Connect with us

Cruise News

Viking Cruises Shares Details on Fifth Ocean Ship

Published

on

photo: Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises has announced today that American chemist, emergency room doctor, and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher will be honored as godmother to their fifth ocean ship, which will debut in July 2018. The vessel has been named Viking Orion after the constellation and in honor of Dr. Fisher’s contributions to NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project.

Float Out Ceremony

The 930-guest ship reached a major construction milestone last week, when she met water for the first time during her float-out ceremony at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard. Viking Orion will spend her first year sailing the Mediterranean before making her way to Asia, Australia, and then Alaska.

“The idea of exploring new territories has always appealed to me, whether through science or by traveling the world. I was 12 years old when I heard Alan Shepard’s voice on the radio during his sub orbital flight, and at that moment, I knew that I also wanted to explore beyond earth’s atmosphere. I knew from that young age that I wanted to be an astronaut,” said Dr. Fisher. “I always wanted to be an explorer and I am proud and honored to be godmother to Viking Orion – a ship that was designed to help her guests see more of the world.”

 

Dr. Anna Fisher looking at Viking Orion – photo: Viking Cruises

As the ship’s godmother, Dr. Fisher assisted with the float-out ceremony, first “mast stepping” by welding coins under the ship’s mast. The commemorative coins she welded represented her birth year, as well as the birth year of Chairman Torstein Hagen. Two special coins were also welded to represent members of the Hagen family: 1911 for Ragnhild “Mamsen” Hagen, the mother of Chairman Hagen, and 2012 to represent Finse, the yellow Labrador of Karine Hagen, Viking’s senior VP and daughter of Torstein Hagen. Dr. Fisher then cut a cord to allow water to begin flowing into the ship’s building dock.

Dr. Fisher holds a master’s degree in chemistry and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California. Selected as an astronaut in 1978, she was one of the “original six” women accepted into NASA’s astronaut training program. She became the first mother in space during a mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1984. During her NASA career, Dr. Fisher contributed to three major initiatives: the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station, and Orion. Prior to her retirement in April 2017, she was also the oldest active American astronaut. To celebrate her retirement, Dr. Fisher sailed on Viking’s Rhine Getaway itinerary this past July.

photo: Viking Cruises

Ship Details

Viking Orion, formerly known as Viking Spirit, is the fifth of eight ocean ships planned for the fleet. By 2019, Viking will welcome their sixth ship, and two more are on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022. Highlights include:

  • All veranda staterooms – guests can choose from five categories, all with premium amenities line king-size beds, large showers, heated bathroom floors, and interactive LCD TVs
  • Explorer suites – the ships feature 14 explorer suites which offer sweeping views from wraparound verandas as well as the most amenities and privileges of any cabin category
  • The Wintergarden – this elegant space lies under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, where guests can enjoy the quiet and indulge in afternoon tea service
  • Dining choices include fine dining in The Restaurant, the World Café with international and regional specialties, The Kitchen Table with a market-to-table concept, Mamsen’s with Norwegian deli-style fare, The Chef’s Table specialty experience, and more.
  • World-class lectures – guests can enjoy lectures on history and art, participate in wine-tastings, listen to informative port talks, and take part in the onboard cooking school. Aboard Orion there will also be lectures on astronomy and space exploration.

From now to October 31, 2017, Viking is offering US residents special offers, with 2-f0r-1 cruise fare and up to free international air on select river and ocean itineraries.

Sponsored Link

SaveSave

Continue Reading
Advertisement

CANADA

Québec, Canada Wants Wintertime Cruise Guests

Published

on

With the increased demand for cruises to Canada and New England, and the growing trend of cold weather cruises, Québec tourism and port officials recently invited representatives from Adventure Canada, Huerten-Groten and Ponant cruise lines to partake in the first-ever winter familiarization trip to the region.

A ship docked in Québec City – photo: Flickr/Visavis

The group visited Québec from February 8-14, and explored Montréal, Trois-Rivères, Québec, and Saguenay. Activities in Québec included a tour of the port, a taste of the winter Carnaval, a visit to the city’s famed ice hotel “Hotel de Glace,” and urban discovery tours. There was also a trip to Montmorency Falls and the Valcartier Vacation Village, the largest winter playground in America. It has over 35 snow slides, skating paths, snow rafting, 5,000 inner tubes and 17 mechanical lifts, plus ice skating, tobogganing, dog sledding, ski-dooing, and ice fishing.

Sponsored Link

Other wintery activities were shown to the group in presentations and discussions. Hôtel 71 in Old Québec City hosted the group during their stay and Chlorophylle, a local manufacturer of upmarket outdoor gear outfitted them in warm year.

For information on activities in Québec City, click here.

Continue Reading

Cruise News

Jeff Foxworthy to Headline 2019 Country Music Cruise

Published

on

The Country Music Cruise has announced their lineup for the 2019 sailing, and it’s full of talented superstars. The 2019 Country Music Cruise will set sail from January 29 to February 3, 2019 aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. 

Television star, author, and one of the world’s best comedians Jeff Foxworthy is set to headline the voyage. The Country Music Cruise has sold out each of its first five years, and the 2019 sailing is already nearly 70 percent filled.

Jeff Foxworthy

Emceeing the sixth annual cruise will be television and radio host Lorianne Crook, and back by popular demand will be a special Grand Ole Opry at Sea performance event. The following artists will be performing on this special cruise:

Sponsored Link
  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Patty Loveless
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Joe Diffie
  • The Bellamy Brothers
  • Shenandoah
  • Jimmy Fortune
  • Johnny Lee
  • David Ball
  • TG Sheppard
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Wade Hayes
  • Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys
  • Elvis Tribute Artists

Guests aboard the Country Music Cruise will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the stars. In addition to over 50 live performances, cruises can mingle with their favorite artists at theme nights, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, jam sessions, meet and greets, autograph sessions, and more. The cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale and stop in Key West, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. To book a cabin, visit countrymusiccruise.com.

Read More: 5 First Impressions of Nieuw Amsterdam

Continue Reading

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival $49 Early Saver Deposits Return

Published

on

Carnival Cruise Line is having a 48 hour Early Saver sale on sailings through April 2020. The sale will last until midnight Thursday, February 22, 2018. Deposits start at $49 and go up to $199 if you’re planning an Alaska or Europe cruise.

Carnival’s Price Protection Guarantee is also in place during this sale, which covers you if the cruise price drops.

Deposits Start at $49 

  • $49 per person deposit is applicable to 2 – 9 day sailings
  • $149 per person deposit is applicable to Vista and Horizon sailings
  • $199 per person is applicable to 10+ days, Alaska and Europe sailings
  • Search Reduced Deposits

Carnival will honor your request for price protection if the reduction on the total amount paid for your booking results only from a lower cruise fare and not from the booked ancillary services, such as air, transfers, pre-paid gratuities, or Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.

Sponsored Link

Details:

  • Book by Thursday, January 22
  • Early Saver rates include free room upgrades, $50 onboard credit, plus Free Price Protection
  • Deposits are non-refundable

Sailings available on most ships through April 2020, including Carnival Horizon, Carnival Vista, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Victory, Carnival Elation and more.

Continue Reading

Sponsored Link

ads

Sponsored Link

Stay in the Know with Cruise Radio

Send this to a friend

Hi, this may be of interest to you: Viking Cruises Shares Details on Fifth Ocean Ship. This is the link: https://cruiseradio.net/viking-cruises-shares-details-fifth-ocean-ship/