Fincantieri delivered "Viking Octantis", the first of two cruise ships, to its shipyard in Søviknes, Norway. expedition for Viking.
“Viking Octantis”, like its sister ship “Viking Polaris”, due for delivery next year, can accommodate 378 guests on board in 189 cabins. The units are equipped with the “Polar Class 6” certification for expeditions in the polar regions, and are large enough to be able to navigate in remote areas and in the St. Lawrence River, maintaining superior handling and stability even in rough seas. Plumb bows, elongated hulls and state-of-the-art stabilizers will allow ships to glide over the waves to ensure a comfortable cruise, the reinforced hulls will provide a guarantee for exploration in the ice and the "u-tank" stabilizers will significantly reduce roll up 50% parked.
Designed by the same architects and engineers who worked on the ocean-going vessels of the Viking fleet, the new units feature a modern Scandinavian design, intimate environments and attention to detail, with the style of public areas typical of Viking and some spaces added specifically for the particular typology. of travel expedition.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented: “This result reaffirms our ability to perform very well all over the world even in a situation as complex as the current one. Suffice it to say that the “Viking Octantis” is the ninth cruise unit completed in 2021 in our domestic and foreign sites, without forgetting the deliveries for the US Navy, no less than 2 this year, in American shipyards. Fincantieri is a Group with a global vocation, which consolidates the leadership positions acquired, and imposes its own successful production model on four continents ".
Fincantieri started its relationship with Viking in 2012, trusting the shipping company that entered the oceanic cruise market as a start-up. From the first order of two ships, today the collaboration has reached 20 units in total, including “Viking Octantis” and “Viking Polaris”, and options. This is an absolute record, the largest number of units ordered by a single owner from a builder.
Another 9 vessels, including those in option, will set sail from the Italian plants in the coming years.