Published on : Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The Minister of Transport & Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban led a delegation aboard the MS Viking Sea at the invitation of the Founder, Chairman and Owner of Viking Cruises Torstein Hagen.
There were some more than 40 stakeholders, who were invited for lunch and a tour of the Star Class vessel, docked in Hamilton, on its inaugural visit to the island.
It is the first time a Viking Cruises ship has ever sailed to Bermuda, although Viking Cruise has been registered in Bermuda for two decades.
During a grand ceremony involving an exchange of plaques, the Deputy Premier of Bermuda had welcome remarks for Mr. Hagen, Viking Sea Captain Bent-Ivar Gangdal and crew.
In 2013, Viking Cruise added to their leading reputation for river cruises, by branching out into ocean cruises and launching their first ocean liner in 2015.
Following the inaugural visit of the MS Viking Sea, Bermuda will also host two more Viking inaugural calls with the MS Viking Sky on October 31 and the MS Viking Sun on November 14.
The Viking model involves the medium size, five-star design cruise vessels, together with excellent performance and comfort levels on ships holding less than a thousand passengers.
Minister Roban said that it was a great pleasure to be here with them to commemorate the inaugural visit to Bermuda of the MS Viking Sea. This superb vessel is not just a Bermuda flagged ship, but it is owned by a Bermuda company, Viking Cruises Ltd., which was incorporated here nearly 20 years ago.
They are delighted to finally welcome one of great ships to the Caribbean island.
The Bermudians admire how the most established brand with the world’s finest river cruises and how, in recent years, you entered, and quickly excelled at, the ocean cruises market.
Viking Cruise has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line in the Caribbean cruise world.