Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Viking Ocean Cruises celebrates float out of Viking Sea

A little more than a month after Viking Star was christened, Viking Ocean Cruises celebrated the float out of its second ship, the Viking Sea.

The June 25 float out of the 930-passenger ship at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard in Italy marked a major milestone in the ship’s construction. The “float out” is the time a ship leaves dry land and becomes waterborne for the first time.

Viking Sea’s float out signifies the final stage of construction as it moves toward its early 2016 christening.

The new ship’s godmother is Karine Hagen, Viking’s senior vice president of product and daughter of Torstein Hagen. Karine and her yellow Labrador Finse officiated the ship touching water as it was formally added to the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet. As godmother, Karine welded Norwegian commemorative coins under the ship’s mast in keeping with maritime tradition. She will also officially “name” the ship during the christening ceremony in early 2016

The Viking Sea's sister ship the Viking Star made embarked on her maiden voyage April 15. You can read more about that here.

Viking developed its ocean cruises with experienced travelers in mind. Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local nightlife or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and “collector ports,” and appeal to those with an interest in history, art and culture.

Viking Sea under construction
In addition, Viking Inclusive Cruising provides unique value is the upmarket cruise segment. Every cruise fare including a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also have access to many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa, and 24-hour room service. Viking Cruises estimates the package has a value of more than $2,400 per couple for an average cruise.

Through July 31, 2015, Viking is offering U.S. residents an Early Booking Discount with 2-for-1 pricing on cruise departures and savings of up to $2,000 per couple on international airfare. More details are available at www.VikingCruises.com.

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Photo courtesy Viking Ocean Cruises

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