Viking Cruises has held a christening ceremony for its third ocean ship, Viking Sky, in Tromsø, Norway.
On the occasion, Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises, commented: “This is a special time of year in Norway – these are the days of the midnight sun and the perfect backdrop for a celebration. All of our ships proudly carry the Norwegian flag, and it is an especially proud day to officially welcome our new ship in Tromsø, the arctic capital of the world.”
Following the christening, the 47,800-ton ship will spend the summer season sailing Viking’s popular itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic.
Viking Sky is the third of eight ocean cruise ships currently planned for the fleet. The vessels are able to accommodate 930 passengers and boast 465 cabins.
The first ship, Viking Star, was built and delivered in spring 2015, while the second vessel, Viking Sea, was handed over to its owner in March 2016.
The fourth and fifth ships, Viking Sun and Viking Spirit, are under construction and will be delivered in September 2017 and 2018, respectively.
By 2019, Viking said it will welcome its sixth ship, aiming at becoming the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Two additional ships are on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022.