Draken Viking Ship Plymouth Harbor – July 17-20
THE WORLD’S LARGEST VIKING SHIP TO SAIL INTO PLYMOUTH
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Expedition America: U.S. East Coast Tour 2018
Norwegian Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre (Draken), today announced Plymouth, Massachusetts as the second official stop on its Expedition America: East Coast Tour 2018 presented by Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The tour, slated to launch in July 2018, will bring the world’s largest operating Viking ship to Plymouth for a four-day stopover from July 17 – 20. Beginning with an arrival ceremony on July 17 and continuing with three days of ship tours and activations in the Draken Village, the Draken visit promises visitors an engaging look at the modern-day Viking spirit.
“Historically known as a port for pioneers and nautical endeavors, Plymouth is a destination that can closely relate to the Viking ethos,” said Amy Naples, Executive Director, Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Her counterpart at Destination Plymouth, Executive Director Paul Cripps continued, “We are proud to welcome the Draken ship to our historic town. As a beacon for U.S. history and discoveries, the Draken will enhance our ties to the world of exploration and offer our visitors and locals alike the chance to experience this incredibly unique vessel.”
Hosted in partnerships with the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce and Destination Plymouth, the Draken will dock at the Plymouth Town Wharf (9 Town Wharf) and will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to relive history in a way never experienced before. Draken will allow guests to not only marvel at this stunning Viking ship – but also to interact with the crew as they share their personal experiences of thrill, fear, and exhilaration while enduring the ship’s 2016 transatlantic crossing – reliving the Viking discovery of the New World more than 1,000 years ago.
The Draken Experience in Plymouth
Tuesday, July 17, 3:30 p.m.
Draken Arrival Ceremony
Led by The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce and Destination Plymouth County, guests are invited to greet the Draken ship as it sails into port with a display of Viking valor and excitement. Captain Björn Ahlander and his crew will step ashore to welcome the crowd and introduce the Draken. This event is free and open to the public. A small, private welcome reception will follow.
Wednesday, July 18 – Friday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Draken Village & Deck Tours
Beginning daily at 10 a.m., Draken will be open for timed and ticketed deck tours. Tour tickets, which run $6 for kids (ages 5 to 15, free admission for ages 4 and under); $12 for adults (ages 16 and over); and $30 for a family pack (includes two adults, and up to three children) can be purchased online at www.drakenhh.com beginning July 1, or on-site at the Draken Village. During each 30-minute tour, guests are guided through the ship and offered a look at a day-in-the-life of the crew and the historic craftsmanship used to build the ship with oak, tar, hemp, iron, and silk.
Within the Draken Village, which is free and open to the public, guests can experience a photo and video exhibition illustrating Viking history, modern explorers, and the adventures of the Draken; land-side views of the ship; the Highland Park Whisky hospitality tent; local food and beverage vendors; official Draken merchandise, and more.
Additional ticketed Draken events include a lecture with Captain Björn Ahlander outlining the adventurous expeditions of the Draken (Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m., $25) and a screening of the newly released Draken documentary: Expedition America – a Modern Viking Adventure (Thursday, July 19, 7:00 p.m., $20).
“The Vikings were accomplished navigators, artisans, traders and storytellers, but their greatest triumph was the ships they built,” said Captain Björn Ahlander. “Each Draken stopover offers guests a tangible tie to history. We hope our visitors are inspired by the vigor of the Viking spirit and our modern-day adventures.”
Following the overwhelming response from the 2016 tour, the next leg of the Draken Harald Hårfagre North American tour will consist of stopovers across the U.S. East Coast states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and more. The final tour schedule and all stopover ports are set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The crew on board Draken is a team of 35 men and women from all over the world, representing a diverse mix of age, gender, nationality, and background. The Draken is now accepting applications for public volunteer crew positions. To take part in this rare opportunity visit: www.drakenhh.com/join-the-crew.
To learn more about the Draken ship, team, and 2018 tour, visit www.DrakenHH.com or @DrakenHH on social media.