The second of three units for Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Sea, currently being built by Fincantieri, was launched today in Ancona. The ship is scheduled for delivery in 2016 spring with interior fittings now beginning.
Viking Star, the first in the series of sister ships, was delivered in March. Fincantieri shipyard is already working on the third unit of the agreement, Viking Sky, also scheduled for delivery in Ancona shipyard in summer 2016.
The ceremony was attended by godmother of the launching Karine Hagen, daughter of Torstein Hagen, Viking Cruises' founder and CEO. Fincantieri was represented by Stefano Stecconi, Director of Ancona shipyard.
Viking Sea, like her two sister ships, will be positioned in the small ship segment. In fact, with a tonnage of about 47,800 GT, she will have 465 staterooms with capacity for 930 passengers. The vessel has been designed by a team of experienced nautical engineers and architects, including the London-based interior design team of SMC Design, and LA-based Rottet Studios.
The building of Viking series states the solid partnership between Fincantieri and Viking. Fincantieri has built 70 ships since 1990. Other 14 cruise ships are currently being built or designed in Group’s yards.