The 930 passenger Viking Sky was floated out Tuesday, marking a major construction milestone and the 1st time the new ship touches water. The traditional ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, just 1 daybefore the company takes final delivery of its 2nd ship, Viking Sea.
Viking Ocean Cruises took the opportunity to make another ship order announcement – for 3 additional sister ships - which will bring Viking’s total number of ocean ships to 6 by 2020.
“It is a special day when a new ship meets water for the 1st time. This is our 3rd ship to be floated out in 3 years, so it is indeed a proud moment for our entire Viking family,” said Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises.
“Our 1st ship, Viking Star, has enjoyed great success in her maiden season. I look forward to her 5 sister ships experiencing the same respective success as they debut over the coming years.” Viking Sky is scheduled for delivery in early 2017.
Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 cabins accommodating 930 pax.Classified as “small ships,” Viking’s ocean fleet feature all veranda staterooms, starting from 270 sq. ft. in size.
Among other highlights, Viking Ocean ships feature 2 pools – a main pool with a retractable roof permitting any-season swimming, and a 1st of-its-kind glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination.
Viking Ocean is positioning itself as ‘the thinking person’s cruise.’
Viking says that Instead of casinos and water slides, guests are offered Viking’s ‘Culture Curriculum’ including elements such as: lectures on history and art; tasting of vintage destination wines; restaurant menus inspired by local cuisine; informative port talks; enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows and musicians playing regional and classical music as well as an onboard cooking school allowing guests to learn how to prepare local specialties.