Cruising with astronauts in Italy

I’m fairly fortunate – and very starstruck – to be sailing this week on Viking’s 5th and most recent ocean ship, the Viking Orion, for the duration of its maiden voyage along with her ceremonial godmother, American chemist, emergency room physician and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher, who delivered along dozens of special guests, scientists, astronomers and greater than a dozen of her fellow former and cutting-edge astronauts.

The 930-guest, forty seven,800-ton Viking Orion is named after the Orion constellation and in honor of Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle task.

I’m prowling the decks with a print-out of the pictures of the astronauts and different space professionals hoping to meet them all and ask them questions about the whole lot from tour tips discovered from area journey to reminiscences in their first flights. (Getting them to signal my press release would be awkward, right?)

Their solutions will seem here and in various assigned stories I’ll share links to later, however in the interim, here are a few snap shots and tidbits from the impressive naming rite that came about in Livorno, Italy that included musical performances, tributes to Nordic mythology, a flying ‘spaceman’ who traveled over the gang and across the deliver with the aid of jetpack and fireworks.



In Livorno, the ship became docked beside the metropolis’s historical Medici-built Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress) and a unique interactive exhibit became installation interior to tell the testimonies of exploration technology in the course of history – from the Vikings’ sun compass to Galileo’s gravitational and projectile movement experiments.

Among the unique functions on this deliver is a  26-seat planetarium-like theater called the Explorers’ Dome – displaying special panoramic films about exploration, consisting of “Journey to Space” and “Life Under the Arctic Sky” in a totally immersive environment.

Viking Orion continues her maiden season sailing itineraries within the Western and Eastern Mediterranean this summer before heading east to sail Viking’s most recent itineraries in Asia, Australia and Alaska.

Stay tuned for more.