Viking takes delivery of its new ocean cruiser
Viking has officially taken delivery of its new cruise ship, the 930 passenger viking neptune. Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy signed the cruise ship during a ceremony at the yard.
It is the company’s twelfth new ship this year, including two ocean-going ships, eight river cruise ships and two expedition cruise ships.
Although the ship is identical in size and design to other ocean-going ships in the Viking fleet, it is the first to have a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell on board. The system is the first of its kind aboard cruise ships and serves as a test facility to be developed further.
viking neptune Join the Viking Fleet
Viking has taken delivery of its most technologically advanced cruise ship to date. The viking neptune was handed over to the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, today November 10. The ship was fitted with a small hydrogen fuel system, making it the first-ever cruise ship in history to test the use of hydrogen for onboard operations.
“We are particularly proud to welcome this new sister ship to our ocean fleet, as it also marks a significant step forward in the testing of hydrogen as a future fuel for our ships,” he added. said Torstein Hagen, president of Viking.
“We look forward to welcoming guests aboard Viking Neptune next week. This is the 15th new ship we have added to our overall fleet this year, another milestone as we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Viking will use the hydrogen system on a small scale for testing purposes, which could lead to much larger scale use for future new builds.
viking neptune is the newest ship in Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which includes seven identical sister ships, Star, Sea, Sky, Orion, Jupiter, Venus, and viking march. The new vessel continues the line’s proven exclusivity at just 47,842 gross tons and a capacity of 930 guests.
In addition to the hydrogen fuel cell, viking neptune is identical to its seven award-winning sisters. All rooms have balconies, with the ship fitted out with high-end Scandinavian designs and a wide variety of alfresco dining options.
Inaugural season in the Mediterranean
viking neptune will make its maiden cruise on November 17 in the Mediterranean. The seven-night cruise will depart from Istanbul, Turkey, and visit Cannakkale and Kusadasi in Turkey, followed by Rhodes and Iraklion, Greece. The cruise will end in Piraeus, Greece.
The cruise ship will sail in the Mediterranean until December 8. viking neptune will sail across the Atlantic Ocean to Fort Lauderdale from Barcelona. From Port Everglades, she will take a world cruise, a trip from Fort Lauderdale to London that spans 138 days, 28 countries and 57 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities.
viking neptune is the 12th ship launched by Viking in 2022, his 25th birthday. Viking Expeditions was launched in January with octanti vikingfollowed by its sister ship, polaris viking, in September. Viking has also launched eight new river vessels for service on the Nile, Mekong and Mississippi rivers and another ocean-going cruise ship, viking march.