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Make that 12 new ships on the way for Viking Ocean Cruises. 

The fast-growing line on Tuesday announced an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of six more vessels to arrive between 2024 and 2027. 

The ships are in addition to six vessels that Fincantieri already is building for the line for delivery over the next few years. 

Viking said the agreement is subject to specific conditions. 

Offering upscale voyages on relatively small vessels, Viking Ocean debuted in 2015 with a single ship, Viking Star, and expanded rapidly with new vessels in 2016 and 2017. The line's fourth ship, Viking Sun, will be christened Thursday in Shanghai. 

PHOTO TOUR: Inside Viking Ocean's new Viking Sun 

Viking Ocean is a sister company to 21-year-old Viking River Cruises, which operates more than 50 river vessels on Europe's inland waterways and also sells river trips in other parts of the globe.

All of the Viking Ocean's new ships to date have measured 47,800 tons and hold 930 passengers at double occupancy. The vessels boast a stylish Scandinavian decor and offer cabins that are large by cruise ship standards. Even the smallest rooms measure 270 square feet and come with a balcony (scroll through the carousel at the top of this story for our first look at the recently unveiled Viking Sky).

Viking Ocean has been making a name for itself by focusing on itineraries that feature more time in ports than is common at many ocean lines. The company also is setting itself apart from many cruise operators with a "no nickel-and-diming" philosophy. In a relatively rare twist, Viking Ocean offers a shore excursion in every port that is included in the price. Also included in the price is beer and wine with lunch and dinner and even WiFi access — something that can cost up to 75 cents a minute at other lines.

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“When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising," Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said in a statement accompanying the announcement. "We focus on the destination, and we do not cram our ships with gimmicks and water slides."

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