Iconic British Broadcast Journalist, Anne Diamond, has been announced as Godmother to Viking’s newest ship, Viking Venus, set to join the Viking fleet in April 2021.
Viking has announced that revered British journalist and broadcaster Anne Diamond will be the godmother of its seventh ocean ship, Viking Venus®, which is scheduled to debut in April this year.
The 930-guest Viking Venus was “floated out” in June 2020 and is now under final construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
Viking’s new Godmother
Anne is best known for her pioneering work on morning shows in the United Kingdom during the 1980s—along with a legendary career in frontline television that has lasted for more than 40 years.
From the fall of the Berlin Wall, Australia’s bicentenary and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, to interviews with Bette Davis, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh—Anne’s impressive journalistic journey has made her a household name.
She has also been an inspirational campaigner, having pioneered the 1991 UK cot death campaign, following the death of her own son, Sebastian. The campaign saved over 20,000 babies’ lives and has inspired other life-saving campaigns worldwide. She is the only non-medic ever to hold the Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Additionally, Anne has been a key figure on Viking’s award-winning enrichment channel, Viking.TV. Viking.TV went live in March 2020, in the early stages of the pandemic, and was conceived as a way to build community, stay connected and share positive experiences while people are staying home, rather than traveling.
“On behalf of the entire Viking family, we are delighted and honored to have Anne serve as the godmother of Viking Venus,” said Karine Hagen, Executive Vice President of Viking.
“Since the day we paused operations, Anne immediately volunteered to help our guests and crew manage through this period of uncertainty. As Britain’s favorite face at breakfast and in the morning on British TV, Anne became the face of Viking.TV on her weekly live streams, where she has interviewed many interesting friends of Viking, while brightening the days of nearly two million viewers. There is no one more deserving to become the godmother of Viking Venus than Anne.”
“I am thrilled and honored to be entrusted as godmother to the Viking Venus and cannot wait until we can celebrate her inaugural cruise in a safer and happier 2021”
Anne Diamond, Viking Venus Godmother
“Back in March 2020, at the start of the global lockdown, when I rang my good friend Karine to ask if there was anything I could do, never did I think it might lead to such a fascinating journey. But exhilarating journeys are what Viking is all about! I am so proud to be part of the growth of the award-winning Viking.TV—with special thanks to all my inspirational interviewees—and now onwards, to the Viking Venus and a brighter outlook for travel,” said Ms Diamond.
Discovery Cruise Sale
Viking has launched its major sale of 2021 offering travellers incredible offers on a range of remarkable voyages departing 2022 and 2023, delivering a new optimism for future travel and the certainty that travellers need to plan ahead, with savings of up to $5,600 per couple when booked before 31 March 2021.
The Discovery Cruise Sale features incredible savings on Viking’s most popular and iconic river, ocean and expedition cruises. Plus, with the extension of its Risk-Free Guarantee to 31 January 2021, Viking offers travellers the freedom to change their plans up to 24 hours before departure.
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