Viking Sea Makes History as the Largest Vessel Christened in Greenwich, London
Viking’s second ocean-faring vessel, Viking Sea, was officially christened at Greenwich, London on May 5th and makes history as the largest ship ever to be launched in London. It sailed brilliantly into the port as “Rule Brittania” played on.
The largest sea-faring vessel to tender in Greenwich had a celebration fit for the Queen the evening of the christening, with fireworks following the official bottle-breaking ceremony which was done with Gammel Opland aquavit instead of the traditional Champagne. The aquavit hails from the same town in Norway where Torstein’s mother and Karine’s grandmother, Ragnhild are from.
The chairman’s daughter, Karine Hagen, who serves as the nurturing and loving Godmother of the vessel, gave a heartfelt speech dressed in a traditional Norwegian bunad, and paid tribute to the vision of her father.
A Norwegian Viking lent Hagen a traditional battle axe that was used to cut the cord for the aquavit christening. The axe is a replica of the 11th century Viking axe that was discovered in the 1920’s which was fittingly dredged from the bottom of the Thames River.
The festivities that followed the Christening were momentous, elegant and memorable. Guests were treated to fireworks that burst like chrysanthemums all around the port. The beloved Norwegian soprano, Sissel, sang beautiful songs in the ship’s Wintergaarden Café.
The christening ceremony was held on the same day as London’s mayoral elections; the results also made history when the city’s first-ever Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, was elected.