▪ More ocean ships for Viking: Viking River Cruises, which moved into ocean cruises in April with the launch of the 930-passenger Viking Star, will have six ships doing ocean cruises by late 2020. The cruise line had previously announced schedules for three more ships, including the next one, Viking Sea, scheduled to be delivered later this month. At a christening of Viking river ships on Tuesday, a company executive said two more oceangoing ships would be delivered in 2018 and 2020, USA Today reported. With the new builds, Viking’s passenger capacity will surpass the two other lines in its class, Azamara Club Cruises and Oceania Cruises, USA Today said.
▪ Float-out for Seabourn Encore: Seabourn Encore had its float-out celebration Friday as water flowed into its building dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy for the first time. The float-out allows the 600-passenger ship to move from the dry dock where it was built to another dock where construction will be finished and it will be outfitted for its debut in December.
▪ Two new ships for Disney: Disney Cruise Line will grow by two ships by 2023. The company announced Thursday that it had signed an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to build two 2,500-passenger ships, bringing its fleet to six. Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross tons, slightly larger than Disney’s last new ships, but with the same number of staterooms. Other details had not been settled yet. Design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the company said. Until the announcement, Disney was one of the few cruise lines that did not have any new ships on order. The ships are scheduled to be completed in 2021 and 2023.
Miami Herald staff and wire services