Viking cruises has announced its seventh ocean ship – the 930-guest Viking Venus – has been “floated out,” marking a major construction milestone.

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

Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia and now offers scenic cruising on rivers, oceans and lakes around the world. Designed for “discerning travellers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine”, Chairman Torstein Hagen says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” in contrast to mainstream cruises.

Torstein Hagen

Torstein Hagen – Chairman of Viking

“We started Viking’s ocean project eight years ago, and together with Fincantieri we have built the world’s most beautiful ships. Today we are pleased to celebrate this important milestone in the construction of our seventh ocean ship,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “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.”

The traditional float-out ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard and is significant because it denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction. The float out of Viking Venus began at approximately 11:30 am local time on June 11, when a cord was cut to allow water to begin flowing into the ship’s building dock. Following a two-day process to set Viking Venus afloat, she will be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.