Viking took delivery of Viking Orion today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
The line’s fifth ocean ship will be officially named in Livorno, Italy June 14, with retired NASA astronaut Dr Anna Fisher serving as the ship’s ceremonial godmother. Dr Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project inspired the ship’s name.
Viking Orion will spend her maiden season in the Mediterranean. She’ll then venture to Australia, Asia, and Alaska, where she’ll be the line’s first ship to call on The Great Land.
“Today we celebrate the delivery of our fifth ocean ship, just three years after launching our ocean business,” said Torstein Hagen, Viking chairman. “We are pleased to welcome Viking Orion to our award-winning fleet and look forward to introducing more guests to the Viking way of travel, through culturally-immersive and destination-focused itineraries as we expand to new destinations in Asia and Alaska.”
Viking Orion features a modern Scandinavian-inspired design; two pools, including an infinity pool off the stern, and an expansive Spa with a sauna and snow grotto.
Viking Orion joins a fleet consisting of Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun. The 465-stateroom vessels accommodate 930 guests. Viking Jupiter will debut in spring 2019. Ten additional ships are set for delivery beginning in 2021.
All cruise fares include a complimentary shore excursion in every port. Also included are beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; alternative restaurant dining; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.