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The Vikings are coming! Cruise line orders six more new ships

The Vikings loved nothing more than invading places, and it seems little has changed with the announcement that Viking Cruise Line is off to conquer the world by ordering six more new ships.x

The new agreement with Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri could see the delivery of the additional ocean ships by 2027.

Viking Sun is the newest addition to Viking’s expanding fleet

The deal expands Viking’s partnership with Fincantieri, raising the company’s total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The agreement for the six additional ships, which will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions.

“When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “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.”

He added: “In our first two years of operation, we have been named the Number One Ocean Cruise Line, and this new order speaks to the positive response we have received from our guests and the industry. As we continue to expand our brand, we look forward to bringing guests to more destinations around the world and introducing them to the Viking way of exploration.”

The announcement comes ahead of the naming of Viking’s fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, tomorrow (8 March) in Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing a sold-out 141-day World Cruise from Miami to London, and its stop in Shanghai will mark the first time one of Viking’s ocean ships has called in China. Viking Sun will also be the first-ever cruise ship to be named in Shanghai.

Viking’s all-veranda ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, 465 staterooms and host 930 guests. The Viking fleet also includes Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. Viking Orion arrives in June, followed by Viking Jupiter in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are now on order for delivery starting in 2021, which will bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.

Posted on 7th March 2018 at 12:17 pm in Cruise News | New Ships |

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