Viking Cruises has just signed a letter of intent for the design and construction of two new cruise vessels.
The contract with Fincantieri subsidiary Vard Holdings Limited is worth potentially £401m and also includes an option for two more vessels.
Vard and Viking’s deal is not related to last month’s announcement that the cruise line has planned to launch six additional ships between 2024 and 2027.
The shipyard has confirmed that Viking will work closely with Vard Design in Norway to develop the new vessels.
The delivery of the ships are scheduled from Vard in Norway in 2021 and 2022 and the hulls will be built by Vard in Romania.
Vard’s chief executive and executive director, Roy Reite, commented: “It is our pleasure to work with Viking to develop a series of cruise vessels.
“The company is well known for its expansion in river cruises and ocean cruises. We are honoured to be chosen as their partner in this exciting partner and look forward to continuing the excellent cooperation with the Viking team.”
Last month, Viking revealed their agreement with Fincantieri Shipyard to build new six ocean ships that will bring the fleet to sixteen.
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