Viking Sea

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched two cruise ships at its shipyards in Ancona and Monfalcone, Italy.

The company unveiled the second of three ships being built for Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Sea, which will now receive interior fittings and is expected to be delivered in early 2016.

With a gross tonnage of about 47,800t, the new-build will have 465 cabins with a capacity to accommodate 930 passengers.

The first vessel in the Viking Star series was delivered in March, while the shipbuilder is currently working on the third unit, Viking Sky, with a scheduled delivery in the beginning of 2017.

Similar to its sister vessels, Viking Sea will be deployed for the small cruise ship segment.

Fincantieri launched Carnival Cruise Line’s new flagship, Carnival Vista, following a coin ceremony held at its facility in Monfalcone.

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"This new-build is the largest ship Fincantieri has ever built for the Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet."

The 321m-long and 31m-wide vessel will have a gross tonnage of 133,500t, and will be capable of accommodating 6,400 people in 1,967 cabins along with 785 crew members onboard.

This new-build is the largest ship Fincantieri has ever built for the Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet.

The ship will feature diverse restaurants, outdoor eateries and bars, with dining facilities such as the American steakhouse Fahrenheit 555, and Japanese restaurant Bonsai Sushi.

A unique feature of Carnival Vista is its SkyRide outdoor activity, which is an industry-first, pedal-powered, open-air cycling ride on an 800ft track suspended 150ft above the sea.

The vessel will be homeported year-long at PortMiami.

Image: Viking Ocean Cruises’ vessel Viking Star. Photo: courtesy of NFH.