Viking welcomed its newest Nile River ship, the Viking Aton, to its fleet during a naming ceremony in Aswan, Egypt on August 19. The ship's ceremonial godfather (the second godfather for the cruise line) is Richard Riveire, the designer of Viking's river, ocean, and expedition vessels and the founding Principal of interior design firm Rottet Studio. He has been working with Viking for more than a decade.
"Today, we are pleased to welcome Viking Aton to our growing fleet," said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. "With extraordinarily strong interest in Egypt among our guests, we are proud to bring another state-of-the-art vessel to this region…"
The 82-passenger Viking Aton is a sister ship to Viking Osiris. The ships boast 41 staterooms as well as Viking signature spaces including the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace. In addition to Viking Osiris and Aton, identical sister ships Viking Hathor and Viking Sobek are under construction and will be delivered in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Other ships currently in the Egypt fleet include the Viking Ra and the MS Antares.