New Cruise Ship Viking Neptune Floated Out

The VIKING NEPTUNE, one of Viking cruises' ships built by Fincantieri, was floated out on Thursday at the Ancona shipyard of Fincantieri in Italy. The ship is set to enter service in November 2022. The VIKING NEPTUNE will join the fleet of identical sister ships, namely VIKING STAR, VIKING SEA, VIKING ORION, VIKING JUPITER, VIKING VENUS, VIKING MARS, and VIKING SATURN. Like her sister ships, the VIKING NEPTUNE has a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons and will have 465 staterooms with a guest capacity of 930 guests.

Adapting to the trying times of Covid, especially for the cruise industry, Viking has equipped all its ocean and expedition ships with onboard PCR labs, complemented by a strong network of dedicated onshore labs for Viking river ships in Europe. Guests and crew can receive non-invasive accurate tests through saliva sampling. Viking ships boast air purification technology, with independent air units for all staterooms. The more commonplace measures of RT-PCR tests are mandatory for all guests and crew boarding the ship, health checks, and physical distancing measures.

Floating out is a process in shipbuilding that involves taking the ship into the water for the first time. Following the completion of the hull to a sufficient degree, which is built-in drydocks, the sluice gates are opened. Afterward, the chamber where the ship was being built is flooded, and the ship tugged out. This process is analogous to the launching of vessels when ships were built on a slipway and pulled onto the water.

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