At next year’s Nor-Shipping, Viking Cruise Line is to hold a naming ceremony for the ‘Viking Jupiter’ on 6th June.
The 47,800 gt Fincantieri built vessel, the latest addition to Viking’s growing fleet, will be celebrated with a public concert in front of Oslo’s town hall. The concert, which will be free for all, will feature a range of as yet unnamed international and Norwegian stars.
Nor-Shipping 2019, ‘Your Arena for Ocean Solutions’, runs from 4th to 7th June across a series of venues in Lillestrøm and Oslo.
The naming ceremony will act as the highlight of the traditional Thursday evening closing party, where visitors from across the maritime and ocean industry worlds gather to mix, network and wind down after a busy week of exhibiting, conferences and business meetings.
“The closing party is always a highlight of the week’s programme and this one promises to be extra special,” said Nor-Shipping Director, Per Martin Tanggaard.
“’Viking Jupiter’ is a sleek, modern ship with an award-winning interior that was inspired by Nordic heritage and design – and will be a major attraction next to the city skyline in its own right. The fact that she will also be joined by a range of star names and performers in a celebration that will be open to the public, including Nor-Shipping attendees and all Oslo residents and visitors, will provide a unique occasion that should not be missed.
“We’d like to thank Viking for their energy, vision and commitment to making this happen. It is a generous gesture from them to the people of Oslo, and a great opportunity for Nor-Shipping 2019 to sign off in style,” he said.
‘Viking Jupiter’ was floated out from Fincantieri’s Ancona yard in May of this year and will be the sixth ocean ship in Viking Cruise Line’s growing fleet.
The names of the performers appearing at the ceremony will be announced later this year. One name that is already confirmed, however, is Norwegian star soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø, the ship’s ceremonial godmother.
“We look forward to welcoming around 35,000 global guests and close to 1,000 exhibiting companies, populating our 21,000 sq m exhibition halls, in June next year,” added Tanggaard.