Viking names newest river ship in Egypt ceremony

Viking has named its newest river ship at a ceremony in Aswan, Egypt.

Viking Aton was officially named by its godfather Richard Riveire, designer of the line’s river, ocean and expedition vessels.

The line’s new ship is an identical sister of Viking Osiris and has been built to navigate the Nile.

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The 82-passenger vessel will sail the line’s 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, a round-trip voyage from Cairo calling at Luxor, Qena, Esna, Aswan and Edfu.

Sister ships Viking Hathor and Viking Sobek are currently under construction and will enter service in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

Additional ships in the Egypt fleet currently include Viking Ra and MS Antares, meaning Viking will have six ships sailing the Nile by 2025.

Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said: “Today we are pleased to welcome Viking Aton to our growing fleet.

“Together with her sister ship, the Viking Osiris, they are the newest and most elegant vessels on the Nile by far.

“With extraordinarily strong interest in Egypt among our guests, we are proud to bring another state of the art vessel to this region and we look forward to introducing even more curious travellers to the country’s rich cultural treasures.

“I am also thankful to my friend Richard Riveire for his tremendous contributions to Viking, including the design of this new vessel and our other award winning river, ocean and expedition ships.”

Riveire said: “It is an incredible honour to be the godfather of the Viking Aton and to celebrate the growing Viking fleet.

“For well over a decade, I have been proud to work alongside Torstein, Karine [Hagen, executive vice-president] and the Viking team to help design how the Viking brand comes to life on board.

“Together, we share the belief that the design of each Viking ship should showcase the destination, wherever you may be in the world.”

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