Viking stacks Fincantieri order with deal for six more ships

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The Viking Star, Viking's first ocean ship, entered service in 2015.
The Viking Star, Viking's first ocean ship, entered service in 2015.

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Viking Cruises has reached an agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027.

The new understanding expands Viking's partnership with the Italian shipbuilder. Ten ships are on order for delivery starting in 2021, which would bring Viking's ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.

Viking said it is a shipyard's biggest backlog from a single owner.

The agreement for the six additional ships, which will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions, Viking said.

Viking's fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, will be christened on March 8 in Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing Viking's 141-day world cruise from Miami to London, and its stop in Shanghai will mark the first time one of Viking's ocean ships has called in China.

The Viking Sun will be the first cruise ship to be named in Shanghai, Viking said.

The fifth 930-passenger ship, Viking Orion, is expected in June and the sixth, Viking Jupiter, in 2019.

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