Viking Cruises brand new cruise ship, Viking Sky, has officially set sail on its maiden voyage.
The ship departed Civitavecchia on February 25, as part of an eight-day ‘Mediterranean Getaway’ cruise. The ship will sail a variety of Mediterranean cruises until April, when Viking Sky will re-position to the Baltics.
“As we officially welcome our third ship to the fleet, it is a proud moment for the entire Viking family. We continue to see a positive response from our guests and the industry, which makes us confident in our future growth,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “We started in the cruise business 20 years ago, and our philosophy is still the same – we do not try to be everything to everyone. We are a destination-oriented small ship cruise line, and as we prepare to introduce a fourth ocean ship by the end of 2017, we look forward to introducing even more guests to The Viking Way of exploration.”
A fourth ship, Viking Sun, is due to be delivered in November 2017 and will spend her maiden season sailing on the line’s first-ever round-the-world cruise. The line’s fifth new ship, Viking Spirit will launch in 2018, cruising Australia, Asia, and Alaska. Viking’s final new ship currently on order, Viking Song, is due to set sail in 2020, which, when launched, will make Viking Ocean Cruises the largest small ship operator in the world – just five years after launching its first ship in 2015.
Viking Sky is due to be named in Tromsø on June 22, 2017.