Recent plans have been revealed for Viking’s ocean fleet to expand by six, with the additional ships to be delivered between 2024 and 2027.
Viking and the Fincantieri shipbuilding yard have agreed to increase the fleet to sixteen following the new order, subject to specific conditions being met.
Oceans above the rest
Viking’s most recent ocean ship, Viking Sun, is the first of the cruise line’s ships to call in China and is the first-ever cruise ship to be named in Shanghai.
The other three members of the fleet include Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. Each of these are classified as small ships, with each featuring 465 all-veranda staterooms and space to host 930 guests.
The cruise line will also welcome two sister-ships by 2019: Viking Orion in June this year and Viking Jupiter by 2019. Following these arrivals, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line.
The agreement is subject to conditions being met but will be the highest ever order for a shipyard from a single owner. Following completion, the ships will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.
Viking Chairman, Torstein Hagen, advised that this ship order is in response to the positive feedback the cruise line has received from its passengers and the industry. He said:
“When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising. We focus on the destination, and we do not cram our ships with gimmicks and waterslides. Our understated, elegant, award-winning ships are designed to simply enable our guests to better explore their destination.”
In the first two years of operation, Viking was named the top ocean cruise line, and this new order speaks volumes about the positive response it has received. Hagen continues:
“As we continue to expand our brand, we look forward to bringing more guests to more destinations around the world and introducing them to the Viking way of exploration.”
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