Viking Cruises has just welcomed the newest ships to its river fleet, with the naming of seven new river vessels during a celebration on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. Of the seven ships, six are Longships – Viking Sigyn, Viking Vali, Viking Einar, Viking Tir, Viking Ullur and Viking Sigrun – which will embark on Viking's most popular itineraries on the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers. The seventh new ship – Viking Helgrim – was inspired by the Longships design and built specifically for the Douro River. This brings Viking's total number of vessels to 72.
Viking's award-winning Longships showcase innovative engineering, streamlined Scandinavian design and understated elegance. Thoughtfully engineered to get you closer to your destination, they provide unprecedented levels of comfort, including spacious staterooms with full-size verandas, the largest suites on Europe’s rivers and the most al fresco dining.
New Ship Names and Meanings
Sigyn - Wife of the mischievous god Loki, Sigyn is the goddess of fertility and bonds. Dedicated and loyal, she stays with her husband during his final punishment, when Odin’s son Vali kept him bound to avenge the death of his brother.
Vali - The son of Odin and the giantess Rind, Vali was conceived strictly to avenge the death of Baldur, another of Odin’s children. To achieve this, Vali grows into manhood in just one day, developing courage and perfecting his marksmanship with the bow and arrow.
Einar - A strong warrior, Einar wrested control of the Orkney and Shetland Islands from Danish warlords in the late 9th century after his brother Hallad was unable to hold his ground there. The dynasty that he founded ruled the archipelago until 1470.
Tir - The son of Hymir, Tir is the god of heroic glory who sacrificed his hand to tame the evil wolf Fenrir. Fenrir agreed to allow the gods to bind him in magical silken ribbon only if one of them placed his hand in his mouth. Tir volunteered, and Fenrir bit his hand off.
Ullur - Stepson of Thor, Ullur is the god of the hunt, known for his great skill as an archer. He is also a wily wizard, able most notably to cross the seas without the use of a vessel but, instead, upon a length of bone resembling a ski on which he has cast a spell.
Sigrun - Sigrun is the leader of a band of nine Valkyries, the horse-riding women who descend upon battles to decide which soldiers die and which live. She dies from sadness after her lover Helgi is slain by her brother Dagr, and is later reborn as a Valkyrie herself.
Helgrim - Helgrim co-led the first recorded mission from Norway to England at the command of Harald I, King of Norway. Harald corresponded with Athelstan, King of Wessex, and the Norwegian king dispatched Helgrim and Osfrid to sail to England and deliver Harald’s gift of a fine ship.