Viking Longship Christening 2016

Six more Longships Christened for Viking River Cruises brings the total up to 59, inching ever closer towards Viking’s longterm goal of 100..

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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Fireworks and tug spray on a rainy day.

The Amsterdam Cruise Terminal was the rainy setting for another gala Viking River Cruises christening as seven of its patented red and white balloon-festooned Longships were gathered along its quayside. The seventh vessel, the 2015-launched VIKING VILI, was on hand to host media and top producing Viking travel travel partners. The six godmothers presiding over the ceremony were cruise industry travel executives. After each made a short invocation speech, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne was released onto the respective ship’s bow, culminating in a fireworks display and celebratory spray from a local tugboat.

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Red, white and Veuve…

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Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen hosts the ceremony.

Newly delivered by the Rostock, Germany-based Neptunwerks shipyard were: VIKING KADLIN (The Queen of Scotland who was the daughter of Norse nobleman Rolf — named by Beth Butzlaff, Managing Director of Virtuoso Cruise Sales), VIKING EGIL (The 10th Century Norse Warrior Poet — named by Jennifer Gasser, VP of Supplier Relations, World Travel Holdings), VIKINGVILJALM (10th Century Norman Ruler — named by Beryl Gibson of Northumbria Travel, Ltd.), VIKING ROLF (The Warrior King Symbol Of Courage — named by Lisa Anciaux, Director of Travel Products, AAA Washington), VIKING ALRUNA (A Valkyrie — named by Michelle Chimko, CEO Alberta Motor Association) and VIKING TIALFI (The Champion Runner Son Of Egil — named by Sinead O’Connell, Director Industry Relations, Vacation.com).

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Viking Longships Lobby, facing forward.

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Viking Longships Lounge, facing aft.

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Viking Longships Dining Room, facing aft.

Of the six new beautifully appointed Longships, four will be deployed on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers and two will sail the Seine. A seventh new Longship-inspired river ship for 2016, the VIKING OSFRID, specifically built for the Douro River, will bring the company’s total number of ships in Portugal to three. The six new Longships are in various states of fitting out and will be entering service this Spring.

Viking, the world’s largest and most successful river cruise line, also operates the ocean-going VIKING STAR, the first in a series of highly rated ships that will be followed in March by the VIKING SEA, currently fitting out at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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