Fincantieri confirms contracts for four more cruise ships

2024-06-28T18:17:39+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Ships|

Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri has confirmed the signing of a contract with Viking for the construction of another two cruise ships, bringing the total up to 20 in this series.

In addition, the Italian shipbuilder has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to build two  high-end cruise ships, with an option for a third ship.

The Viking pair will be based on the successful features included in the previous ships, which Fincantieri built for this shipowner at its Ancona shipyard.

To be delivered in 2028 and 2029, each of Viking’s new vessels will be of about 54,300 gt and they will accommodate 998 passengers in 499 cabins.

Fincantieri also said that the Viking contract had confirmed the cruise market’s full recovery and its strong momentum, with passenger volumes having returned to pre-pandemic level giving a positive effect on the company’s solid commercial pipeline, as evidenced by other significant orders signed by the Group earlier this year, notably with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

It also demonstrated the strong and long-lasting relationship between Fincantieri and Viking – dating back to 2012 – which has now reached a total of 20 vessels with the latest orders, which included the two purpose-built expedition units built by subsidiary Vard.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Fincantieri CEO and Managing Director, commented: “This order further cements our relationship with Viking and establishes Fincantieri as the partner of choice for shipowners looking to build vessels fit for both current and future energy sources.

“Together, Fincantieri and Viking are leading the shipping industry in the path to net zero.

“With this contract, Fincantieri confirms its strong order pipeline and its reputation as a long-term partner of excellence within the cruise sector, as stated in our 2023-27 Industrial Plan,” he said.

The contract is still subject to financing and other terms and conditions.

Each of the Crystal ships will have a gt of 61,800 and will accommodate around 690 passengers in all-suite accommodation with private verandas, plus a single-occupancy category designed for solo travellers.

The interiors will be designed by international architectural firms using the finest materials and craftsmanship, Fincantieri said. This commitment to comfort is complemented by one of the highest crew-to-passenger ratios in the sector, ensuring personalised service and meticulous attention to detail.

The contract value, which is also subject to financing and other conditions, was said to be significant. Delivery of the first ship is scheduled for spring 2028. Further details on the second will be announced in due course.

Folgiero, added: “This order not only highlights the robust recovery of the cruise sector, in line with our Industrial Plan, but also reaffirms Fincantieri’s leadership, thanks to the operational excellence of our shipyards and the execution quality of our world-class supply chain.

“We are thrilled to partner with Crystal in our pursuit of innovation and excellence, under the guidance of a shipowner who has always been close to our Group, like Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio,” he said.