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Friday, June 12, 2020 

Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard has floated out the 'Viking Venus', the seventh in the current series of cruiseships which Fincantieri is building for Viking Cruises.

Work on interior fitout will now get underway, in preparation for the scheduled 2021 delivery. At around 47,800 gt these ships are intended for the expedition cruise market, with accommodation for 930 passengers in 465 cabins. They are designed for compliance with current regulations and equipped with modern safety systems, including 'Safe return to port'. They feature energy-efficient engines, optimised hydrodynamics and hull design to reduce fuel consumption, and exhaust gas cleaning systems.

The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at the Marghera yard and delivered in 2015. This was follwed by Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion and Viking Jupiter, all built at Ancona and handed over between 2016 and 2019. The total order, including options, amounts to 10 more vessels, all of which will be built at Fincantieri Group yards in Italy, for delivery up to 2027.

Fincantieri began its relationship with Viking in 2012, with a two-ship order when the shipowner first entered the ocean cruise market. With a total orderbook of 20 Viking cruise ships, including the options and two expedition vessels orrered from Fincantieri company Vard, Fincantieri believes this represents the largest number of units built by a shipbuilder for a single owner.

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