Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Saturn, has moved onto the next stage of construction, as it was floated out at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard today.
The float out process began at around 11 am local time, when the Viking team cut a cord that signaled water to flow into the vessel’s building dock.
Following a two-day process that will set Viking Saturn afloat, she will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.
“It is always a proud day when a new Viking ship meets water for the first time and moves one step closer to joining her sister ships in our fleet,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Together with Fincantieri, we have built the world’s most elegant ocean vessels—and we look forward to welcoming our first guests on board the Viking Saturn when she is delivered next spring.”
Viking Saturn is scheduled to debut in April 2023, and spend her inaugural season operating voyages in the Mediterranean and northern Europe.
All of Viking’s ocean ships (not counting the expedition ships) are 47,800 gross tons and can accommodate 930 guests in 465 staterooms — all with balconies.
Viking Saturn joins a fleet of nearly-identical sister ships: Viking Star, Sea, Sky, Orion, Jupiter, Venus, and Mars. An eighth ship, Viking Neptune, is set to launch in late 2022, making Saturn the ninth in the fleet when she welcomes her first guests next spring.
This past January, Viking’s very first expedition ship, Viking Octantis, set sail on her inaugural cruise. The vessel is currently spending the summer sailing North America’s Great Lakes. A second expedition ship, Viking Polaris, is due to debut later this year.