Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Deals. Cruise Questions and Answers! > All Things Cruising

All Things Cruising Any cruise question not specific to one cruise line

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old July 13th, 2012, 07:47 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Paul Motter Paul Motter is offline
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 11,005
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default Welcome Viking Ocean Cruises

Welcome Viking Ocean Cruises

The new luxury cruise line now has financing in place to build two or three new ships.


inside a viking river cruise ship
There is about to be a new entrant into the luxury cruise sector- Viking Ocean Cruises. The company just inked a deal with the Fincantieri, the Italian shipyard, to build two cruise ships scheduled to be delivered in 2015 and 2016. The ships will each be 47,000-gross tons and have capacity for 944 passengers in 472 staterooms.

There is even an option for a third vessel. The key component sealing the deal was securing the financing - an area where the shipyards are now often instrumental in a similar way that car lots get you a loan to buy a car. In this case the money came from the Italian government-sponsored program Export Banca - created to support the making of Italian exports.

Viking Ocean may be a new cruise line, but the people behind it are no strangers to the luxury cruise business. The principals include Torstein Hagen, the current CEO of Viking River Cruises who was also a past CEO of Royal Viking Line - the cruise line that is generally credited with having created the concept of luxury cruise ships starting as far back as 1972.

Read more: Welcome Viking Ocean Cruises
Reply With Quote
Old July 13th, 2012, 08:10 PM
Marc's Avatar
Marc Marc is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 3,637

Paul, why do you call them a "luxury cruise line" when so little is defined. The Passenger Space Ratio is not the best and you don't know very much about the service, food, or how the ships will be outfitted. Viking River Cruises are certainly NOT luxury cruises.

Your tie in of a "possibly" unrelated interview with Mark Conroy about his time with Royal Viking is somewhat offputting.


"Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero"


Seven Seas Explorer - Miami - Venice - Mar 2017

Silverseas Explorer - Arctic - Aug 2017

Seven Seas Voyager - Rome to Beijing - Oct 2017

Seven Seas Mariner - Lima to Buenos Aires - Jan 2018

Silverseas Explorer - Siberia - Jul 2018

Seven Seas Mariner - Australia Circumnavigation - Dec 2018
Reply With Quote
Old July 13th, 2012, 09:48 PM
OldFartCruiser's Avatar
OldFartCruiser OldFartCruiser is offline
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ship's Balcony
Posts: 247

Originally Posted by Marc View Post
Paul, why do you call them a "luxury cruise line" when so little is defined. Viking River Cruises are certainly NOT luxury cruises.
It all depends how you define luxury. River cruising is much different than ocean cruising therefore cannot and should not be compared to ocean cruising. Viking is one of the better river cruiselines.

I am surprised Royal Caribbean International and/or Carnival Cruises have not bought a river cruiseline since it is getting more popular all the time. An advantage of river cruising over large ships are inland port stops and docking in the center of cities with planned excursions included in the cost.

I welcome Viking in the ocean cruise business.

O F C'er
Experiences over the years enabled me to have all the answers, but not necessarily corresponding with your questions.
Reply With Quote


address, call, country, cruise, cruises, italy, join, liner, ocean, perks, purchase, ship, ships, things, viking, working

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Viking River Cruises L. Schwartz Other 6 November 2nd, 2003 02:51 PM
Viking River Cruises L. Schwartz All Other Cruise Lines 6 November 2nd, 2003 02:51 PM
Viking River Cruises L. Schwartz All Other Cruise Lines 5 July 8th, 2002 07:12 PM
Viking River Cruises L. Schwartz Other 0 July 26th, 2001 11:57 AM
Viking Yacht Cruises Tim European & Mediterranean Destinations 0 July 23rd, 2001 04:57 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:29 PM.
design by: Themes by Design