Three new ships have today been ordered by Viking Ocean Cruises, of which one is booked to cruise to Australia late next year as part of forthcoming round-the-world voyages.
The new order doubles the company’s existing fleet of three ships to six and comes on the same day its third ship – Viking Sky – was floated out of the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for the first time. It also came one day before Viking takes delivery of its second ship – Viking Sea – which will be christened and begin welcoming passengers next month. The three new ships will be delivered starting from late next year and continuing in 2018 and 2020.
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According to port schedules, Viking will reach Australia for the first time on 30 December 2017 when the ship soon to become known as Viking Sun pulls into Darwin on its way down the east coast. The future 930-passenger ship will enter Sydney on 12 January on its first of two scheduled visits, also calling in Melbourne during its brief time in Australia.
Viking Ocean Cruises is a premium mid-sized cruise brand and is the ocean-going sister label of Viking River Cruises, the world’s largest river cruise operator. The ocean adaptation currently sails in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and later this year will leave Europe for the first time, crossing the Atlantic into Canada on its way south to begin its first season sailing in the Caribbean. The line says it aims to bring guests closer to their destination with more time in port, more overnight stays & fewer days at sea.