Viking Cruises is to launch an expedition cruise line, known as Viking Expeditions, which is able to start crusing in January 2022.
The traces first vessel will likely be known as Viking Octantis and can run voyages to Antarctica and America’s Nice Lakes. The second vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, crusing in Antarctica and the Arctic.
The brand new Polar Class 6 Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will host 378 friends in 189 staterooms; each ships are presently below development and will likely be delivered in Norway by Fincantieri’s VARD.
“We invented the idea of contemporary river cruising after we launched in 1997; then we reinvented ocean cruises and have become the ‘World’s Greatest Ocean Cruise Line’ in our first yr of operation, in addition to yearly since then. Now, in creating ‘the pondering individual’s expedition,’ we’re perfecting polar expedition cruising, and we’ll usher in a brand new period of snug exploration within the coronary heart of North America,” stated Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“Our friends are curious explorers. They need to proceed travelling with us to acquainted and iconic locations, however they’d additionally wish to journey additional. We started as Viking River Cruises; then we advanced into Viking Cruises with the addition of ocean cruises; at this time we stand singularly as Viking, providing destination-focused voyages on greater than 20 rivers and 5 oceans, visiting greater than 500 ports in 100 international locations and on all seven continents.”
The launch, which was introduced at an occasion in Beverley Hills, additionally included information that Viking was partnering with a lot of scientific establishments, together with the College of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Analysis Institute. The partnership is “underpinned by a serious Viking endowment for scientific analysis analysis within the polar areas”, the corporate stated in a press release. As a part of the deal, polar cruises may have consultants from the institute on board sharing findings from their discipline analysis.
The corporate has additionally partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a number one authority on the research of birds.
The ships will characteristic a lot of new public areas, based mostly across the identical Scandinavian design as its ocean and river fleet. These embrace the Hanger, an enclosed in-ship marina to permit friends to board zodiacs contained in the ship; a Laboratory, the place scientists will conduct analysis; expedition gear together with zodiacs, submarines, kayaks; an auditorium based mostly based mostly on the College of Oslo’s ceremonial corridor. All staterooms will even characteristic a Nordic Balcony, just like these on river vessels.
The expedition ships will even have a Nordic Spa & health centre, together with sauna and snow grotto. Eating places on board will just like these on the ocean fleet, together with Manfredi’s which has Cruise 20 award-winning steak.
Expedition cruises will embrace: just about all shore excursions, all onboard meals, and all port prices and taxes. As with the ocean product, Viking Expeditions will embrace beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; premium eating reservations; lectures; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; entry to The Nordic Spa; and 24-hour room service. Constitution flights and use of Viking Expedition gear will even be included.
Pattern itineraries embrace:
· Antarctic Explorer (13 days; Buenos Aires to Ushuaia). A number of crusing dates in January, February, November and December 2022; January and February 2023. Inaugural pricing begins at £12995 per individual
· Antarctic & South America Discovery (19 days; Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro). A number of crusing dates in March, October and November 2022. Inaugural pricing begins at £15995 per individual.
· Arctic Journey (13 days; Roundtrip Tromsø). A number of crusing dates in August and September 2022. Inaugural pricing begins at £10995 per individual.
· From the Arctic to the Antarctic (44 days; Tromsø to Ushuaia). Crusing date: 21 September 2022. Introductory pricing begins at £27995 per individual.
· Undiscovered Nice Lakes (8 days; Thunder Bay, Ontario to Milwaukee). A number of crusing dates between Might and September 2022. Inaugural pricing begins at £5995 per individual.
· Nice Lakes Explorer (8 days; Milwaukee to Thunder Bay, Ontario). A number of crusing dates between Might and September 2022. Inaugural pricing begins at £5795 per individual.
· Niagara & The Nice Lakes (8 days; Toronto to Milwaukee). A number of crusing dates in April, Might, June, July and September 2022. Inaugural pricing begins at £6295 per individual.
· Canadian Discovery (13 days; New York to Toronto). Crusing dates in April and October 2022. Inaugural pricing begins at £12495 per individual.