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EIGHTH VIKING SMALL CRUISESHIP FLOATED OUT BY FINCANTIERI

EIGHTH VIKING SMALL CRUISESHIP FLOATED OUT BY FINCANTIERI

Friday, July 16, 2021 

'Viking Mars', the newest ocean cruise ship which Fincantieri is building for Viking Cruises, has been floated out at the Italian group's shipyard in Ancona.

Like the sister ships, Viking Mars is about 47,800gt, with 465 cabins providing accommodation for 930 passengers, putting it in the 'small cruise ship' category.

The ship, eighth of this class, was built according to the latest regulations and equipped with up-to-date safety systems, including 'safe return to port' provision, and energy-efficient engines, optimised hydrodynamics and hull thereby reducing consumption, as well as systems which minimise pollution produced by exhaust gases, meeting the strictest environmental regulations.

Fincantieri started its partnership with Viking in 2012, and has now contracted a total of 20 vessels, including the order awarded to subsidiary Vard for two expedition cruise ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, and the options. This is believed to represent the largest number of units built by a shipbuilder for one sole shipowner.

The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, Viking Jupiter and Viking Venus, handed over between 2016 and 2021, were all built at the Ancona yard. A further nine vessels, options included, will take to the sea from the Group’s Italian yards in the next few years.

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