Viking Cruises News

27 Mar 2019

Viking Sky: Low Lube Oil Triggered Shutdown

(Photo: Erik Johan Landa / Norwegian Maritime Authority)

The engines of a luxury cruise ship that narrowly escaped disaster during a storm off Norway on Saturday failed because of relatively low levels of lubricating oil in the engines, the Norwegian Maritime Authority said on Wednesday.The Viking Sky, with almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard, sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted in rough waters in the Norwegian Sea to within 100 metres of land.

25 Mar 2019

Cruise Ship Reaches Port after Casualty, Rescues

Viking Sky (CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com / © Michael Thomas

A luxury cruise ship that had set sail with almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard arrived at a port in Norway on Sunday after narrowly escaping disaster when its engines failed during a storm.The Viking Sky sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted in rough waters in the Norwegian Sea to within 100 metres of land.Rescue services airlifted 479 people, hoisting them one-by- one on to helicopters, before the weather subsided on Sunday and a tow could begin. Many of them were senior citizens.A total of 1…

24 Mar 2019

Nearly 500 Airlifted from Stricken Cruise Ship

Rescue services had airlifted 479 people to safety from a luxury cruise liner with engine trouble off the coast of Norway by Sunday morning and began towing the vessel to a nearby port.The Viking Sky, with 1,373 passengers and crew on board, sent out a mayday signal on Saturday as it drifted towards land in the Norwegian Sea.The airlift of passengers, many of them elderly, from the Viking Cruises ship by helicopter was halted on Sunday morning as two tugboats started steering the vessel towards the nearest port.Founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, Norwegian billionaire Torstein Hagen, said he hoped the vessel would arrive at the port of Molde on Norway's west coast by Sunday afternoon."They've had a bit of a shocking experience…

18 Mar 2019

Fincantieri Starts Work on New Viking Ship

Photo: Fincantieri

The steel cutting ceremony of the seventh ship which Fincantieri is building for Viking took place  at the shipyard in Ancona, Italy.The new unit, whose delivery is scheduled in 2021, will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. As its sister ships, she will have a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.The first of the series, “Viking Star”, has been built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, “Viking Sea”…

04 Mar 2019

Fincantieri, Viking Sign For 2 Ships

In the context of the agreement announced in March 2018 for the construction of 6 ships, Fincantieri and Viking signed the contracts for the first 2 units, which will be delivered respectively in 2024 and 2025.In partnership with the shipowner, Fincantieri will develop an advanced project based on the successful characteristics of the previous ships, upgraded and revisited in line with the latest available technologies. Viking’s current ocean fleet includes ships having exclusively all-veranda staterooms, a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons with accommodation for 930 passengers in 465 cabins.Fincantieri started its partnership with Viking in 2012.

25 Feb 2019

Viking Jupiter Delivered with Thordon COMPAC

Viking Jupiter has been delivered with a Thordon Bearings’ COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Viking Jupiter, the 47,800gt cruise ship built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy for Viking Cruises, has been delivered with a Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft system. It is the sixth Viking cruise ship to be fitted out with the COMPAC bearing arrangement.Two 930 passenger-capacity sisterships, Viking Tellus and Viking Venus, currently undergoing construction at Fincantieri and slated for delivery in 2021, have also been specified with the pollution-free Thordon system.

07 Feb 2019

Fincantieri Delivers Viking Jupiter

Viking Jupiter. Image: Viking Cruises

Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard has delivered Viking Jupiter, the sixth in a series of 930-passenger ships for Viking Cruises.The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona, Italy.On February 16, Viking Jupiter will be the first in Viking's fleet to sail the Journey to Antiquities itinerary, a new itinerary sailing between Athens and Rome offering guests the chance to experience the Mediterranean during the quiet season.During its maiden season, Viking Jupiter will sail itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and then Scandinavia.

07 Jun 2018

Cruise Ship Viking Orion Delivered

Viking Orion, the fifth oceangoing cruise ship for owner Viking Cruises, was delivered June 7 from Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona (Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the fifth cruise ship in a series of oceangoing newbuilds for ship owner Viking Cruises. The new vessel, Viking Orion, was delivered today from the builder’s shipyard in Ancona.Viking Orion, as its four preceding sister ships, fits into the small cruise ship segment, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons. It has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.Viking's ocean ships are all equipped high-efficiency engines, hydro…

10 May 2018

Shipbuilding: Fincantieri Floats Out Viking Jupiter

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has floated out the sixth ocean cruise ship in a series for owner Viking Cruises.The new vessel, Viking Jupiter, which is under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, will now undergo interior outfitting before its scheduled delivery in 2019.As its sister ships, Viking Jupiter will have a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, placing the vessel in the small cruise ship segment.The float out ceremony included the traditional coin ceremony…

10 Apr 2018

Simwave Simulator Center Opens in April

Photo: Simwave

With a range of dignitaries in attendance, Simwave will officially open its 5,000-square-meter maritime training center in Barendrecht on April 19. The three hundred guests will take a look behind the scenes at the new location, which houses more than 50 simulators. The center has already been in use for some time now. The 'site acceptance test' was successfully completed on January 29th, in collaboration with the supplier of the simulators, the Norwegian company Kongsberg Digital.

07 Mar 2018

Viking Order for Six More Ocean Ships with Fincantieri

Photo: Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises has announced a new agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027. The new understanding expands Viking's partnership with Fincantieri, raising the company's total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The agreement for the six additional ships, which will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions. "When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising.

03 Oct 2017

Viking Planning Hydrogen-powered Cruise Ship

A hydrogen-powered cruise ship may be modeled on the same design as Viking Cruises’ most recent vessel, the Viking Sun. (Photo: Viking Cruises)

Viking Cruises is reportedly working on a project to develop a vessel fuelled by liquid hydrogen that could become the world’s first cruise ship with zero-emission technology, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). NMA said the announcement was made by Viking Cruises project manager Serge Fossati during the Safety at Sea Conference in Haugesund. “This is a world sensation. Very exciting. If they pull this off, a distribution network may be established, which will enable others as well to use hydrogen as fuel…

18 Apr 2017

Viking Ocean Cruises Extends Order at Fincantieri

Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional cruise ships, with an option for another two. The new builds will be sister ships to the six already ordered and will enter Viking fleet in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The final contracts will become effective upon the fulfillment of financing and other customary closing conditions. The new ships will follow the same design as the current ships ordered and in operation. The entire fleet is comprised of all-veranda staterooms; each ship has a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons and accommodates 930 guests in 465 cabins. As with the other sister ships…

11 Oct 2016

Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Maiden US Call

Viking Ocean Cruises made its first ever call on a U.S. port when Viking Star docked at Cruiseport Boston. Viking Star began her voyage in Montreal, travelled the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Saguenay, continued on to Prince Edward Island and Halifax and, following her stop in Boston, will continue on to New York City later in the week. Officials from Massport and Viking marked the occasion with a traditional plaque and key exchange on board Viking Star while docked at the Cruiseport. “As Cruiseport Boston continues this exciting period of growth, we are thrilled to welcome Viking Ocean Cruises and to offer their passengers the opportunity to explore Boston and the Commonwealth,” said Lisa Wieland, Massport’s Port Director.

11 Mar 2016

Refurbishment Program for Viking Cruises

Photo: Bolidt

River cruise operator Viking Cruises is taking full advantage of an annual deck maintenance program offered by the Dutch company Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems. A total of 32 vessels – more than half of the Viking Cruises fleet – will have their decking cleaned and renewed at various European ports this winter, with 18 vessels being refurbished in Cologne. Nine more will be refurbished in Vienna, while the remaining five river cruisers will have work carried out in the French ports of Bordeaux and Rouen, or Mainz and Duisburg in Germany, depending on their cruising itineraries.

27 Jun 2015

Viking Sea Floated Out From Drydock

Viking Sea's godmother, Karine Hagen, and her traveling yellow Labrador, Finse, during the ship's float out ceremony on June 25 at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard. Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced its second ship—the 930-passenger Viking Sea —was floated out from Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touches water. Viking marked the occasion with a traditional ceremony at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, where the ship is under construction. Karine Hagen, Viking’s senior vice president of product and daughter of Torstein Hagen, will be godmother to Viking Sea and will officially “name” the ship during the christening ceremony in early 2016.

26 Jun 2015

Fincantieri: Viking Sea launched in Ancona

Viking Sea

“Viking Sea”, the second of three ships which Fincantieri is currently building for the company Viking Ocean Cruises, was launched today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the ship to its delivery scheduled in spring 2016. “Viking Star”, the first sister ship, has been delivered in March: Fincantieri is already working on “Viking Sky”, the third unit of the agreement, that will be delivered as well in the shipyard in Ancona at the beginning of 2017.

12 May 2015

Viking Star Towed into London

Credit: Viking Star

Kotug Rotortugs RT Ambition and RT Evolution were charged with a special task this morning as they towed new cruise ship Viking Star on her first call to the Port of London. RT Ambition and RT Evolution towed Viking Star through the Thames Tidal Barrier on the Upper River Thames and assisted her to swing and berth at Greenwich, towage operator Kotug said. At 228 meters long, Viking star is the largest vessel to call Central London, requiring moorings to be specially lengthened to accommodate the cruise ship, the Port of London Authority (PLA) said.

30 Mar 2015

Viking Sets to Sail to Ocean

Viking Star (Courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises)

With Viking Ocean Cruises officially has its first cruise ship, the group has embraced a new strategy intended to split its growth more evenly between river and ocean cruising. “Viking Star”, the first of three cruise ships which Fincantieri is currently building for Viking, was presented today at Marghera shipyard. The other two sister ships are “Viking Sea” and “Viking Sky”, the company said in its press release. The ceremony was attended by Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, while Fincantieri was represented, among others, by Giuseppe Bono, CEO.

25 Feb 2015

Launch of Mississippi River Cruise Service

Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announces the selection of the Port of New Orleans today as the homeport for Viking River Cruises first North American river cruise service.

Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter in New Orleans. Viking’s new service will result in the creation of 416 new direct jobs for Louisiana-based operations and vessel crews, with an average salary of $40,000, plus benefits; and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 368 new indirect jobs…

10 Feb 2015

Viking Star Succeeds In Sea Trials

Courtesy :Viking Gr.

There is no question that Viking Ocean Cruises is launching an exceptionally innovative series of new ocean-going vessels, layered on its successful series of river cruise vessels, notably the Viking Longships. This list of innovations is a long one, and I’ll have more details about the 930-passenger Viking Star as she approaches her launch in April. Meantime, you’ll find some of the highlights at the bottom of this post. The vessel completed sea trials recently, and as Viking is prone to do, the sea trials were documented in a television-like featurette, which you can view below.

18 Jul 2014

Bolidt Decking, Flooring for Viking Cruise Flagship

CGI of the Viking Star

Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems has secured a contract as exclusive partner to Viking Ocean Cruises for the supply of decking and flooring. The contract covers Viking Star, the first vessel due for delivery in 2015 and its sister ship, Viking Sky, scheduled for delivery in 2016, as well as options on a further two vessels. “Viking Cruises has a long tradition of working with Bolidt through our extensive ‘Longship’ river cruise program,” said Richard Goodwin,Vice President – Engineering, Viking Cruises.

28 Jun 2014

More Danube Cruises Affected by Low Water Levels

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At least 20 river cruises have been affected in Germany on the Danube and Elbe rivers after lower than normal water levels have forced some cruise lines to undertake complex logistical maneuvers to keep tours running. Some Cruises have had to alter their itineraries. Cruise Critic will continue to monitor water levels in the regions and update you with further reports. Viking Cruises has seen more than a dozen of its itineraries affected, and maintains an updated list on its website.

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