The keel laying for Viking Mars, the eighth cruise ship being built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for Viking Cruises, was completed at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard
Viking Mars, at 47,800 gt, will have 465 cabins and can accommodate up to 930 passengers.
All Viking units are equipped with the latest navigation equipment, modern safety systems and comply with ’safe return to port’ regulations. They feature energy-efficient engines, optimised hydrodynamics and hull to reduce fuel consumption, and systems to minimise pollution produced by exhaust gases, meeting the strictest environmental regulations.
The first cruise vessel of the series, Viking Star, was built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and delivered in 2015. All the other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, and Viking Jupiter, were handed over between 2016 and 2019, and built at the Ancona yard. Viking Mars will be delivered in 2022 while another Ancona-built vessel, Viking Venus, will join the shipowner’s fleet this year.
Nine other units, options included, will take to the sea from Fincantieri Group’s Italian yards between 2022 and 2027.
The shipbuilder has also floated out the Ancona shipyard-built Silver Dawn, a new cruise vessel for luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises which will now begin its fitting out phase ahead of its planned delivery in November 2021.
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