Viking has taken delivery of Viking Orion, the company’s fifth ocean ship. The delivery ceremony took place when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. On June 14, the ship will arrive in Livorno, Italy, where she will officially be named by her ceremonial godmother, Dr. Anna Fisher, American chemist, emergency room physician, and retired NASA astronaut.
The ship’s name was inspired by the prominent constellation and Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project. Viking Orion will spend her maiden season sailing the Mediterranean, before journeying to Australia, Asia, and Alaska, where she will be Viking’s first ship to call on the northernmost U.S. state.
“Today we celebrate the delivery of our fifth ocean ship, just three years after launching our ocean business,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “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’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can accommodate 930 guests. Viking Orion is the fifth addition to Viking’s ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, and Viking Sun. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter in Spring 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.
The Viking Difference
Designed for travelers with interests in history, art, music, and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise.” Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port, and more overnights. On board, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is functional, quiet, and filled with light. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences ashore and on board.