The newest Viking river ship, Viking Osiris, has officially been named at an intimate ceremony in Luxor, Egypt. The latest shop to join the fleet was blessed by George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, in a naval tradition that bids the vessel good fortune and sailing.

A number of key events have taken place in Egypt this year, including the opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum outside Cairo, and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb by the world’s most famous Egyptologist, Howard Carter.

Viking Osiris has been specially designed to navigate the Nile and will sail the cruise line’s best-selling Pharaohs and Pyramids itinerary.

Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, commented: ““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 honored us by serving as the first godfather in our history.”

Discover the selection of Nile river cruises on board Viking Osiris by clicking here.

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