Talk about timing. Viking Cruises celebrated the christening of its third ship Viking Sky in Tromsø, Norway on June 22.
Located above the Arctic Circle on Norway’s northwest coast, Tromsø is a popular destination for viewing the northern lights – and a key port of call on Viking’s popular Into the Midnight Sun itinerary.
The 930-guest, 47,800-tonne Viking Sky navigated into the Tromsø in the morning of June 22, where she received a warm welcome with coordinated water cannons from Norwegian redningsskøyten boats, music from local bands and flag-waving Tromsø residents.
The Godmother of Viking Sky is Marit Barstad, sister of Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen. Marit offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for the ship – a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years.
The ship will now spend the summer season sailing Viking’s popular itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic, before crossing the Atlantic in September on her way to the Americas and the Caribbean.