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Viking marks float-out of seventh ocean ship

Viking’s seventh ocean ship – the 930-guest Viking Venus – has ‘floated out’, marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new vessel has touched water.

The traditional float-out ceremony took place yesterday at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard. Following a two-day process that will set Viking Venus afloat, she will then be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and an interior build-out.

Scheduled to debut in early 2021, Viking Venus will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe.

Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said: “As the world continues its path to recovery from COVID-19, we remain focused on the future, and with strong bookings for 2021 and the enthusiasm of our guests, we are optimistic about what is to come.

“I would like to thank our partners at Fincantieri and everyone working at the yard in Ancona for the hard work and dedication on the building of Viking Venus, and we look forward to welcoming her to our fleet early next year.”

Viking Venus will join sister ships Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, and Viking Jupiter as part of the cruise line’s ocean fleet.

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