The Viking event (which takes place on Wednesday) is the first in a series of exciting new launches (both ships and rivers) for 2013. We're also covering Avalon's latest newbuild, and heading out to the Po River, which Uniworld is the first to return to (it was popular some years ago but the water levels, in drought, proved to be challenging).
What can we tell you about river? What questions do you have about Viking's new Longships? What are the newest rivers to emerge (you've got to know that as the river industry booms its cruise lines have to find new and emerging places to go!). We're focusing primarily on Europe on this particular thread (but have Asia, Africa and the Amazon, not to mention the U.S. in our sights as well).
So please -- ask away.
And a heads up: among other events we'll be participating in this week -- we'll be flying up to Rostock's Neptun shipyard (part of Meyer Werft), where Viking is building its next series of ships. We'll be talking with Viking's interior design gurus to learn how the line is tweaking the ambiance of the Longships, and what they've learned along the way, and we'll be presiding at a christening in which no one seems to know who the godmothers are All good stuff.
If you have specific questions about Europe river cruising and/or about Viking, ask 'em here and I'll reply with answers. Thanks.
Carolyn Spencer Brown
Editor in Chief
If you want to check out last year's coverage from the mere four ship launch -- go to this link: http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1423.