Viking Venus, the newest ocean cruise ship Fincantieri is building for the shipowner Viking Cruises, was delivered on Thursday, April 15, at the shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
The newbuild will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. Like her sisterships, Venus is ~47,800 GT, with 465 staterooms with accommodation for 930 guests.
MS Viking Venus cruise ship is the 7th in a series of 10 identical vessels built for Viking Ocean Cruises. In 2017, having already 4 operational liners (Star, Sea, Sky, Sun), VIKING OCEAN announced a fleet-expansion to total 10 vessels (6 more newbuilds on order), with scheduled deliveries in 2018 (Orion), 2019 (Jupiter), 2021 (Saturn and Venus) and 2022 (Neptune and Mars).
Viking Venus has been designed by experienced naval engineers and architects, including an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and LA-based Rottet Studios, who gave the vessel a modern design of Scandinavian inspiration.
Viking's units are built according to the latest navigation regulations as well as equipped with the most modern safety systems, such as the “safe return to port”. They also boast energy-efficient engines, optimized hydrodynamics and hull reducing consumption, as well as systems that minimize pollution produced by exhaust gases.
In early-January, 2021, Viking announced that the Venus ship's Godmother will be Anne Margaret Diamond (1954-born British journalist and broadcaster). Anne Diamond is best known as the host of the popular in the UK morning TV shows - Good Morning Britain (1983-1992) and Good Morning with Anne and Nick (1992-96). She also worked for Loose Women (talk show), Daily Mail (journalist) and Since 2003 is a regular guest on the discussion TV shows "The Wright Stuff" and "Jeremy Vine". Since March 2020, Anne Diamond is a key figure on Viking.TV (Viking's online TV channel).