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LOS ANGELES — Viking has taken delivery of its sixth ocean ship, Viking Jupiter, during a ceremony at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Italy.
On Feb. 16, the ship will be the first in Viking’s fleet to sail the ‘Journey to Antiquities’ itinerary, a new sailing that travels between Athens and Rome during the quiet season. During its maiden season, Viking Jupiter will sail itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and then Scandinavia, and will be named in Oslo, Norway on June 6.
“It is always a proud moment when we are able to welcome a new ship to our fleet,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Viking Jupiter is our sixth ocean vessel in just four years – a clear sign of the positive response to our approach to ocean cruising. We are different because we focus on the destination, and that resonates with our guests.”
Viking’s ocean ships feature 465 staterooms and can accommodate 930 guests. Every cruise fare includes an outside stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner, alternative restaurant dining, Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa, and 24-hour room service.
Viking Jupiter is part of Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet of sister ships, which also includes Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, and Viking Orion. Ten additional ships are planned for deliver starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 by 2027.