Cruise NewsViking Poised to Become the Largest Small Ship Cruise Line

Viking Poised to Become the Largest Small Ship Cruise Line

Viking Ocean Cruises, the world’s newest ocean cruise line, will soon become the world’s largest, small ship cruise line.

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Viking currently has four cruise ships in service (Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, and Viking Sea) and now after an announcement by the Fincantieri shipyard, the cruise line will have 10 cruise ships in service by 2023.  Viking was voted the Best Luxury Cruise Line in 2017 in the 5th Annual Cruise Fever Fan Awards.

Viking has exercised an option for a 9th and 10th cruise ship that will enter service in 2022 and 2023.  The cruise line now has six ships on order or under construction with Fincantieri.

Viking’s ocean cruise ships are 47,800 gross tons in size and carry 930 passengers at double occupancy.  All 465 staterooms come with a private balcony. The ships are built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the “Safe return to port” system.

Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. Onboard, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light.

All-veranda ships mean that guests experience every day with a new, expansive vista. With the most al fresco dining at sea, featuring regional cuisines and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences onshore and onboard. And only The Viking Way brings guests itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences.

In addition, Viking Inclusive Value provides a small ship experience at a big ship value and no nickel-and-diming – with every cruise fare including a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; premium dining reservations; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service—an included value of more than $200 per person, per day for an average cruise.

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Ben Souza
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