In 1995, the exclusive relationship between Viking and Princess Yachts International of Plymouth, England was forged and Viking Sport Cruisers was founded with the goal of bringing this exceptional class of luxury cruising yachts to the American market. Yachts sold as part of this unique strategic alliance carried the Viking Sport Cruisers brand, which was done initially to reinforce that the product was backed by the same solid foundation of customer service and attention to detail for which the Viking Yacht Company had come to be known. Beyond the brand, both Viking and Princess recognized early on that significant changes to design, engineering, systems, and even interior décor were needed to develop a yacht that would appeal to the American market. This meant redesigning interiors with more spacious accommodations. Appliances that carried a brand recognized for service and quality in America were shipped to Plymouth for installation on yachts in build. Interior decorators were hired to create an ambiance that American buyers would favor. Refrigeration was increased to accommodate extended cruising and air conditioning and generator system specifications were upgraded to counter the hotter climates of Florida and the Caribbean. Engine rooms were reconfigured to accept more horsepower to satisfy the performance requirements and speeds expected in what was becoming an emerging market for European styled cruising yachts in America. Electrical systems were designed from the ground up for 120/240V 60 Hz service to ensure each yacht could handle the increased loads required for safe operation of all systems and components installed on board.
A lot has changed since the first yacht built for Viking Sport Cruisers was produced in 1996. Models that have been introduced since then have not been simply redesigned or modified to meet the needs of the American market, rather, they have been designed from the start to incorporate the wants and desires of our growing customer base. Princess Yachts International has continued to make significant investments in new facilities, engineering, design, materials, and production techniques in order to continue to improve quality and consistency in each yacht they produce while allowing new models to be introduced to the market more frequently. This continual reinvestment has helped Princess develop a solid companywide infrastructure, expanding capabilities to build a worldwide reputation firmly founded on quality, craftsmanship, and technological advancement with an unparalleled focus on efficiency to deliver remarkable value in every yacht produced. In 2008, Princess became part of the exquisite LVMH family of luxury brands, which includes over 60 of the world’s pinnacle companies best known for uncompromising quality. Some of these brands include Louis Vuitton, De Beers, Fendi, Moet Hennessy, and the Feadship Yacht brand acquired by LVMH later in 2008. In addition, the introduction in 2009 of the M Class range of yachts with initial offerings in the 32 meter (105’) and 40 meter (130’) range moved Princess into a new market with world-renowned super yacht builders.
In 2010, Viking Sport Cruisers and Princess Yachts International announced that, beginning with the 2011 model year, yachts built for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean would be branded as Princess, with Viking Sport Cruisers continuing as the sole distributor for these markets and providing the critical sales and service support for customers through its extensive network of dealers while maintaining the same high level of spare parts inventory in its New Gretna, New Jersey facility. This decision was made with a mutual recognition of the benefits of both companies working together to build a global brand, while acknowledging the foundation of success of Viking Sport Cruisers in its approach to unparalleled support behind the product.
Today, Viking Sport Cruisers brings The Viking Difference to every Princess yacht sold, delivered, and serviced in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. As we look forward to the future and continue to grow our Princess family in these markets, we remain focused on our goal of delivering The Viking Difference by providing quality support when needed to enhance the value of the yacht ownership experience to our customers.