June 14, 2018

Viking’s fifth ocean ship was named in Italy today by retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher, who is the new ship’s godmother. The  ship is called Viking Orion, “in honor of Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project,”  the press release by VIking stated.

“Today is a proud day for the entire Viking family. Just three years ago we launched our first ocean ship, and now we are welcoming our fifth ship, whose name was selected to honor both the original Viking explorers who used the constellations for long-distance navigation, as well as the great space explorers of our time,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “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.”

Some of the unique new features on Viking Orion are the addition of “The Explorer’s Dome,” an onboard planetarium–the first ever at sea,and the “Explorations in Space Collection,” which is “a photographic journal through space, with a broad range of vintage photographs, including astronaut portraits and documents of complex mission activities, produced by NASA and captured by National Geographic photographers and the Apollo and Gemini astronauts themselves.,” Plus, there will be a Resident Astronomer onboard who will lead lectures and stargazing sessions onboard the Orion during her 2018 maiden voyage.

Several months before the official ceremony, Dr. Fisher also attended the ship’s float out ceremony. The float out takes place immediately after the ship has been built, so that trials at sea can be performed to make sure everything is perfect for guests.

Watch the Float Out ceremony.

To learn more about VIking Cruises, visit VikingCruises.com.

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June 14, 2018

Viking’s fifth ocean ship was named in Italy today by retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher, who is the new ship’s godmother. The  ship is called Viking Orion, “in honor of Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project,”  the press release by VIking stated.

“Today is a proud day for the entire Viking family. Just three years ago we launched our first ocean ship, and now we are welcoming our fifth ship, whose name was selected to honor both the original Viking explorers who used the constellations for long-distance navigation, as well as the great space explorers of our time,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “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.”

Some of the unique new features on Viking Orion are the addition of “The Explorer’s Dome,” an onboard planetarium–the first ever at sea,and the “Explorations in Space Collection,” which is “a photographic journal through space, with a broad range of vintage photographs, including astronaut portraits and documents of complex mission activities, produced by NASA and captured by National Geographic photographers and the Apollo and Gemini astronauts themselves.,” Plus, there will be a Resident Astronomer onboard who will lead lectures and stargazing sessions onboard the Orion during her 2018 maiden voyage.

Several months before the official ceremony, Dr. Fisher also attended the ship’s float out ceremony. The float out takes place immediately after the ship has been built, so that trials at sea can be performed to make sure everything is perfect for guests.

Watch the Float Out ceremony.

To learn more about VIking Cruises, visit VikingCruises.com.

Source.