|Artist rendering of the new Viking River Cruises Longships. Photo: Courtesy of Viking River Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.|
In just three weeks, I will be heading to Amsterdam with the world-renowned Viking River Cruises to Christen and launch two of the six new Viking Longships scheduled to debut this year! My particular journey will take me on board the “Viking Odin,” named after the mighty warrior in Norse mythology. To say I am excited would be understatement of the year. Actually, I am thrilled beyond words and if you know me, you have a sense of the elation coursing through my being—testament to my undeniable exuberance to travel and explore places and cultures unfamiliar. Plus, I have wanted to experience a Viking River Cruise for the last two years and still can’t believe this opportunity is upon me. Big adventures await as well as all the updates of my journey including stunning photography of every stop along the way. But first, need to get things in order: camera, calling cards, my iPad of course for impromptu videos and stills, luggage, passport and so much more! The adventure begins!
If you’re not familiar with the Viking River Cruise product, right now they sail 19 ships throughout Europe, Russia, China, Ukraine, Southeast Asia and Egypt. Fascinating itineraries at varying lengths lead to cultural experiences enriching and immersing their guests into wondrous cultures. What’s so special about these ships is their intimate setting on board with an average of 150 passengers per ship. And the gourmet food from the videos I have seen, looks scrumptious and divine. Soon, I will be able to attest to that!My itinerary consists of actually two two-night cruises. First is the inaugural celebration departing Amsterdam on March 20 with the Christening ceremony followed by a special dinner cruise and morning excursion. Following this first mini-cruise is a second two-night journey to the picturesque fishing towns of Volendam, Marken and Edam (oh the cheese!), then it’s onto Rotterdam, Kinderdijk and finally on to explore Van Gogh’s Brabant. Having never visited the Netherlands or experienced the Viking River Cruise product, I know that this entire experience will be unforgettable and create memories to last a lifetime, not to mention enough new material for EuroTravelogue about the fascinating stops along the way.
Introducing the new Viking Longships.
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