First, they invented modern luxury river cruising. Then, they redefined ocean cruising. Now, Viking is pushing boundaries with their new expedition fleet, specifically designed to explore the worlds most remote destinations.
Viking Expeditions maiden voyage will be in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octanis, sailing to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. Her sister ship, Viking Polaris will make her debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.
To develop the new and unique expedition voyages, Viking has partnered with one of the world’s most prestigious scientific institutions, Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute. They have been working closely together to design the perfect ship for the climate and environmentally conscious routes. To navigate the tightly packed islands, the ships will be on the smaller side for a Viking cruise ship, as they will be carrying just 378 passengers and have 189 staterooms.
Uniquely to Viking Octanis and Viking Polaris they will both have two submarines, each holding six passengers. Chairman of Viking Cruises, Torstein Hagen joked that he asked for the submarines to be painted in yellow as he is a huge Beatles fan.
“We’re a calm and quiet line that’s not very showy, but we have a damn good product which we’re very proud of. We’re a little bit different from other lines and that sets us apart in a good way. We know our guests of affluent over 55s enjoy our ships a lot.”
“Our ambition is to perfect expedition cruises; it’s an ambition we’ve held for a long time.” said Torstein Hagen.
Take a look at what you can expect from Viking‘s new ship below…
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