Viking Cruises took delivery of Viking Sun, the company’s fourth ocean ship, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
Viking Sun will set sail from Venice on October 4, making her way through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on her maiden voyage. In early November, Viking Sun will cross the Atlantic to sail fall itineraries. On December 15, the ship will embark on Viking’s first-ever World Cruise. Over the course of 141 days, Viking Sun will journey around the world, visiting 35 countries and 66 ports, before the itinerary ends in London on May 5, 2018. In 2019, Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the recently-announced second World Cruise which spans 128-days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports with 10 port overnights.
Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can accommodate 930 guests. The all-veranda Viking Sun is the newest addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. Viking will welcome two more sister ships to the fleet in over the next two years, and by 2019 it will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Two additional ships are also on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022.
“As we celebrate two decades of helping guests travel the world in comfort, this year also marks one of significant growth. We are pleased that with the delivery of Viking Sun we now have four small ships, each carrying only 930 guests,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “With the continued expansion of our offerings, we look forward to bringing guests to more destinations around the world and introducing them to the Viking way of exploration.”
Viking’s ocean fleet features modern Scandinavian design with elegant touches, intimate spaces and attention to detail.
» All Veranda Staterooms: A choice of five stateroom categories, starting from 270 sq. ft. Veranda Staterooms, all with private verandas, sweeping views of the destination and premium amenities that include king-size beds with luxury linens to generously proportioned closets.
» Explorer Suites: 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 sq. ft. that offer expansive views from wraparound private verandas as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board.
» Two Pool Choices: In addition to the Main Pool with a retractable roof permitting any-season swimming, the ships feature a first-of-its-kind glass-backed Infinity Pool cantilevered off the stern, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination.
» LivNordic Spa: The Spa on board is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind—from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a Snow Grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air.
» Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s: Both gourmet delis are thoughtful spaces located at the bow of the ship and designed to represent the Scandinavian spirit for complete relaxation and for marvelling at sweeping views through double-height windows.
» The Wintergarden: Elegant space under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, where guests can indulge in afternoon tea service.
» Dining Choices: Viking’s ships offer eight dining options, all with no additional charge or fee.