Cruise ship

Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany, a unit of Meyer, has secured a contract from Switzerland-based Viking River Cruises to build ten river cruise vessels.

The first two vessels are scheduled to be delivered in August and September 2013, with the remaining vessels expected to be delivered by April 2014.

All the vessels will be of Viking Longship class, with a length of 135m, 11.45m beam and 1.6m draught.

Each of the vessels will be powered by a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system while the onboard power requirement will be met by solar panels.

The vessels’ other sustainability features include organic herb gardens and energy-efficient hybrid engines that will cause less onboard vibration.

Viking Longship class vessels have 95 staterooms and two Explorer suites, which can accommodate a total of 190 passengers.

The cruise vessels will feature an all-weather indoor/outdoor aquavit terrace, offering occupants a view of river scenery from inside the vessel through retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

With the new order, Neptun Werft has increased the number of new vessels to be delivered to Viking in 2013 to ten.

Viking River Cruises will also take delivery of eight vessels in 2014, while the company has an option to order eight additional Viking Longships vessels with delivery scheduled in 2015.

Viking ordered six Viking Longships in March 2012, with scheduled delivery in 2013.


Image: Viking Longship class vessels have 95 staterooms and two Explorer suites, which can accommodate 190 passengers in total. Photo: Neptun Werft.