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I missed Viking’s announcement of their order for expedition ships and a search on here didn’t turn up any information. Have there been any clues as to Viking’s plans?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2018/07/24/viking-cruises-order-ships-expedition-cruise-specialist-vard/826796002/

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Looks like the article is based on a press release from the ship builder Vard and not from Viking.

 

I didn't see anything in the Media Center on the Viking but then again, I didn't read every single article word for word seeing if maybe they slipped in a quick comment about future plans, The Viking message has always been well controlled and always given very little hint as to future plans.

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We’ve been told by someone in Viking Australia in one of their Travel expos they held around Australia last year that there is a plan for an Expedition Ship in process. If not already well underway. 

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Cruise Travel magazine also reported contracts for two ice class small ships for Viking Oceans.  In addition to the total of 16 VO ships by 2027🍸

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The expedition ships are provisionally due June 2021 and June 2022: see pages 11 and 14 of the attached list of cruise ships on order. And note letters of intent for at least one Star Class ship every year to 2027, potentially taking the fleet to 16 as mentioned above. 

http://amem.at/pdf/AMEM_Cruise-Ships-on-Order.pdf

 

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Thanks!  Good to know I hadn’t missed an announcement. Will Ben interesting to see where they end up using them. 

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1 hour ago, deec said:

My guess/hope is Antarctica !!!

That was what I heard. 

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Hi All, Back in the fall of 2016 and early 2017 I received two surveys from Viking. One was for a Mississippi cruise and the other for an Antarctica cruise.  The surveys showed possible itineraries, room design, ship design and prices and of course asked my opinion on all.  The Antarctica ship was a pretty cool design.  After I finished with the surveys I was so mad that I didn't screen shot the pages!  Every time I go on a Viking cruise I always ask about both the Mississippi and Antarctica.  This past October the Cruise Consultant on my ship said that both were in the works.

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ours  consultant in December said probably no to Mississippi and maybe/probably  to Antarctica

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On 1/22/2019 at 10:19 AM, deec said:

ours  consultant in December said probably no to Mississippi and maybe/probably  to Antarctica

Our travel agent told us about the Expedition Ships....

And that the goal was to go to 2 specific places, not only Antarctica, but also Galapagos Islands - to compete with the ships there like Lindblad.

We have planned (not booked) to use Linblad for Galapagos and will hold off until we learn more about Viking's intent.

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Rival Silversea is the Queen of expedition ships.  I expect Viking to improve on their ship design but until Viking has been to an area a few times their excursions might not be top rate like Silversea.

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if you are interested in a Viking Mississippi cruise you can log your interest on Viking's website here

https://www.vikingrivercruises.com/contact/mississippi-cruises-form.html

 

Viking signed a port deal to visit Mark Twain's home town

https://www.travelweekly.com/River-Cruising/Port-deal-shows-Viking-US-plans-are-progressing

 

this article indicates cruise will not start until 2021 or 2022

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Maybe they will do like they did on the Douro and lease ships and crews from existing river companies?

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