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Viking Cruises moves into a new hydrogen era with Neptune delivery

The arrival of Viking’s newest ocean ship sees the line embark on a new journey in sustainable energy.

Viking Neptune sets sail with passengers next week.

Viking Cruises has taken delivery of its eighth ocean-going ship, with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri handing over the keys to Viking Neptune at its shipyard in Ancona.

While identical to its seven other fleet-mates, what sets Viking Neptune apart is a small hydrogen fuel tank which will allow the line to test the renewable fuel source, which emits water, to power its onboard operations.

The addition of the hydrogen tank is an experimental measure to assess the viability of the power source on a large scale in future newbuilds. Viking Cruises currently has a further nine ocean ships on order over the next six years, although only one currently has a name – Viking Saturn – due for delivery in 2023.

Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said he is looking forward to welcoming guests onboard Viking Neptune from next week when the ship sets sail on its maiden revenue voyage.

After a short Mediterranean season and a trans-Atlantic voyage beginning next week, Neptune will get straight down to business as it fills to capacity with travellers for a 137-night westbound world cruise from Fort Lauderdale to London, visiting 57 ports in 28 countries.

“We are especially proud to welcome this newest sister ship to our ocean fleet, as it also marks a significant advancement in testing hydrogen as a future fuel for our vessels,” Hagen said.

Viking Neptune measures in at 227 metres in length and features 465 staterooms and suites ranging from Veranda Staterooms through to the extraordinary Owner’s Suite with separate bedroom, living and dining room along with a vapour-light fireplace and ocean-view dry sauna.

Viking is nearing the end of its 25th anniversary celebratory year in which it has launched its new Expeditions brand, eight new river cruising long-ships, new purpose-built vessels for the Nile, Mississippi and Mekong Rivers.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 11 November 2022

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