Viking Jupiter touched water for the first time during her float out ceremony (Image: Viking Cruises)
Fincantieri has floated out Viking Cruises’ sixth ocean ship, Viking Jupiter, at its yard in Ancona, Italy.
The float out was marked with a traditional coin ceremony, where Viking Jupiter’s godmother and Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø helped to weld a silver dollar to the top deck. The ceremony was also attended by Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, and Giovanni Stecconi, director of Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard.
Fincantieri will now start outfitting Viking Jupiter’s interiors and then commission her onboard equipment and systems, ahead of her sea trials and delivery in 2019.
The 930-guest Viking Jupiter will sail itineraries in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. The ship will also provide a 22-day South America – Southern Atlantic Crossing and an 18-day ‘South America & the Chilean Fjords’ cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile.
Viking Jupiter has been designed as a sister to the 47,800gt Viking Sky, Viking Sea, Viking Star, Viking Sun (all in service) and Viking Orion, which will be delivered in a few weeks. Nine additional ships are also on order for delivery between 2021 and 2027, which will bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships. Fincantieri’s Norway-based subsidiary Vard has signed a letter of intent to design and construct two ‘special cruise ships’ for Viking.
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