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Viking welcomes guests back on board river voyages in France

  • Cruises
  •   08-03-2021  7:13 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Viking welcomes guests back on board river voyages in France
Viking has officially restarted its popular river itineraries in France. (Viking)
Pax Global Media

Viking has officially restarted its popular river itineraries in France, marking the latest milestone as the company resumes operations in Europe. 

Guests are now embarking journeys on the Seine and Rhône rivers for the Paris & the Heart of NormandyLyon & Provence and France’s Finest itineraries

Viking’s voyage in Bordeaux, Chateaux, Rivers and Wine, will resume in August.

Along with restarting river operations in France, Viking has launched four new Viking Longships that are purpose-built specifically to navigate the Seine River. 

Hosting 168 guests in 84 staterooms, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid, Viking Skaga and Viking Fjorgyn dock at Viking’s exclusive docking location in the center of Paris, just a short walking distance from the Eiffel Tower. 

“Throughout the last year, we have heard consistently from our guests that France is at the top of their travel list, so we are delighted that our river vessels are once again sailing in this beloved destination,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “My daughter, Karine, and I have just spent time on board our new Longships that dock in the heart of Paris—and I believe our guests will be very pleased with this elegant new way to discover the ‘City of Light.’ Only Viking offers an exclusive docking location just steps away from the Eiffel Tower. We sincerely appreciate the support our destination partners in France and look forward to a successful season.” 

Summer/fall 2021 voyages

There are still dates available in summer and fall 2021 on Viking’s river voyages in France, which include:  

Viking restarted the company’s ocean operations in May 2021 with sailings in England for British guests. 

In June, the company welcomed American guests back on board for new journeys around Bermuda and Iceland

Guests on Viking’s Welcome Back voyages have enjoyed the experience so much that they have provided some of the highest-ever ratings in post-trip surveys—a strong indication that experienced travellers are ready to be exploring the world in comfort once again.

PCR testing

Utilizing a full-scale laboratory installed on every Viking ocean ship—and a strong network of dedicated shoreside labs for Viking river ships in Europe—all guests and crew receive frequent quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests. 

New air purification technology has also been installed on all Viking ships, which have always featured independent air handling units for all guest staterooms. 

And additional health checks, sanitization and physical distancing measures provide further protection for Viking guests and crew at all points of the journey. 

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