Juggernaut: Viking Orders Up To Six More Ocean Ships
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Viking has announced a new agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027. The new deal expands Viking’s partnership with the Italian shipbuilder, raising the company’s total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The six additional ships will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.
“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 Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“In our first two years of operation, we have been named the #1 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 just prior to the naming of Viking’s fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, on 8MAR in Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing Viking’s 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. The Sun will also be the first-ever cruise ship to be named in Shanghai.
Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” Viking’s all-veranda ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, 465 staterooms and can host 930 guests. Viking will welcome two more sister ships in the next two years, including Viking Orion in JUN. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter in 2019, Viking will become 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.
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