Viking has welcomed eight new river ships to its fleet during a celebration in Paris.
All the vessels are Viking Longships and the four built specifically to navigate the Seine River includeViking Kari, Viking Radgrid, Viking Skaga andViking Fjorgyn. They will dock in the heart of Paris at Port de Grenelle, near to the Eiffel Tower.
This year the line marks its 25th anniversary, and has significant expansion plans. In January the company launched its Viking Expeditions division and its first polar class vessel, Viking Octantis.
By the end of the year Viking will have also welcomed a second expedition ship, alongside two identical ocean ships and purpose-built vessels for the Nile, Mekong and Mississippi rivers.
Chairman Torstein Hagen said: “As we mark 25 years of sailing the iconic waterways of the world, it is always a proud day when we welcome new ships to our fleet and offer more opportunities for curious travellers to explore the world in comfort.”
The line invited eight cultural partners and “members of the company’s extended family” to serve as ceremonial godmothers of the new ships. They include Brenda Hunsberger, senior vice president of travel services with AAA Club Alliance and Karryn Christopher, executive vice president of preferred partnerships and marketing for Signature Travel Network. They were joined by Virtuoso director of event strategy and sponsorship, Muriel Wilson.