In the context of an agreement announced in March last year for the building of six ships, Viking Cruises and Fincantieri signed the contracts for the first two units, due to be delivered in 2024 and 2025.
Via a partnership with the shipowner, the shipbuilder Fincantieri will develop a project based on the characteristics of the previous vessels, upgraded in line with the latest technologies.
The current ocean fleet of Viking includes ships featuring a gross tonnage (GT) of about 47,800 tons, exclusively all-veranda staterooms, and accommodation for 930 guests in 465 cabins.
Fincantieri's partnership with Viking started in 2012, trusting a shipowner entering the ocean cruising market as a start-up. Currently, the cooperation that first began with an order for 2 ships, has reached 20 units, including the order awarded to Vard for a couple of special cruise vessels and the options. It is the largest number of units constructed by a shipbuilder for a sole shipowner.