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The company has signed an agreement with the Italian shipyard for two brand-new cruise vessels, with an option for another two.
Once the final contracts will become effective upon fulfilment of financing and other customary closing conditions, the vessels’ construction will start, and the new cruisers are scheduled for joining their six sister ships in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
The new GT 48,800 vessels will be able to take on-board 930 guests in 465 cabins.
"The series – which began with the Viking Star prototype – reaches eight ships with these additional units, with the possibility to further grow thanks to the expansion plans of this dynamic cruise company. As worldwide river cruise leader, Viking decided to enter the ocean cruise segment through a start-up together with Fincantieri as shipbuilder, achieving a huge success. We, therefore, consider this agreement a great strategic and commercial result, which allows us to further strengthen our already excellent partnership with Viking Ocean Cruises," Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri's CEO, said.
Torstein Hagen, Viking Cruises’ Chairman, added, "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. Once only known for being the leading river cruise line, we are now equally known for upscale, inclusive ocean cruise experiences."
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