Viking Ocean Cruises this week signed an agreement for Fincantieri shipbuilders to construct two cruise ships, with an option for an additional two. Like their sister ships, the new orders will host 930 passengers in 465 all-balcony cabins.
The first of the new vessels will debut in 2021, with the second new ship launching the following year. This latest order brings the number of Viking Ocean ships on order to eight.
The cruise line’s fleet currently includes three oceangoing vessels, Viking Star, Viking Sea, and Viking Sky, delivered in 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively. A fourth ship, Viking Sun, will join the fleet late this year, with the cruise line’s fifth vessel, Viking Spirit, scheduled to debut next year. A yet-unnamed sixth ship will debut in 2019.
“Our guests and the industry have spoken, and they love the ocean ships that we have built with Fincantieri,” Viking Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen stated. “We set out to bring the destination back to cruising, and the cruising public has responded. These additional ships are needed to meet the demand we are experiencing.’
Hagen also noted the trajectory of his company’s expansion, “Once only known for being the leading river cruise line, we are now equally known for upscale, inclusive ocean cruise experiences. As we celebrate our 20th year of operation in 2017, we are pleased to continue innovating and to introduce even more guests to The Viking Way of exploration.”
Our Take: Two gay travel experts we know and respect have shared glowing reviews of their Viking Ocean cruise experiences. We hope to sail with Viking Ocean soon, especially since we love the trend Hagen points to – voyages on smaller ships where the focus is on the destinations rather than the vessel itself. While mega-ships with the latest entertainment bells and whistles can be fun for family reunions and other large group cruises, we feel a strong affinity for destination-focused cruise travel.
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