Viking Ocean (Viking Cruises)
Viking Sea Review and Specifications
Specifications of Viking Sea
|Year built||2016 / Age : 4|
|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||47800 gt|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Christened by||Karine Hagen|
Review of Viking Sea
MS Viking Sea cruise ship (launched in 2016) is the second in a series of 10 identical vessels built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The sisterships are named Viking Star (2015), Viking Sky (2017), Viking Sun (2017), Viking Orion (2018), Viking Jupiter (2019), Tellus and Venus (2021), TBN1 (2022) and TBN2 (2023).
History - construction and ownership
The 47,800-ton, 930-passenger cruise ship Viking Sea offers destination-oriented cruising experience, with few at-sea days, long in-ports days and more exciting overnights in key spots. Ship’s features include complimentary Wi-Fi, free shore excursions, wine and beer with no charge at dinner and lunch.
Viking Sea was delivered at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard on March 24, 2016. On March 23, the shipyard floated out Viking Sky.
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 vessel’s exhaust pollution.
Cruise itinerary program
Viking Sea itinerary program is based on cruises in Europe (Baltic and Mediterranean regions), with Spring/Fall Atlantic Ocean coastal repositioning. Featured destinations include Norwegian Fjords, Russia, Scandinavia, Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey) and Central Mediterranean (France, Italy, Spain, Monaco, Tunisia),
According to Sydney Ports cruise schedule, in 2018 Viking Ocean Cruises makes a maiden visit to Australia. A new listing shows line's Viking Sun, which is currently under construction, booked into White Bay Cruise Terminal, Sydney on January 12, 2018, for an overnight stay. The cruise ship is also booked to return to Sydney harbour on February 10, mooring overnight at Point Piper Buoy.
Viking Ocean cruise deals are inclusive of all shore excursions, transfers, wi-fi, wine by the glass and beers (at lunch and dinner), access to the Nordic spa (steam room, thalassotherapy pool, hot tub, snow room, sauna, cold plunge pool). The infinity pool at the stern is another standout feature.
Viking Sea has a total of 465 cabins (of which 47 Suite, 32 Penthouse, 386 Balcony rooms) in 18 grades. All cabins are balconied and at 270 sq.feet, are 20 % larger than the average standard staterooms. The new all-veranda ship is engineered for easy embarkation and debarkation.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Viking Sea 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 Sea deals are inclusive of shore excursions, complimentary alcohol (wine and beer at lunch and dinner) and Wi-Fi.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Onboard, Viking Cruises Viking Sea ship offers two pools – the main and Infinity Pool, covered pool area (with jacuzzi, bar & grill), spa and fitness centre, beauty salon. 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.
Next YouTube video is a Viking Ocean cruise ship review (by Jim Zimmerlin). It shows all the ship's main onboard facilities and also provides information on most amenities.
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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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 much overnight port stays.
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.
All passenger cabins are with a private veranda, 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-ceiling sliding windows.
Viking Cruises deals (on all river and ocean ships) 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.
Viking Ocean ships deliver a brand new-style vacation cruising experience. These vessels 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.
For Viking Ocean ships' interiors were contracted SMC Design (London-based interior design company) and Rottet Studios (LA-based hotel design company).
On June 25, the vessel was launched at Fincantieri's shipbuilding yard in Ancona. The ceremony was attended by the godmother of the launching Karine Hagen (daughter of Torstein Hagen / Viking Cruises' founder, Chairman and CEO) and Stefano Stecconi (Ancona shipyard's Director). On March 24, 2016, the vessel was delivered to Viking Ocean by Fincantieri. The Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was an 8-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary April 4-12) from Istanbul to Venice.
On May 5, 2016, was held the vessel's christening ceremony in Greenwich (London England). The ship's godmother is Mrs Karine Hagen - daughter of Torstein Hagen (the company's Chairman and Senior VP). For the traditional bottle-smashing in the ship's hull, instead of Champagne was used a bottle of Aquavit (flavoured Scandinavian spirit) being Mr Hagen's favourite alcohol. The godmother was dressed in traditional Norwegian folk clothing and was joined by many family members and friends. The bottle's rope was cut using a Viking axe. The naming ceremony also featured an impressive fireworks display over the vessel (anchored on Thames River). Viking Sea is the largest cruise ship christened in London UK. The ship had to enter Thames Estuary passing Gravesend Kent, squeezing through Thames Barrier (Woolwich) and was moored at Greenwich at around noon. The ship was saluted by 48 sailors standing on the Cutty Sark's yardarms.
Viking Sea Itineraries
The below listed Viking Sea cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Viking Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Jul 08||9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$5499|
|2020 Jul 17||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$6999|
|2020 Jul 29||14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona|
|2020 Jul 29||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$3999|
|2020 Jul 29||21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus||Barcelona|
|2020 Aug 05||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice||Civitavecchia||$3999|
|2020 Aug 05||14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus||Civitavecchia||$7998|
|2020 Aug 12||7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$3999|
|2020 Aug 19||7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus|
|2020 Aug 19||14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus|
|2020 Aug 19||21 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona||Piraeus|
|2020 Aug 26||14 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice|
|2020 Aug 26||7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$3999|
|2020 Sep 02||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$3999|
|2020 Sep 09||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona|
|2020 Sep 21||9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$5499|
|2020 Sep 30||9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus|
|2020 Oct 09||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice|
|2020 Oct 21||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$3499|
|2020 Oct 28||14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus||Civitavecchia||$6799|
|2020 Nov 11||14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$5799|
|2020 Dec 09||14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus||Civitavecchia||$4999|
|2020 Dec 23||14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona||Piraeus||$5598|
|2020 Dec 23||7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$2799|
|2020 Dec 30||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$2799|
|2021 Jan 06||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$2299|
|2021 Jan 06||14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus||Barcelona||$4598|
|2021 Jan 13||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus||Civitavecchia||$2299|
|2021 Jan 20||10 days, round-trip Greek Odyssey||Piraeus||$3999|
|2021 Jan 30||7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$2299|
|2021 Feb 06||14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus||Civitavecchia||$5999|
|2021 Feb 20||10 days, round-trip Greek Odyssey||Piraeus||$4499|
|2021 Mar 02||14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona||Piraeus||$5098|
|2021 Mar 02||7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$2499|
|2021 Mar 09||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$2599|
|2021 Mar 16||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona||$4999|
|2021 Mar 28||9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$4599|
|2021 Apr 06||9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$4599|
|2021 Apr 15||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$5799|
|2021 Apr 27||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona||$5999|
|2021 May 09||9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$5299|
|2021 May 18||10 days, round-trip Greek Odyssey||Piraeus|
|2021 May 28||9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$5299|
|2021 Jun 06||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$5999|
|2021 Jun 18||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona||$5999|
|2021 Jun 30||9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$4799|
|2021 Jul 09||9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$4799|
|2021 Jul 18||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$5999|
|2021 Jul 30||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona||$5999|
|2021 Aug 11||9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$4799|
|2021 Aug 20||9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice||Piraeus||$4799|
|2021 Aug 29||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$5999|
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