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Viking Launches Four New River Vessels

Viking River Cruises recently celebrated a record-breaking launch of four new river vessels in a one day lavish ceremony held in Amsterdam.

The ceremony, celebrated with garlands of red and white balloons and champagne, was honoured by four godmothers who christened the long ship-class vessels, Vikings new series of riverboats.

One of the godmothers was actress and travel lover Joanna Lumley who christened Viking Odin, a ship named after chief god of Norse mythology; she delighted the crowd in stating “I’ve never been godmother to a god before.”

Viking Idun was christened by Dr Lisa Randall, a respected theoretical physicist, a subject that Viking’s founder Torstein Hagen has a deep interest in and even holds a degree in nuclear physics.

Viking enthusiast Lisa Randall was given the honour of naming Viking Njord. One of Vikings most travelled customers she has been on 11 Viking cruises since the company was launched in 1997.

Viking Freya was christened by Rebecca Eaton, an award-winning TV producer and head of “Masterpiece Theatre” a company sponsored by Viking.

All four of Viking's 190-passenger river boats have been held as a huge leap forward in riverboat design. All four of the vessels have balcony rooms, indoor-outdoor dining and modern stylish interiors. Two more long ships are currently in production and will debut this coming summer and six additional ships will join the fleet in 2013.

Read more: Viking River Cruises, River Cruising