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MV Viking Mars – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9833187

MV Viking Mars

Ex Fincantieri 6284

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Valencia, 29/05/2022)

Steel twin screw “Viking Star – class” motor vessel built in 2022 by Fincantieri Spa, Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6284) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda.

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Eighth of the “Viking Star- class” designed by an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios. 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”, “Viking Orion”, “Viking Jupiter” and “Viking Venus”, handed over between 2016 and 2021, were all built at the Ancona yard.

February 4th 2021: Keel laid.

© Fincantieri Spa  © Fincantieri Spa

© Fincantieri Spa

July 15th 2021: Floated out.

© Fincantieri Spa © Fincantieri Spa

© Fincantieri Spa

July 20th 2021: Announcement made that Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the eighth Countess of Carnarvon, had been chosen as godmother.

February 3rd 2022: Sea trials

May 28th 2022: Due to sail for Viking Ocean Cruise Line on her maiden voyage, a 13-night “Trade Routes of the Middle Ages” itinerary from Barcelona to Bergen. Ports include Cartagena and Malaga in Spain; Porto in Portugal; Falmouth and Portsmouth in England; Le Havre (Paris) in France; Zeebrugge (Bruges) in Belgium and Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 08/06/2022)

July 21st 2022: Provisionally due to call at Dover.

© John Pegden

🆕 © John Pegden (Dover, 15/09/2022)

August 27th 2023: Due at Dover.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Marcel and Ruud Coster, Fincantieri Spa, Manuel Hernández Lafuente and John Pegden for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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