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.
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.
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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.
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Experiences over the years enabled me to have all the answers, but not necessarily corresponding with your questions.