The newly-christened Viking Sea recently made a special call at one of Britain’s most northerly points, as part of its maiden voyage to show its support for the RNLI.

The 930-guest ship arrived in Lerwick on the Shetland Islands last Wednesday to celebrate its commitment to the seafaring world by making a donation to the town’s RNLI Lifeboat Station.

The donation was one of three including another to the RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station on the Thames in London and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Neil Barclay, head of sales for the cruise line, said “This donation was important to us in supporting the RNLI’s important work. Lerwick was chosen in particular because it has strong Viking heritage and Norwegian connections including its name which comes from Norse. In fact, the town is nearly as close to Bergen, Viking Sea’s homeport, as it is to Aberdeen.”

Following its arrival into Lerwick for the first time, the ship will continue its voyage onto Kirkwall before arriving in Edinburgh. She then returns to London, this time calling at Harwich, as part of the line’s new ‘Into the Midnight Sun’ itinerary that sails between Bergen and London and explores the northernmost reaches of Scandinavia and sails across the Arctic Circle.

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