26-inch panel televisions, a walk in wardrobe and full bathroom complete with two sinks, a separate bathtub and shower.
Scandinavian décor is on the cards for public areas including the restaurant, lounge, library and bar along with the addition of a shaded sun deck and walk-round open air promenade deck.
The four Russian ships will sail the 13-day ‘Waterways of the Czars’ itinerary on a round trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Visiting ports including Kizhi Island, Uglich and Yaroslav, Viking will introduce a range of new shore tours and special performances by musicians from St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.
Passengers will also be privy to new cultural highlights including meeting Red Army veterans at Moscow’s Military Museum and home-hosted visits in riverside towns including Uglich and St. Petersburg.
Viking River Cruises offers an all-inclusive offering incorporating accommodation, onboard meals, daily guide shore tours, shipboard gratuities, port charges and more.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A.