River Cruise Six more Viking Longships christened By Michelle Baran / March 01, 2016 Share 1 With the addition of six new vessels, Viking has launched 52 Longships in five years. -- Viking River Cruises christened six Longships in Amsterdam on Tuesday, and six travel trade partners served as godmothers.“River cruising remains one of the fastest-growing segments of travel, and we would not be the leading river cruise line without the help of travel agents,” Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises, said in a statement.The six newest vessels come on top of the 46 Longships that Viking has launched in Europe over the last four years for a total of 52 ships in five years. Of the six new Longships, four will be deployed on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers and two will sail the Seine from Paris to Normandy. Later this month, Viking will introduce a seventh new river ship for 2016, Viking Osfrid, a smaller Longship-style vessel being built for Portugal’s Douro River, bringing the company’s total number of ships in Portugal to three.The women who served as the godmothers on Tuesday were: Lisa Anciaux, godmother of Viking Rolf, director of travel products for AAA Washington; Beth Butzlaff, godmother of Viking Kadlin, managing director of cruise sales for Virtuoso; Michelle Chimko, godmother of Viking Alruna, COO of Alberta Motor Association; Jennifer Gasser, godmother of Viking Egil, vice president of supplier relations and product operations for World Travel Holdings; Beryl Gibson, godmother of Viking Vilhjalm, joint owner of Northumbria Travel Limited; and Sinead O’Connell, godmother of Viking Tialfi, director of industry relations for Vacation.com.Viking introduced its Longship class of vessels in 2011, when it first unveiled the concept of a river cruise ship with an off-center corridor that allows for a greater variety of cabin configurations. It also was the start of Viking building balcony cabins. The 190-passenger vessels are all outfitted in a sleek Scandinavian-style design, and feature an Aquavit Terrace with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors for dining inside or al fresco, depending on the weather. There are two 445-square-foot Explorer Suites; seven 275-square-foot Veranda Suites; 39 Veranda Staterooms (205 square feet); and 22 French Balcony Staterooms (135 square feet). Staterooms include hotel-style beds, heated bathroom floors, a mini-fridge, and U.S. and European outlets.