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Viking River Cruises’ mass christening of 10 ships in Amsterdam has officially entered the Guinness Book of Records. Ten godmothers were in attendance (in unseasonably freezing weather) to launch the ships, six of which were in the shipyard in Rostock, so were christened via satellite TV. The ships at the Amsterdam Passenger Terminal were festooned in red and white balloons (Viking’s colours) and the pre-christening entertainment included Ancient Vikings drumming and violinists. Godmothers were accompanied by little Dutch girls wearing traditional costumes (and clogs, of course) and each ship’s captain. Viking chairman Torstein Hagen set the ceremony in motion with a simple speech and it concluded in the Passenger Terminal with some 700-plus guests toasting the ships – and drinking to warm up again!

Captains and traditionally clad Dutch children