Vik­ing re­names Spirit

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

VIK­ING Cruises has re­named its fifth ocean ves­sel Vik­ing Orion and named Amer­i­can chemist, emer­gency room physi­cian and re­cently re­tired NASA as­tro­naut Dr Anna Fisher as its god­mother.

The 930-pas­sen­ger Vik­ing Orion will de­but in Jul 2018 and spend time sail­ing down un­der dur­ing her maiden year.

The former Vik­ing Spirit was re­named after the prom­i­nent con­stel­la­tion and in hon­our of Fisher’s con­tri­bu­tions to NASA’s Orion ex­plo­ration ve­hi­cle project.

Vik­ing Orion was floated out on 28 Sep at Fin­cantieri’s An­cona ship­yard and Fisher at­tended, tak­ing part in sev­eral mar­itime tra­di­tions at the event.

She as­sisted with the “mast step­ping” by weld­ing com­mem­o­ra­tive coins un­der the ship’s mast, and cut a cord to al­low wa­ter to be­gin flow­ing into the ship’s build­ing dock.

The ship was later moved to a nearby out­fit­ting dock for fi­nal con­struc­tion & in­te­rior build-out.

MEAN­WHILE, Vik­ing River Cruises has con­firmed plans to grow its fleet by seven ships in 2019, with six new long­ships and one new ship on the Douro.

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