Viking Sky

Viking Sky Review and Specifications

Specifications of Viking Sky

Year built2017  /  Age : 1
Flag state Norway
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Building costEUR 340 million (USD 400 million)
OwnerViking Cruises
OperatorViking Ocean Cruises
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
Decks9
Cabins464
Decks with cabins6
Christened byMarit Barstad

Current itinerary of Viking Sky

Viking Sky current cruise is 14 days, round-trip Majestic Mediterranean. The itinerary starts on 09 Dec, 2018 and ends on 23 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
09 Dec      Departing from Barcelona, Spain   
11 Dec     Sete, France   
12 Dec     Marseille, France Riviera   
13 Dec     Monte Carlo, Monaco   
14 Dec - 15 Dec     Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
16 Dec - 17 Dec     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
18 Dec     Naples, Italy   
19 Dec     Messina, Sicily, Italy   
20 Dec     Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy   
21 Dec     Algiers, Algeria   
22 Dec     Valencia, Spain   
23 Dec      Arriving in Barcelona, Spain   

Review of Viking Sky

MS Viking Sky cruise ship (launched in 2017), is the third in a series of 10 identical vessels built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The sisterships are named Viking Star (2015), Viking Sea (2016), 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 Sky 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.

mv Viking Sky cruise ship

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 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.

Viking Ocean cruise ship (aerial)

Cruise itinerary program

Viking Sky itinerary program is based on cruises in Europe (Baltic and Mediterranean regions), with Spring/Fall Atlantic Ocean coastal repositioning. Feature destinations include: Norwegian Fjords, Russia, Scandinavia, Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey) and Central Mediterranean (France, italy, Spain, Monaco, Tunisia),

Cabins

Viking Sky 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 Sky 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 Sky 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 Sky facilities include Sky 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.

On board, Viking Cruises Viking Sky ship offers two pools – the main and Infinity Pool, spa and fitness center. The Sky also features a piano lounge, wintergarden 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 which 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 many overnight port stays.

Among liner'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 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 cruisetour itinerary.

All passenger cabins are with private balconies, and about 1/5th larger than average standard staterooms on the ocean cruising market. 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. For ships' interiors were contracted SMC Design (London-based interior design company) and Rottet Studios (Los Angeles-based hotel design company).

Viking Cruises deals (on all river and ocean ships) 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.

On March 23, 2016, was vessel's launch (float-out from drydock) at Ancona shipyard. It was planned to enter service in 2016, but the delivery was delayed until 2017. On January 26, 2017, was held the official delivery ceremony. The Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was on February 25 (7-night itinerary from Rome-Civitavecchia to Barcelona). Following the inaugural season in Europe (Mediterranean and Baltic) was the 14-night Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Bergen Norway to Montreal Canada (September 10-23), then was relocated to Caribbean Sea.

On June 22, 2017, in Tromso Norway was ship's christening. The naming ceremony was led by godmother Marit Barstad (sister of Torstein Hagen - Viking Cruises' Chairman and founder). The special event included live performances by Norwegian musicians (Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska, Lisa Stokke, Jorn Hoel, Violet Road / folk and rock band) accompanied by the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra. A gilded Viking axe was used for cutting the cord of the champagne bottle.

Pre-scheduled 2016 cruise itineraries

The below listed in bullets itineraries were scheduled for 2016 (Venice Italy and Istanbul Turkey departures). However, Viking Ocean officially announced, that the ship's delivery would be delayed by the shipbuilder Fincantieri.

8-day one-way Empires of the Mediterranean from Venice - Fri Jun 24 (Venice, departing), Sat Jun 25 (Pula), Sun Jun 26 (Dubrovnik), Mon Jun 27 (Kotor), Wed Jun 29 (Santorini), Thu Jun 30 (Piraeus (Athens)), Fri Jul 01 (Kusadasi (Ephesus)), Sat Jul 02 (Istanbul, arrive)

20-day one-way Catalonia to Constantinople from Istanbul - Mon Jul 04 d (Istanbul, departing), Tue Jul 05 (Kusadasi (Ephesus)), Wed Jul 06 (Piraeus (Athens)), Thu Jul 07 (Santorini), Sat Jul 09 (Kotor), Sun Jul 10 (Dubrovnik), Mon Jul 11 (Pula), Tue Jul 12 to Wed Jul 13 (Venice), Thu Jul 14 (Split), Fri Jul 15 (Dubrovnik), Sat Jul 16 (Corfu), Mon Jul 18 (Naples), Tue Jul 19 (Civitavecchia (Rome)), Wed Jul 20 (Livorno (Florence/Pisa)), Thu Jul 21 (Monaco), Fri Jul 22 (Toulon), Sat Jul 23 (Barcelona, arrive)

11-day one-way Mediterranean Odyssey from Venice - Wed Jul 13 d (Venice, departing), Thu Jul 14 (Split), Fri Jul 15 (Dubrovnik), Sat Jul 16 (Corfu), Mon Jul 18 (Naples), Tue Jul 19 (Civitavecchia (Rome)), Wed Jul 20 (Livorno (Florence/Pisa)), Thu Jul 21 (Monaco), Fri Jul 22 (Toulon), Sat Jul 23 (Barcelona, arrive)

11-day one-way Mediterranean Odyssey from Barcelona - Mon Jul 25 d (Barcelona, departing), Tue Jul 26 (Toulon), Wed Jul 27 (Monaco), Thu Jul 28 (Livorno (Florence/Pisa)), Fri Jul 29 (Civitavecchia (Rome)), Sat Jul 30 (Naples), Mon Aug 01 (Corfu), Tue Aug 02 (Dubrovnik), Wed Aug 03 (Split), Thu Aug 04 (Venice, arrive)

8-day one-way Empires of the Mediterranean from Venice - Fri Aug 05 (Venice, departing), Sat Aug 06 (Pula), Sun Aug 07 (Dubrovnik), Mon Aug 08 (Kotor), Wed Aug 10 (Santorini), Thu Aug 11 (Piraeus (Athens)), Fri Aug 12 (Kusadasi (Ephesus)), Sat Aug 13 (Istanbul, arrive)

9-day one-way Empires of the Mediterranean from Istanbul - Mon Aug 15 d (Istanbul, departing), Tue Aug 16 (Kusadasi (Ephesus)), Wed Aug 17 (Piraeus (Athens)), Thu Aug 18 (Santorini), Sat Aug 20 (Kotor), Sun Aug 21 (Dubrovnik), Mon Aug 22 (Pula), Tue Aug 23 (Venice, arrive)

11-day one-way Mediterranean Odyssey from Venice - Wed Aug 24 d (Venice, departing), Thu Aug 25 (Split), Fri Aug 26 (Dubrovnik), Sat Aug 27 (Corfu), Mon Aug 29 (Naples), Tue Aug 30 (Civitavecchia (Rome)), Wed Aug 31 (Livorno (Florence/Pisa)), Thu Sep 01 (Monaco), Fri Sep 02 (Toulon), Sat Sep 03 (Barcelona, arrive)

11-day one-way Mediterranean Odyssey from Barcelona - Mon Sep 05 d (Barcelona, departing), Tue Sep 06 (Toulon), Wed Sep 07 (Monaco), Thu Sep 08 (Livorno (Florence/Pisa)), Fri Sep 09 (Civitavecchia (Rome)), Sat Sep 10 (Naples), Mon Sep 12 (Corfu), Tue Sep 13 (Dubrovnik), Wed Sep 14 (Split), Thu Sep 15 (Venice, arrive)

8-day one-way Empires of the Mediterranean from Venice - Fri Sep 16 (Venice, departing), Sat Sep 17 (Pula), Sun Sep 18 (Dubrovnik), Mon Sep 19 (Kotor), Wed Sep 21 (Santorini), Thu Sep 22 (Piraeus (Athens)), Fri Sep 23 (Kusadasi (Ephesus)), Sat Sep 24 (Istanbul, arrive).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2017-2018

Viking Sky's "Inaugural Cruise" itinerary was re-scheduled for February 25, 2017 (8-days from Rome to Barcelona). All the ship's European itineraries feature overnight port stays in each of the embarkation and disembarkation ports.

25 FebDeparting from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
26 Feb       Naples, Italy
27 Feb       Trapani, Sicily, Italy
28 Feb       Tunis, La Goulette, Tunisia
01 Mar       Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
02 Mar       Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
03 Mar       Valencia, Spain
04 MarArriving in Barcelona, Spain

Next is the Inaugural Transatlantic cruise (14 nights / 15 days repositioning itinerary from Bergen to Montreal).

10 SepDeparting from Bergen, Norway
11 Sep       Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland
12 Sep       Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
14 Sep       Reykjavik, Iceland
16 Sep       Nanortalik, Greenland
17 Sep       Qaqortoq, Greenland
19 Sep       L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland Island, Canada
21 Sep       Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
22 Sep       Quebec City, Canada
23 SepArriving in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

(USA repositioning 2017) 14 nights / 15 days from NYC New York to Miami (prices from USD 3500 pp)

29 OctDeparting from New York
31 Oct     Hamilton, Bermuda   
03 Nov     Basseterre, St Kitts Island   
04 Nov     Castries, St Lucia Island   
06 Nov     Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles   
07 Nov     Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles   
09 Nov     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
10 Nov     George Town, Grand Cayman Island   
12 NovArriving in Miami, Florida

The 14 nights / 15 days Inaugural Caribbean cruise from Miami was themed "Panama and Central America". Prices started from USD 4000 pp.

12 NovDeparting from Miami, Florida
13 Nov     Key West, Florida   
15 Nov     Belize City   
16 Nov     Roatan Island, Honduras   
18 Nov     Puerto Limon, Costa Rica   
19 Nov     Colon, Panama   
21 Nov     Cartagena, Colombia   
23 Nov     Montego Bay, Jamaica   
24 Nov     George Town, Grand Cayman Island   
26 NovArriving in Miami, Florida

Last is the 7 nights / 8 days Inaugural Western Caribbean cruise  (prices started from USD 4500 pp)

10 DecDeparting from Miami, Florida
11 Dec     Key West, Florida   
13 Dec     Belize City   
14 Dec     Cozumel, Mexico   
15 Dec     Progreso, Mexico   
17 DecArriving in Miami, Florida

In 2018, following the 13 nights / 14 days Transatlantic repositioning from San Juan Puerto Rico to Barcelona, the ship had its Inaugural Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Rome-Civitavecchia. Prices started from USD 3000 pp.

18 MarDeparting from Barcelona, Spain
19 Mar     Marseille, France Riviera   
20 Mar     Saint-Tropez, France Riviera   
21 Mar     Monte Carlo, Monaco   
22 Mar - 23 Mar     Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
24 MarArriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy

Godspeed to the new ship!

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The below listed Viking Sky 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 28 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice
2018 Nov 04 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus
2018 Nov 18 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2299
2018 Nov 25 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$2099
2018 Dec 02 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia
2018 Dec 09 14 days, round-trip Majestic Mediterranean Barcelona
2018 Dec 09 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$1999
2018 Dec 16 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Explorations Civitavecchia
2018 Dec 16 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia
2018 Dec 23 14 days, round-trip Majestic Mediterranean Barcelona
2018 Dec 23 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona
2018 Dec 30 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia
2019 Jan 06 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to London Greenwich Barcelona$2199
2019 Jan 13 12 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Bergen London Greenwich$5499
2019 Jan 25 12 days, one-way from Bergen to London Greenwich Bergen$5499
2019 Feb 06 12 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Bergen London Greenwich$5699
2019 Feb 18 12 days, one-way from Bergen to London Greenwich Bergen$5699
2019 Mar 02 12 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Bergen London Greenwich$5999
2019 Mar 14 12 days, one-way from Bergen to London Greenwich Bergen$5999
2019 Mar 27 10 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Copenhagen Amsterdam$3299
2019 Apr 06 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Amsterdam Copenhagen$3599
2019 Apr 16 10 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Copenhagen Amsterdam$3799
2019 Apr 26 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$3999
2019 May 06 21 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm$8998
2019 May 06 10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$4399
2019 May 16 11 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Bergen Copenhagen$4799
2019 May 27 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen$6799
2019 Jun 08 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik$6799
2019 Jun 20 21 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen$10298
2019 Jun 20 11 days, one-way from Bergen to Copenhagen Bergen$5299
2019 Jul 01 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$5299
2019 Jul 11 21 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm$10298
2019 Jul 11 10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$5299
2019 Jul 21 11 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Bergen Copenhagen$5299
2019 Aug 01 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen$6799
2019 Aug 13 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik$6799
2019 Aug 25 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen$7299
2019 Sep 08 14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm$6999
2019 Sep 22 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Barcelona Bergen$5199
2019 Oct 06 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$6299
2019 Oct 18 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$5999
2019 Oct 30 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$3499
2019 Nov 06 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia$5799
2019 Nov 20 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia Piraeus$4799
2019 Dec 04 23 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Miami Civitavecchia$5798
2019 Dec 04 12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon Civitavecchia$3799
2019 Dec 16 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Miami Lisbon$2199
2019 Dec 27 14 days, round-trip Panama, Central America & Cuba Miami$5499
2020 Jan 10 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Jan 17 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Jan 24 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Jan 31 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Cultural Cuba Miami$2999
2020 Mar 06 26 days, one-way from Miami to Venice Miami$7298
2020 Mar 06 14 days, one-way from Miami to Barcelona Miami$2999
2020 Mar 20 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$4499
2020 Apr 01 14 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$5398
2020 Apr 01 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$2999
2020 Apr 08 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$2599
2020 Apr 15 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Bergen Barcelona$4999
2020 Apr 29 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen$5799
2020 May 13 21 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm$8998
2020 May 13 10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$4799
2020 May 23 11 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Bergen Copenhagen$4699
2020 Jun 03 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen$5999
2020 Jun 15 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik$5999
2020 Jun 27 21 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen$9698
2020 Jun 27 11 days, one-way from Bergen to Copenhagen Bergen$4999
2020 Jul 08 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$4999
2020 Jul 18 21 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm$9698
2020 Jul 18 10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$4999
2020 Jul 28 11 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Bergen Copenhagen$5199
2020 Aug 08 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen$5999
2020 Aug 20 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik$5999
2020 Sep 01 7 days, one-way from Bergen to Amsterdam Bergen$3599
2020 Sep 08 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Bergen Amsterdam$3499
2020 Sep 15 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Barcelona Bergen$4999