Viking® welcomes eight new river ships to its fleet


Viking® has welcomed eight new river ships to its award-winning fleet throughout a celebration in Paris. Of the eight new Viking Longships®, 4 ships – Viking Fjorgyn, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid and Viking Skaga – are constructed particularly to navigate the Seine River and produce visitors to the center of Paris with an unique docking location at Port de Grenelle, only a brief stroll from the Eiffel Tower. The 4 extra ships – Viking Egdir, Viking Gersemi, Viking Gymir and Viking Hervor – will sail Viking’s well-liked itineraries on the Rhine, Principal and Danube rivers.

The naming of the brand new river ships comes as Viking continues its twenty fifth anniversary and a yr of a number of milestones. In January 2022, the corporate launched Viking Expeditions and its first Polar Class vessel, the Viking Octantis®. By the top of the yr, Viking may have additionally welcomed a second an identical expedition ship, in addition to two new an identical ocean ships, new purpose-built vessels for the Nile and Mekong rivers and new Mississippi River voyages.

“As we mark 25 years of crusing the long-lasting waterways of the world, it’s at all times a proud day once we welcome new ships to our fleet and supply extra alternatives for curious vacationers to discover the world in consolation,” mentioned Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “At present we’re particularly happy to honor eight gifted and completed people as godmothers of our latest river ships, and we stay up for the beginning of one other season of European river voyages.”

Viking naming ceremony

Consistent with maritime custom that dates again hundreds of years, Viking invited eight distinguished cultural companions and essential members of the corporate’s prolonged household to function ceremonial godmothers of the brand new ships.

The honored godmothers embrace:

  • Alma Deutscher, Godmother of Viking Gymir – A musical phenomenon, Alma captivates the classical world together with her skills as a violinist, pianist, composer and conductor, and at simply 17 years outdated was hailed because the “new Mozart” at an early age. She just lately appeared on an episode of Viking’s award-winning enrichment channel, Viking.TV (Anne Diamond Welcomes Again Composer and Musician Alma Deutscher), the place she mentioned her upcoming live performance sequence, which can be unique for Viking visitors on choose river voyages visiting Vienna.
  • Helen Deutscher, Godmother of Viking Egdir – A violinist, pianist and vocalist, Helen is an completed musician who honed her musical and efficiency abilities on the Music Gymnasium in Vienna and as a member of the Vienna State Opera’s kids’s refrain; she has additionally carried out in a number of productions of her sister Miss Alma Deutscher’s opera, Cinderella. Helen and Alma just lately appeared collectively on an episode of Viking.TV (Anne Diamond Interviews Classical Musicians, Alma & Helen Deutscher) the place they mentioned their outstanding lives and lots of musical milestones.
  • Dr. Janie Deutscher, Godmother of Viking Radgrid – An writer and educator, Dr. Deutscher can also be an completed musician and earned an organ scholarship to Oxford College the place she later taught medieval literature; lately, she has targeting homeschooling and supporting the musical ambitions of her two daughters, Alma and Helen, godmothers of Viking Gymir and Viking Egdir, respectfully.
  • Brenda Hunsberger, Godmother of Viking Hervor – For greater than 4 a long time, Ms. Hunsberger, Senior Vice President of Journey Providers with AAA Membership Alliance, has labored within the trade as an completed journey agent; she believes within the energy of journey to rework views and alter lives.
  • Karryn Christopher, Godmother of Viking Gersemi – Ms. Christopher is Government Vice President of Most popular Partnerships & Advertising for Signature Journey Community, a member-owned journey cooperative established in 1956, the place she has led the transformation of the corporate’s gross sales and advertising and marketing division.
  • Ghislaine Wooden, Godmother of Viking Fjorgyn – Because the Deputy Director of the College of East Anglia’s Sainsbury Centre, some of the essential public college artwork galleries in Nice Britain, Ms. Wooden rigorously curates exhibitions, together with the upcoming “Visions of Historic Egypt,” which was developed in partnership with Viking; opening in September 2022, the exhibit will honor the a hundredth anniversary of the invention of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Ms. Wooden mentioned her work on the Sainsbury Centre in a latest episode of Viking.TV (Discover Alaskan Objects on the Sainsbury Centre with Ghislaine Wooden), together with the origins of their Alaska assortment which examines how indigenous Alaskan communities developed applied sciences and instruments to adapt to their setting.
  • Muriel Wilson, Godmother of Viking Skaga – Because the Director of Occasion Technique & Sponsorships for Virtuoso, Ltd., Ms. Wilson has been a distinguished employees member of the worldwide community of companies for greater than 40 years and leverages her deep information of the trade to develop high quality hospitality and journey experiences for Virtuoso’s journey advisors and most well-liked companions.
  • Kari Garmann, Godmother of Viking Kari – Former member of The Parliament of Norway and Oslo Metropolis Council, Ms. Garmann has made helpful contributions to Norway within the areas of presidency, enterprise and banking all through her profession.

The naming occasion was executed by connecting the brand new ships through satellite tv for pc throughout two European cities: Paris and Amsterdam. The Viking Fjorgyn, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid and Viking Skaga had been docked in Paris on the Port de Grenelle, the place they had been named by their godmothers. The opposite 4 ships – Viking Egdir, Viking Gersemi, Viking Gymir and Viking Hervor – had been docked in Amsterdam and named by their godmothers, who additionally joined the celebration in Paris. Consistent with one other maritime custom, a bottle of Gammel Opland aquavit was damaged on the bow of every new ship. Gammel Opland hails from the identical county in Norway the place Chairman Hagen’s mom, Ragnhild – additionally lovingly generally known as “Mamsen” – was born and was her favourite model of aquavit. Extra info on the historical past of ship naming ceremonies and the particular function that godmothers play could be present in a latest episode of Viking.TV (Discover the Function of a Ship’s Godmother, a Revered Nautical Custom), hosted by Viking Government Vice President Karine Hagen.

This yr Viking will supply visitors a Privileged Entry® efficiency led by Alma Deutscher at Vienna’s illustrious Wiener Konzerthaus. She’s going to conduct the historic Strauss Capelle orchestra and carry out the music of Mozart, the waltzes of Strauss on the violin and her personal compositions.

New choices on the Seine

Constructing on Viking’s choices in Paris and the 4 new Viking Longships crusing the Seine River, the corporate has introduced at present a brand new post-trip extension entitled Paris: A Culinary Expertise that may discover the delicacies of the French capital. Obtainable starting in 2023 for visitors crusing on the 8-day Paris & the Coronary heart of Normandy itinerary, the brand new extension permits visitors to immerse themselves within the culinary historical past of Paris and style the gastronomic delights town has to supply. Company on the 3-night extension will disembark their ship in Paris and discover town with a culinary information, visiting the “Stomach of Paris” and the Rue Montorgueil, house to town’s first pâtisserie, earlier than checking into their resort. The next day, visitors will go to a Parisian cooking college to attend a croissant baking workshop with an area chef and be taught concerning the pastry’s origins, earlier than having fun with a night wine and cheese tasting with an skilled sommelier at a personal wine cellar. On the ultimate day, visitors journey to the Jacquemart-André Museum for a tour of the nineteenth century mansion and its non-public artwork assortment adopted by a particular workshop delving into the artwork of desk etiquette. Every day permits ample free time for visitors to discover iconic Parisian landmarks such because the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées from their centrally positioned resort.

Moreover, Viking has introduced a brand new vacation crusing, the 8-day Christmas on the Seine, crusing roundtrip from Paris. Obtainable through the vacation season starting in 2022, visitors will sail via Normandy’s snow-covered countryside whereas having fun with the festive Christmas markets. Company can choose from holiday-centric shore excursions reminiscent of baking home made gingerbread on the 850-year-old Abbaye du Valasse or attending a festive Christmas decoration making workshop in Rouen. Onboard, visitors will get pleasure from particular holiday-themed festivities together with regional eating specialties, seasonal treats and extra.