Viking Ocean Cruises Orders Two More Ships

Posted: December 21, 2017

Viking Ocean Cruises signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the development of two more vessels to be built in 2021 and 2022, with a choice for another two additional ships.

All of the new ships will be sisters to Viking Ocean Cruises three existing vessels — Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky.  Like those ships, they will measure 47,800 tons and hold 930 passengers at double occupancy.

Just two years of age, Viking Ocean Cruises is a sister organisation to 20-year-old Viking River Cruises, which operates more than 50 river vessels on Europe’s inland conduits and furthermore offers river trips in different parts of the globe. Intended to offer an upscale affair, Viking Ocean debuted in 2015 with just one ship, Viking Star, and has extended quickly with its second and third ships being built in 2016 and earlier this year, respectively.

Viking Ocean Cruises ships brag a snappy Scandinavian stylistic theme, and their cabins are huge by cruise ship norms. Indeed, even the smallest rooms offer 270 square feet of room and accompany a balcony.

Viking Ocean Cruises has been becoming well known by focusing on schedules that feature additional time in ports. The organisation additionally is separating itself from many cruise operators with a “no nickel-and-diming” theory. In a generally uncommon turn, Viking Ocean Cruises offers a shore excursion in each port that is incorporated into the cost. Likewise incorporated into the cost is beer and wine with lunch and dinner and even WiFi access — something that can cost up to 75 cents a minute onboard other lines.

We set out to bring the destination back to cruising, and the cruising public has responded,” Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “These additional ships are needed to meet the demand we are experiencing.”  

The last contracts for the new Viking Ocean order will be viable upon the fulfillment of financing and other standard closing conditions, Fincantieri said.

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