Viking Ocean Cruises takes delivery of Viking Orion

Viking Ocean Cruises takes delivery of Viking Orion
Viking Orion will be christened in Livorno, Italy on 14 June (Image: Fincantieri)

Fincantieri has officially delivered Viking Cruises’ fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion, at its shipyard in Ancona, Italy on 7 June.

The 930-passenger vessel will now depart the shipyard to be christened by American chemist, emergency room physician and retired NASA astronaut Anne Fisher on 14 June in Livorno, Italy.

Viking Orion features modern Scandinavian-inspired interiors designed by London-based studio SMC Design and Los Angeles-based firm Rottet Studios. Onboard highlights include all-veranda staterooms, suites, a pool, an infinity pool at the stern, and a traditional Scandinavian-style spa with a sauna and a snow grotto. Spa designed according to the wellness philosophy of the Scandinavian tradition, with a sauna and a snow grotto.

The vessel also has high-efficiency engines, a hydrodynamically optimised hull and bow for maximum fuel efficiency, and equipment to minimise exhaust pollution and meets the strictest environmental regulations.

Viking Orion will join the fleet alongside Viking Sky, Viking Sea, Viking Star, Viking Sun (all in service) and Viking Jupiter, which is undergoing final outfitting at the Ancona yard ahead of her 2019 delivery. Ten 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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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, June 8, 2018