Viking River Cruises can certainly put on a show!
Viking was awarded the Guinness World Record for “The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company”
In a very impressive multi-phased event taking place over a duration of 24 hours, Viking christened 16 of its award-winning Viking Longships, which
beat last years record of 10 new Viking Longships christened in one day.
During these unique ceremonies, 9 Viking Longships were christened in Amsterdam, 4 in Rostock, Germany and 3 in Avignon, France – WOW!
The highly efficient, glamorous and first-of-its kind ceremony included ceremonial godmothers for each ship who went on to christen the ships in
typically elaborate fashion, swinging the usual champagne bottle across the waiting vessels.
The festivities didn’t stop there as Viking also went on to christen 2 new, unique river vessels in Porto, Portugal, bringing the grand total to 18 new
ships launched across four countries in five days -beat that!
Due to the popularity of Viking’s ‘Portugal’s River of Gold’ river cruise, the two new ships there will double the company’s current capacity on the
Douro River, no doubt making a lot of people happy!
Discovering the Douro on this ‘Portugal’s River of Gold’ itinerary is amazing.
This fabulous river cruise features two days and nights in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and a cruise along the Douro River.
You get to see some of Europe’s most pristine vistas, historic monasteries, terraced vineyards and baroque mansions – wonderful!
It also includes a day trip to Salamanca, Spain, one of this itinerary’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and several visits to
wineries to see the process and sample the port and tawny wines – sounds like heaven!
This river cruise alone is testament to the amazing river cruises that Viking have got to offer, no wonder Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises proudly announces “Today we mark a new milestone for Viking and for modern river cruising. We are proud to celebrate the arrival of our newest ships, and it is an honor to have each one named by a prominent godmother. River cruising is the fastest-growing segment of travel, and it is in large part because of the enthusiasm of our guests and travel trade partners that we have enjoyed such success.”