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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
59 June /July 2010 Viking River Cr uises, the world's leading river cr uise line, has announced the availability of its 2011 sailing season, featuring one new vessel, several ship refurbishments, two new itineraries and a value-packed Early Booking Discount. The company has also announced its best- ever Early Booking Discount. Guests can take advantage of savings which includes early booking discounts of $1500 per person on Europe itineraries and $2000 per person on Russia, Egypt, Ukraine and China itineraries. "As people became more familiar with all its benefits, river cruising's popularity has increased considerably over the past decade," Viking's Chairman Torstein Hagen says. "Because of the intimate size of our ships, the all-inclusive nature of our programs, the excellent Early Booking Discounts and the overall demand, we encourage travellers to book now and lock-in their first choice in itinerary, departure date and stateroom category, before the most popular programs are sold out." New 2011 itineraries With 20 itineraries in 2011 ranging from 8 to 17 days in length, Viking is the only river cr uise company to operate in the five regions of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China and Egypt. While the majority of its river cr uises are in Europe, the company is also a Russia specialist with a comprehensive journey along the Volga, Neva and Svir between Moscow and St Petersburg and one trip through Ukraine between Kiev and Odessa. In China, Viking has the very best ship, featuring all-balcony stateroom s and fully equipped Wester n-style kitchens. The company's three China 'cruisetours' take visitors to China's highlights, including Beijing, Shanghai and the Terra Cotta Army in Xian, plus a Yangtze River cruise. Viking also has 9-12 day itineraries in Egypt, featuring hotel nights in Cairo to visit the Great Pyramids in Giza along with a Nile River cr uise and Lake Nasser cruise on select program s. For the 2011 season, Viking is introducing two new itineraries. The 11-day Pa s sage to Eastern Europe itinerary features an 8-day Danube River cruise through five countries including Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, bookended by hotel nights in Budapest and Bucharest to allow more time for exploration in these fascinating cities. The 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids cruisetour explores the best of Egypt with hotel nights in Cairo, plus a 4-night Nile River cr uise and a 3-night Lake Nasser cruise. In addition to the river cr uise programs, Viking has renewed its commitment to offer exciting 'Explore More' pre- and post-cr uise land extension packages. These add-ons provide opportunity to begin or end jour neys with a few days in an interesting new city. Depending on itinerary, guests may spend time exploring the Baltic capital of Helsinki, exotic Istanbul or Nice along the French Riviera. Introducing Viking Emerald The new Viking Eme rald will launch in 2011, hosting Viking guests on its China cruisetour itineraries. The Yangtze River's newest and most elegant ship will have the largest suites in river cruising. Every stateroom features a full balcony. In addition to the two expan sive Presidential Suites, Viking Emerald will also have 14 suites and four junior suites among its 132 total staterooms on its five passenger decks. Continuing its fleet refurbishment program, one Russia ship, Viking Pakhomov, will undergo a complete bow- to-ster n renovation, offering two suites and 102 deluxe staterooms and all-new public rooms, and will be identical to its sister ships, Viking Surkov and Viking Kirov, making it the most deluxe fleet of ships sailing Russia's rivers. In addition, Viking is investing in its European fleet with the complete refurbishment of Viking Schumann, which sails along the scenic Elbe River. The ship will receive eight more spacious deluxe staterooms in addition to other upgrades to its standard stateroom s and public areas. Viking Schumann's renovations will match that of its sister ship, Viking Fontane, which was completely redone for the 2010 cr uising season. All of these vessels will be updated to have the Viking signature look and feel of elegant Scandinavian design, similar to the company's most recent launch, Viking Legend. "For the past 10 years, we have celebrated many successes," adds Hagen, who was also the for mer CEO of the prestigious Royal Viking Line. "This has included the launch of new ships, introduction of new regions and itineraries, excellent guest ratings and the ability to persevere through difficult socioeconomic times. We are eager to start our next decade and are dedicated to continuing to provide the highest quality, ser vice and program s available on the rivers today." For more information, call RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. Viking River Cruises introduces its 2011 season
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