In March, Viking Cruises broke a Guinness World Record by christening the most ships within a 24-hour period. In a multi-phased event the company christened 16 of its award-winning Viking Longships nine were christened in Amsterdam; four were christened in Rostock, Germany; and three were christened in Avignon, France. Recognizing the travel trade’s contribution to the growth of the river cruise industry, Viking highlighted esteemed travel agent partners by naming them as ceremonial godmothers for seven of the 18 new ships.
Vicky Garcia, COO of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, was one of only seven travel industry professionals to be named godmother of a new Viking Cruises longboat, the Viking Magni. In celebration of this once-in-a-lifetime event, Viking Cruises representatives commemorated with a spectacular event at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. Guests enjoyed an open bar and delicious food stations representing Viking Cruises ports of call, including: Sweet & Spicy Sesame Chicken Skewers – Asia, Fish & Chips – England, Smoke Salmon Croque-Monsieur – France, Sauerkraut Balls – Germany, Cheese Ravioli – Italy, Potato Latke with Corned Beef and Cole Slow – Russia, Spanish Chorizo Empanada – Spain.
In 2012, Vicky Garcia was named Woman of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Cruise Planners’ CP Cares program continues to support the LLS mission to end cancer today. All proceeds from auction and raffle will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help find a cure for cancer.
Viking Cruises is a global corporation with headquarters in Los Angeles, California, that operates a fleet of river cruising vessels along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. The expansion of Viking’s business comes as a response to increased traveler demand for destination-focused cruises. Viking River Cruises expanded into the North American market in 2000, which now makes 87% of its business, and river cruise sales spiked more than 250% in the last two years.