Specifications of Viking Neptune
|Year built||2022 new ship|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Ancona, Italy)|
|Building cost||EUR 340 million (USD 400 million)|
|Operator||Viking Ocean Cruises|
|Speed||20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph|
|Length (LOA)||227 m / 745 ft|
|Beam (width)||28 m / 92 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||47842 gt|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Sister-ships||Viking Ocean ships (Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, Viking Jupiter, Viking Tellus, Viking Venus, Viking Mars)|
Viking Neptune Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2022 Dec 22||17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles||Fort Lauderdale||$5999|
|2022 Dec 22||137 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to London-Tilbury||Fort Lauderdale|
|2023 Jan 08||120 days, one-way from Los Angeles to London-Tilbury||Los Angeles|
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Review of Viking Neptune
The 2022-built MS Viking Neptune cruise ship (scheduled inauguration in 2022 December) is the 10th/last in a series of 10-ship fleet of identical-designed vessels of Viking Ocean Cruises. In 2017, having already 4 operational liners (Star, Sea, Sky, Sun), VIKING OCEAN announced a fleet-expansion to total 10 units (6 more newbuilds on order), with scheduled deliveries in 2018 (Orion), 2019 (Jupiter), 2021 (Tellus and Venus) and 2022 (Neptune and Mars).
History - construction and ownership
The 930-passenger ship Viking Neptune offers destination-oriented cruising experience, with few at-sea days, long in-ports days and more exciting overnights in key spots. Ship's amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, free shore excursions, wine and beer with no charge at dinner and lunch.
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.
Cruise itinerary program
Viking Neptune itinerary program was announced by VIKING OCEAN in late-December 2020. The new ship is currently scheduled to start operations with a new Viking World Cruise 2022-2023. The 138-day itinerary visits ports in 28 countries (total 58 cruise ports) with overnights in 11 port cities.
Departing on December 22, 2022, from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale Florida), Viking World Voyage 2022 visits ports in Central America, follows Panama Canal transit and sailing up North America's West Coast. A 121-day segment (Viking World Journeys) allows travellers to join the cruise ship in Los Angeles CA, from where the itinerary continues to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, and Europe (Mediterranean and Atlantic Coastal) to end in London-Greenwich, England UK.
Viking Neptune's World Cruise itinerary offers overnights (also double overnights) in 11 ports, including Auckland New Zealand, Sydney NSW Australia, Benoa Bali Indonesia, Saigon Vietnam, Singapore, Yangon Burma, Colombo Sri Lanka, Mumbai India, Haifa Israel, Istanbul Turkey and London-Greenwich (before the debarkation). Note: For the itinerary's all call ports see at the ship's Wiki section here.
All Viking Ocean ships offer destination-rich itineraries featured with the line's new "small ship cruise" tour and onboard experience. Compared to similar class ships operated by other lines, Viking Ocean itineraries feature fewer sea days and longer port days, with a lot of overnight port stays.
In the UK, Viking Ocean ships are homeported in London-Greenwich England.
Decks and Cabins
Viking Neptune staterooms (465 total) include 47x Suites, 32x Penthouses and 386x Veranda/Balcony cabins in 18 grades.
All passenger cabins are balconied and offering 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 dining options - Food and Drinks
Viking Neptune offers the following dining venues: Restaurant (dining room), buffets (Viking Deli, World Cafe), Aquavit Terrace (al fresco), speciality (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.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Viking Neptune facilities include Neptune Lounge (theater), Explorers Lounge (observation), Atrium (Lobby and Lounge), Shops, Bar, Piano Bar, Wintergarden (poolside area), Walking Track, walkaround Promenade (deck 2), covered pool area (with jacuzzi, bar & grill), infinity pool (jacuzzi), Spa & Fitness, Beauty Salon, The Dome (planetarium with portable telescope).
Onboard, Viking Cruises Viking Neptune ship offers two pools - the main and Infinity Pool, spa and fitness centre. The Sea also features a piano lounge, winter garden and aquavit terrace. Not to forget the sports deck, star theatre and bar, lobby bar, various shops. The walk-around promenade deck fully encircles the ship. The two-deck airy Explorer's Lounge offers observation area which is a feature that lots of today's cruise ships lack. Many of the new features reflect a boutique hotel feel - the fire pit and Nordic-influenced spa offering sauna and snow room are an example.
All Viking Ocean ships have an onboard "snow room". The 2013-launched Viking Grace (2800-passenger ferry ship operated by VIKING LINE) was the ever first vessel with a snow room. Viking Cruises' "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.
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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 ships represent a "smaller ship" concept. The relatively shallow draft (21 ft / 6,3 m), design (hull and superstructure) and technology allow the ship to directly access even small ports. 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 about 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 will be also installed on all the following Viking Ocean liners (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).
The vessel Viking Neptune is the 10th in the Viking Ocean series and currently under construction at Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona Italy.
Inaugural (Viking World Cruise 2022-20223) itinerary
The unique voyage featured 11 overnight port stays and (as "sea days") cruising in Gulf of Mexico (day 2), Caribbean Sea (days 4-5), Pacific Ocean (9, 12-14, 16-17, 20-24, 27-31, 35-39, 47), NZ's Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound (48), Tasman Sea (49-50, 54), Coral Sea (60), Arafura Sea (65-66), Timor Sea (67), Java Sea (72), South China Sea (75-76, 80), Gulf of Thailand (82), Strait of Malacca (85), Andaman Sea (87), Bay of Bengal (91-93), Laccadive Sea (96), Arabian Sea (98, 103-104), Gulf of Suez (112), Mediterranean Sea (116, 123), Aegean Sea (121), Balearic Sea (128), Atlantic Ocean coastal navigation (133), English Channel (134).
Next table shows the Viking Neptune ship's planned for 2022-2023 World Voyage (138-day itinerary) as dates and call ports.
The 120-day World Cruise segment from Los Angeles to London (Jan 8 - May 8) was priced from USD 46,995 pp.
Full World Cruise prices started from USD 49,995 per person (with double occupancy). Viking World Journeys 2023 itinerary prices started from USD 46,995 pp. Early bookings received up to $50,000 per stateroom in Viking Value package inclusive of Business Class international flights, transfers (to/from the ship), complimentary Visa services, shipboard gratuities, service fees, Silver Spirits Beverage Package, free luggage shipping services (upon embarkation).
Bookings made by February 28, 2021, received additional USD 2000 pp in shore excursion credit (used for booking optional land tours) and USD 1000 pp in OBC (onboard credit used toward optional tours, shipboard shopping, beverages and spa services). Viking Explorer Society members additionally received USD 1000 pp in OBC.
Godspeed to the new ship!
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