Viking Ocean Cruises and the Italian Fincantieri shipyard have signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional 47,800gt ocean cruise ships, with an option for another two.
The newbuilds will be sister ships to the six ships already delivered/or on ordered and will enter the Viking fleet in 2021 and 2022, respectively. That makes a total of eight ocean ships + a possible two.
The first ship to be built by Fincantieri for Viking, Viking Star was delivered in spring 2015. The second and the third ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, were delivered in early 2016 and early 2017. Viking Sun joins the fleet this October 2017, Viking Spirit launches in June 2018. A third unnamed ship joins the fleet in 2019.
All ships will have an be identical specification: 47,800 gross tonnes and will accommodate 930 passengers.
Malcolm says: Not only are Viking dominating the worlds rivers, there Ocean fleet is expanding!
Viking Cruises Partners with National Geographic
Viking Cruises has announced that it has signed on to sponsor National Geographic’s global anthology series, “Genius”.
The first season of the season tells the story of Albert Einstein.
Viking To Cruise The Nile
Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen has announced that Viking River Cruises will be the first foreign company allowed to have a license to operate ships along the Nile River.
The new ship, named Viking Ra, will begin sailing March 2018.
Malcolm says: Viking seem to be intent on the world dominance of river cruising. They operate more than 60 river vessels. They certainly have a high media profile, a good reputation, an rapidly expanding fleet and are able sustain some high fares. They also plan to offer Mississippi cruises in the future.
My first river cruise was the Nile (see below), which I loved. They are 200 boats on the Nile and they all claim to be five star, but they ae not. I cruised on a very nice boat, but the food was simplistic buffet style and by no means fine-dining. However the fare was very low compared to European river cruise standards.
Viking will bring a brand to the Nile that people trust, some higher standards and fares to match.
Balloon ride over Luxor: HERE
The Pyramids: HERE