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London welcomes largest ocean cruise ship christening

This Thursday, London will welcome the largest ocean ship to be christened on the Thames as Viking Sea, officially a small cruise ship, arrives for its naming ceremony. The sophisticated, state-of-the-art ship can host 930 guests on itineraries that start from Scandinavia and the Baltic through to the Western and Eastern Mediterranean as well as the Caribbean and beyond. Viking Sea is the second ocean cruise ship launched by Viking Cruises and follows the arrival into Greenwich last March of its sister ship, Viking Star.

Viking Sea will pass through the Thames Barrier shortly after 11am and moor at Greenwich around 12.15pm where 48 sailors will man the yard-arm of the Cutty Sark in a traditional naval custom to welcome her. Later that evening, the ship will be christened followed by a celebratory firework display. The event is set to conclude at 10pm.

Since its 1997 inception, Viking Cruises has grown to become the world’s leading operator with a fleet of 65 vessels and in 2015 Viking debuted its maiden season of ocean cruising. The cruise line offers culturally-enriching, destination-focused river and ocean cruises for travellers curious about the world, its rich culture and varied history. Viking Cruises takes its guests on curated, elegant voyages to some of the most iconic destinations in Europe, the Caribbean and the Far East, allowing a unique window on inspiring destinations and rewarding experiences. Featuring onboard cultural enrichment and included shore excursions, Viking’s journeys are competitively priced for genuine value.


WHEN: 5th May 2016 (11am-12.30pm / 9.50pm-10pm)

WHERE: Thames Barrier Park – 11.10am: arrival of Viking Sea through Thames Barrier

Greenwich Pier – 12.12pm: arrival of Viking Sea to Greenwich past Cutty Sark

Greenwich Pier – 9.50pm: fireworks display celebrating naming ceremony