Viking inauguration ceremony

Viking Christens 18 New River Cruise Ships

Posted March 21st, 2014

Viking Cruises has smashed its own world record with the inauguration of 16 new river cruise ships in Europe, to be followed by another two today.

The achievement was certified by a Guinness World Records adjudicator as "The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company," breaking Vikings own previous record of christening 10 ships in one day in 2013.

Viking's Record Inauguration Ceremony

The ceremony was held across 3 countries, involving 9 ships in Amsterdam, 4 in Rostock, Germany, and 3 in Avignon, France. Another two new vessels will be christened today in Porto, Portugal, doubling the cruise lines' current capacity on the Douro River.

All of the line's new ships will be deployed in Europe, including 4 in France for the first time, with one ship dedicated specifically to Bordeaux.

"Today we mark a new milestone for Viking and for modern river cruising," said Chairman of Viking Cruises, Torstein Hagen. “Fortunately, there are many Norse gods to take our names from,” he joked, during the gala naming ceremony. The ceremony was held aboard Viking Heimdal, which was tied up alongside Viking Buri, both berthed immediately forward of Viking Hermod, all named for Norse mythological figures.

Each new ship has a godmother; 'inspirational' women picked from around the world, including women associated with travel, food, wine, entertainment, banking and shipping.

Viking Cruises also announced that a further 12 ships will be added to the line's fleet next year. Ten of these will follow along the same line  of longships that first launched in 2012, but there will be 2 new designs that will be deployed on the Elbe River.

For more information on cruising with Viking Cruises, call one of our Cruise Specialists today on 1300 954 661.

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