Viking River Cruises Announces 2006 Europe and China Schedule

New Ship and Itineraries in China, Up to $700 Savings on All 2006 Sailings

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, today released its 2006 sailing schedule for Europe, Russia and China. In addition to introducing a new ship on the Yangtze River, Viking River Cruises also added new itineraries in China due to high traveler demand. And to provide its passengers with the best deals possible, Viking River Cruises is offering up to $700 savings on all 2006 sailings.

“Viking River Cruises is thrilled at the tremendous increase in river cruise bookings we have seen from U.S. travelers in the past year,” said Jeff Dash, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Viking River Cruises. “We have developed the 2006 itineraries to offer passengers unparalleled opportunities to explore the history, culture and changing landscapes of Europe, Russia and China.”

Early Booking Discount Allows Travelers to Save Big on 2006 Vacations

Viking River Cruises offers a two-tiered Early Booking Discount (EBD) opportunity: passengers who book their 2006 cruise by September 1, 2005, save $350 per person ($700 savings per cabin maximum); passengers who book prior to December 1, 2005, save $250 per person ($500 per cabin). To book an itinerary, passengers must request offer “EBD” and need to pay in full by the corresponding deadline to get their maximum savings.

New Viking Century Sun and Wider Range of Yangtze River Cruise Trips

Viking Century Sun will join its sister ship, Viking Century Sky, on the Yangtze River in 2006, sailing the China’s Cultural Delights itinerary. Viking River Cruises is also offering new alternatives on China cruisetours with exciting land tours, a 3-, 4-, 7- or 9-night Yangtze River cruise, a new extension option featuring Guilin and Hong Kong, a true shopper’s paradise; new itineraries include:

* Imperial Jewels of China (9 or 10 nights): 2 nights in Shanghai,
a 3- or 4-night Yangtze cruise from Chongqing to the Three Gorges Dam,
1 night in Xian and 3 nights in Beijing

* Misty Mountains of the Yangtze (13 nights): 3 nights in Beijing,
1 night in Xian, 7-night Yangtze cruise from Chongqing to Wuhan and
2 nights in Shanghai

* China’s Cultural Delights (15 nights): 3 nights in Beijing, 1 night in
Xian, a 9-night Yangtze cruise from Chongqing to Nanjing, and 2 nights
in Shanghai

* Roof of the World (13 nights): 3 nights in Beijing, 1 night each in
Xian and Chengdu, 3 nights in Lhasa (Tibet); a 3-night Yangtze cruise
from Chongqing to the Three Gorges Dam, and 2 nights in Shanghai

In addition, travelers can add a 4-night shopper’s paradise extension in Hong Kong and Guilin to any China cruisetour.

2006 Brochures for Europe and China Available Now

Additional details about the China itineraries and Viking Century Sun are featured in the new 2006 China Expeditions brochure. Information about classic Viking River Cruises Europe and Russia itineraries are featured in the new 2006 European River Cruise Journeys brochure. Both brochures are available now.

Dates and prices for all itineraries are available online at

About Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises, the world leader in river cruising, offers quality service, gourmet cuisine and comfortable scenic cruising along Europe, Russia and China’s majestic rivers. Honored as the top river cruise line on Travel & Leisure’s “World’s Best” Awards for the past two years, Viking River Cruises has also appeared on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” in 2004 and 2005. Two of Viking River Cruises ships, Viking Europe and Viking Pride, were voted as “The Best Cruise Ships in the World” by a Conde Nast Traveler’s readers’ poll in 2005. Since its 1997 inception, the company has grown to a fleet of 23 vessels and provides a unique, affordable vacation to experienced travelers with an interest in geography, culture and history. For additional information, contact Viking River Cruises toll-free at 1-877-66VIKING (1-877-668-4546) or visit the company online at

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