Beep . . . Beep . . . Beep! Please stand by for another “Hear It Here First” announcement. This is NOT a test of the Travel By Terry breaking travel news alert system.
Some of you may know that Viking River Cruises has clearly established itself as the indisputable master of the world’s great rivers. Today they have announced their plans to let some of that remarkable success flow directly into the Seven Seas. OK, maybe not seven right away but at least a couple. Travel Weekly has a great article this morning about Viking’s plans to launch their first ocean-going vessel, the Viking Star, in May of 2015.
The initial voyages will ply the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas. It will fit into the mid-size category with 928 passengers. One thing that should set it apart from its competitors in this market is the fact that shore excursions and beer and wine with lunch and dinner will be included.
“Another unusual feature will be a ‘snow grotto’ in the spa in which ‘snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air,’ according to a Viking description,” reports Travel Weekly. To learn more, I encourage you to visited our branded Viking Cruises site and click on Viking Oceans tab at the top.
When your friends ask if you have heard that Viking has just entered the world of ocean cruising, I suggest you give them a dismissive look and a roll of the eyes and simply respond, “Please! I follow Travel By Terry. I heard about that eons ago!”