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.
Viking Cruises has released a new online video highlighting the inaugural float out ceremony for its first ocean ship – the 930-passenger Viking Star – set to debut in early 2015. The traditional ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice, Italy.
As many as 50 vessels have been trapped in ice in the Baltic Sea, with a number of passenger ferries among those stranded. Some have been stranded for several days, with ice breaking vessels approaching to offer assistance.