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Viking names Anne Diamond as godmother to brand-new ship

By Ruby Norris | 7 Jan 2021

Anne Diamond Godmother Viking Venus

Anne Diamond has been named as godmother to Viking Venus, Viking’s newest ocean cruise ship.

On Tuesday 5th January, Viking announced that journalist and broadcaster Anne Diamond will be the godmother of its seventh ocean ship, Viking Venus. 

The 930-guest vessel was ‘floated out’ in June 2020 and is now under final construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. As the newest ocean ship in Viking’s fleet, Viking Venus is scheduled to debut this spring.

“On behalf of the entire Viking family, we are delighted and honoured to have Anne serve as the godmother of Viking Venus,” says Karine Hagen, Executive Vice President of Viking.

“Since the day we paused operations, Anne immediately volunteered to help our guests and crew manage through this period of uncertainty. As Britain’s favourite face at breakfast and in the morning on British TV, Anne became the face of Viking.TV on her weekly Thursday livestreams, where she has interviewed many interesting friends of Viking, while brightening the days of nearly two million viewers. There is no one more deserving to become the godmother of Viking Venus than Anne.”

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Anne for a Guest Speaker Thursday interview.

Anne, who has hosted Viking.TV‘s Guest Speaker Thursday series for the last 10 months, is best known for her lengthy career in broadcasting and morning television. Her numerous interviews with history-making individuals, such as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Prince Philip have made her a household name. Throughout the pandemic Anne has interviewed a wide spectrum of significant figures with relationships to Viking, including world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Xander Parish, OBE, principal ballet dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre; the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon; polar explorers Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft; NASA astronauts Dr. Anna Fisher and Dr. Richard Michael Linnehan; classical musicians Alma and Helen Deutscher; and bestselling authors Jeffrey Archer, Claire Cook, Robert Harris and Paul Schneider.

While you’re here, read our exclusive interview with Anne Diamond. 

Speaking about being named godmother, Anne said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be entrusted as godmother to the Viking Venus and cannot wait until we can celebrate her inaugural cruise in a safer and happier 2021.

“Back in March 2020, at the start of the global lockdown, when I rang my good friend Karine to ask if there was anything I could do, never did I think it might lead to such a fascinating journey. But exhilarating journeys are what Viking is all about! I am so proud to be part of the growth of the award-winning Viking.TV – with special thanks to all my inspirational interviewees – and now onwards, to the Viking Venus and a brighter outlook for travel.”

Anne’s Thursday livestreams will continue in 2021, with upcoming guests in January to include former NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan, who has made history in space and at sea as the first American woman to walk in space and the first woman to reach the deepest part of the ocean, and Sir Michael Palin the legendary actor, broadcaster and writer.

Take a look at what’s coming up on Viking.TV.