The Second Coming Of Torstein Hagen: Full Circle In Bergen


For Torstein Hagen, returning to Bergen, Norway, was about much more than christening his new and much-lauded ocean-going vessel, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The event marked a “coming home” for Hagen as well as the crowning achievement of a Lazarus-like return from two potentially catastrophic events in his life. Read more on our sister site, Avid Cruiser.

Viking Christens Its Newest Star in Bergen

Viking Cruises first-ever oceangoing ship, Viking Star, photographed here in Greenwich, England on May 12, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking River Cruises passed a major milestone on Sunday, when its first-ever oceangoing cruise ship was christened in the port of Bergen, Norway on the evening of Norwegian Constitution Day. I was pierside in Bergen for the moving event that was attended by approximately 20,000 people and included performances by Norwegian vocalist Sissel and comedy-pop duo Ylvis, […]

Where Do River Cruise Ships Dock in Paris?

Seine River from Pont Mirabeau in Paris. Photo by Wikipedia.

Where do river cruise ships dock in Paris? There are two ports on the Seine River in Paris at which they can dock. If you have already taken a river cruise to or from Paris, then you are probably somewhat familiar with the location of the two ports. And if you have not, you may be wondering where […]

A Look at Egypt’s Nile River

Another shot of the Nile River in Egypt. Despite difficulties in getting around, the journey here is well worth the effort. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The Nile River was once one of the hottest and most exotic river cruise destinations around. However, just as river cruising was beginning to hit its apex, the Arab Spring threw a wrench into Egypt’s tourism industry. River cruises slowed, then tapered off almost completely. Now, both Viking River Cruises and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise […]