Viking Ocean Cruises Christens New Ship, Announces First World Cruise

A year after its debut with the Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises continues its aggressive expansion with the introduction of a second ship and the unveiling of details for the company’s first world cruise.


Viking Sea Named in London with Norwegian Flair

The River Thames in Greenwich was the scene of maritime and Norwegian tradition yesterday as the new 930-guest, 47,800-GT Viking Sea was officially christened, becoming the largest ship to be launched in London. Passing through the Thames Barrier, she was welcomed by invited guests and well-wishers who witnessed a maritime salute from 28 seamen onboard the famed 19th century British clipper Cutty Sark.


The naming ceremony paid homage to the company’s Norwegian heritage, where a bottle of Gammel Opland aquavit was used in-place of champagne for the bottle-breaking. Viking’s senior vice president (and daughter of founder Torstein Hagen) Karine Hagen served as the ship’s ceremonial godmother, using a replica of an 11th century Viking battle axe discovered in the river in the 1920s to cut the cord and send the bottle crashing against the hull, in honour of the original Viking explorers.


Guests were also able to enjoy a concert by Norwegian soprano Sissel and The Olav’s Choir, a talk by Stein Olav Henrichsen, the director of Oslo’s Munch Museum as part of the line’s new partnership with the museum to celebrate the life and artwork of Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. As night fell, a glittering fireworks show capped the festivities, illuminating the skies above the river.


The second of 6 ocean cruise ships, Viking Sea features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design, with key elements including all-veranda accommodations, a cantilevered infinity pool at the stern, a LivNordic spa, Wintergarden and Nordic-inspired dining, complemented by enriching entertainment and activities onboard. From London, she sets sail for Bergen on a 15-day Viking Homelands itinerary with calls at Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn and Oslo. The ship will then sail in Scandinavia and the Baltic for the summer season.


Viking’s First World Cruise – 141 Days, 66 Ports and 35 Countries

Viking Ocean Cruises has also revealed that its fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend its maiden season sailing a 141-day world cruise to 66 ports in 35 countries, including 12 overnight stays.


Departing Miami on 15 December 2017, the journey first takes guests though the Caribbean (Havana, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, San Jose and Colon) to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal (Puntarenas, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal and Cabo San Lucas). She will then cross the Pacific Ocean, heading south to French Polynesia (Marquesas Islands, Tahiti and Bora Bora), the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji, before calling at several ports in New Zealand (Auckland, Rotoroa, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) and Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Cairns, Thursday Island and Darwin).


The Asian leg will see the Viking Sun sail into Indonesia (Komodo, Bali and Semarang), then up to Borneo (Bandar Seri Begawan and Kota Kinabalu) and the Philippines (Manila) before arriving in Shanghai. The ship will then return south to Hong Kong, Hainan Island, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), Cambodia (Sihanoukville), Thailand (Bangkok and Koh Samui) and Singapore, where she will overnight before continuing west via the Straits of Malacca (Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket) and Bay of Bengal to India (Chennai, Kochi, Goa and Mumbai).


A short hop across the Arabian Sea brings the ship to Muscat, from where she returns to Europe via the Suez Canal (Luxor, Sharm el Sheikh, Aqaba and Alexandria) and the Mediterranean Sea (Valletta, Tunis, Sardinia, Algiers, Cartagena and Malaga). The final leg around the Iberian peninsula will call at Porto before Viking Sun finally arrives at Greenwich to complete the voyage.


Viking Ocean Cruises will offer complimentary shore excursions in each of the 66 ports visited to all passengers on the world cruise, as part of its promise to bring the destination back to cruising. In addition, guests will also enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi access and all the innovative facilities onboard the ship, which is currently under construction in Italy and will be delivered in late 2017.


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