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British journalist and broadcaster Anne Diamond will be the godmother of Viking’s seventh ocean ship, Viking Venus, which is scheduled to debut in spring 2021.
The 930-guest Viking Venus was floated out in JUN 2020 and is now under final construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
“On behalf of the entire Viking family, we are delighted and honoured 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 favourite face at breakfast and in the morning on British TV, Anne became the face of Viking.TV on her weekly Thursday livestreams, 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.”
Diamond is best known for her pioneering work on television morning shows in the United Kingdom during the 1980s. Throughout her 40-year career, she has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, Australia’s bicentenary and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, and conducted interviews with notable personalities like Bette Davis, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
She is also known for pioneering the 1991 UK cot death campaign, following the death of her own son, Sebastian. The campaign has saved more than 20,000 babies’ lives, and has inspired similar campaigns worldwide. She is the only non-medic ever to hold the Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
“I am thrilled and honoured 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,” Diamond said. “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.”
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