With Keel Laid, Construction on Newest Sister Ship Now Moves to Next Stage in Ancona

Los Angeles (October 18, 2017) – Viking® ( today announced that the keel laying ceremony for its sixth ship took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. The yet-to-be named ship is the sixth of eight sister ships Viking has ordered from Fincantieri and will be delivered in early 2019.

The first building block of the ship is approximately 11 meters long and 28.8 meters wide, weighing approximately 380 tons. Just like its sister ships, Viking’s sixth ship will have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms for 930 guests.

Viking’s first ocean ship, Viking Star, was built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and was delivered in March 2015. The second, third and fourth ships – Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun – were delivered in March 2016, January 2017 and September 2017, respectively. The fifth ship, Viking Orion, is under final construction and will be delivered in summer 2018. Two additional ships are on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022.

About Viking
Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 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. Viking currently operates a fleet of 63 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. By 2022 the company will operate eight 930-guest ocean cruise ships and will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking 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 the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit .