Viking Ocean Cruises has announced an order for six new ships at Seatrade Cruise Global.
Its new agreement with Fincantieri could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027.
The new understanding 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. 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,” said chairman of Viking, Torstein Hagen.
This announcement comes just prior to the naming of Viking’s fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun on 8 March in Shanghai.
Viking’s all-veranda ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tonnes, have 465 staterooms and host 930 guests.
With the arrival of 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.