New Nile ship Viking Osiris named in Egypt
By Katie McGonagle | 24 Aug 2022
Viking has launched a new river cruise ship on the Nile, with three more sister ships to follow
Viking has officially named the latest addition to its fleet of river cruise vessels, Viking Osiris, blessed by the company’s first ever godfather at a ceremony in Luxor, Egypt.
The ship was built at the Massara shipyard in Cairo and specifically designed to sail along the Nile.
George Herbert, the eighth earl of Carnarvon – the family that resides at Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton Abbey – offered a blessing of good fortune at the celebration. Egypt is set to be in the spotlight as November marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of boy king Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922, in an excavation supported and joined by Herbert’s ancestor, the fifth earl of Carnarvon.
Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said: “Egypt has always drawn curious explorers for its rich history and ancient antiquities, and ever since we first began operating on the Nile River in 2004, our guests continue to be amazed by the country’s many cultural treasures.
“Today we are pleased to officially welcome the Viking Osiris to our growing fleet on the Nile River, which allows us to welcome even more curious explorers to this incredible destination.
“During this milestone year for Egypt, we are also very grateful for the continued close friendship with the Carnarvon family, and that Lord Carnarvon has honoured us by serving as the first godfather in our history.”
New ships on the Nile
The company also announced it would add a third ship to its Nile fleet next year – Viking Aton will join Viking Osiris and Viking Ra in 2023 – while sister ships Viking Hathor and Viking Sobek are being built and are due for delivery in 2024 and 2025.
Lord Carnarvon said: “It is a great honour to be asked to be godfather to the Viking Osiris, one of the most beautiful river vessels to have ever graced the Nile. This is especially the case in the centenary year of my great-grandfather’s discovery of the tomb of the Pharoah Tutankhamun, and no doubt he and my great-grandmother, Lady Almina, would have been delighted to board the Viking Osiris had it been sailing in their day.”