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Architect Richard Riveire names Nile vessel Viking Aton

Viking Aton godfather Richare Riveire has been designing Viking vessels for more than decade
Rottet Studio's Richard Riveire named Viking Aton during festivities in Aswan, Egypt on Saturday.

The 82-passenger Viking Aton is an identical sister of 2022's Viking Osiris, built for the Nile. It will sail Viking’s 'Pharaohs & Pyramids' itinerary.

Strong demand for Egypt

'With extraordinarily strong interest in Egypt among our guests, we are proud to bring another state-of-the-art vessel to this region, and we look forward to introducing even more curious travelers to the country’s rich cultural treasures,' Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said.

'I am also thankful to my friend, Richard Riveire, for his tremendous contributions to Viking, including the design of this new vessel and our other award-winning river, ocean and expedition ships.'

For his part, Riveire noted that for well over a decade, he has been 'proud to work alongside Tor, [Viking EVP] Karine [Hagen] and the Viking team to help design how the Viking brand comes to life on board. Together, we share the belief that the design of each Viking ship should showcase the destination, wherever you may be in the world.'

Award-winning architect

Riveire is one of the founding principals of internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design firm Rottet Studio in Los Angeles. During his 30-plus-year career, he has received numerous design excellence awards from organizations including American Institute of Architects, Interior Design Magazine and the International Interior Design Association. He has also overseen many high-profile projects focusing on hospitality and entertainment including Presidential Bungalows at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences at LA Live, among others.

Viking Aton is inspired by Viking’s European river vessels and ocean ships with the company's characteristic Scandinavian design. Features include a square bow and an indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace.

Two more newbuilds to come

Further Nile vessels, Viking Hathor and Viking Sobek, are under construction for delivery in 2024 and 2025, bringing the fleet to six. Additional ships in the Egypt fleet include Viking Ra and Antares.