A new small ship, Viking Sun, has been launched from Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona, Italy.

To be owned by Viking Ocean Cruises, the newly launched ship is the fourth of six cruise ships ordered from Fincantieri.

Scheduled to be delivered by next year, Viking Sun will now undergo interior fitting activities.

"Viking Sun will be able to carry a total capacity of more than 1,400 people."

Featuring a capacity of about 47,800t, the ship will be equipped with 465 cabins, which can accommodate 930 passengers.

Designed by an interior design team of SMC Design and Rottet Studios, Viking Sun will be able to carry a total capacity of more than 1,400 people, including crews.

To be built in compliance with the latest navigation regulations, the vessel will feature improved technologies for reducing environmental impact and facilitating the saving of energy.

Fincantieri built the first vessel of the series, Viking Star, at its shipyard in Marghera, Italy and delivered the same in 2015.

In March of this year, the second ship of the same series entered sea service from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, while the third vessel is scheduled to enter into service by the beginning of next year.

So far, Fincantieri has built 75 cruise ships and are currently involved in designing or building 26 vessels at various yards owned by the company.

Last month, the company delivered the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships, Seabourn Encore, to Carnival’s Seabourn Cruise Line brand.

Seabourn was built as part of Seabourn Cruise Line’s fleet modernisation plant, which started in 2009.