Viking Cruises’ New Ship Floated Out in Italy
Viking Jupiter, the sixth ocean cruise ship Fincantieri is building for Viking, was floated out at the shipyard in Ancona on May 10.
Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in 2019, according to the shipbuilder.
The float out was introduced by the traditional coin ceremony, consisting of welding a silver dollar on the top deck of the ship.
The 47,800-ton newbuilding, to be placed in the small cruise ship segment, will have 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.
The first ship in the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, which joined the shipowner’s fleet in 2016 and 2017, were all built at the Ancona yard. The fifth ship, Viking Orion, will be completed within the next few weeks also at the Ancona shipyard.
As informed, the remaining ten units, including the one launched today, will take to the sea from Fincantieri’s Italian yards between 2019 and 2027.
Last month, Fincantieri’s subsidiary VARD signed a letter of intent for the design and construction of two special cruise vessels to be built in its Norwegian yards. The two units are scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2022, respectively. The deal includes an option for two more vessels to be built by the shipbuilder.