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Gibraltar’s Minister Daryanani meets with Viking’s Hagen and Grimes

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Viking's Torstein Hagen (left) and Matt Grimes (right) meet with Minister Daryanani
Gibraltar’s Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port Vijay Daryanani met with Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, and Matt Grimes, VP maritime operations, on board Viking Venus during a technical call of Viking’s newest ship to Gibraltar.

The Viking executives flew to Gibraltar to join Viking Venus and meet with the minister, who also toured the ship including its full-scale COVID-19 PCR laboratory.

‘I’m delighted to be in Gibraltar to meet Minister Daryanani and to join our newest ship, Viking Venus. I’ve been speaking virtually with Minister Daryanani now for several weeks, discussing possibilities for Gibraltar and it is a pleasure to be here and to meet him in person,’ commented Grimes.

Cruise committment

Daryanani said, ‘It’s great to have one of my first face to face meetings this year with executives from the cruise industry.’

The Minister continued, ‘I’m heavily committed to the cruise industry and this meeting is just one facet of the hard work I am carrying out to ensure the successful return of this important element of our tourism sector.’

Viking Venus naming

Viking Venus is scheduled to be named in the UK on May 17 before embarking on a series of cruises exclusive to vaccinated UK residents. The ship will then move to the Mediterranean where Viking plans to restart operations in in July with new ocean voyages for vaccinated travelers on Viking Venus and Viking Sea from Valletta, Malta.

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