Viking took delivery of its sixth ocean vessel February 7 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Viking Jupiter will begin its maiden season later this month and will offer itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.
On February 16, Viking Jupiter will become the first ship in Viking’s fleet to sail the new Journey to the Antiquities itinerary between Athens and Rome. The ship will officially be named in Oslo, Norway, on June 6 by its ceremonial godmother, the acclaimed Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø.
Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can hold up to 930 guests. Aside from Viking Jupiter, the company’s ocean fleet includes Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun and Viking Orion. Ten additional ships are currently planned for delivery starting in 2021, which would bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 by 2027.
Founded in 1997, Viking’s total fleet now consists of 78 vessels and offers cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. Cruise fare on Viking sailings includes an outside stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals and all port charges and government taxes. Complimentary amenities aboard its fleet include beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, alternative restaurant dining, free Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa and 24-hour room service.