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26 February 2012

EuroTravelogue To Embark With Viking River Cruises in Amsterdam

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.



Be sure to come back often as new updates arrive. When I finally embark, be sure to follow my updates on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for all the visual romance of the Netherlands and its scenic waterways aboard the Viking Longships “Odin”!

Find out more about Viking River Cruises and the exciting itineraries worldwide!

27 comments:

  1. Oh, Jeff. I'm sure this would be a very exciting and fun trip. Keep safe and take loads of pics.

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  2. Hi Marlys!! Truly, I am excited beyond excited. I will be sure to take many, many photographs of my journey and share them here and everywhere. LOL. Thx for stopping by and for your sentiments!

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  3. Amazing! I'm so happy for you, and I'm sure it's going to be amazing. I wish I could join you on this :-)

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  4. Hi Marie-Eve,
    Oh how I wish all my friends in Europe were going on this!! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!

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  5. hi jeff...
    couldn't wait for your next "amsterdam's article" . it must be interesting

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  6. Ruang Kota ; ) Thank you so much for your kind words and stopping by to leave a comment! I really appreciate it!! And stay tuned, there's a lot more to come here on the Netherlands!

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  7. Congrats, sounds like an amazing trip. I will follow your journey!

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  8. Hi Laurel...thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind offer to follow my journey. I am really excited and can hardly wait!! Thx for your comments!!

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  9. I always wanted my grandparents to go on this river cruise as it is a relaxed pace and perfect for them. They won't fly for more than 4-5 hours though so what can you do.
    I have been thinking about doing a cruise within the next 5 years or so with my boyfriend in Germany, a place he has always wanted to go.
    I look forward to reading wether it is worth it and if it is much better than usual cruises. Seems like it would be, smaller scale and potentially better food! Not a big fan of cruising but this looks like a much different experience.

    The Wanderfull Traveler

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  10. Hi Murissa and thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I love it when readers share their thoughts and experiences and future plans too!! I hope you visit here upon my return so you can learn all about the Viking River product. And feel free to send me an email, email address in right column near top if you have questions or need additional information. Most of all, thank you for stopping by!!

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  11. This sounds great--have a great time!

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  12. Hi Charu, Thx so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I am thrilled beyond belief and can't wait to experience this cruise. Plenty of updates to come my friend!

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  13. Have a wonderful time cruising in Holland! I too have wanted to enjoy a Viking River cruise and will look forward to reading all about your adventure. I'm sure you'll get treated very well since it is an inaugural trip :)

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  14. Hey there Debbie...oh how I wish you were coming with me!! I too, have wanted to cruise with Viking for the last two years..so this is like a dream come true!! And I am sure of the fabulous service I am going to receive from the time I leave home until the time I get back. Thx for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and well wishes!!

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  15. Wow, Jeff! This is so exciting. I have been thinking about cruises a lot lately because I think they will be a practical way for us to have some great adventures as a family. I think that, in some ways, traveling by ship would be easier than trying to get around a city like Rome with small children. I love the Netherlands, so I am eager to see and read about your impressions!

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  16. Hi Jenna, I totally agree with you on cruising for families. I have often thought about European River cruises and Mediterranean ones as well as a means of getting introduced to many of the exciting destinations that await our journeys! I leave on 3/19 and you can rest assured that I will be sharing moment-by-moment experiences throughout my adventure! Thank you for stopping by to share you thoughts!

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  17. I don't know if my comment went up. I'll keep this one shorter. Have a great time, I'm bummed that we couldn't do this cruise. It would have been so much fun but alas the schedule wouldn't allow it. Looking forward to reading all about it. I think that a river cruise is an amazing way to see the spectacular cities of Europe.

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  18. Hi there Deb, Thanks so much for your comment and your well wishes too! Strange about your first comment...not sure what happened but all comments are posted instantly so probably a temp glitch!! I wish you were going on this too...would have been nice to finally meet you face to face! Thx again for stopping by!

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  19. The new ships look absolutely gorgeous! Holland is one of my favorite destinations, Jeff, so can't wait to see your photos! Take a ton:D

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  20. Lesley, I know what you mean...they look stunning. I just can't wait for my journey to begin..less than 2 wks away. And I will have tons of photos..I can't wait to take them!! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your kind words!

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  21. Jeff - can't wait to hear your comments about the Odin. My wife and I are booked on her for a week in mid April, so we really want to know everything you find out - good and bad.

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  22. Hi David and thank you so much for stopping by. So happy to hear that you booked a cruise for April...how excited you must be as well. Stay tuned for all the updates right here on my blog...and also be sure to follow me on twitter @EuroTravelogue as well as facebook EuroTravelogue.

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  23. I can feel the excitement just reading your post (job done!) I'd never heard of this company till I wrote a post about the Douro and discovered they were heading there as a new venue this year. I glanced at the prices and knew I would have to carry on being a foot soldier. Enjoy your trip.

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  24. Hi there ReslessJo! Thank you so very much for all of your kind words my friend, I really appreciate it! And, thank you for following my blog as well!! Nothing wrong with being a foot soldier...I often am as well. And you never know what future opportunities will present themselves to you one day...so you may not be a foot soldier for long! Thx for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  25. Web Content, Thank you for your kind words and stopping by.

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  26. I enjoyed meeting you on this sailing and enjoyed all your coverage. This was also my first Viking sailing and LOVED. They won me over and crushed the misconception that river cruising is only for old people!

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    1. I there Doug and thanks so much for stopping by. I too enjoyed meeting you and share your love of Viking! Great point about crushing perceptions...they did a phenomenal job!

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