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Viking Cruises Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Commissioning a Signature Piece of Music to Debut at Classic FM Live

[Thursday January 18, 2017] This year Viking Cruises celebrates 20 years of exploring inspiring destinations around the globe. These two decades of incredible achievements deserve a real celebration and to mark this momentous anniversary Viking Cruises has commissioned a signature piece of music to be written exclusively for them.

The composition will be written by world-renowned composer Debbie Wiseman, who previously has written music for film and TV, including the recent BBC Drama Wolf Hall which won the Royal Television Society West Award 2016 Best Composer, Drama and Debbie's soundtrack album from the acclaimed series went to number 1 in the UK Classical charts. The Viking signature piece will debut at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 April, which is sponsored by Viking Cruises.

“I'm thrilled to be composing a piece of music for Viking Cruises. My time on board the ocean and river ships inspired me to create something truly unique, which captures the mix of travel, exploration and adventure that makes the Viking Cruises experience so special.

The composition evokes the beautiful style of the ships, the distinctive sounds of travelling on the water and the breath-taking seascapes and destinations. I hope that as people listen to the piece they will be able to imagine these experiences as if they’d been transported aboard ship themselves”, explains Debbie.

Viking Cruises has inspired travel for many years and continues to be creative and innovative, and by working with Debbie Wiseman, Viking wants to bring these values to life through her music.

Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director of Viking Cruises UK said, ” After hearing Debbie's recent composition "The Musical Zodiac" which premiered at Classic FM Live in September last year, we were inspired to commission a piece of music for Viking's 20th anniversary and Debbie was the perfect choice to create this for us. The piece will be Debbie’s own interpretation of her experience on Viking’s river and ocean ships.”

From its first cruises on the rivers of Russia back in 1997, Viking Cruises has grown to become the world’s leading river cruise line with over 63 elegant vessels sailing routes that stretch from Europe to China and South East Asia. Since 2015 it has also offered luxury ocean cruises and by 2019 will operate six ocean-going ships.

Viking Cruises will be celebrating this special anniversary throughout the year with special events, competitions and cruise offers. For more information please visit www.vikingcruises.co.uk.

Media enquiries please contact: Monic Chhabria – Acting PR Events manager, Viking Cruises UK Email: Monic.Chhabria@vikingcruises.com.Images are available upon request.

About Viking Cruises:
Viking Cruises offers culturally-enriching, destination-focused river and ocean cruises for travellers curious about the world, its rich culture and varied history. Viking Cruises takes its guests on curated, elegant voyages to some of the most iconic destinations in Europe, the Caribbean and the Far East, allowing a unique window on inspiring destinations and rewarding experiences. Featuring onboard cultural enrichment and included shore excursions, Viking’s journeys are competitively priced for genuine value.

Since its 1997 inception the company has grown to become the world’s leading operator with a fleet of 65 vessels and in 2015 Viking debuted its maiden season of ocean cruising. The sophisticated state-of-the-art Viking Star and Viking Sea can each host 930 guests on itineraries that start from the brand’s homeland in Scandinavia and the Baltic through to the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.

The most award-winning river cruise line, Viking has consistently won customer-voted and industry-recommended awards. The 2015 award season saw the seventh consecutive year Viking held onto the ‘Best River Cruise Line’ award at British Travel Awards and, most recently won best River Cruise Company at the 2016 Travel Weekly Globe Awards for the 3rd year in a row.

Viking is committed to bolstering its agent offering and has a series of FAM trips later this year to allow them to experience first-hand the Viking Cruises offering.

In 2015, Viking launched an exclusive new agent online training programme, Made for Trade where agents can increase their river and ocean cruise product knowledge.

For additional information on Viking’s River and Ocean offering, contact Viking Cruises 020 8780 7995 or visit the company at www.vikingcruises.co.uk. Follow Viking River Cruises on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VikingCruisesUK/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/vikingcruisesuk