Viking Ocean Cruises’ second ship – the 930-passenger Viking Sea – floated out of Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard on Thursday last week.

“The day that a new ship first touches water is always a special day, and today is indeed a proud one for our Viking family,” said Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises.

Karine Hagen, Viking’s senior vice president of product and author of a series of children’s books, was named godmother of the newest creation; she will officially name the ship during a christening ceremony in early 2016.

Set to launch in early 2016, she and her sister ships – Viking Star and Viking Sky – will sail popular routes in Scandinavia and the Baltic as well as the Eastern and Western Mediterranean.

Itineraries have been designed to allow maximum port time, often with late evenings or overnight berths so guests can experience the local nightlife.

Every cruise fare will include a veranda stateroom, shore excursions, onboard meals and all port charges and government taxes. Complimentary amenities on offer are beer and wine with lunch and dinner, wi-fi and 24-hour room service.