Viking closes down German boats

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#1
Germany
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Joined Oct 2004
Viking Flusskreuzfahrten (Cologne) who are operating the river cruise ships for Germany has announced to quit operations by the end of this year. They want to concentrate on the US business.

Viking has separate ships for US and German customers. While all the longships are US only Viking has chartered ships from Lüftner for the German customers. They used to have long time charters from Premicon which included a Viking ship name (like Viking Legend, Viking Primadonna).

Last year they´ve lost a law suit against K-D (Köln-Düsseldorfer). Some 30 years ago Viking bought their river cruise ships and K-D was forced to step back to excursion boats. K-D invented river cruising on the Rhine river.

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#2
372 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Interesting. Thank you for the info...
Wondering where Viking Primadonna is now? The best ship we've ever sailed.
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2011 -- Viking Sun 'Rhine Getaway'
2012 -- Viking Primadonna 'Passage to Eastern Europe'
2013 -- Viking Odin 'Tulips & Windmills'
2013 -- Viking Lomonosov 'Footsteps of the Cossacks'
2013 -- Viking Spirit 'Paris & the Heart of Normandy'
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2014 -- Viking Hemming 'Portugal's River of Gold'
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Redditch England
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Joined Aug 2010
Originally posted by id est
Interesting. Thank you for the info...
Wondering where Viking Primadonna is now? The best ship we've ever sailed.
Just left Bratislava heading down river. http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/def...spx?level0=100
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#4
372 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Yes, thanks. But I mean what company is using it now? It is not in Viking fleet anymore.
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AT SEA: 16 cruises
RIVER:
2011 -- Viking Sun 'Rhine Getaway'
2012 -- Viking Primadonna 'Passage to Eastern Europe'
2013 -- Viking Odin 'Tulips & Windmills'
2013 -- Viking Lomonosov 'Footsteps of the Cossacks'
2013 -- Viking Spirit 'Paris & the Heart of Normandy'
2014 -- Viking Schumann 'Elegant Elbe'
2014 -- AMA Waterways 'Melodies of the Danube'
2014 -- Viking Hemming 'Portugal's River of Gold'
2015 -- American Eagle 'Lower Mississippi'
2016 -- Viking Forseti 'Chateaux, Rivers & Wine'
2016 -- Mekong Navigator 'Mekong River Cruise with Saigon & Siem Reap'
------- Next Up -----

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Westerville, Ohio
554 Posts
Joined Aug 2008
id est - we had a chance to sail on Primadonna in 2011 and glad we did. Loved the glass floor in the reception area and the way the seating area ran through the middle of the ship. Another interesting design was the stadium seating with the huge windows in the front of the ship. To bad she's gone.