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VIKING STAR was in 2015 the first ship delivered in this series. The first ships were somewhat smaller than the latest ones © Fincantieri

VIKING STAR was in 2015 the first ship delivered in this series. The first ships were somewhat smaller than the latest ones © Fincantieri

Fincantieri and Viking sign contracts for two more cruise ships

CruiseFincantieri and Viking have announced that they have signed contracts for the construction of two further cruise vessels, based on the features of the previous ships, which Fincantieri has already built for this shipowner. The vessels will be delivered in 2028 and 2029.

The vessels will boast all innovations made available by the ongoing cooperation between Fincantieri and Viking for the development of eco-friendly fuels and of sustainable zero- emission power generation systems. The new vessels will be placed in the small cruise ship segment, the gross tonnage is about 54,300 and they will accommodate 998 passengers on board in 499 cabins.

This contract confirms the cruise market’s full recovery and its strong momentum, with passenger volumes returned to pre-pandemic level and positive effects on Fincantieri’s solid commercial pipeline, as evidenced by other significant orders signed by the Group earlier this year. It also demonstrates the strong and long-lasting relationship between Fincantieri and Viking - dating back to 2012 - and whose collaboration reaches, as of today, to a total of 20 vessels, including the two purpose-built expedition units of the subsidiary Vard.

Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO and Managing Director of Fincantieri, commented: “This order further cements our relationship with Viking and establishes Fincantieri as the partner of choice for ship owners looking to build vessels fit for both current and future energy sources. Together, Fincantieri and Viking are leading the shipping industry in the path to net zero. With this contract, Fincantieri confirms its strong order pipeline and its reputation as a long-term partner of excellence within the cruise sector, as stated in our 2023-27 Industrial Plan”. 

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Jun 23 2024

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