Viking has announced its sixth ship – the 930-guest Viking Jupiter– was "floated out," marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touched water. Scheduled for delivery in early 2019, the ship will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
"It is always a proud moment when a new ship touches water for the first time and is one step closer to welcoming guests onboard," said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking.
The traditional float out ceremony took place at the Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard and is significant because it denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction at a nearby outfitting dock.
Viking's ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, have 465 staterooms and host 930 guests. Classified as a "small ship," the all-veranda Viking Jupiter will join Viking's ocean fleet, which also include Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun. Viking will welcome its fifth ship, Viking Orion, to the fleet in June 2018. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking's ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.