Viking Cruises is to call its fifth ship Viking Orion, not Viking Spirit as originally planned. The vessel will still be launched in June 2018.
Anna Lee Fisher, a former astronaut, has been named as the ship’s godmother. Lee Fisher was the first mother in space.
The 930-passenger ship will join a fleet that includes Viking Sun, which will embark on its first cruise this month, Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. A sixth ship will join the fleet in 2019.
Torstein Hagen, the company’s founder and chairman, told Cruise Adviser that “by 2020 we will be the biggest small-ship cruise line in the world. Our repeat booking rates are about 40 per cent.”
Viking Orion will sail in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Alaska.