Viking to launch two additional ocean shipsNahrain John·13 May 2014News·0 Comments·0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Viking Cruises’ foray into ocean cruising continues, as the line plans to launch two additional ships in 2016. Viking Sea and Viking Sky will join Viking Star, which is scheduled to launch early next year. Carrying 930-passengers, the ships feature five categories of staterooms, two pools, a spa and multiple food locations, including The Chef’s Table, Italian Grill and The Kitchen Table. There will also be an Explorer’s Lounge for mingling and storytelling and a Wintergarden for an afternoon tea. The Theatre will be home to onboard lectures from scholars and experts as well as onboard cooking lessons. Chairman Torstein Hagen said Viking’s ocean vessels will be an alternative to the growing number of mega-liners. “It is our view that in the race to build enormous ships, some cruise lines have lost sight of the destinations to which they sail,” he said. “Based on the incredible response we have received, it is clear that our guests want a new experience to truly explore their destinations.” According to the line, Viking Star’s 2015 maiden season is now 70 percent sold out and sales for 2016 are underway. Next year, Viking will also launch 12 new river ships, bringing its river fleet up to 64. Click here for more information.