O’Connell joined Vacation.com in 2005 and will christen the Viking Tialfi on March 1 in Amsterdam

Alexandria, VA (February 29, 2016)Vacation.com®, North America’s leading business and marketing solutions provider to the leisure travel distribution channel, is pleased to announce that Sinéad O’Connell, Director of Industry Relations for Vacation.com, has been asked to serve as the godmother of Viking River Cruises’ Viking Tialfi. O’Connell will be in Amsterdam on March 1, 2016, along with five additional godmothers, as all will christen a total of six, new Viking Longships™ simultaneously.

“River cruising remains one of the fastest-growing segments of travel, and Viking would not be in our position of leadership without an incredible amount of help from travel agents,” said Milton Hugh, SVP of Finance and Control for Viking Cruises. “The naming of ships by ceremonial godmothers is a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years. The eminent women we have chosen to name our 2016 Viking Longships are partners who are experts in their field and have always recognized the value of destination-focused cruises. We are honored to have their support and their participation in this year’s celebration.”

In addition to the Viking Tialfi to be christened by O’Connell, the following Viking River Cruise ships will be christened on March 1: Viking Egil, Viking Rolf, Viking Alruna, Viking Kadlin, and Viking Vilhjalm.

“Being asked to be a godmother for any ship is such a tremendous honor, but to receive it due to Viking’s ongoing partnership with Vacation.com members is particularly gratifying. I am especially proud of sending my well wishes to the Viking Tialfi,” said O’Connell. “With the dramatic growth of river cruising over the last 10 years and the eagerness of Vacation.com members to recommend it to their clients, it’s no surprise that Viking continues to expand. I am truly humbled to be a part of this prestigious christening ceremony.”

“Sinéad has been an instrumental member of our Vacation.com team for over 10 years, and she’s successfully worked hand-in-hand with many of our top supplier partners including Viking River Cruises,” added Vacation.com President, John Lovell, CTC. “On behalf of our member agencies and headquarters team, I am thrilled she has been singled out by Viking for this honor.”

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