(2:15 p.m. EDT) -- Viking River Cruises, which has launched four longship-style river vessels in 2012 with another two to be launched later this year, has ordered two more ships for 2013. With six new-builds already scheduled for delivery next year, by the end of 2013 the line will have launched 14 new river ships in a two-year period.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, said in a statement issued to the press that the response to the ships launched this year indicated there was more than enough demand for eight new ships next year, rather than the six originally planned.
Though physically all 14 ships will be "practically identical," accommodating 190 passengers in 95 staterooms, a spokesperson for Viking told Cruise Critic that small tweaks will be made "as part of an overall commitment to innovation and optimization."
The six Longships already scheduled for delivery next year will sail four of Viking's most popular European itineraries, including the nine-night Tulips & Windmills, seven-night Romantic Danube, 14-night Grand European Tour and seven-night Danube Waltz.
The two ships just ordered, Viking Jarl and Viking Atla, will host passengers on the seven-night Rhine Getaway itinerary, which sails from Amsterdam to Basel.