Viking Ocean Cruises

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Viking Ocean Cruises
Private
Industry Cruise line
Founded 2013 (2013)
Headquarters Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Products Cruises
Parent Viking Cruises
Website www.vikingcruises.com/Oceans

Company[edit]

Viking Ocean Cruises, the ocean cruise division of Viking Cruises, launched in 2013 to offer the same small ship experience as the company’s river division. Specifically designed to provide more time in port than competitors, including late evening stays and overnights, itineraries sail Scandinavia, the Baltic, the Americas, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Ocean cruising[edit]

In 2013, Viking Cruises announced the first new cruise line in nearly a decade.[1] Its ocean cruise product line is intended to leverage the company’s managerial experience in ocean cruising as well as its success in the river cruise sector.[2] Viking’s ocean cruise division began sailing its first vessel, Viking Star, in 2015. Since then, the ocean fleet has expanded to include three more sister ships: Viking Sea in 2016, and Viking Sky and Viking Sun in 2017.[3] They will be joined by Viking Spirit in 2018 and three more by 2022.[4] Initial ocean cruising destinations included Scandinavia, the Baltic and the Mediterranean, calling on ports such as Bergen, Norway; St. Petersburg, Russia; Gdańsk, Poland; and Barcelona, Spain.[5] With its expansion, Viking is offering itineraries in the Americas, the Caribbean,[6] Asia, Australia and New Zealand,[7] as well as its first World Cruise.[8]

Sister ship design[edit]

Viking Star is a 930-passenger all-veranda cruise ship, classified by the Cruise Critic trade publication as a “small ship.”[9] The ship, along with its sister ships Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, was designed by experienced naval architects and designers with features including dual-fuel engines, a hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined hull for maximum fuel efficiency, onboard solar panels and equipment that minimizes exhaust pollution.[10]

The four ships were built by Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, and the interior design, rich in Scandinavian influence, was developed by London-based SMC Design and Los Angeles–based Rottet Studio.[11]

Amenities[edit]

Viking Cruises is the first cruise line to launch a new purpose-built ship since Disney Cruise Line introduced Disney Magic in 1998.[12] Viking Star and its identical sister ships, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, have 465 staterooms in five categories, all with private verandas and a square-footage (270) that exceeds that found on most cruise ships. The ships’ largest suite, the Owner’s Suite, is nearly 1,500 square feet.[13] There are also multiple lounge and dining venues with several options for dining outdoors on deck. Other onboard areas include a three-story atrium, theater, library, sun deck including two pools, Nordic-inspired spa, gym and yoga area, and onboard boutiques. Their infinity pool is one of the first of its kind at sea,[14] and the floor-to-ceiling windows that bring sunlight into the ship’s interior spaces are unique among ships of this class.[15]

Complimentary amenities on all ocean ships in the Viking fleet include Wi-Fi Internet access; beer and wine with lunch and dinner; at least one shore excursion in every port; a Scandinavia-inspired spa, which includes a thermal pool, hot tub, sauna and a chilled Snow Grotto in which snow gently falls from the ceiling; fitness center; library with curated books to reflect the cruise line’s destinations; 24-hour room service; meals at all the ship’s restaurants; cappuccinos, lattes and other espresso drinks available throughout the ship; self-service laundry; movies on in-room televisions and entertainment, movies and lectures in onboard theaters; and transfers between the arrival airport and the ship. Paid amenities on all ships include several spa and salon services; specialty beer, wine and spirits; and additional shore excursions.[16]

Technical specifications[edit]

Each sister ship is one-third the size of many cruise ships being built by major cruise lines. This allows it to enter into smaller ports.[17] Its overall length is 745.4 ft. (227.2 m); its beam is 94.5 ft. (28.8 m); the draft is 20.7 ft. (6.3 m); and the gross tonnage (GRT) is 47,800 t.[18]

Future ships[edit]

Viking will be adding four additional ships to its current ocean fleet. Viking Spirit is scheduled to launch in 2018, and three more are scheduled to launch by 2022. They are also being built at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard.

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Ship name Year built Class Length Crew Guests Staterooms Image
Viking Star 2015 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465 MS Viking Star passing the O2 dome.JPG
Viking Sea 2016 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465 Viking Sea in Tallinn 27 May 2016.jpg
Viking Sky 2017 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465 Viking Sky in Kiel Canal II.jpg
Viking Sun 2017 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465

Future fleet[edit]

Ship name Year launching Class Length Crew Guests Staterooms
Viking Spirit 2018 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465
TBA 2019 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465
TBA 2021 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465
TBA 2022 Small ocean ship 745.4 ft. 465 930 465

Awards[edit]

Since the 2015 maiden voyage of Viking Star, the company has received many accolades from cruise industry experts and critics.

Cruise Critic, a cruise review website, named Viking Star the "Best New Ocean Ship" of 2015 in its 8th annual Editors’ Picks Awards.[19] The online cruise resource has also cited the ship for having the "Best Bathrooms" at sea in the staterooms.

Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016 rated Viking Star the highest in her category during her debut season.[20] And in the guidebook’s 2017 edition, Viking Sea was rated the first in her category, with Viking Star following in second place.[21]

• Cruise Critic’s editors awarded Viking Sky with 5 stars, their highest rating, in 2017.[22] And in their 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, Viking Star and Viking Sea received first place in 10 categories, including “Best Overall” and “Best Shore Excursions.”[23]

Travel + Leisure readers named Viking Ocean Cruises "#1 Ocean Cruise Line" in the "World’s Best Awards" for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017.[24]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Viking Reveals Details of New Ocean Cruise Line," Cruise Critic, May 17, 2013, http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5356
  2. ^ Company Overview, Viking Cruises, http://wpc.475d.edgecastcdn.net/00475D/press_kit/Viking_Cruises_Company_Overview.pdf
  3. ^ “Fast-growing Viking to have six ocean ships by 2020,” USA Today, March 2, 2016, https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2016/03/02/viking-ocean-cruises-ships/81198520/
  4. ^ Gene Sloan, “Fast-growing Viking Ocean Cruises orders two more ships,” USA Today, April 18, 2017, https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2017/04/18/viking-ocean-cruises-orders-more-ships/100592520/
  5. ^ “Viking’s New Ocean Cruise Line Reinvents Destination Ocean Voyages,” PR Newswire, October 9, 2013, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vikings-new-ocean-cruise-line-reinvents-destination-ocean-voyages-227092451.html
  6. ^ Viking Star to Sail North America and the Caribbean,” Porthole Cruise Magazine, December 2, 2015, http://www.porthole.com/viking-star-to-sail-north-america-and-the-caribbean-cruise-news-dec-2-2015/
  7. ^ Kerry Spencer, “Viking Ocean Cruises Announces Brand-New Itineraries Set to Roll Out in 2017, 2018 and 2019,” Cruise Critic, January 17, 2017, https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=7468
  8. ^ Meredith Carey, “Viking Plans a 141-Day World Cruise for 2017,” Condé Nast Traveler, May 3, 2016, http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-05-03/viking-plans-a-141-day-world-cruise-for-2017
  9. ^ “Viking Star Review,” Cruise Critic, http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=748
  10. ^ “Viking’s New Ocean Cruise Line Reinvents Destination Ocean Voyages,” PR Newswire, October 9, 2013, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vikings-new-ocean-cruise-line-reinvents-destination-ocean-voyages-227092451.html
  11. ^ “Viking Star Cruise Ship, Italy,” Ship-Technology.com, http://www.ship-technology.com/projects/viking-star-cruise-ship/
  12. ^ "Where in the World is Cruise Critic?" Cruise Critic, April 13, 2015, http://www.cruisecritic.com/blog/index.php/2015/04/13/where-in-the-world-is-cruise-critic-51/
  13. ^ "Living Large: Inside New Viking Ship’s Stylish Suites," USA Today, April 17, 2015, https://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2015/04/17/viking-star-suites-cabins/25923305/
  14. ^ “Viking to Launch Ocean Cruise Line in 2015,” Fodor’s Travel, May 17, 2013, http://www.fodors.com/cruises/news/viking-to-launch-ocean-cruise-line-in-2015-6787
  15. ^ “Viking’s New Ocean Cruise Line Reinvents Destination Ocean Voyages,” PR Newswire, October 9, 2013, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vikings-new-ocean-cruise-line-reinvents-destination-ocean-voyages-227092451.html
  16. ^ "Hate Nickel-and-Diming? This New Cruise Ship Is for You." USA Today, April 15, 2015, https://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2015/04/14/viking-star-cruise-charges/25755975/
  17. ^ "First Look: Inside the Year’s Hottest New Cruise Ship," USA Today, April 13, 2015, https://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2015/04/12/viking-star-first-look/25669227/
  18. ^ "Viking Star Cruise Ship, Italy," Ship-Technology.com, http://www.ship-technology.com/projects/viking-star-cruise-ship/
  19. ^ “2015 Editors’ Picks Awards: Ocean Cruise Lines,” Cruise Critic, http://www.cruisecritic.com/editors-picks/
  20. ^ Douglas Ward, Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016, 2015, ISBN 978-178-004-8314
  21. ^ Douglas Ward, Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017, 2016, ISBN 978-178-004-9090
  22. ^ “Viking Sky Review,” Cruise Critic, https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=992
  23. ^ “2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards,” Cruise Critic, https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/cruiserschoice_index.cfm
  24. ^ “The Top 10 Large-ship Ocean Cruise Lines,” Travel + Leisure, July 11, 2017, http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/large-ocean-cruise-ships#viking-cruises