If you like to cruise – but rubbing elbows with thousands of other tourists makes you crazy -- you might be interested in a couple of new, smaller ships that will sail into the picture in 2014 and 2015.
The new lines are among the first being introduced in the travel industry in nearly a decade.
Viking River Cruises, the industry leader in Europe, will launch Viking Ocean Cruises in 2015. The new Viking Star will cruise to Scandinavia and the Baltic, plus the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.
(See also: Great all-inclusive cruises)
All of the Star’s cabins will have verandas; there will be no interior rooms. And, for people who hate some common cruise ship activities, there’s more good news:
• Shore excursions will be included in the price
• No surcharges at the ship’s specialty restaurants
• No casino
• 12-hour port stops
• No formal nights (meaning no need to wear a tie)
Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen, who announced the new line at a Beverly Hills Hilton banquet for 300 guests, was wearing anRead More »from Viking to launch ocean cruise line