Soon after the first six Viking River Cruises' Viking Longships were christened in 2012, they were named by Cruise Critic as the best new river ships of the year. In March 2013, ten new Viking Longships were christened in Amsterdam in the world's largest simultaneous christening ceremony, and more are slated for release in 2014. 10Best goes aboard to see what all the fuss is about.Viking Longship exterior — Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises
These latest river vessels from Viking River Cruises were designed with the passenger experience in mind. Guests aboard a Viking Longship will find full-size staterooms with verandas, spacious suites with both a veranda and a French balcony and high-definition in-room entertainment systems in all rooms. On deck, the innovative Aquavit Terrace can be converted from an indoor to an outdoor area (or the opposite) to allow for viewing and al fresco dining rain or shine.Aquavit Terrace — Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises
The Viking Longships are not only guest-friendly, they're environmentally sustainable as well. Each vessel is outfitted with quiet hybrid engines, solar panels and a sun deck with an organic herb garden. On-board chefs source seasonal, local produce for their culinary creations, including a nightly five-course feast.State Room — Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises
Itineraries on the new fleet of Viking Longships cover many of Europe's most popular cruising rivers. Travel from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, or opt for a more in-depth exploration of Eastern Europe, Germany or Southern France.