The Viking Longships

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16 VIKING LONGSHIPS CHRISTENED IN 2014

MULTI-PHASED EVENT TAKING PLACE OVER 24 HOURS BREAKS WORLD RECORD

Christening 2014: Amsterdam

Christening 2014: Avignon

Christening 2014: Avignon

Christening 2014: Avignon

Christening 2014: Avignon

Christening 2014: Avignon

Viking Cruises® set a new world record with the inauguration of its newest Viking Longships®. In a multi-phased event taking place over 24 hours, the company christened 16 of its award-winning Viking Longships – nine were christened in Amsterdam; four were christened in Rostock, Germany; and three were christened in Avignon, France. The first-of-its kind ceremony was subsequently certified by a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator as "The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company." Viking already held the previous record, having christened 10 new ships in one day in 2013.

All of Viking’s new ships will be deployed on its most popular itineraries in Europe, and 2014 marks the first year that the company’s award-winning Longships® will sail in France. A total of four Viking Longships will be deployed on Viking’s itineraries in France, including one vessel dedicated specifically to the company’s new Châteaux, Rivers & Wine itinerary in Bordeaux and three Longships sailing the popular Portraits of Southern France itinerary.

Since debuting in 2012, Viking Longships have amassed a long list of prestigious awards. They recently topped Condé Nast Traveler’s annual readers’ Cruise Poll for best river cruise ships – with Viking Odin specifically being named the #1 top-ranking river cruise ship – and the entire class of vessels was named “Best New River Ships of 2012” in Cruise Critic’s® Editors’ Picks Awards.

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