Viking River Cruises’s new godmother Joanna Lumley has predicted that river cruising will be the ‘dream holiday’.

Ms Lumley – who has just become godmother to one of Viking’s new Longships, Odin – told Cruise International:

“Odin is the Nordic god of wisdom and also the god of prophecies and I prophesy that river cruising is going to be the dream holiday to have.

“I ‘m passionate about it – I love the tranquility and the way you see things from a different angle when you are on the river.

“My ideal river cruise would be the one my Odin does – from Amsterdam to Budapest.

“I think Viking saw my programme on the Northern Lights and that’s why they asked me to be godmother – also the fact that I have some Viking blood – about an eighth – helped!”

Ms Lumley flew in specially for the ceremony, which also saw fireworks, a violin recital and a water-cannon salute.

She begins filming her latest programme in which she travels through Turkey to Iran. Click here to read a review of the Viking Odin Longship.

See our EXCLUSIVE photos from the christening of Viking Odin in Amsterdam below.