The “Green” Viking Legend Nears End of Inaugural Cruise

by  Amber Nolan | Jul 21, 2009
Viking Legend
Viking Legend / Photo courtesy of the cruise line

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After embarking from Amsterdam on July 5, the new Viking Legend is nearing the end of its inaugural voyage. During the 15-day Grand European Tour, the new ship has been navigating the water of five nations, including the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. As the ship sails down the Rhine and Danube Rivers passengers can enjoy the scenery in nearly every public area of the ship, from the panoramic windows in the atrium to the 360 degree views on the outdoor sundeck. Of the ships 97 staterooms, an impressive 74 percent offer French balconies, and all of the remaining rooms contain a picture window.

Due to their small size, it can be difficult for newly launched river cruise ships to compete with the attention-getting ice bars, carousels, boardwalks, and outdoor theaters the creative teams on ocean cruise lines have been rolling out. Although the Viking Legend’s new features may go unnoticed to some, these green efforts easily trump much of the flashy onboard entertainment of the newer mainstream ships. Thanks to its diesel-electric hybrid engines, it requires an estimated 20 percent less fuel to power the vessel and the noise-insulated engine rooms allow for a remarkably quiet experience. It also has its own membrane water treatment plant, and is one of the first ships to be certified under the new EU guidelines to reduce carbon emissions.

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