Viking Vela touches water for the first time

Viking's next ocean ship to enter service in December

Viking has floated out its newest ocean ship—the 998-guest Viking Vela— at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard in Italy, marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water. Scheduled to debut in December 2024, Viking Vela will spend her inaugural season sailing voyages in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe.

“Together with Fincantieri, we have built the world’s most elegant ocean vessels, and it is always a proud day when our newest ship meets water for the first time,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our small, elegant ocean ships are ranked #1 by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.

“We are different than other lines because of all that we do, but Viking also stands apart for all that we do not do. No children. No casinos. No nickel and diming,” Hagen said. “We look forward to welcoming the Viking Vela to our award-winning fleet next year and introducing even more curious travellers to the Viking way of exploration.”

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The float-out ceremony denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction. The float out of Viking Vela began at approximately 11:00 am local time when the Viking team cut a cord that signaled water to flow into the ship’s building dock. Following a two-day process that will set Viking Vela afloat, the ship will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

Viking Vela has a gross tonnage of 54,300 tons, with 499 staterooms that can host 998 guests. She will join the award-winning ocean fleet of sister ships, which includes Viking Star®, Viking Sea®, Viking Sky®, Viking Orion®, Viking Jupiter®, Viking Venus®, Viking Mars®, Viking Neptune® and Viking Saturn®.

Lead image: Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen with members of the Viking and Fincantieri teams at the float-out ceremony for Viking Vela.

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