Viking® continues to mark new milestones for its expedition voyages, as the new purpose-built Viking Octantis® kicks off its inaugural season in the Great Lakes. Designed specifically to reach the Great Lakes region, the Viking Octantis recently completed a roundtrip through the Welland Canal—a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie—making it the largest passenger vessel ever to transit the canal.
Viking Cruises is partnering with the University of Cambridge to establish a new professorship aimed at advancing research in the field of polar environmental science.
Viking has officially taken delivery of Viking Octantis, the first of two new purpose-built expedition ships. The delivery ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Vard shipyard in Søviknes, Norway.
Viking has seen the 378-guest Viking Polaris float out in Norway. The ceremony marks a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touches water.
The line also announced that the vessel, which is scheduled to debut in early 2022, will officially be named by her ceremonial godmother, Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the eighth countess of Carnarvon.
Viking will expand its presence in the Mediterranean this summer, adding a third ship to sail roundtrip voyages from the Maltese capital city of Valletta - a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Viking has named its newest ocean ship, Viking Venus, with a celebration at sea in the English Channel as she sets sail for her inaugural voyage.
The new ship will be officially named on May 17th by her ceremonial godmother, Anne Diamond, before setting off with her first passengers later next week.
Viking has welcomed Viking Venus to its fleet. The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
Viking will continue restarting limited operations with a collection of sailings around Bermuda and Iceland beginning in June. This is in addition to already revealed plans to offer trips from the UK.
Viking has seen its fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, officially named during a celebration in the heart of Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing Viking’s sold-out 141-day world cruise from Miami to London, and its stop in Shanghai marks the first time one of Viking’s ocean ships has called in China.
Viking Cruises will launch a new ocean cruise itinerary that will allow guests the rare opportunity to explore the far north in Norway’s winter, during a peak period for aurora borealis sightings. Sailing between London and Bergen starting in January 2019, In Search of the Northern Lights will establish Viking as one of the few cruise lines to offer a full-length itinerary in the Arctic Circle in the winter season.