Two new sister ships, Viking Sky and Viking Sun are expected in 2017 from this fast-growing luxury small cruise line. Identical to the two existing vessels in the fleet, Viking Star and Viking Sea, the 47,800 ton ships will carry 930 passengers in supreme comfort to exciting destinations around the globe.
The rich Nordic heritage, central to the ethos of the cruise line itself, is reflected in the clean and fresh Scandinavian design.
Woven textiles, lights woods and spacious interiors are found throughout the ship, connecting guests to the natural world with a carefully curated collection of antiques and art.
In the Wintergarden, a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood reflects the Norse mythology of Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life.
Elsewhere, in the Viking Living Room, the wild lichen of Norway’s Finse Mountain Plateau inspires a geometric garden.
Multiple dining options replicate current Viking Ocean ships; including the main Restaurant, The World Cafe, The Chef’s Table and the immersive all-day experience of The Kitchen Table. Other casual eateries complement room-service with plenty of al fresco options throughout.
Staterooms vary from entry-level Veranda cabins to the ultra-luxurious Owner’s Suite, with a range of sizes and benefits in between.
Fitness and Wellness are a feature of Viking Ocean cruises, with a full promenade deck delighting traditional cruisers, a well-equipped gym and glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern. The gym on Viking Sun is extended in size and facilities.
The LivNordic Spa is typically and wonderfully Scandinavian with a complimentary thermal suite hosting alternative hot and cold treatments in true Nordic style. Saunas and steam areas combine with a thalassotherapy pool, hot tub, therapy showers and unique snow grotto.
A casual and relaxed atmosphere is a signature of Viking Ocean cruises, and fully expected to extend to the new vessels due this year. There are no formal nights or casinos, and in keeping with company policy, children under 16 years are not allowed on board. Alternatively, guests lean more towards enrichment and port immersion, enjoying free excursions at every port. Both new ships have exciting and diverse itineraries on offer, with Viking Sun’s maiden season sailing the line’s first world cruise, a 141-day itinerary visiting five continents.
Photos courtesy of Viking