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NASA Astronaut Names 5th Viking Ocean Ship & Honours “Great Space Explorers Of Our Time”

NASA Astronaut Names 5th Viking Ocean Ship & Honours “Great Space Explorers Of Our Time”

Viking Ocean Cruises has just named its fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion, during a celebration in Livorno, Italy.

The 930-guest ship was delivered to Viking last week and is currently sailing a maiden voyage with her ceremonial godmother, American chemist, emergency room physician and retired NASA astronaut

Named after the prominent constellation and in honour of Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project, Viking Orion arrived in Livorno early Friday morning.

“Today is a proud day for the entire Viking family”, said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.

Just three years ago we launched our first ocean ship, and now we are welcoming our fifth ship, whose name was selected to honour both the original Viking explorers who used the constellations for long-distance navigation, as well as the great space explorers of our time.

We are grateful for Dr. Fisher’s many contributions to the scientific community, and we are humbled that she is godmother to Viking Orion.

The spirit of exploration is at the heart of the Viking way of travel, and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard our newest ship, which has been designed to offer opportunities for learning about the great history of space exploration.”

During the naming ceremony, guests enjoyed a high-tech show and musical concert that paid tribute to Nordic mythology and the spirit of exploration.

Legendary British explorer Sir Ranulph “Ran” Fiennes hosted as the narrator for the event, which also included musical performances from Italian tenor Antonio Corianò, Norwegian bukkehorn musician Sissel Morken Gullord and Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Kyrkjebø will also be godmother to Viking Jupiter, debuting early 2019, and is widely considered one of the world’s top crossover sopranos.

In addition to the naming ceremony, “Finse Explores the Universe” was also released, the 14th book in the educational children’s book series, “The World of Finse”, which showcases the adventures of Viking Senior Vice President Karine Hagen’s yellow Labrador, Finse.

Livorno with its Fortezza Vecchia was chosen specifically for Viking Orion’s naming ceremony because of the following connections to scientific studies and exploration.

The ship was positioned alongside the city’s historic Medici-built Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress).

Livorno is known as a gateway to Tuscany, a region reached by the original Viking explorers with Pisa nearby, also known for its native Galileo Galilei– “The Father of Science”.

His gravitational theories and invention of the Galilean telescope have been central to advancements in oceanic navigation.


What do you think of a NASA astronaut christening the fifth Viking ocean ship? Are you intrigued by the river line’s ocean fleet? Have you sailed with any of the vessels yet? Leave us your comments below!

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