10 Viking Longships christened

By Arnie Weissmann

In a simultaneous and cross-simulcast ceremony that spanned 320 miles of Europe, 10 Viking River Cruises Longships were christened in the port of Amsterdam and the shipyards of Rostock, Germany.

As temperatures hovered near the freezing mark in both locales, the Atla, Forseti, Jarl, Rinda, Tor and Var were christened in Rostock.

Then the Aegir and Embla (which entered service last year) and the Bragi and Skadi (which were just delivered from Rostock and have not yet carried passengers) were officially named under the watchful eye of Viking managing director and founder Tor Hagen and a crowd of more than 700 travel agents, partners, shipping officials and press.

Live video feed of the Rostock event was displayed in Amsterdam, and Amsterdam activities were shown in Rostock. All 10 godmothers were in Amsterdam.

Follow Arnie Weissmann on Twitter @awtravelweekly.

This article has been updated to include the Tor as one of the ships christened in Rostock.  



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