Viking Vela

Former name: Fincantieri Ancona 6316

Viking Vela current position

Viking Vela current location is at Adriatic Sea (coordinates 43.62680 N / 13.50269 E) cruising en route to TRIESTE. The AIS position was reported 14 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Viking Vela

Viking Vela current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona. Prices start from USD 2799 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 12 Dec, 2024 and ends on 19 Dec, 2024.

Date / TimePort
12 Dec    Departing from Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy hotels
13 Dec - 14 Dec    Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy
15 Dec    Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France Riviera
16 Dec    Marseille, France Riviera
17 Dec    Sete, France Riviera
19 Dec    Arriving in Barcelona, Spain hotels

Specifications of Viking Vela

Year of build2024 new ship
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
ClassViking OCEAN
Building costEUR 410 million (USD 445 million)
Engines (power)MAN B&W (23.52 MW / 31541 hp)
Speed20 kn / 37 km/h / 23 mph
Length (LOA)238 m / 781 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage48900 gt
Passengers998
Crew465
Passengers-to-space ratio53
Decks10
Cabins499
Decks with cabins6
Sister-shipsViking OCEAN ships (Vesta)
Former namesFincantieri Ancona 6316
Christened bytba
OwnerViking Cruises Ltd
OperatorViking Ocean Cruises (USA)

Viking Vela Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Dec 12 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $2799
2024 Dec 19 15 days, round-trip New Malta, Morocco The Mediterranean Barcelona $7999
2025 Jan 03 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to London-Tilbury Barcelona $2799
2025 Jan 10 12 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $5699
2025 Jan 22 12 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $5699
2025 Feb 03 12 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $5799
2025 Feb 15 12 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $5599
2025 Feb 27 12 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $5599
2025 Mar 11 12 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $5799
2025 Mar 23 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $7899
2025 Apr 06 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $7899
2025 Apr 20 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $8499
2025 Apr 20 28 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Stockholm London-Tilbury $17198
2025 May 04 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen $8099
2025 May 18 14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm $8899
2025 May 18 26 days, one-way from Stockholm to Reykjavik Stockholm $14998
2025 Jun 01 12 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $5999
2025 Jun 13 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik $6299
2025 Jun 13 26 days, one-way from Reykjavik to London-Tilbury Reykjavik $15298
2025 Jun 25 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $8899
2025 Jul 09 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $8299
2025 Jul 09 28 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Stockholm London-Tilbury $16598
2025 Jul 23 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen $8299
2025 Aug 06 14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm $8499
2025 Aug 06 28 days, one-way from Stockholm to London-Tilbury Stockholm $17698
2025 Aug 20 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $9099
2025 Sep 03 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $9099
2025 Sep 17 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $8499
2025 Oct 01 7 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Barcelona London-Tilbury $2999
2025 Oct 01 19 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Venice London-Tilbury $10698
2025 Oct 08 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona $7499
2025 Oct 20 9 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus-Athens Venice $5499
2025 Oct 29 10 days, round-trip Greek Odyssey Piraeus-Athens $5999
2025 Nov 08 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Venice Piraeus-Athens $3599
2025 Nov 08 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $7198
2025 Nov 08 21 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Barcelona Piraeus-Athens $10397
2025 Nov 15 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia-Rome Venice $3599
2025 Nov 15 14 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $6798
2025 Nov 22 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona Civitavecchia-Rome $3299
2025 Nov 29 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $2999
2025 Nov 29 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus-Athens Barcelona $5698
2025 Nov 29 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Istanbul Barcelona $8497
2025 Dec 06 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $2899
2025 Dec 06 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Istanbul Civitavecchia-Rome $5598
2025 Dec 13 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Istanbul Piraeus-Athens $2799
2025 Dec 20 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus-Athens Istanbul $2799
2025 Dec 20 14 days, one-way from Istanbul to Civitavecchia-Rome Istanbul $5598
2025 Dec 20 21 days, one-way from Istanbul to Barcelona Istanbul $8297
2025 Dec 27 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Civitavecchia-Rome Piraeus-Athens $2799
2025 Dec 27 14 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Barcelona Piraeus-Athens $5598
2026 Mar 06 12 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $5299
2026 Mar 18 12 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $5299
2026 Mar 30 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $6599
2026 Apr 13 7 days, one-way from Bergen to Amsterdam Bergen $3999
2026 Apr 20 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Bergen Amsterdam $4299
2026 Apr 27 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm Bergen $6999
2026 May 11 14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen Stockholm $7499
2026 May 11 28 days, one-way from Stockholm to London-Tilbury Stockholm $15498
2026 May 25 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $7999
2026 Jun 08 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $7999
2026 Jun 22 7 days, one-way from Bergen to Amsterdam Bergen $4499
2026 Jun 29 35 days, one-way from Amsterdam to New York Amsterdam $19897
2026 Jun 29 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Bergen Amsterdam $4499
2026 Jul 06 28 days, one-way from Bergen to New York Bergen $15498
2026 Jul 06 14 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen $7499
2026 Jul 20 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to New York Reykjavik $7999
2026 Aug 03 28 days, one-way from New York to Bergen New York $16298
2026 Aug 03 14 days, one-way from New York to Reykjavik New York $8799
2026 Aug 17 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik $7499
2026 Aug 31 14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury Bergen $7999
2026 Sep 14 14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen London-Tilbury $7999

Viking Vela Review

Review of Viking Vela

The 2024-built MS Viking Vela cruise ship is the 11th (the 1st in the second 6-ship series) of 16 vessels built for Viking OCEAN Cruises. Viking Vela is currently scheduled for delivery and inauguration in June 2024, and to be followed by the sistership Viking Vesta (October 2025).

Unlike the preceding 10-ship series (Viking Star/2015 thru Viking Saturn/2023), the vessels from the second/6-ship series (starting with Viking Vela) are slightly larger (10 m longer, 2 m wider) and with more staterooms (499 vs 464) and bigger passenger capacity (998 vs 928).

Viking OCEAN's plans for a fleet of 16 sisterships was announced on March 6, 2018, when Viking entered an agreement with Fincantieri for 6x more ocean vessels, to be delivered in the period 2024-2027. In September 2022 Fincantieri and Viking entered into an agreement for 4x more vessels (based on the option in the 2018-signed contract) with total value ~EUR/USD 1,7 billion. Deliveries were scheduled for 2026 and 2027 (2x units) and 2028 (2x units).

As of 2023, Viking owned and operated 9x ocean ships, 2x expedition ships and 79x riverboats, with another 14x riverboats on order (slated to be operational by 2026) and 10x ocean ships ordered (to be operational by 2030).

The Viking Vela vessel (IMO number 9852432) is currently Norway-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Bergen.

History - construction and ownership

The 1000-passenger ship Viking Vela offers destination-oriented cruising experiences, 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.

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 Vela staterooms (499 total) include 49x Suites, 96x Penthouses and 348x Veranda/Balcony cabins in 16 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 Vela 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 OCEAN 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 Vela 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 as 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 Vela itinerary program was announced in June 2023. The Maiden Voyage was initially planned for June 2024 out of London (England UK) with the entire inaugural season to be based on deployment in Northern Europe.

However, the inaugural cruise was later postponed to January 10, 2025 (12-night/13-day "In Search of the Northern Lights" itinerary from London-Tilbury to Bergen) visiting Ijmuiden Holland, and Norway's ports Narvik, Tromso, Alta, Bergen.

Eventually, Viking Vela's first voyage was scheduled for December 12, 2024 (7-day Mediterranean itinerary from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona).

The ship's inaugural season includes the following itineraries:

  • 14-night/15-day "British Isles Explorer" between London-Greenwich and Bergen, visits 6 countries and includes 12 complimentary tours)
  • 14-night/15-day "Viking Homelands" between Stockholm Sweden and Bergen/6 countries, 11 tours
  • 12-night/13-day "Iceland’s Majestic Landscapes" between Bergen and Reykjavík Iceland/3 countries, 9 tours
  • 12-night/13-day "In Search of the Northern Lights" between London-Tilbury and Bergen, 3 countries, 5 tours
  • 28-night/29-day "Scandinavia and the British Isles" between Greenwich-London and Stockholm/13 countries, 22 tours
  • 26-night/27-day "Viking Homelands and Majestic Iceland" North Atlantic crossing from Stockholm to Reykjavík/8 countries, 19 tours

Viking Vela's maiden season also included the new "British Isles and Iceland Explorer" itinerary (26-night/27-day from Reykjavík to London-Greenwich/departure June 13, 2025), visiting 8 countries and offering 20 land tours.

All Viking OCEAN ships offer destination-rich itineraries featuring 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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The vessel (Fincantieri Ancona yard/hull number 6316) has volume 48900 GT-tons, DWT-deadweight tonnage 5100 tons, max draught 6,7 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 XI, while the registered manager is VIKING OCEAN CRUISES LTD.

The ship is named after the Vela constellation (with the Vela Supercluster in its center) whose brightest star system is Gamma Velorum.

Viking Vela was launched (floated out from drydock at Fincantieri's yard in Ancona) on November 30, 2023.

Among the vessel's innovative marine technologies are its energy-saving hybrid engines, top-deck solar panels, and 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 directly discharged into the ocean.

Viking OCEAN represents a "smaller ship" travel 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 was also ordered for 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).

Inaugural cruise (2024)

Announced in June 2023, Viking Vela's itinerary program was planned to start with the Maiden Voyage in June 2024 (out of London) with the entire inaugural season based on Northern European deployment.

However, the inaugural cruise was later postponed to January 10, 2025 (12-night/13-day "In Search of the Northern Lights" itinerary from London-Tilbury to Bergen) with call ports Ijmuiden Holland, and Norway's ports Narvik, Tromso, Alta, Bergen.

Eventually, Viking Vela's first voyage was scheduled for December 12, 2024 (7-day Mediterranean itinerary from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona).

Date / TimePort
12 DecDeparting from Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
13-14 Dec (overnight)Livorno/Florence-Pisa, Italy
15 DecMonte Carlo, Monaco
16 DecMarseille, France
17 DecSete, France
19 DecArriving in Barcelona, Spain

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