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Viking Ocean Cruises' new ship is "floated out"

Written by Alastair McKenzie on 19 December 2016.

Viking Sun being floated out

Viking Ocean Cruises' fourth ship – the 930-passenger Viking Sun – was "floated out" on thursday last week.

It's a construction milestone, when for the first time the new ship touches water as its dock is flooded. Now Viking Sun is being moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

Viking Sun is the fourth of six ocean cruise ships on order and will be delivered in late 2017. Viking will launch Viking Spirit® in 2018 and the remaining, yet-to-be-named ship in 2020. Classified by Cruise Critic as "small ships," Viking's ocean class ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, boast 465 cabins and accommodate 930 passengers. The style is grown-up. Instead of casinos and water slides, guests are offered Viking's Culture Curriculum® including: world-class lectures on history and art; tasting of vintage wines from their destinations; restaurant menus inspired by local cuisine; informative port talks; enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows and musicians playing regional and classical music; an onboard cooking school allowing guests to learn how to prepare local specialties.

When she debuts in late 2017 and will be marketed to travellers in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The ship will begin her maiden season sailing voyages to Cuba and the Caribbean, before embarking on a 141-day World Cruise that spans 5 continents, 35 countries and 66 ports.

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