Record-Breaking Christening For Viking River

Viking River cemented its leadership position in river cruising with the christening of its latest batch of ships. The line surpassed its own record for the most number of ships christened in one day when it named 16 identical, 190-passenger Longship river boats over a 24-hour period across 3 countries.


The central christening event took place on Tuesday in Avignon, France. Guests joined Viking executives on the sundecks of the Viking Buri, Viking Heimdal and Viking Hermod, tied up together on the Rhone River. A live video feed from the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany showed champagne-smashing ceremonies for 4 more boats, while Amsterdam hosted the christening of an additional 7 Longships the previous day. Completing the 18 Longships to debut in 2014 are 2 more vessels to be named on the Duoro River in Portugal.


The godmothers for the 18 ships cover a diverse field in terms of expertise and achievements. Among the higher profile choices are legendary television baker and “Great British Bakeoff” star Mary Berry (Viking Alsvin), BBC1 “Saturday Kitchen’s” Susi Barrie (Viking Heimdal), celebrated French singer Mireille Mathieu (Viking Buri) and Anne Willan (Viking Hermod), founder of Paris’ Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.


Since the introduction of the revolutionary Longships design in 2012, Viking River now has 30 Longships cruising on European rivers such as the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Moselle, Gironde and Duoro.


Introduced in 2012, the popular vessels boast unique features such as the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace and grill, environmentally friendly features such as solar panels, energy-efficient hybrid engines and organic herb gardens on sundecks. Viking River ultimately plans to have more than 50 Longship-style vessels in service.


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