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.
The two additional cruise ships for the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet would enter service in 2021 and 2022. Each of the two 47,800 gross tonne ships will accommodate 930 guests in 465 balcony staterooms and suites.
Torstein Hagen, Chairman, Viking Cruises, said: “Our guests and the industry have spoken, and they love the ocean ships that we have built with Fincantieri. We set out to bring the destination back to cruising, and the cruising public has responded. These additional ships are needed to meet the demand we are experiencing.”
In 2017 Viking Cruises are celebrating its 20th year of operation. Viking Cruises was once only known for river cruises but by 2021 will have eight ocean cruise ships in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet.