Fincantieri has floated out Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Vela, during a traditional ceremony at its Ancona shipyard in Italy.
The ceremony was attended by Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, as well as other members of the Viking and Fincantieri teams. Once the two-day float out process is complete, Viking Vela will move from its dry dock to an outfitting dock for the final stages of construction and interior build-out.
“Together with Fincantieri, we have built the world’s most elegant ocean vessels, and it is always a proud day when our newest ship meets water for the first time,” said Hagen. “We are different than other lines because of all that we do, but Viking also stands apart for all that we do not do. No children. No casinos. No nickel and diming. We look forward to welcoming the Viking Vela to our award-winning fleet next year and introducing even more curious travellers to the Viking way of exploration.”
Viking Vela is scheduled to debut in December 2024 and will spend its inaugural season sailing voyages in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. The ship will join Viking’s fleet of ocean ships, which includes Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Orion.