Royal Viking Line To Modify Three Ships— First Will Get $25-Million Face-Lift At AG "Weser" Yard

Royal Viking Line has announced detailed expansion plans for its three-vessel fleet commencing with the $25-million extension and refinement of the Royal Viking Star next year at A.G. "Weser" shipyard in Bremerhaven, West Germany.

Present contract terms call for the 22,000- gt vessel to enter drydock at the end of August 1981, where it will undergo modification increasing its size to approximately 29,000 gt and enabling it to accommodate slightly more than 700 passengers (current capacity is 500). Length of the ship will be extended from 583 feet to 674 feet. It will resume service the following December 19 at Fort Lauderdale with a Trans-Canal/ Caribbean/Mexico Christmas and New Year cruise.

Royal Viking Line, Inc. president Warren S. Titus stressed that the extension of the vessel will improve the overall quality and will in no way deter from the line's present standard of service.

"We have satisfied ourselves, as the result of in-depth study of various modification methods, that we will, in fact, have a better ship. The increased length will appear to lower the profile, making the vessel even more attractive from the exterior, and we will have more flexibility with additional public rooms for entertainment and shipboard activities."

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