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Thursday, December 23, 2021 

Fincantieri has delivered the 'Viking Octantis', the first of two expedition vessels for Viking, from its Fincantieri Vard shipyard in Søviknes, Norway.

Viking Octantis, as well as sister ship Viking Polaris, to be delivered next year, can host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. The ships have Polar Class 6 certification for expeditions in the polar regions, with dimensions suitable for navigating remote areas and the St Lawrence River, while providing superior handling and stability in rough seas. Straight bows, longer hulls and fin stabilisers will allow the ships to glide over the waves for the calmest possible journey, ice-strengthened hulls will provide the safest way to explore and u-tank stabilisers will decrease roll by up to 50% when the ships are stationary.

Designed by the same naval architects and engineers that designed Viking’s ocean ships, these new vessels feature modern Scandinavian design, with public spaces created specifically for expeditions.

Giuseppe Bono, CEO Fincantieri, said: “This result reaffirms our ability to perform very well all over the world even in a situation as complex as the current one. Suffice it to say that Viking Octantis is the ninth cruise unit completed in 2021 in our domestic and foreign sites, without forgetting the deliveries for the US Navy, two this year, in the American shipyards. Fincantieri is a Group with a global vocation, which consolidates the leadership positions it has acquired and imposes its own successful production model on four continents”.

Fincantieri started its partnership with Viking in 2012, trusting the shipowner who was entering the ocean cruise market as a start-up. Today, the cooperation which first began with an order for two ships, has reached a total of 20 units, including Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris and the options. This is the largest number of units ordered from a shipbuilder by one sole shipowner. Another nine units, options included, will take to the sea from the Group’s Italian yards in the next few years..

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