The first of a new series of cruise ships building for Viking Cruises was floated out at the end of last month at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard.
‘Viking Vela’ will operate in the company’s small cruise ship segment but she will be slightly larger than the previous vessels in the series.
She will have a gross tonnage of about 54,300, will be fitted with 499 cabins able to accommodate 998 pax.
Her delivery is scheduled for late 2024.
Meanwhile, sister company Viking River Cruises has ordered another nine river cruise ships at Meyer’s Neptun Werft yard in Rostock/Warnemuende, Germany, bringing the total up to 10 ordered recently and 65 in total.
One of the latest orders will be for a slightly shorter ‘Seine’ class ship, while the others will be in the Longship series. Another Seine vessel had already ordered in February, 2023.
They will all be delivered by 2026.
While the Longships are 135 m long, the Seine ships are a slightly shorter version.
They will each be equipped with a hybrid system of diesel-electric propulsion, plus a battery system. This absorbs load peaks and saves considerable fuel, the company said.
For the first time at Neptun Werft, the Longships will be designed using a new PLM system, a combined software solution consisting of Catia V6 and Cadmatic. They will also be fitted with technical innovations, such as a compact plant for wastewater treatment.
“We are pleased to continue the long series of Viking ships with these 10 ships. With their hybrid system, the ships are among the most environmentally friendly on Europe’s rivers. The successful operation on the ships that have already been delivered was a decisive reason for Viking to rely on the MEYER Group again for construction,” said Jan Meyer, who will become Chief Business Innovation Officer at Neptun Werft.
Neptun Werft now has a well-filled orderbook until 2026, it claimed.