Viking Venus, the seventh ocean cruise ship Fincantieri is building for Viking, was floated out today at the Ancona shipyard.

Interior fittings will now begin, leading to the delivery, scheduled in 2021.

The 47,000gt Viking Venus can accommodate 930 passengers in 465 cabins.

The ship has energy-efficient engines and optimized hydrodynamics and hull to reduce fuel consumption.

20 ships for Viking

After starting its partnership with Viking in 2012 with an order for two ships, Fincantieri has stretched the business to 20 units, including a pair of expedition ships at its Vard subsidiary and options. According to the builder, this is a record stretch of cruise orders for a single brand.

Viking Star was delivered by the Marghera yard in 2015, followed by Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion and Viking Jupiter, all handed over by Ancona from 2016 through 2019.

A further 10 units, including options, are scheduled between 2021 and 2027.