Viking Ocean – The Facts


Launched in 2013, the Viking Ocean Cruise brand is building on the success of the company’s outstanding river cruises; offering the same immaculate vessels, first-class service and destination rich itineraries. The current fleet has two small-scale ships, the Viking Star and Viking Sea, with a further two planned for 2017. All-veranda staterooms, tasteful Scandinavian design, a fast-gaining reputation for excellent service, enjoyable food, upscale atmosphere and thoughtful touches are propelling this new ocean cruise line towards great success. The company was founded in 1997 by Chairman Torstein Hagen, who previously served as CEO of Royal Viking Line and as a member of the board of directors of Holland America Line and Kloster Cruise Ltd.


There are currently two vessels: Viking Star and Viking Sea with Viking Sky and Viking Sun launching in 2017.

Star (2015)

47,800 tonnes, 930 guests, 465 crew


Sea (2016)

47,800 tonnes, 930 guests, 465 crew



The cruise line has expanded on its popular itineraries in Europe and the Mediterranean to include further sailings to North America and the Caribbean.



All staterooms come with balconies and range from standard verandas to the grand Explorer’s Suite, which comes with a separate living room, wraparound balcony, and deep soaking tub. Decor is bright and tasteful with quality linens and furnishings, ceramic stone bathrooms, Freyja products and free Wi-Fi.

Food and Drink


Cruise fares include dining at all venues, including the many al fresco eateries. Wine, soft drinks and beer are complimentary when dining along with 24-hour room service.



The beautiful Spa is a haven of luxury and top-class treatments with a distinctively Nordic edge; the sauna, snow grotto, steam room and pool are calm spaces open to all guests regardless of whether they have a Spa appointment. Two on-deck pools, including a spectacular cantilevered infinity pool, are grown-up places (no children under 16 are allowed on Viking Ocean Cruises) where tans are nurtured and Mojitos enjoyed.


Free Wi-Fi keeps guests connected to the outside world if they choose and the very well-stocked library in The Explorer’s Lounge is a quiet place to spend an hour with a good book and delicious coffee.


There is no casino on board, which is considered a plus by the mainstay of Viking customers, and entertainment is generally restrained. One shore excursion is included in the cruise fare with other more immersive experiences offered as optional extras.


The Viking Explorer’s Society is the guest loyalty programme offering travel credits, on board recognition and gifts. A referral reward scheme also earns travel credits for each friend introduced to Viking.

 Photos courtesy of Viking Cruises

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