October 4, 2017
(6:12 p.m. EDT) -- Viking Ocean Cruises has changed the name of its cruise ship slated to be delivered June 2018. Formerly Viking Spirit, Viking Orion will be the fifth ship launched by the cruise line -- a sister company to Viking River Cruises.
NASA astronaut and the first mother in space, Anna Lee Fisher, also has been named the ship's godmother, company chairman Torstein Hagen revealed Wednesday night at a media event onboard Viking Sky in New York City.
The 930-passenger ship will follow Viking Sun, which kicks off its maiden cruise this month, joining Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. A sixth ship, still unnamed, is expected to debut 2019.
Like its fleetmates, Viking Orion will focus on destination immersion, with more time in port and itineraries that include overnights. The layout and design also will be similar, while features will include complimentary perks such as Wi-Fi, and beer and wine with dinner.
Viking Orion will sail a variety of itineraries, including Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Alaska.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor