Viking will add 10 Longships to its river fleet, with the new vessels sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube, and Seine Rivers.

Give of the new vessels will be delivered in 2025 with the remaining five set to launch in 2026.

To officially mark the start of construction on all 10 ships, a keel laying ceremony was held today at Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany.

“Ever since we started Viking 26 years ago, our mission has been to help our guests explore the world in comfort. We focus on the destination, and we build elegant, innovative ships,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.

“We look forward to welcoming these new Longships to our European fleet and introducing The Viking Way of exploration to even more guests in the coming years.”

Viking’s current fleet currently consists of 80 river ships and the announcement marks a huge milestone for the company.

Last month, Viking celebrated the float out of its newest ocean ship, the Viking Vela which will debut in December 2024 and announced a new ship for the Mekong River in 2025, the Viking Tonle.

The new river ships will feature a variety of stateroom choices, the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace and Viking’s signature Scandinavian design aesthetic.

The new vessels feature a hybrid propulsion system with batteries and are also equipped for shore power to reduce reliance on fuel while in port. Onboard solar panels further contribute to the ships’ energy efficiency.