LOS ANGELES -- To meet the growing demand by U.S. travelers to
explore the "real" Europe, Viking River Cruises launched the Viking
Neptune on Aug. 9.
The Neptune is the fourth vessel introduced by the line this
year and is the 28th ship in the company's fleet.
According to Viking officials, the U.S. market has had notable
growth in the river cruise category, as travelers seek new ways to
The Viking Neptune joins sister ships Viking Spirit, Viking
Pride and Viking Europe, which were named in Amsterdam in
The Viking Neptune is 370 feet long and features 75 outside
passenger cabins, a lounge, restaurant, library and sundeck.
Designed with U.S. passengers in mind, standard cabins average
120 square feet, while the deluxe staterooms measure 154 square
feet, the equivalent of many outside cabins on ocean cruise
Viking River Cruises' newer ships, including Viking Neptune,
offer amenities such as picture windows that open and hotel-style
In 2002, the Viking Neptune will host the 16-day Amsterdam to
Budapest, Hungary, Grand European cruise holiday and the 12-day
Romantic Danube cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg, Germany,
including three nights in Prague, Czech Republic.
Viking River Cruises also offers itineraries throughout Europe
on the Rhine, Rhone, Main, Danube, Seine, Po and Volga rivers,
For reservations or more information, call (877) 66-VIKING or