Cruising giant, Viking, achieved another milestone recently by officially naming its fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, in Shanghai along the famous Huangpu riverfront area known as the Bund.
The iconic ship had the red ribbon sliced by Chinese banker and Vice President of China Merchant Bank Financial Leasing, Mrs Yi Lou, followed by the smashing of a bottle of traditional Norwegian aquavit against the 930-passenger vessel’s bow.
The evening ceremony was a magnificent affair, which included performances by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, renowned Chinese operatic tenor Dai Yuqiang, and Norwegian singer and one of the world’s top crossover sopranos, Sissel Kyrkjebø. Viking Sun is reportedly the first ocean ship to be christened on the Bund. Viking has been committed to the Chinese market and is enthused in bringing in Chinese cruisers to its European river ships. It is said that six of its European river ships have a dedicated crew who can speak Mandarin, and the ships also have special Chinese menus, and tours designed with the Chinese traveller interests.
All of Viking’s ocean and river ships are designed in Nordic style featured in the artwork, furnishings, and overall framework. The inaugural party found the 47,800-ton ship looking awe-inspiring in the backdrop of luminescent lights. The party included local dignitaries, invited guests, and curious passengers in the middle of a 141-day World Cruise en route from Miami to London. Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking said that they cared deeply about the tourism in China and had been bringing river cruise guests since 2004.
Hagen added that they could not have asked for a more spectacular place for the naming ceremony. Meanwhile, it is said that the ship would arrive in London (Greenwich) on May 5, and it would have cruised around five continents, 35 countries, and around 64 ports during the inaugural world cruise. Viking Sun is expected to continue sailing the globe during the 2019 world cruise (on a 128-day itinerary from Miami to London).