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Viking Ocean Cruises took delivery of their third ship, Viking Sky earlier this week. The ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
On February 25, Viking Sky will set sail from Civitavecchia and sail the Mediterranean on her maiden voyage. After operating spring itineraries throughout the eastern and western Med, she will make her way to officially be christened in Tromsø, Norway – a nod to Viking’s heritage. Following that, she will continue her maiden season in Scandinavia and the Baltic before heading for the Caribbean in September.
The small-ship, all-veranda Viking Sky is sister ship to both Viking Star and Viking Sea, which launched in 2015 and 2016. In its first year of operation, Viking Ocean Cruises was named #1 Ocean Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 “World’s Best Awards.”
The ocean ships weigh 47,800 gross tons, and can accommodate 930 guests for a more intimate feel than most ocean-going cruise vessels these days. In November 2017, a fourth ship Viking Sun will debut, and spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first World Cruise: 141 days, 35 countries, and 66 ports. Viking Spirit will also join the fleet in 2018, and sail in Australia, Asia, and Alaska. A sixth ship will also be delivered in 2019.