Prelude to a Viking Christening

It’s Norwegian Constitution Day in Norway – and two very important Norwegian ships are in port in Bergen. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Saturday, May 17, 2015
The excitement in the air is almost overwhelming here in Bergen, Norway, and it was noticeable even before I stepped out of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bergen this morning. Not only is it Norwegian Constitution Day here in Norway, but we’re just hours away from the christening of Viking Cruises’ first-ever oceangoing cruise ship, the gorgeous Viking Star.
We’re time-jumping in our Voyage Report just a little bit here, but I noticed something this morning from the top of Mount Fløyen that, if it’s coincidental, is one of the most profound accidents to happen on this voyage that began for me in Greenwich, London on Tuesday, when I embarked Viking Star.

Norwegian Constitution Day is in full swing here in Bergen, Norway! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Constitution Day is in full swing here in Bergen, Norway! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Men are almost universally dressed in suit-and-tie, and women are all dressed in traditional Norwegian dresses. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Men are almost universally dressed in suit-and-tie, and women are all dressed in traditional Norwegian dresses. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Parades...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Parades…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...fill the entire day...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

…fill the entire day…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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