Viking Sea Christening: The Bottle Broke, But What Was In It?

Yes, It Is Aquavit

Yes, It Is Aquavit

Wake up and smell the Aquavit. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Want A Sip?

Want A Sip?

No thanks! © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Getting Ready To Roll

Getting Ready To Roll

From front to back Anthony MauBoussin, director of culinary development; Erling Frydenberg, owner's representative and head of cruise operations development; and Karl Eckl, general manager of Viking Sea. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

On Deck

On Deck

Ready to practice a christening. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

On Deck

On Deck

Erling Frydenberg and Karl Eckl. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

The Victim

The Victim

A big bottle of Aquavit. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Ready To Break The Bottle

Ready To Break The Bottle

Take one last look. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Hoisting The Bottle

Hoisting The Bottle

Pull! © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

No!

No!

I want it back! Viking Sea General Manager Karl Eckl. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Ready to Release

Ready to Release

Viking Sea General Manager Karl Eckl does the honors. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Success!

Success!

Viking Sea is christened. Well, not quite. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

A Perfect Break

A Perfect Break

Erling Frydenberg holding all that is left of the bottle. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle

Last week, I watched a rehearsal of Viking Sea’s christening, minus the crowds and fanfare — and the city of London. On Wednesday, while we were cruising from Malaga, Spain, Erling Frydenberg invited me to a practice run of the breaking of the bottle against Viking Sea’s hull.

So along with Frydenberg, who heads up “Cruise Operations Development” for Viking Cruises, and Viking Sea General Manager Karl Eckl, I headed forward and out on deck to watch a bottle break. Interestingly, the bottle that will break against Viking Sea’s hull tomorrow will not be champagne. Viking Star was christened last year with a Jeroboam-sized bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Viking Sea will be christened with a big bottle of Aquavit.

Eckl tied up the bottle of Gammel Opland and along with an officer, they hoisted it above the ship’s railing. The breaking of the bottle went off without a hitch. Even the cork remained, which Frydenberg suggested be kept and possibly framed later on.

Viking Sea’s official christening is tomorrow, Thursday, May 5 in Greenwich on the Thames River in London.

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