Viking Cruises which is known for luxury ships in river and ocean cruising has finalized a deal to order two new class ships. The order was made with Vard a subsidiary of the popular Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. But there could be more to this new order than you think.
New Class Ships Coming to Viking
The cruise line which dominates the river cruise industry and is now taking major steps in ocean cruises has ordered 2 new class vessels from Vard with an option for another 2 in the future. These ships will be developed by Vard in Norway and will be environmentally friendly. The first two will be delivered in 2021 and 2022.
Mr. Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, commented:
“It is our pleasure to work with Viking to develop a new series of cruise vessels. The company is well known for its expansion in River Cruises and Ocean Cruises, and they are now looking to Norway for the design and construction of its new cruise fleet. We are honoured to be chosen as their partner in this exciting project, and look forward to continuing the excellent cooperation with the Viking team.”
Even though no further details were announced it is believed that these new ships for Viking could be fully powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) which is becoming a new standard in new cruise ships. It’s not know how large the ships will be or if they will be for the luxury market so we’ll just have to wait and see, maybe expedition ships?
At the moment Viking Cruises already has four ocean ships with Viking Orian and Viking Jupiter coming in 2018. Even more, ships are coming beyond this year up to 2027 as the cruise line expands even further.