Two more cruiseships for the ‘Viking’ Torstein Hagen in Italy
Fincantieri and Viking Ocean Cruises strengthen their partnership with options for 9th and 10th ships exercised
Following the agreement signed last April between Fincantieri and Viking Ocean Cruises, the contracts for the construction of the 7th and 8th ships have become effective and, furthermore, the US-based company has exercised the option for the 9th and the 10th unit.
The new units will be sisterships of the ones already ordered, 4 of which have been delivered and currently operate successfully. The ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons and accommodate 930 guests in 465 all-veranda cabins, built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the “Safe return to port” system.
The first one Viking Star, built at the shipyard in Marghera, took to sea in March 2015; the second, the third, and the fourth, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, built at the shipyard in Ancona, were delivered respectively in March 2016, January and September 2017. Left 6 sister ships, including those related to the exercised option, are due in 2018, 2019, 2021, two in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of 4 river cruiseships in Russia and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary as the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises.
In its first two years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 and 2017 World’s Best Awards; in addition, it has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as Best Overall Small-Mid size ship in the 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, Best River Cruise Line and Best River Itineraries, with entire Viking Longships® fleet being named Best New River Ships in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards.
The group currently operates a fleet of 63 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world; by 2022 the company will operate 8 x 930-guest ocean cruiseships and will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line.
Fincantieri Services Middle East established in Qatar
As part of its business development strategy, Fincantieri has established Fincantieri Services Middle East in Doha (Qatar), a wholly owned subsidiary licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre, which will be the focal point of all services and after sales activities in the country. The company, already operational, has entered into local agreements provided by the 2016 contract for the supply to the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces of 7 surface vessels (4 corvettes of 100 meters in length, 1 amphibious vessel LPD Landing Platform Dock, 2 OPV Offshore Patrol Vessel), as well as support services in Qatar for an additional 10 years after delivery of the vessels.and related support services to support the entire shipbuilding and defense services industry in Qatar, worth a value of almost 4 billion euro.
All the units will be entirely built in the Fincantieri Italian shipyards starting from 2018, ensuring several years of work and an important impact on the main Italian defense companies.