Viking’s Newest Ocean Ship Named In Los Angeles By Nasa Astronaut & Aquanaut Nicole Stott. New 930-Guest Viking Neptune Was Named During the 2022-2023 Viking World Cruise

Nicole Stott, retired NASA astronaut and aquanaut and ceremonial godmother of the Viking Neptune, along with Viking ‘godsisters’ Sissel Kyrkjebø (left) and Karine Hagen (right)  (Image at - January 2023)Viking named its newest ocean ship, the Viking Neptune®, with a celebration on Sunday in Los Angeles.

As part of the event, the ship’s ceremonial godmother, Nicole Stott, retired NASA astronaut, aquanaut and artist, offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for the ship—a maritime tradition that dates back thousands of years.

The Viking Neptune arrived in Los Angeles early in the morning on January 8 and departed for Honolulu following the naming ceremony. The ship is currently sailing the 2022-2023 Viking World Cruise, an epic voyage from Fort Lauderdale to London that spans 138-days, 28 countries and 57 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities.

The naming of the Viking Neptune also comes at a time of record sales for Viking, with the launch of Viking’s new 25th Anniversary Sale on January 1 resulting in the highest number of bookings in one week in the company’s history.

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