Viking Vesta meets water for the first time

Float out of Viking's newest ocean ship in

Viking Vesta float out, 4 July 2024

Viking floated out its latest ship, the Viking Vesta, last Thursday marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water. Viking Vesta has a gross tonnage of 54,300 tonnes, with 499 staterooms that can host 998 guests. The ship is scheduled to debut in July 2025 and will spend her inaugural season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe.

“It is always a good day when a new ship meets water for the first time,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman and CEO of Viking. “Over the last decade, we have built the world’s most elegant small ocean ships together with Fincantieri. As we prepare to welcome the Viking Vesta next summer, as well as her identical sister ship, the Viking Vela this fall, we look forward to introducing even more curious travellers to the Viking way of exploration.”

Viking Vesta (front) with her sister ship Viking Vela, which will debut in 2025 and 2024, respectively.

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The traditional float-out ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona and is significant because it denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction. The float out of the Viking Vesta began on July 4 at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time when the Viking team cut a cord that signalled water to flow into the ship’s building dock. Following a two-day process that will set Viking Vesta afloat, she will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

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