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Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Fincantieriís Sestri Ponente yard has floated out Scarlet Lady, the first of four ships contracted by Virgin Voyages. The lead ship in the series is scheduled for delivering beginning of 2020. The float out followed the delivery by the shipbuilder's Ancona yard of Viking Jupiter, the sixth ship series for Viking Cruises.

With a gross tonnage of 110,000gt, the 278m long, Scarlet Lady will precede delivery of her first by a year, while the third and the fourth units will set sail respectively in 2022 and 2023. They will all feature over 1,400 guest cabins designed to host more than 2,770 passengers, accompanied by 1,160 crew members on board to deliver the famed Virgin service.

The development of Virgin Voyages ships will stand out for their design as well as for their particular attention to energy recovery, featuring cutting-edge alternative technologies that reduce the ship’s overall environmental impact. For example, their ships will be equipped with an energy production system of approximately 1MW, which uses the diesel engine’s waste heat.

Meanwhile, Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard delivered Viking Jupiter, the sixth ship in a series of 47,800gt vessels to Viking Cruises.  

The Viking units are all built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including Thordon’s water lubricated bearings. The series also features high-efficiency engines, hydro-dynamics and hull optimised  for maximum fuel efficiency and equipment that minimises exhaust pollution and meets the strictest environmental regulations. 

Fincantieri started its partnership with Viking in 2012, trusting the shipowner which was entering the ocean cruise market as a start-up. Today, the cooperation, which first began with an order of two ships, has reached a total of 16 units. This is an all-time record, the largest number of ships built by a shipyard for one sole shipowner.

The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, “Viking Sky, Viking Sun, and Viking Orion, handed over in 2016, 2017 and 2018, were all built at the Ancona yard, as was Viking Jupiter. Other 10 units, options included, for Viking Cruises will take to the sea from the Group’s Italian yards between 2021 and 2027.

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