Viking Cruises is to take its ocean fleet to 16 with the order of six additional ships, the line announced today after signing a deal with Italian shipyard Fincantieri.
The agreement, which Viking claims is now the largest ever for a shipyard from a single owner, will be for ships to be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions.
“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 number 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.”
Viking is set to launch its fourth ocean ship, the Viking Sun in Shanghai on the 8th March.