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Crown Cruise Vacations | February 29, 2024

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Viking’s Newest Nile River Ship Named Viking Aton

Viking’s Newest Nile River Ship Named Viking Aton
Jackie Sheckler Finch

The Nile River now has a beautiful new ship and its ceremonial godfather is a talented interior designer. The Viking Aton was named in Aswan, Egypt, by Richard Riveire.

An identical sister ship of the Viking Osiris, the Viking Aton is a state-of-the-art vessel specifically built to navigate the Nile and will sail Viking’s popular Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary.

“Today we are pleased to welcome Viking Aton to our growing fleet,” Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, said in a news release. “With extraordinarily strong interest in Egypt among our guests, we are proud to bring another state-of-the-art vessel to this region, and we look forward to introducing even more curious travelers to the country’s rich cultural treasures.”

The ship’s ceremonial godfather, Richard Riveire is designer of Viking’s award-winning river, ocean and expedition vessels and founding principal of internationally acclaimed interior design firm Rottet Studio.

Riveire offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for the ship, an evolution of the naval tradition dating back thousands of years.

“I am also thankful to my friend, Richard Riveire, for his tremendous contributions to Viking, including the design of this new vessel and our other award-winning river, ocean and expedition ships,” Hagen said.

“It is an incredible honor to be the godfather of the Viking Aton and to celebrate the growing Viking fleet,” Riveire said in a news release.

“For well over a decade, I have been proud to work alongside Tor, Karine and the Viking team to help design how the Viking brand comes to life on board,” Riveire said. “Together, we share the belief that the design of each Viking ship should showcase the destination, wherever you may be in the world.”

Hosting 82 guests in 41 staterooms, the new Viking Aton is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean ships with the elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known.

During the 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, guests begin with a three-night stay at a first-class hotel in Cairo, where they can visit iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Saqqara (also known as Sakkara) and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

Guests then fly to Luxor, where they visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding a Viking river ship for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River. Finally, the journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in the ancient city.

In addition to the Viking Aton and the Viking Osiris, identical sister ships, the Viking Hathor and the Viking Sobek, are under construction and will be delivered in 2024 and 2025. Additional ships in the Egypt fleet currently include the Viking Ra and the MS Antares. By 2025, Viking will have six ships sailing the Nile River.

Photos courtesy of Viking

  • Viking Aton is Viking’s newest Nile River ship.
  • Viking Aton’s godfather Richard Riveire offers a blessing of good fortune at the ship’s naming ceremony.

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