Viking Launches Seven New European River Ships

Nina Slawek, Open Jaw

A bevy of Viking godmothers.

Viking held a naming ceremony for seven new river ships in Basel, Switzerland on 20MAR. 

Of the seven ships, six are Viking Longships – Viking Einar, Viking Sigrun, Viking Sigyn, Viking Tir, Viking Ullur and Viking Vali – which will be deployed on Viking’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. The seventh new ship – Viking Helgrim– was inspired by the Longships design and built specifically for the Douro River, bringing the company’s total number of sister ships in Portugal to four.

This launch of new river ships marks Viking’s latest expansion as the company continues its aggressive growth plans.

Last month the company took delivery of its sixth ocean ship, Viking Jupiter, which will be named in Oslo on 6JUN. 

At the naming ceremony, Chairman Hagen, recognized the 7 godmothers of the new ships: “This year I am especially proud to honour members of the Viking family as godmothers of our newest river ships.”


  • Leah Talactac, Godmother of Viking Einar
  • Natalia Hofmann, Godmother of Viking Helgrim
  • Wendy Atkin-Smith, Godmother of Viking Sigrun
  • Rikke Semb Pertile, Godmother of Viking Sigyn
  • Gisela Rückert, Godmother of Viking Tir
  • Linh Banh, Godmother of Viking Ullur
  • Minxuan Zhao, Godmother of Viking Vali

Nina Slawek

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The visionary co-founder of Open Jaw, Nina handles everything at OJ from the purse-strings to the talented but eccentric staff. She is frequently spotted hobnobbing with industry leaders and making glamorous appearances in the Open Jaw TV Room.

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