As the cruise industry navigates the operational challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still developing long-term plans for better days ahead, including new ships. Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard launched the new 930-passenger cruise ship on Wednesday viking neptune, the latest in a long line of sister ships for Viking.
viking neptune will debut in November 2022 with itineraries in the Mediterranean, then depart on an all-new global cruise itinerary spanning 2023-2024.
“It’s always a special day when a new ship meets the water for the first time, and we look forward to welcoming guests aboard Viking Neptune this fall. Together with Fincantieri, we’ve built the most world’s most elegant, which truly allow our guests to explore the world in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, President of Viking.
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viking neptune next sister ship, viking march, will also deliver this year, followed by viking saturn in 2023. All of the company’s ships are built to the same design, with 465 cabins and a capacity of 930 passengers. The existing fleet of six includes Viking Star, Sea, Sky, Orion, Jupiter and Venus. (A seventh, viking sun, was renamed Zhao Shang Yidun for a JV in the Chinese market with China Merchants Group.)
Aboard its current fleet, Viking takes its COVID-19 precautions seriously: it is the only line with full-scale PCR testing labs on board (for its ocean-going and expedition cruise ships). This means that all guests and crew can receive high-frequency saliva-based PCR testing as often as daily. For convenience, onboard testing meets pre-flight testing requirements for some jurisdictions.