KOBLENZ, GERMANY: Viking River Cruises today christened new longships, Viking Hild and Viking Herja, bringing the total number of ships in its fleet to 65.
Speaking at the christening ceremony Torstein Hagen, CEO and Chairman of Viking Cruises, said: “We have come quite far as a company and we are very appreciative. Two decades ago when we started this company, modern river cruising was still unknown to most travellers. Now 20 years later, we are pleased that most travellers know river cruising, and they know Viking as a household name.”
Viking Hild will sail on the Rhine and Main in Germany while Viking Herja‘s routes are still to be decided.
The godmothers to the two new ships are Princess Stephanie Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, CEO of the wine estate Weingut Fürst Löwenstein; and the conductor and composer Debbie Wiseman, Classic FM’s resident composer, who will be debuting a specially commissioned recital for Viking at Classic FM Live in April.
“The naming of a new ship by a ceremonial godmother is a sacred maritime tradition,” added Hagen. “We are honoured that the godmothers of our two new longships are also important partners who will help us deliver thoughtful and enriching experiences for Viking guests this year.”
Both ships feature the same cutting edge Scandinavian design as their sister ships, including the Aquavit Terrace, a sundeck, and balconies or French balconies on staterooms.