Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri will construct up to four more cruise ships for cruise operator Viking for 1.7 billion euros.
The orders are attached to six contract options dating back to March 2018. Firm orders have now been placed for the third and fourth ships. The companies have also signed the contract for the fifth and sixth ships subject to financing.
Deliveries are scheduled in 2026, 2027 and two in 2028.
The six contract options follow 10 vessels ordered by Viking from Fincantierie since 2012.
The new ships will also be designed with hydrogen fuel cells, “setting a new standard” for the cruise industry, according to Fincantieri.
With these latest contracts, Fincantieri and Viking will have worked together on 18 vessels, including two purpose-built expedition vessels of the subsidiary Vard,
In its statement, Fincantieri said this latest order “confirms the recovery of the cruise sector, which is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023.”
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