Cruise Blog News, 03/23/2013: Viking Christens 10 New Ships + MORE

Today’s Cruise Blog News Headlines:

In cruise blog news, MS Viking Europe is joined by ten new members of the Viking River Cruises fleet.

- River cruising is the hottest segment of travel right now, and in a fitting feat for the world’s leading river cruise line, Viking River Cruises today set a world record with the christening of 10 new Viking Longships.

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Viking River Cruises, which broke records this week by christening 10 ships simultaneously, is planning an entrance into the Mississippi River market. The Mississippi is “a nice place to be,” Hagen told Seatrade. “We can show the Americans what a river ship should really look like.” A representative for Viking confirmed the Seatrade report but added, “we don’t have any additional information to share at this time.”

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Broader program of great value cruises on sale for 2014, available to book from April 8, 2013. Highlights include 269 cruises in 2014, visiting 218 places in 77 countries. Itineraries include sailings to Norway and Iceland, the Baltic, Iberia, Canary Islands, Mediterranean and Caribbean. Also on sale are three world cruises, and the first P&O Cruises fly/cruise summer voyages in the Mediterranean…

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Cruise Blog News reports Carnival Cruise Lines’ first-ever “Friends & Family Rates Sale” has been extended through March 28. The new promotion offers savings up to $300 per stateroom on three- to five-day voyages and up to $600 per stateroom on cruises of six days or longer, as well as 50 percent reduced deposits, on a variety of three- to 12-day “Fun Ship” departures through August 31, 2013, including voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Europe and other destinations…

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Photo of the MS Viking Europe courtesy of Christian Jansky.

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