Just when you thought European rivers were overflowing with ships, a cruise line found room for more and is going to fill the space with new vessels.

Viking Cruises is planning to set sail on seven new ships in Europe next year, a move that’ll bring the line’s river fleet up to the superb number of 69.

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Six of the seven new Longship vessels will cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. The seventh will be a much smaller 190-passenger vessel and it will go where only three Viking ships have been before, the Douro River in Portugal.

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In the next year, the cruise line will also launch its sixth ocean ship, making it the “largest small ship ocean cruise line” in the world.

That’s a huge feat for a cruise line that commenced ocean operations less than a decade ago.

Viking Cruises’ Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand, Michelle Black, said the new order is a sign of strong demand for European river cruises, particularly Portugal where cruises “always sell out quickly”.

“This new ship order is a reflection of strong demand for our Europe river cruises.”

Michelle Black, Viking Cruises Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand

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