Viking Ocean Cruises has just revealed to fans that there will be four more ocean cruise ships built, bringing the fleet to ten.
The announcement from Fincantieri has further solidified Viking’s position as the largest small ship cruise line.
In April this year, Viking announced the construction of two cruise ships, the seventh and eight for Viking, along with an option for two additional ships.
The option for the two additional ships has now become a reality and will be the first of these four ships; one will be delivered in 2021, followed by two in 2022 and the fourth in 2023.
The news of these additional orders comes as Viking was celebrating the kickoff of its sold out 141-day inaugural world cruise which sailed from Miami on December 15th onboard Viking Sun, the fourth sister ship in the ocean fleet.
Viking Orion, fifth in the ocean fleet, is due to be introduced in the summer of 2018 and the sixth, as yet unnamed, sister ship is due to be arrive in the spring of 2019.
The sixth ship has been in dry dock since the keel laying ceremony on October 18th 2017; when she enters service, Viking will have 5,580 berths, making it the largest small ship cruise line.
It will have more berths than its competitors, including Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Azamara Club Cruises.
In October 2017, Viking also announced that it had placed an order for seven new river ships, including six additional Viking Longships and one additional vessel based on the Longships design that will sail on Portugal’s Douro River.
These new river cruise ships will enter service in 2019 on top of the 63 vessels that operate within the entire Viking fleet.
What do you think of the news today? Are you excited for the next four Viking ships on order? Have you sailed with Viking river or ocean yet? Leave us your comments!
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