Viking has taken supply of its latest ocean ship, Viking Neptune.
The supply ceremony came about this morning on the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Whereas practically similar to the road’s different ocean vessels, Neptune is supplied with a small hydrogen gasoline system, making it the cruise business’s first ship to check the usage of hydrogen energy for onboard operations.
The road is utilizing the system as a check to find out how hydrogen gasoline could possibly be used at a bigger scale in future newbuilds.
“We’re particularly proud to welcome this latest sister ship to our ocean fleet, because it additionally marks a major development in testing hydrogen as a future gasoline for our vessels,” mentioned Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We look ahead to welcoming visitors on board the Viking Neptune subsequent week. She is the fifteenth new ship we now have added to our total fleet this yr, one other vital milestone as we proceed the celebration of our twenty fifth anniversary.”
Viking Neptune will spend her inaugural season working Mediterranean itineraries earlier than embarking on the road’s 2022-2023 Viking World Cruise, which shall be 138 days and go to 28 nations.
The supply of Neptune comes as Viking continues its twenty fifth anniversary. Its expedition cruising arm, Viking Expeditions, launched in January with the debut of Viking Octantis, adopted by the launch of Viking Polaris in September.
Earlier this yr, the corporate additionally welcomed eight new Viking Longships in Europe, new purpose-built vessels on the Nile, Mekong, and Mississippi Rivers, and one other new ocean ship — Viking Mars.