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.
Viking Ocean Cruises latest new cruise ship was officially named by retired NASA Astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher in Livorno, Italy on 14 June 2018.
Named Viking Orion after the prominent constellation, the 930-passenger new ship is the fifth new build cruise ship in the ever-growing Viking Ocean Cruises fleet.
Viking Jupiter Floats Out
Viking Ocean Cruises sixth ocean cruise ship has floated out of the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy ahead of its delivery in February 2019.
A traditional coin ceremony took place on board the vessel and was hosted by Godmother Sissel Kyrkjebø, an accomplished singer from Norway.
Viking Ocean Cruises has announced a 245 day world cruise on Viking Sun. The eight month cruise will visit six continents, 59 countries, 113 ports, including 22 overnight stays.
The 930-guest Viking Sun will depart from London on 31 August 2019. The cruise will be the third world cruise which Viking Ocean Cruises have offered but almost double the length of the previous world cruises.
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.