(9:30 a.m. EDT) -- Viking Ocean Cruises took delivery of its fourth cruise ship yesterday at Fincantieri's shipyard in Alcona, Italy. The 930-passenger Viking Sun is identical to its fleetmates, Viking Star, Sea and Sky.
Viking Sun will have an ambitious first year, departing on its inaugural voyage on October 4, sailing from Venice through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
In November, it will head across the Atlantic, where it will sail Cuba cruises roundtrip from Miami. Then in mid-December, the ship will embark on Viking's first ever world cruise -- a 141-night journey to 35 countries.
"We are pleased that with the delivery of Viking Sun we now have four small ships, each carrying only 930 guests," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, in a statement. "With the continued expansion of our offerings, we look forward to bringing guests to more destinations around the world and introducing them to the Viking way of exploration."
Viking Sun, like its fleetmates, has all-balcony staterooms, multiple dining venues included in the cruise fare, a free thermal suite and included tours in every port and enrichment opportunities (such as cultural performances and resident historians) on all sailings. Fares include free Wi-Fi, self-service laundry and beer and wine at lunch and dinner.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor