Viking Neptune is “floated out”

Viking Neptune is “floated out”

New Viking ship will make its debut in the Mediterranean in November 2022

Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Neptune, has been officially “floated out”.

The traditional float out ceremony took place on January 13 at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard and is a major construction milestone as it’s the first time that the ship has touched water. A member of the Viking team cut a cord that triggered water to begin flowing into the ship’s building dock.

Following a two-day process that set Viking Neptune afloat, the ship was then moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

Set to debut in November 2022, the 930-guest ship will spend its maiden season sailing in the Mediterranean before embarking on the 2023-2024 Viking World Cruisea journey from Fort Lauderdale to London that spans 138 days, 28 countries and 57 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities.

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, said: “It is always a special day when a new ship meets water for the first time, and we look forward to welcoming guests on board the Viking Neptune this fall. Together with Fincantieri we have built the world’s most elegant vessels, which truly allow our guests to explore the world in comfort.”

He added: “We are marking several milestones in 2022, including our 25th anniversary and the 10th year since starting our ocean project. With the arrival of the Viking Neptune and her identical sister ship, the Viking Mars, this year—along with the debut of our two new expedition ships and new river ships—we are proud to firmly establish Viking as the leading small ship travel company.”


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