Viking has taken delivery of Viking Venus, the latest in the company’s series of ocean ships.
The delivery ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The luxury vessel will now make its way to the United Kingdom to embark on a series of sailings from Portsmouth.
Viking Venus will be named on May 17 by Anne Diamond, the journalist and broadcaster.
“We are especially proud to welcome our newest ship to the fleet this year. Many of us have stayed close to home for months, so this is an especially important milestone as we begin to get back out into the world again,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We look forward to celebrating the naming of Viking Venus by her esteemed godmother, Anne Diamond—and to welcoming our UK guests back on board next month.”
Diamond has worked with Viking on its content platform Viking.TV, which launched in March 2020. It was conceived as a way to stay connected with its clients. Diamond has interviewed a number of people that work with Viking, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma; principal ballet dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre Xander Parish, OBE; the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon; the Duke of Devonshire; and explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE.
Viking’s Welcome Back cruises, which will begin in the UK, Bermuda and Iceland are available to vaccinated guests only.