Viking has named its newest river ship, the Viking Aton in Aswan, Egypt.
The ceremony was attended by the ship’s ceremonial godfather, Richard Riveire, who is also the designer of Viking’s river, ocean and expedition vessels.
The Viking Aton, an identical sister ship of the Viking Osiris, is a state-of-the-art vessel specifically built to navigate the Nile and will sail Viking’s popular 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary.
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, 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 an 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.”
Richard 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 Tor, Karine and the Viking team to help design how the Viking brand comes to life on board.
Hosting 82 guests in 41 staterooms, the new Viking Aton features several aspects familiar to Viking guests, such as a distinctive square bow and an indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace.
The Viking Aton joins Viking’s growing fleet built specifically for the Nile.
In addition to the Viking Aton and the Viking Osiris, identical sister ships the Viking Hathor and the Viking Sobek, are under construction and will be delivered in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
Additional ships in the Egypt fleet currently include the Viking Ra and the MS Antares; by 2025, Viking will have six ships sailing the Nile River.
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