Let’s Sail! A Guinness World Record in River Cruising
By Nishi Jain On 25 Mar, 2013 At 01:59 AM | Categorized As International, The Business of Travel | With 0 Comments
Fans of river cruises have reason to be happy about. There are ten more grand ships to sail about in now. Viking River Cruises, the world’s top river cruise line, recently made history by christening ten Viking Longships TM in a single day. In a ceremony held in Amsterdam, the company revealed its ten new ships – Viking Aegir, Viking Atla, Viking Bragi, Viking Embla, Viking Forseti, Viking Jarl, Viking Rinda, Viking Skadi, Viking Tor and Viking Var— and sailed into the Guinness Book of World Records, setting the record for ‘The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company’.

It’s a Viking!

Ten eminent women from across the globe were invited to serve as ceremonial godmothers for the ships. Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises, said: “Today is a proud day for Viking and for river cruising. We are honored to showcase 10 of our revolutionary new Longships and to have had such a celebrated group of women helping us christen them.” He added, “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.”

The ceremony was witnessed by an excited crowd of around 700 gathered at the port of Amsterdam. Four of the ships were christened here, while the remaining six were named from a shipyard in Germany via satellite. A Guinness World Records adjudicator was present at the event to officiate this achievement in river cruising. The previous record was of two ships launched at the same time. The celebrations included a gala onboard dinner, and of course, a maiden cruise. Sail away!

Nishi Jain

About - Nishi Jain spent five years studying English literature at Delhi University, at the end of which she realized 'all art is useless'. Another two years editing novels and writing newspaper articles, and shouting herself hoarse in street plays, she realized that erudition never got anybody anywhere. So, she took off and visited the four corners of India, came back, and announced that the best thing in the world was cheesecake. Now, she just writes, plays ping pong, and eats cake on the sly.

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