Viking takes delivery of Newest Ocean Ship

The Viking Saturn Will Be Named in New York City on 6 June by Godmother Ann Ziff, Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera

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Viking announces it has taken delivery of the companyโ€™s newest ocean ship, the Viking Saturnยฎ. The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieriโ€™s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Viking also announced that the Viking Saturn will be officially named in New York City on 6 June 2023, by her ceremonial godmother, Ann Ziff, the esteemed philanthropist and Chairman of the Metropolitan Operaโ€”a longtime Viking cultural partner. Following the naming ceremony, the ship will spend her inaugural summer sailing two new Viking voyages: Iconic Iceland, Greenland & Canada, between New York City and Reykjavik, and Iceland & Norwayโ€™s Arctic Explorer, between Reykjavik and Bergen.

โ€œWe are very proud to welcome the newest sister ship to our award-winning ocean fleet,โ€ said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. โ€œWe are also grateful that Ann Ziff has honoured us by serving as godmother of the Viking Saturn. Having travelled with us for years, Ann is a loyal Viking guest, and she shares our commitment to the arts and cultural enrichment. Her contributions to the Metropolitan Opera, one of our longtime cultural partners, as well as many other important causes are truly impressive.โ€  

โ€œI am delighted to serve as godmother of the Viking Saturn,โ€ said Ann Ziff. โ€œFor those who are curious about the world, there is no better way to explore and immerse yourself than from the comfort of a Viking ship.โ€

Ann Ziff, Godmother of the Viking Saturn.

A dedicated philanthropist focused on the arts, education, culture and environmental conservation, Ann Ziff is Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera and serves on several boards, including the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, Sing for Hope, the World Science Festival and the Los Angeles Opera. Passionate about bringing culture and arts into the lives of children in need, she co-founded Smile Train and was a board member at Maloto, an organisation that provides education and housing for abused and abandoned girls in Malawi. Ms. Ziff also has an eponymous fine jewellery brand, Tamsen Z, where she designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by her love of culture, art and music as well as her travels as a loyal Viking guest.

Viking and the Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is home to the most creative and talented musicians around the world and has been a Viking cultural partner since 2016. On board Vikingโ€™s ocean ships,guests are treated to the Metropolitan Operaโ€™s award-winningLive in HD series, including an exclusive viewing of Mozartโ€™sThe Magic Flute. As part of Vikingโ€™s continued commitment to support enriching cultural programming, other partnerships and sponsorships include Ballet Sun Valley, Highclere Castle, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Classic FM, the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, Opera Holland Park, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Osloโ€™s Munch Museum, TED and many others.

The Viking Saturn

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The Viking Saturn is the newest ship in Vikingโ€™s award-winning ocean fleet of identical sister ships. Classified by Cruise Critic as โ€œsmall ships,โ€ Vikingโ€™s ocean vessels have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tonnes, with 465 staterooms that host 930 guests; the ships feature all veranda staterooms, Scandinavian design, light-filled public spaces and abundant al fresco dining options. 

The delivery of the Viking Saturn comes as Viking continues celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since 2020, Viking has welcomed 17 new ships to its fleetโ€”including eight new Viking Longships on the rivers of Europe; new purpose-built vessels on the Mekong, Nile and Mississippi rivers; four new, identical ocean ships; and two Polar Class expedition vessels. In March 2023, the company dominated Cruise Criticโ€™s Cruisersโ€™ Choice Awards, receiving top honours in six categories including โ€œBest Overall Line,โ€ โ€œBest River Line,โ€ and โ€œBest Diningโ€ for its ocean and expedition voyages. Viking was also named the Best River Cruise Operator at The Times & Sunday Times Travel Awards 2022. Additionally Viking was named both the #1 Ocean Line and #1 River Line in 2022 by both Travel + Leisure and Condรฉ Nast Traveller, making it the first line ever to simultaneously earn #1 in its categories from both publications.

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