Viking has announced that its seventh ocean ship, the 930-guest Viking Venus, has hit a major construction milestone.

The new ship underwent its traditional “float out” ceremony, which denotes a ship moving into its final stage of construction. The float out took place at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, where a cord was cut to allow water to begin flowing into the ship’s building dock. After a two-day process that will set the ship afloat, it will be moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.

“We started Viking’s ocean project eight years ago, and together with Fincantieri we have built the world’s most beautiful ships. Today we are pleased to celebrate this important milestone in the construction of our seventh ocean ship,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, in a press release statement. “As the world continues its path to recovery from COVID-19, we remain focused on the future, and with strong bookings for 2021 and the enthusiasm of our guests, we are optimistic about what is to come. I would like to thank our partners at Fincantieri and everyone working at the yard in Ancona for the hard work and dedication on the building of Viking Venus, and we look forward to welcoming her to our fleet early next year.”

Viking Venus is scheduled to debut in early 2021, and will spend its maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe.

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