Viking Sun will join sister ship Viking Sea, in the fleet (Image: Alistair Miller/Viking Ocean Cruises)
Fincantieri delivered Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sun at its shipyard in Ancona, Italy on 25 September 2017.
Viking Sun is the fourth in a series of 930-passenger cruise ships that Fincantieri has built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The first, Viking Star, was delivered by its Marghera yard in 2015, while Viking Sea and Viking Sky were launched from its Ancona yard in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Fincantieri will construct four more vessels for the line, delivering them in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
London-based firm SMC Design has collaborated with Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios to create the Viking Sun’s interiors, taking inspiration from contemporary Scandinavian designs. Onboard highlights include all-veranda staterooms, suites, two pools (including an infinity pool off the stern), and a traditional Scandinavian-style spa with a sauna and a snow grotto.
The vessel also has energy-efficient engines and other advanced technologies for saving energy, as well as an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) to help her meet environmental regulations.
To be marketed to travellers in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand, Viking Sun will begin her maiden season sailing voyages to Cuba and the Caribbean. She will then embark on a 141-day World Cruise that spans five continents and takes guests to 66 ports in 35 countries. Viking Sun will also be the first of the line’s ocean ships to visit China.