Viking named its newest ocean ship, Viking Venus, with a celebration at sea in the English Channel as she sets sail for her inaugural voyage.
As part of the intimate event, the ship’s solemn godmother, venerable British journalist and broadcaster Anne Diamond, offered the ship a blessing of luck and safe sailing – a centuries-old naval tradition.
In addition to commemorating Viking Venus the event was also an important milestone as Viking will be put back into service after 14 months of business interruption.
This Saturday, guests will embark on the Viking Venus in Portsmouth for the first of five round-trip trips to England’s Scenic Shores in May and June.
“When we became the first cruise line to cease operations in March of last year, we certainly didn’t know that it would take 14 months before the guests would be welcomed back on board.
« Now we’re among the first to set sail again – and with our industry-leading health and safety protocols, we believe there is no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking journey, » said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Vikings.
« On behalf of the entire Viking family, we’re excited to celebrate the naming of our newest ship in England. »
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