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April 8, 2013

The Red Carpet,  Exquisite Concert Music, the Myths of those Viking men, European Nobility, Flowing Veuve Clicquot & Godmothers … Flowers, Flowers, and more Flowers
 
The record-breaking christening of 10 Viking River Cruise Longships was incredibly captivating and truly a once in a lifetime experience.
 
For those who love to cruise, the new and beautiful ships that emerge each year are a treat; an opportunity to see what wondrous new features and amenities the cruise lines are offering.  For each of these ships, there is a christening ceremony.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the christening festivities first-hand?
 
Being on the “A List” for these events is a feat in itself, my friend and colleague Jeffrey, had the privilege of being invited to this Viking River’s most recent christening day.   This lovely ceremony in Amsterdam debuted the Longships™  – Viking Aegir, Viking Atla, Viking Bragi, Viking Embla, Viking Forseti, Viking Jarl, Viking Rinda, Viking Skadi, Viking Tor and Viking Var.  This record breaking ceremony christened 4 ships in person, and another 6 via satellite (they remain in the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, Germany) - the most ever by one line in a single
event.   
 
I asked Jeffery to tell me about the most extraordinary moments, see below.
 
p.s. If you’re dreaming of a river cruise vacation, we especially love the Tulip and Christmas markets cruises. 
 
They are a wonderful way to experience all river cruising has to offer.  If you’re interested in talking with a river cruise expert about the Christmas market cruises, or any river cruise, please contact AllThingsCruise via Jennifer@AllThingsCruise.com
 
These were, upon reflection, the 10 most extraordinary moments from the christening:
  1. The red carpet – Incredible.  How many times do most of us get to experience the feeling of walking on a red carpet?  A red carpet is traditionally used to mark the route taken by heads of state on ceremonial and formal occasions, and has in recent decades been extended to use by VIPs and celebrities at formal events.
     
  2. The impressive music- Beautiful concert, synchronized to water; this cascading water spelled out the names of the ships.
     
  3. The vision of the ships – Just amazing! Have the waters of Amsterdam ever before seen such a beautiful site? There were a total of 6 ships in Amsterdam, docked 3 deep on either side of the floating ceremony platform. Those ships present included Viking Aegir, Viking Bragi, Viking Embla, and the Viking Skadi. The Viking Odin and Viking Freya were also present for the christening before beginning their respective sailings. (The christenings for the Viking Var, Viking Tor, Viking Forsetti, Viking Rinda, Viking Jarl, and Viking Atla were held in the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, Germany.)
     
  4. The floating vessels, fountains and flowers - The Viking River ships were beautifully decorated in red and white garlands, festooned with balloons and flags, and had large television screens mounted to the front two ships for a viewing of the absent ships.  There was a floating platform in the center, where the Godmothers, line executives and members of the crew (among others) stood; as attendees, we were on the adjacent pier for the one hour ceremony.
     
  5. "Viking Drummers" - High spirited men, dressed like Vikings, were part of the pre-christening entertainment, along with violinists.
     
  6. The Godmothers – We enjoyed remarks by each godmother; to find out more about these ladies, please click here.
     
  7. Rubbing elbows with the famous – There were many well known and respected attendees; one special note of interest for us: Lady Fiona Carnarvon, Godmother of Viking Skadi, and her husband manage affairs at the Castle, featured in the program Downton Abbey.  (Interested in recipes from the show?  See the link below under “Do You Love to Cook?)
     
  8. The atmosphere – The party after the christening was held in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, and it had been transformed beyond recognition; they created a ballroom using fabric and crystal chandeliers.
     
  9. The champagne was flowing – Dressed in white and carrying silver trays, waiters delivered Veuve Clicquot (a premium brand of champagne) to guests. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe.  
     
  10. Guiness World Records™ - This christening was a record-breaking achievement. The previous record of “The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company'”– two- was obliterated at the event.  The new record was certified by a Guiness World Records™ adjudicator.
Upon receiving the award, Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises commented, “Our guests are explorers, just like the ancient Vikings of our Norse heritage, which is why we deliver authentic and enriching travel experiences like no other cruise line.”
 
This new record probably won’t stand for long, however; in 2014, the company plans to christen 12 new Longships.
 
The celebration concluded with an onboard dinner and maiden voyage cruise around the Amsterdam harbor.  It was an amazing privilege to be included and event not soon forgotten.
 
If you’re interested in talking with a river cruise expert about the Christmas market cruises, or any river cruise, please contact AllThingsCruise via Jennifer@AllThingsCruise.com
 
We have many other new stories about the lines, including, Azamara Quest, The Carnival Breeze, and if you are interested take a peek here:
https://allthingscruise.com/
 
Holland America Line: Their children’s policies and programs
Since we’ve been talking so much recently about family travel, here’s some information on another line that has an outstanding children’s program: Holland America.  If your children are between the ages of 3 and 17, this line has a myriad of activities, functions, and amenities that will keep them happy and entertained for the duration of your cruise.  A caveat: although children aged 6 months  More……….
 
Viking River is a leader in the river cruise industry and a favorite of many cruisers.  Read what people have to say about the line here: https://allthingscruise.com/cruise-reviews/reviews/Cruise-Ships/Viking-River/index.htm
 
Interested in New Ship Launches? Here’s more information: https://allthingscruise.com/newest-ships/
 
A valuable unique feature of AllThingsCruise is a complimentary e-card with vital cruise line and cruise ship contact information travelers can send to family members and others prior to departure.

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