(5:00 a.m. EDT) — Viking Ocean Cruises has confirmed an order for two more cruise ships from Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri.
The two new vessels will become part of Viking’s fleet in mid-2018 and at the end of 2020, boosting its ocean fleet to six vessels.
Viking has already ordered four sister ships, one of which — Viking Star (pictured above) — was launched earlier this year.
The second and third ships are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017. It is not yet confirmed when the fourth will be delivered.
The two new 47,800-ton ships will accommodate 930 passengers in 465 cabins.
They will be designed by Fincantieri and the interior fittings will be assigned to Rottet Studio of Los Angeles and SMC Design of London, as with the previous ships.
The ships will be built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the “Safe return to port”.
Viking Star won the Best New Ship in the Cruise Critic U.S. Editors’ Picks Awards 2015.