(3:30 p.m. EST) -- Viking Ocean Cruises today announced the line's sixth cruise ship, launching in February 2019, will be named Viking Jupiter.
Torstein Hagen, the cruise line's chairman and founder, announced the ship's name at Port Los Angeles, where Viking Sun became the first ship in the fleet to visit the U.S. West Coast. Viking Sun is sailing the company's inaugural world cruise, a 141-day journey that began December 12 in Miami and will conclude May 5 in London.
Viking Jupiter takes its name from the king of gods in Roman Mythology. The ship will be virtually identical to its fleetmates, with Scandinavian design, large cabins (each with a balcony), an opulent spa complex and serene public spaces. It will sail popular Viking itineraries in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas as well as a new 11-day Baltic Sea route.
Viking began as a river cruise-focused company in 1997, eventually launching its innovative fleet of Longships. It debuted its ocean fleet in 2015 with Viking Star. Its next new ship, Viking Orion, will launch this spring.
-- By Natalie Pompilio, Cruise Critic Contributor