Seattle's Lisa Anciaux One of Six in World to be Named Godmother of Viking River Longship

March 10, 2016

Lisa Anciaux, AAA Washington Director of Travel Products, Traveled to Amsterdam to Christen the Viking Rolf

Bellevue, Wash.  – Seattle's Lisa Anciaux, Director of Travel Products for AAA Washington, was one of six travel industry leaders to be named godmother of Viking River Cruises' six new longships. Lisa traveled to Amsterdam and on March 1 christened the Viking Rolf, of which she has been named godmother.

Viking River Cruises welcomed the latest additions to its fleet with the christening of six new Viking Longships® during a waterfront celebration in Amsterdam. Recognizing the contribution the travel trade has made to the growth of the river cruise industry, for the first time in the company's history Viking honored six travel agent partners as ceremonial godmothers for the new ships, including AAA Washington's Lisa Anciaux.

“River cruising remains one of the fastest-growing segments of travel, and we would not be the leading river cruise line without the help of travel agents," said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “The naming of ships by ceremonial godmothers is a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years. The partners we have chosen to name our newest ships are experts in their field, and as Viking has marketed the concept of river cruises over the last two decades, they have always recognized our value in the industry. We are honored to have their support and their participation in this year's celebration."

Lisa Anciaux, newly appointed godmother of the Viking Rolf, fell in love with traveling with her family at a young age. Furthering her love for travel, Lisa has been on more than 115 cruises and has worked diligently to help people expand their life experiences through travel. A 39-year veteran, she is the Director of Travel Products at AAA Washington, where she introduced Viking River Cruises to this market.

AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904. The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its million plus members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public. Additional information is available through the company’s offices in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-800-562-2582.

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