A new agreement between Viking Cruises and Fincantieri could see the addition of six additional ocean ships to the Viking fleet, the cruise line has announced.
The deal raises Viking’s total ocean ship order and options with Fincantieri to 16, with the agreement for the six new ships – to be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 – 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,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman, Viking Cruises.
“In our first two years of operation, we have been named the #1 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.”
The announcement comes before the naming of Viking’s fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, on March 8, with its stop in Shanghai set to mark the first time one of the company’s ocean ships has called in China.