During a celebratory launch event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Viking’s Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the expansion of its destination-focused travel experiences with the launch of new expedition voyages. Viking Expeditions will begin sailing in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octantis, embarking on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.
Viking’s arrival to the Great Lakes will bring the newest and most modern vessels ever to explore this region of North America and will mark a major commitment to local tourism and economic development for the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.
The event was highlighted by the naming of Viking’s sixth ocean ship, Viking Jupiter by Sissel Kyrkjebø. Sissel is one of the world’s leading crossover sopranos and ceremonial godmother of Viking Jupiter and treated the audience to a beautiful performance of “What A Wonderful World”.
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