Viking Mars

Viking Mars current position

Viking Mars current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 21.01148 N / -75.15018 W) cruising at speed of 17.8 kn (33 km/h | 20 mph) en route to PHILIPSBUG, SINT MAA. The AIS position was reported 25 minutes ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of Viking Mars

Viking Mars current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona. Prices start from USD 4499 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 02 Mar, 2024 and ends on 16 Mar, 2024.

Specifications of Viking Mars

Year of build2022  /  Age: 2
Flag state Norway
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
ClassViking Ocean
Building costEUR 340 million (USD 400 million)
Engines (power)MAN B&W (23.52 MW / 31541 hp)
Speed20 kn / 37 km/h / 23 mph
Length (LOA)228 m / 748 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage47842 gt
Passengers928
Crew465
Passengers-to-space ratio52
Decks10
Cabins464
Decks with cabins6
Sister-shipsViking OCEAN ships (Star, Sea, Sky, Sun, Orion, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Neptune, Vela, Vesta)
Christened byLady Fiona Carnarvon (8th Countess of Carnarvon)
OwnerViking Cruises Ltd
OperatorViking Ocean Cruises (USA)

Viking Mars Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Feb 17 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale
2024 Mar 02 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona Fort Lauderdale $4499
2024 Mar 02 21 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia-Rome Fort Lauderdale
2024 Mar 16 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona
2024 Mar 16 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Chioggia Barcelona
2024 Mar 16 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus-Athens Barcelona
2024 Mar 16 28 days, one-way from Barcelona to Istanbul Barcelona
2024 Mar 23 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Chioggia Civitavecchia-Rome
2024 Mar 23 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome
2024 Mar 23 21 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Istanbul Civitavecchia-Rome
2024 Mar 30 7 days, one-way from Chioggia to Piraeus-Athens Chioggia
2024 Mar 30 14 days, one-way from Chioggia to Istanbul Chioggia
2024 Apr 06 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Istanbul Piraeus-Athens $4499
2024 Apr 13 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus-Athens Istanbul $4499
2024 Apr 13 14 days, one-way from Istanbul to Chioggia Istanbul
2024 Apr 13 21 days, one-way from Istanbul to Civitavecchia-Rome Istanbul
2024 Apr 13 28 days, one-way from Istanbul to Barcelona Istanbul
2024 Apr 20 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Chioggia Piraeus-Athens
2024 Apr 20 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens
2024 Apr 20 21 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Barcelona Piraeus-Athens
2024 Apr 27 7 days, one-way from Chioggia to Civitavecchia-Rome Chioggia
2024 Apr 27 14 days, one-way from Chioggia to Barcelona Chioggia
2024 May 04 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome
2024 May 11 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Bergen Barcelona $6299
2024 May 25 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $7099
2024 May 25 28 days, one-way from Bergen to New York Bergen $16898
2024 Jun 08 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to New York Reykjavik $8599
2024 Jun 22 14 days, one-way from New York to Reykjavik New York $8099
2024 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik
2024 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $6699
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $6699
2024 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $6699
2024 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik
2024 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik
2024 Aug 17 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Boston Reykjavik $8099
2024 Aug 31 12 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $5999
2024 Sep 12 12 days, one-way from Montreal to New York Montreal $6799
2024 Sep 24 12 days, one-way from New York to Montreal New York $6799
2024 Oct 06 14 days, one-way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale Montreal $6599
2024 Oct 20 10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City Fort Lauderdale $3899
2024 Oct 30 10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale Panama City $3899
2024 Nov 09 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $5299
2024 Nov 23 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4699
2024 Dec 07 10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City Fort Lauderdale $3399
2024 Dec 17 10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale Panama City $3299
2024 Dec 27 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4699
2025 Jan 10 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4899
2025 Jan 24 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4799
2025 Feb 07 10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City Fort Lauderdale $3799
2025 Feb 17 10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale Panama City $3599
2025 Feb 27 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4999
2025 Mar 13 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4999
2025 Mar 27 13 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona Fort Lauderdale $3299
2025 Mar 27 20 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia-Rome Fort Lauderdale $7398
2025 Apr 09 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $4299
2025 Apr 09 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona $8398
2025 Apr 09 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus-Athens Barcelona $12497
2025 Apr 09 28 days, one-way from Barcelona to Istanbul Barcelona $16896
2025 Apr 16 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Venice Civitavecchia-Rome $4499
2025 Apr 16 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $8398
2025 Apr 16 21 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Istanbul Civitavecchia-Rome $12797
2025 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus-Athens Venice $4099
2025 Apr 23 14 days, one-way from Venice to Istanbul Venice $8398
2025 Apr 30 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Istanbul Piraeus-Athens $4299
2025 May 07 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus-Athens Istanbul $4499
2025 May 07 14 days, one-way from Istanbul to Venice Istanbul $9098
2025 May 07 21 days, one-way from Istanbul to Civitavecchia-Rome Istanbul $13697
2025 May 07 28 days, one-way from Istanbul to Barcelona Istanbul $18296
2025 May 14 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Venice Piraeus-Athens $4499
2025 May 14 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $9098
2025 May 14 21 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Barcelona Piraeus-Athens $13697
2025 May 21 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome Venice $4499
2025 May 21 14 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $9098
2025 May 28 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $4499
2025 Jun 04 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Reykjavik Barcelona $6099
2025 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4499
2025 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4399
2025 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4299
2025 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4399
2025 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4399
2025 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4299
2025 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4299
2025 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4399
2025 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Icelands Natural Beauty Reykjavik $4399
2025 Aug 20 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to New York Reykjavik $8499
2025 Sep 03 12 days, one-way from New York to Montreal New York $6499
2025 Sep 15 12 days, one-way from Montreal to New York Montreal $6499
2025 Sep 27 12 days, one-way from New York to Montreal New York $6499
2025 Oct 09 14 days, one-way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale Montreal $6299
2025 Oct 23 10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City Fort Lauderdale $3799
2025 Nov 02 10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale Panama City $3499
2025 Nov 12 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4999
2025 Nov 26 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4599
2025 Dec 10 10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City Fort Lauderdale $3299
2025 Dec 20 10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale Panama City $3499
2025 Dec 30 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America Fort Lauderdale $4999

Viking Mars Review

Review of Viking Mars

The 2022-built MS Viking Mars cruise ship is the 8th in a 10-unit series of identical vessels built for Viking Ocean Cruises. Viking OCEAN's current plans are for a fleet of 16 sisterships, all of which are Fincantieri-built and Norway-flagged.

The vessel (IMO number 9833187) is currently Norway-flagged (MMSI 257800000) and registered in Bergen.

History - construction and ownership

The 930-passenger ship Viking Mars offers destination-oriented cruising experience, with few at-sea days, long in-ports days and more exciting overnights in key spots. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, free shore excursions, wine and beer with no charge at dinner and lunch.

Viking Mars cruise ship (VIKING OCEAN)

Each of the Viking Ocean ships offers many ticket price-inclusive / complimentary amenities and services, such as all shore excursions, transfers, Wi-Fi, wine and beer (at lunches and dinners), access to Nordic Spa (steam room, thalassotherapy pool, hot tub, snow room / grotto, sauna, cold plunge pool). The infinity pool (resistance swimming pool located aft on Deck 7 / at the ship's stern) is another unique and complimentary facility.

All Viking Ocean liners were built according to the latest maritime navigation regulations and equipped with latest marine safety systems, including "safe return to port". The ships also implement some of the maritime industry's latest technologies, including energy-saving hybrid engines (diesel generators and gas turbines), optimized hulls and bulbous bows for max fuel efficiency. Ship design also features the common for Viking River Cruises longships solar panels (installed on the Magradome pool cover) additionally minimizing the vessel's exhaust pollution.

Decks and Cabins

Viking Mars staterooms (465 total) include 47x Suites, 32x Penthouses and 386x Veranda/Balcony cabins in 18 grades.

All passenger cabins are balconied and offer all the industry's modern amenities and services, including King-size beds ("Viking Explorer", deluxe mattresses and linens, Cashmere blankets), en suite bathroom (heated floor, heated mirror, glass-door shower, hairdryer, premium bath products and toiletries /by Freyja, bathrobes, slippers, towel warmers), seating area (sofa, coffee table, vanity desk with chair, wardrobe, full-length mirror with mini lights), satellite phone, smart HDTV (3D, Infotainment / interactive TV system for Internet access, room service ordering, movies-on-demand, live webcams views, Viking Cruises channel for news, enrichment lectures and port talks), in-room binoculars, electronic safe box, individual air-conditioning, coffee machine, mini-bar (replenished daily with bottled water, soft drinks, snacks).

The boat has 10 decks, of which 6 are with passenger cabins.

Shipboard facilities and amenities

Viking Mars offers the following dining venues: Restaurant (dining room), buffets (Viking Deli, World Cafe), Aquavit Terrace (alfresco), specialty (Italian Grill, Chef's Table), Private Dining (2 rooms). Viking Neptune deals are inclusive of shore excursions, complimentary alcohol (wine and beer at lunch and dinner) and Wi-Fi.

Viking Ocean cruise ship (aerial)

Viking OCEAN's Mars ship has as signature facilities two swimming pools (Main Pool and Aft Infinity Pool), a covered pool deck (with Jacuzzi, Bar & Grill), Viking Living Room (Atrium Lobby Lounge), two Cinemas, a modern wellness complex (Spa & Fitness Center, Beauty Salon), Wintergarden (poolside area), Aquavit Terrace (aft outdoor bar lounge with Infinity Pool and Hot Tub), Piano Bar Lounge (Torshavn), dedicated sports deck (deck 9/with a Walking Track and Outdoor Gym/Yoga area), Theatre Lounge & Bar, Lobby Bar, various shops and brand boutiques.

The walk-around Lanai/Promenade Deck fully encircles the boat (deck 2). The two-deck Explorer's Lounge has a huge bow-facing observation area which is a unique feature that lots of modern cruise vessels lack. Many of the ship's features reflect a boutique hotel feel.

All Viking Ocean ships have an onboard "snow room". Viking's "Snow Grotto" is a spa retreat with powdery snow falling down from the ceiling. The experience (touted beneficial to the body's blood circulation) includes heating in a sauna (steam bath), then walking into this small room fitted with benches and with dark stone walls illuminated by blue light. The snow on the floor is kept at sub-freezing temperatures. This Arctic-themed facility is part of the ship's thermal suite (within the spa complex). This relaxation area has also 1 hot tub, sauna room, heated ceramic loungers, therapeutic showers, salt-water thermal pool. Snow Grotto access is complimentary to all passengers.

Itineraries

Viking Mars itinerary program was officially announced in December 2020 and started in 2022-Q2. The ship's inaugural cruise season was in Northern Europe. The maiden voyages (Baltic Sea, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itineraries) ranged between 12-14-28 days.

The inaugural cruise (May 28, 2022) was a 14-day relocation itinerary from the Mediterranean to the Baltic (Barcelona to Bergen). On September 27th, Viking Mars repositioned back to the Meditterreana with a 14-day voyage from Bergen to Barcelona.

In the UK, Viking Ocean ships are homeported in London-Greenwich England.

All Viking OCEAN ships offer destination-rich itineraries featured with the brand's new "small ship cruise" tour and onboard experience. Compared to similar class vessels operated by other companies, Viking OCEAN's itineraries feature fewer sea days and longer port days, with a lot of overnight port stays.

Viking Mars - user reviews and comments

Viking Mars ship related cruise news

Viking Mars Wiki

The vessel (Fincantieri Ancona yard/hull number 6284) has volume 47842 GT-tons, DWT-deadweight tonnage 4912 tons, max draught 6,3 m. The powerplant is based on MAN marine diesel engines (model 12V32/9L32/44) with combined output 23,52 MW (22000 hp). The registered shipowner is VIKING OCEAN CRUISES SHIP VIII, while the registered manager is VIKING OCEAN CRUISES LTD.

Among the vessel's innovative marine technologies are its energy-saving hybrid engines, top-deck solar panels, pollution-minimizing exhaust system. This ship also uses seawater as a lubricant for its propeller shaft bearings. This technology lowers the vessel's maintenance costs and also the risk of pollution. Replacing the biodegradable oils, the water is being directly discharged into the ocean.

Viking OCEAN represents a "smaller ship" cruising concept. The vessel's relatively shallow draft (21 ft / 6,3 m), design (hull and superstructure) and technology allow direct access to even small ports and harbors. The ship's smaller size also guarantees an easy and faster passenger embarkation/debarkation process. Another unique feature for the "affordable luxury" ocean cruising market is that regardless of cabin categories, all Viking Ocean deals are price-inclusive of the shore excursions in all ports in the cruise ship itinerary.

All passenger cabins are with private step-out verandas, and ~1/5th larger than average standard staterooms on the ocean cruising market. An interesting feature of the ship is the dining room. This venue could be transformed into an outdoor casual dining place thanks to its floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. For Viking Ocean ships' interiors were contracted SMC Design (London-based interior design company) and Rottet Studios (LA-based hotel design company).

Viking Cruises deals (on all river and ocean liners) are inclusive of shore excursions (land tours), onboard entertainment and dining (including at speciality restaurants), drinks and alcohol (beer, wine /at lunch and dinner), 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi.

In April 2018, Fincantieri contracted the Norwegian marine company Scanship to supply all the liner's cleaning systems - food waste processing, waste incineration, garbage handling, wastewater treatment plants. Scanship's wastewater purification system treats both greywater (sullage/sinks, showers, baths) and blackwater (toilets).

In February 2019, Fincantieri contracted the Canadian company Thordon Bearings Inc to provide newbuild's bearings for the propeller shaft. Ship's propeller shaft system (Thordon COMPAC) is seawater-lubricated and based on 100% grease-oil-free bearings. The innovative propeller shaft system was also installed on all the following Viking OCEAN units (on order or under construction) with scheduled deliveries between 2021-2027. These systems are supplied and installed by Pedrotec (Thordon's authorized distributor in Italy).

Viking Mars (yard/hull number 6285) is the 8th in the Viking Ocean series and is currently under construction at Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona Italy.

The keel-laying ceremony was held on February 4, 2021. The vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) on July 15, 2021, and delivered by Fincantieri to Viking OCEAN on May 12, 2022. The christening ceremony was on May 17th, held dockside in Valletta Malta's Grand Harbour. The ship's godmother is the 8th Countess of Carnarvon (1964-born as Fiona Jane Mary Aitken). She is the wife (since 1999) of George Herbert (1956-born as George Reginald Oliver Molyneux Herbert) who was Lord Porchester (1987-2001) and since 2001 is the 8th Earl of Carnarvon. The private naming ceremony was attended by Torstein Hagen (Viking's Chairman), Karine Hagen (Viking's Executive Vice President), VIP guests (friends and business partners, Maltese officials), and featured a live performance by Sissel Kyrkjebo (crossover soprano singer, Viking Jupiter's godmother). The godmother Lady Fiona Carnarvon blessed Viking Mars via live streaming from Highclere Castle (1679-built estate in Highclere, Hampshire England, Earls of Carnarvon's country seat).

The ship's first Master was Captain Atle Knutsen.

Commemorating the company’s 25th anniversary, on September 30, 2022, in Amsterdam (Netherlands) was Viking's ever-first meeting of three different types of vessels - ocean ship (Viking Mars), expedition ship (Viking Polaris) and riverboat (Viking Mani). Following Viking Polaris' naming ceremony, the three vessels sailed in a convoy from Amsterdam to IJmuiden.

Inaugural itineraries 2021

Viking Ocean's Mars ship cruise itineraries were open for booking in December 2020.

Next tables show all maiden voyages (in 2022) by destination and homeport, with lowest prices per person (in USD, Balcony Cabin rates with double occupancy).

14-day Inaugural Cruise (Maiden Voyage/relocation) from the Mediterranean to the Baltic UK (from $5000 pp)

Date / TimePort
28 MayDeparting from Barcelona, Spain
30 MayCartagena, Spain
31 MayMalaga, Spain
02 JunPorto-Leixoes, Portugal
04 JunFalmouth, England
05 JunPortsmouth, England
06 JunLe Havre-Paris, France
07 JunZeebrugge-Bruges, Belgium
08 JunAmsterdam, Netherlands
11 JunArriving in Bergen, Norway

14-day inaugural Norwegian Fjords cruise from Norway to the UK (from $6500 pp)

Date / TimePort
11 JunDeparting from Bergen
13 JunGeiranger, Norway
15 JunLeknes-Gravdal, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
16 JunTromso, Norway
17 JunHonningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
20 JunLerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland
21 JunKirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
22 JunLeith-Edinburgh, Newhaven-Rosyth, Scotland
25 JunArriving in London-Greenwich, England

28-day inaugural Baltic cruise from the UK to Sweden (from $13500 pp)

Date / TimePort
25 JunDeparting from London-Greenwich
28 JunEdinburgh, Scotland
29 JunKirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
30 JunLerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland
03 JulHonningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
04 JulTromso, Norway
05 JulLeknes-Gravdal, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
07 JulGeiranger, Norway
08 Jul - 10 JulBergen, Norway
11 JulEidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
12 JulStavanger, Norway
13 JulAalborg, Denmark
14 JulCopenhagen, Denmark
15 JulWarnemunde-Rostock, Germany
16 JulGdynia-Gdansk, Poland
18 JulTallinn, Estonia
19 Jul - 20 JulSankt Petersburg, Russia
21 JulHelsinki, Finland
23 JulArriving in Stockholm, Sweden

12-day inaugural cruise to Iceland from Norway (from $5800 pp)

Date / TimePort
06 AugDeparting from Bergen
08 AugFlam, Norway
09 AugAlesund, Norway
10 AugGeiranger, Norway
12 AugTorshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
14 AugSeydisfjordur, Iceland
15 AugAkureyri, Iceland
16 AugIsafjordur, Westfjords Iceland
18 AugArriving in Reykjavik, Iceland

14-day inaugural Around Britain cruise (from $7300 pp)

Date / TimePort
30 AugDeparting from Bergen
01 SepLerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland
02 SepInvergordon, Scotland
03 SepEdinburgh, Scotland
04 SepKirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
05 SepUllapool, Scotland
06 SepBelfast, Northern Ireland
07 SepLiverpool, England
08 SepHolyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
09 SepDublin, Ireland
11 SepDover, England
13 SepArriving in London-Greenwich

Godspeed!