Viking Ocean Cruises reached an agreement with the Fincantieri shipyard for two more Star class cruise ships. These two ships will be delivered in 2018 and 2020 and will give Viking six ocean cruise ships.
Viking’s first ocean cruise ship, Viking Star, began sailing this spring to the Mediterranean. The cruise line has two more ships that are currently under construction, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. Viking Sea is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2016 and Viking Sky in early 2017. The cruise line currently has an option for a 4th ship.
All six ocean ships will hold 930 passengers and be nearly 48,000 GT. Viking Cruises chairman and CEO, Torstein Hagen, stated earlier this year that his goal is to have 10 ocean cruise ships and 100 river ships.
Viking Star debuted earlier this year and was recently named “Best New Cruise Ship for 2015”. Special features of Viking Star include an infinity aft pool, every stateroom comes with a private veranda, a two story explorer’s lounge, free Wi-Fi, free specialty restaurants, a thermal suite with a snow room, and an almost all inclusive experience.