Viking has announced that a new Viking Longship is being added to its fleet and will be sailing on the Seine River. The ship will be part of the company’s eight-day Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary and will join four other Viking Longships which were named in 2022. These five ships are designed specifically to navigate the Seine River and bring guests close to the heart of Paris.
According to Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, the new Viking Longship is being added to meet the high demand for travel to France. The ship will be able to host 168 guests in 84 staterooms and will feature an Aquavit Terrace and a variety of stateroom options.
The ships will have a Scandinavian design aesthetic and will use a hybrid propulsion system with batteries and be equipped for shore power to reduce fuel usage. Additionally, onboard solar panels will enhance the ships’ energy efficiency. The ship will be docked at Port de Grenelle and will provide guests with an opportunity to explore Paris in the Viking way.
Viking’s Paris & the Heart of Normandy itinerary is an eight-day roundtrip voyage from Paris that explores various historical, cultural, and culinary experiences in France. The itinerary includes visits to Giverny to see Claude Monet’s house and gardens, tracing the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen, visiting the American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches in Normandy, and savouring the local cuisine.
The voyage provides guests with an opportunity to experience the best of both urban and rural France, with a focus on history, art, food, and customs.
WRITTEN BY: WILLIAM TREVAN