Los Angeles, CA. – With 18 new Viking Longships set to launch in 2014, Viking Cruises has announced that Geraldine Ree, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Expedia CruiseShipCenters will become the Godmother of the Viking Eistla. Ree will perform the prestigious honor of christening the new ship at a ceremony in Amsterdam on March 17, 2014.
“Geraldine is one of the most recognized women in the cruise industry”, says Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “She has been sharing her passion for cruising with travel agents and travelers for more than 25 years and we are delighted to recognize her in this way.”
Ree, who spent 17 years with Princess Cruises, most recently as Regional Sales Director, joined Expedia CruiseShipCenters in 2006, is humbled by the acknowledgement. “To think that I will be so closely associated with an experience that people will treasure for the rest of their lives is just remarkable,” she says. “I can’t say enough great things about what Mr. Hagen and his team have done to open up the world of river cruising with their destinations, ships and first-class customer experience.”
River cruising continues to be one of the fastest growing segment of the industry, attracting both first time and experienced ocean cruise travelers. Within this segment, Viking Cruises has grown at an average of 22 percent per year. By the end of 2014, Viking will have introduced a total of 30 new ships in a three-year period – the most rapid fleet expansion program the cruise industry has ever seen. The 18 new ships in 2014 will sail Viking’s most popular itineraries in Europe.
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