Viking Cruises and China Merchants Group have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to launch a joined venture cruise line for the Chinese cruise market.
The deal was signed on 08 April 2019. It includes a wide-ranging partnership which covers product development, sales and marketing for the new cruise line, which will offer worldwide cruises.
Around 1,300 people on board Viking Sky are started to be evacuated from the ship off the coast of Norway after the ship sent out a Mayday call after suffering engine failure.
The cruise ship lost power and was drifting dangerously close to the shore. The ship was reportedly just 2.5 miles from the shoreline, experiencing winds over 40 miles per hour and waves of 9 metres.
The latest additional to Viking Ocean Cruises fleet of luxury cruise ships, Viking Sky, which joined the fleet in March 2017, was officially christened in Tromso, Norway on 22 June 2017.
The vessel is the third cruise ship launched by Viking Ocean Cruises in the last three years. The cruise line has another five cruise ships under construction or on order.
Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri have signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two new cruise ships, with the option for an additional two.
The new build cruise ships will be similar to the six cruise ships which Viking Ocean Cruises have already ordered. The first of the six ships entered service in 2015, whilst the fourth, fifth and sixth are still yet to be launched.
Viking Ocean Cruises has taken delivery of its latest new build cruise ship, Viking Sky at a delivery ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
Viking Sky is the third new build cruise ship to be delivered to Viking Ocean Cruises, joining Viking Star, which launched in 2015 and Viking Sea, which launched in 2016.
Viking Sun Floats Out
Viking Cruises latest ocean cruise ship Viking Sun was floated out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, marking a milestone in the construction process.
Viking Sun will become the fourth ocean cruise ship in the Viking fleet and is set to launch in November 2017. The third ship, Viking Sky is currently also still under construction and is set to launch in February 2017, joining the two other ships, Viking Star and Viking Sea.