Viking Saturn

Former name: Viking Tellus

Specifications of Viking Saturn

Year built2023 new ship
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
ClassViking Ocean
Building costEUR 340 million (USD 400 million)
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)227 m / 745 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage47800 gt
Passengers930
Crew465
Passengers-to-space ratio52
Decks10
Cabins464
Decks with cabins6
Sister-shipsViking Ocean ships (Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, Viking Jupiter, Viking Venus, Viking Neptune, Viking Mars)
Former namesViking Tellus
Christened bytba
OwnerViking Cruises Ltd
OperatorViking Ocean Cruises (USA)

Viking Saturn Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2023 May 02 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $3599
2023 May 09 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Reykjavik Barcelona $5599
2023 May 23 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to New York Reykjavik $7299
2023 Jun 07 28 days, one-way from New York to Bergen New York $13998
2023 Jun 07 14 days, one-way from New York to Reykjavik New York $7499
2023 Jun 21 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik $7299
2023 Jul 05 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $6499
2023 Jul 19 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik $6499
2023 Aug 02 28 days, one-way from Bergen to New York Bergen $13998
2023 Aug 02 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $7299
2023 Aug 16 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to New York Reykjavik
2023 Aug 30 14 days, one-way from New York to Reykjavik New York $6999
2023 Sep 13 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Barcelona Reykjavik $6499
2023 Sep 27 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona $6299
2023 Oct 09 9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus-Athens Venice $4799
2023 Oct 18 9 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Venice Piraeus-Athens $4599
2023 Oct 27 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $5999
2023 Nov 08 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus-Athens Barcelona $5498
2023 Nov 08 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $2999
2023 Nov 15 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $2799
2023 Nov 22 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $5999
2023 Dec 06 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $5999
2023 Dec 20 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Barcelona Piraeus-Athens $5498
2023 Dec 20 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $2799
2023 Dec 27 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $2999
2024 Jan 03 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Istanbul Barcelona $7597
2024 Jan 03 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus-Athens Barcelona $4998
2024 Jan 03 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $2599
2024 Jan 10 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Istanbul Civitavecchia-Rome $4998
2024 Jan 10 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $2599
2024 Jan 17 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Istanbul Piraeus-Athens $2599
2024 Jan 24 21 days, one-way from Istanbul to Barcelona Istanbul $7997
2024 Jan 24 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus-Athens Istanbul $2599
2024 Jan 24 14 days, one-way from Istanbul to Civitavecchia-Rome Istanbul $4998
2024 Jan 31 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Barcelona Piraeus-Athens $5498
2024 Jan 31 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $2799
2024 Feb 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $2799
2024 Feb 14 28 days, one-way from Barcelona to Istanbul Barcelona $10996
2024 Feb 14 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus-Athens Barcelona $8597
2024 Feb 14 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona $5498
2024 Feb 14 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $2799
2024 Feb 21 21 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Istanbul Civitavecchia-Rome $8997
2024 Feb 21 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $5998
2024 Feb 21 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Venice Civitavecchia-Rome $2999
2024 Feb 28 14 days, one-way from Venice to Istanbul Venice $5998
2024 Feb 28 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus-Athens Venice $2999
2024 Mar 06 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Istanbul Piraeus-Athens $2999
2024 Mar 13 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus-Athens Istanbul $3199
2024 Mar 13 21 days, one-way from Istanbul to Barcelona Istanbul $9997
2024 Mar 13 14 days, one-way from Istanbul to Civitavecchia-Rome Istanbul $5998
2024 Mar 20 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Barcelona Piraeus-Athens $6698
2024 Mar 20 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $3199
2024 Mar 27 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $3599
2024 Apr 03 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Bergen Barcelona $5499
2024 Apr 17 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $6999
2024 May 01 28 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Stockholm London-Tilbury
2024 May 01 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $7299
2024 May 15 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen
2024 May 29 14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm
2024 Jun 12 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $6999
2024 Jun 26 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $6999
2024 Jun 26 28 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Stockholm London-Tilbury $13998
2024 Jul 10 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen
2024 Jul 24 26 days, one-way from Stockholm to Reykjavik Stockholm $12998
2024 Jul 24 14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm
2024 Aug 07 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $5999
2024 Aug 19 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik $5999
2024 Aug 31 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Barcelona Bergen $6499

Viking Saturn Review

Review of Viking Saturn

The 2023-built MS Viking Saturn cruise ship (fka "Viking Tellus") is currently scheduled for inauguration in 2023-Q1. Saturn is the 8th in a 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 9845922) is currently Norway-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Bergen.

History - construction and ownership

The 930-passenger ship Viking Saturn 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 Saturn 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.

Viking Ocean cruise ship (aerial)

Decks and Cabins

Viking Saturn 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 dining options - Food and Drinks

Viking Saturn offers the following dining venues: Restaurant (dining room), buffets (Viking Deli, World Cafe), Aquavit Terrace (al fresco), specialty (Italian Grill, Chef's Table), Private Dining (2 rooms). Viking OCEAN 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 OCEAN's Saturn 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, Viking 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 Dome (planetarium with portable telescope).

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". 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.

Itineraries

Viking Saturn itinerary program was opened for sale in October 2021, when Viking OCEAN also announced that the Saturn ship's maiden season will include three new (for the company) itineraries that visit Baltic ports - in Scandinavian and Nordic countries. Two of the new itineraries are 15-day long and themed "Iconic Iceland, Greenland & Canada" (North Atlantic crossing from NYC New York to Reykjavik) and "Iceland & Norway's Arctic Explorer" (from Bergen to Nordkapp and Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen Island). The third itinerary is 29-day and themed "Greenland, Iceland, Norway & Beyond" (Transatlantic crossing from Bergen to NYC).

Starting August 2023, the ship will also operate the Viking brand's signature itinerary "Iceland's Natural Beauty" (8-day roundtrip from Reykjavik).

Viking Saturn's inaugural cruise is currently scheduled for May 2, 2023 (7-day Mediterranean from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona).

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.

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Fun fact is that initially Viking OCEAN's Saturn boat was planned to be named "Viking Tellus" (yard/hull number 6286) - according to the IMO number listed by the shipbuilder. The name "Saturn" was officially announced on October 14, 2021.

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. Their relatively shallow draft (21 ft / 6,3 m), design (hull and superstructure) and technology allow direct access even to 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 a private veranda, 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 specialty 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. The 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 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).

The vessel (Fincantieri Ancona yard number/hull 6286) was launched/floated out from drydock on June 23, 2022. The ceremony was led by godmother/madrina Elena Del Mastro (Ancona Shipyard employee) and was attended by Torstein Hagen (Viking's Chairman) and Pierroberto Folgiero (Fincantieri's CEO).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2023

Viking Ocean's Saturn ship cruise itineraries were opened for booking in October 2021.

Next are listed all maiden voyages (in 2023) by destination and homeport, with lowest prices per person (in USD, Balcony Cabin rates with double occupancy).

(May 2, US$3600 pp) 7-day "Iconic Western Mediterranean" itinerary

Date / TimePort
02 MayDeparting from Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
03 May - 04 May (overnight)Livorno, Italy
05 MayMonte Carlo, Monaco
06 MayMarseille, France
07 MaySete, France
09 MayArriving in Barcelona, Spain

(May 9, US$5600 pp) 14-day "Iceland, British Isles and Iberia" itinerary

Date / TimePort
09 MayDeparting from Barcelona
10 MayValencia, Spain
12 MayMalaga, Spain
14 MayLisbon, Portugal
15 MayLeixoes-Porto, Portugal
16 MayLa Coruna, Spain
18 MayDun Laoghaire Harbour-Dublin, Ireland
19 MayLiverpool, England
23 MayArriving in Reykjavik, Iceland

(May 23, US$7000 pp) 14-day Transatlantic crossing "Iconic Iceland, Greenland and Canada" itinerary

Date / TimePort
23 MayDeparting from Reykjavik
24 MayHeimaey Island, Iceland, Westman Islands
25 MayDjupivogur, Iceland
26 MaySeydisfjordur, Iceland
27 MayAkureyri, Iceland
28 MayIsafjordur, Iceland
30 MayNanortalik, Greenland
31 MayQaqortoq, Greenland
02 JunL'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland-Labrador Canada
04 JunHalifax, Nova Scotia Canada
06 JunArriving in NYC New York

(June 7, US$14000 pp) 28-day Transatlantic crossing "Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Beyond" itinerary

Date / TimePort
07 JunDeparting from New York City
09 JunHalifax, Canada
11 JunL'Anse aux Meadows, Canada
13 JunQaqortoq, Greenland
14 JunNanortalik, Greenland
16 JunIsafjordur, Iceland
17 JunAkureyri, Iceland
18 JunSeydisfjordur, Iceland
19 JunDjupivogur, Iceland
20 JunHeimaey Island, Iceland
21 JunReykjavik, Iceland
22 JunIsafjordur, Iceland
25 Jun - 26 Jun (overnight)Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Norway
28 JunHonningsvag, Mageroya, Norway
29 JunTromso, Norway
30 JunLeknes-Gravdal, Vestvagoy, Lofoten Norway
01 JulNarvik, Norway
03 JulGeiranger, Norway
05 JulArriving in Bergen, Norway

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