Viking Names New Ocean Ship, Viking Saturn

Viking names its new ocean ship, Viking Saturn, in New York City with the ship’s ceremonial godmother, Ann Ziff.

Viking Names New Ocean Ship, Viking Saturn

Viking Names New Ocean Ship, Viking Saturn

The 930-Guest Viking Saturn Was Named in the New York Harbor at Manhattan Cruise Terminal 

Viking has named its newest ocean ship, the Viking Saturn, with a celebration in New York City. As part of the event, the ship’s ceremonial godmother, Ann Ziff, the esteemed philanthropist and Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera and a longtime Viking cultural partner, offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for the ship—a maritime tradition that dates back thousands of years.

The ship will now continue her inaugural season, sailing two new Viking voyages. These include the Iconic Iceland, Greenland & Canada, between New York City and Reykjavik, and Iceland & Norway’s Arctic Explorer, between Reykjavik and Bergen.

Viking Names New Ocean Ship, Viking Saturn

“This is a very proud day for Viking as we name our newest identical ocean ship in New York City, one of the great cultural capitals of the world,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “It is especially fitting that Ann Ziff, Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera—one of the world’s greatest cultural institutions—has honored us by serving as godmother of the Viking Saturn. We thank Ann for her loyalty as a Viking guest, as well as her many impressive contributions to the arts and other important causes.”   

“It is an honor to be godmother of the new Viking Saturn and celebrate this momentous occasion in New York,” said Ann Ziff. “Viking and the Metropolitan Opera share a common goal in creating enriching experiences throughout the world and there is no doubt the Viking Saturn will do just that for her guests.”

Viking Saturn‘s Naming Ceremony

Ziff used the steel sword from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore to cut a ribbon. This allowed a bottle of Norwegian aquavit to break on the ship’s hull. The prop sword was originally used by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the role of Count di Luna in David McVicar’s production.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, Ziff was presented with the sword by Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the Countess of Carnarvon. She is also the godmother of the Viking Mars and a Viking Longship, the Viking Skadi

As part of the ceremony, guests also enjoyed performances from Sissel Kyrkjebø, one of the world’s leading crossover sopranos and godmother of the Viking Jupiter and Norwegian violinist Tor Jaran Apold.

Following a celebratory dinner on board the ship, stars of the Metropolitan Opera—soprano Susanna Phillips, tenor Charles Castronovo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey—treated guests to a performance of opera classics. These included selections from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, as well as a collection of American musical classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, and others.

Viking Names New Ocean Ship, Viking Saturn

Ann Ziff, Godmother of the Viking Saturn

A dedicated philanthropist focused on the arts, education, culture, and environmental conservation, Ann Ziff is Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera. She also serves on several boards, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Sing for Hope, the World Science Festival, and the Los Angeles Opera.

Passionate about bringing culture and arts into the lives of children in need, she co-founded Smile Train. She was also a board member at Maloto, an organization that provides education and housing for abused and abandoned girls in Malawi.

Ms. Ziff also has a fine jewelry brand, Tamsen Z. She designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by her love of culture, art, and music as well as her travels as a loyal Viking guest.

Viking and the Metropolitan Opera

As one of the world’s foremost cultural institutions and the largest classical music organization in North America, the Metropolitan Opera is home to the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, and artists around the world. Further, it has been a Viking cultural partner since 2016.

On board Viking’s ocean ships, guests can enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning Live in HD series. This includes an exclusive viewing of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As part of Viking’s continued commitment to support enriching, cultural programming, other premier partnerships and sponsorships include Ballet Sun Valley, BBC, Highclere Castle, Los Angeles Philharmonic, PBS’ MASTERPIECE, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Oslo’s Munch Museum, TED, and many others.

The Viking Saturn

The Viking Saturn is the newest ship in Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet of identical sister ships. These include Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Orion, Viking Jupiter, Viking Venus, Viking Mars, and Viking Neptune. Viking’s ocean vessels have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can host 930 guests. The ships feature all veranda staterooms, Scandinavian design, light-filled public spaces, and abundant al fresco dining options. 

The naming of the Viking Saturn comes as the company continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Since 2020, Viking has welcomed 17 new ships to its fleet. These include eight new Viking Longships on the rivers of Europe; new purpose-built vessels on the Mekong, Nile, and Mississippi rivers; four new, identical ocean ships; and two Polar Class expedition vessels.



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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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