July 18, 2024

Viking Marks float out of Newest Ocean Ship

Viking Marks float out of Newest Ocean Ship
Set to Debut in Summer 2025, the Viking Vesta Meets Water for the First Time Image taken from Vikingcruises website

Viking recently announced its newest ocean ship, the Viking Vesta, was “floated out,” marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water. Classified as a small ship, as are all Viking ocean ships, the Viking Vesta has a gross tonnage of 54,300 tons, with 499 staterooms that can host 998 guests. The ship is scheduled to debut in July 2025 and will spend her inaugural season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe.

Torstein Hagen, Chairman and CEO of Viking
Image taken from Viking.TV

“It is always a good day when a new ship meets water for the first time,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman and CEO of Viking. “Over the last decade, we have built the world’s most elegant small ocean ships together with Fincantieri. As we prepare to welcome the Viking Vesta next summer, as well as her identical sister ship, the Viking Vela, this fall, we look forward to introducing even more curious travelers to the Viking way of exploration.”

Image taken from Vikingcruises website

The traditional float out ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona and is significant because it denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction.

Logo taken from VIKING website

The float out of the Viking Vestabegan on July 4 at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time when the Viking team cut a cord that signaled water to flow into the ship’s building dock. Following a two-day process that will set the Viking Vesta afloat, she will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

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