Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri have signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional cruise ships, with an option for another two. The two new ships will enter Viking’s fleet in 2021 and 2022 respectively, and will follow delivery of Viking Sun in late 2017, Viking Spirit in 2018, and a sixth, yet-to-be-named, ship to be delivered in 2019.
The new ships will follow the same successful and award-winning design as the current ships ordered and in operation. The entire fleet is comprised of all-veranda staterooms; each ship has a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons and accommodates 930 guests in 465 cabins. As with the other sister ships, the new ships will be built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the “safe return to port” system.
Viking is forecasted to have a dominant market share of the luxury ocean industry in 2020 of 23.9% (on a per berth basis according to Cruise Industry News). The agreement will be effective subject to financing and other customary closing conditions.
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