(9:05 a.m. EDT) -- The mayor of Bergen, Norway will serve as the godmother of Viking Ocean Cruises' first ever cruise ship, Viking Star.
Trude Drevland will name the ship during its christening ceremony on May 17, 2015, Norway's Constitution Day. She has already been involved with the ship's construction, helping weld coins to the ship, a practice dating back to Roman times said to bring good luck.
"For our first ocean ship it was very important to have a godmother who personifies our company's Scandinavian heritage and the Viking spirit," Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises, said. Hagen is Norwegian.
Last month the 930-passenger Viking Star touched water for the first time during its float out ceremony at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard outside Venice. A ship's float out marks the beginning of the final stage of construction.
The newest entry to ocean cruising, Viking Oceans' fleet will include Viking Star and two as-yet-unnamed sister ships.
The all-balcony Viking Star will offer a destination-oriented cruise experience, with fewer days at sea, long days in ports and more overnights in major cities. Included in the fare will be free shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served without charge at lunch and dinner. Its maiden season will include maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic as well as the Mediterranean.
--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor