Fincantieri has launched Viking Sun, the fourth of six cruise ships the California-headquartered Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from the Italian shipbuilder, at the shipyard in Ancona.
Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in autumn 2017, Fincantieri said.
Viking Sun, as its sister ships, will be positioned in the small cruise ship segment. In fact, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it will have 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.
The ship has been designed by naval architects and engineers, including an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios.
The first cruise ship in the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in spring 2015.
The second vessel, Viking Sea, took to the sea from the shipyard in Ancona in March 2016, the same shipyard where the third unit, Viking Sky, will enter into service at the beginning of 2017.
The last two new units in the series are scheduled to become part of Viking’s fleet respectively in mid-2018 and at the end of 2020, Fincantieri said.