Viking Cruises has taken delivery of its newest ocean ship, Viking Neptune, during a ceremony at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, on 10 November.
Viking Neptune is identical to its sister ships except for a small hydrogen fuel system, which will make it the first ship in the cruise industry to test the use of hydrogen power in onboard operations. Viking is piloting the system to determine how hydrogen fuel could be used at a larger scale in the future.
“We are especially proud to welcome this newest sister ship to our ocean fleet, as it also marks a significant advancement in testing hydrogen as a future fuel for our vessels,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “We look forward to welcoming guests onboard next week. She is the 15th new ship we have added to our overall fleet this year, another significant milestone as we continue the celebration of our 25th anniversary.”
Viking Neptune is the latest ship to be built as part of a longstanding partnership between Viking and Fincantieri. In future, the two organisations plan to develop larger hydrogen-based generation systems that can be installed on ships already under construction and, eventually, be retrofitted on existing vessels.
Viking Neptune will spend its inaugural season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean before embarking on Viking’s 2022-2023 world cruise, which will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and visit 28 countries in 138 days before arriving in London, UK.