Zhao Shang Yi Dun-Viking Sun

Former name: Viking Sun

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Zhao Shang Yi Dun-Viking Sun current location is at China Coast (coordinates 22.47276 N / 113.90536 E) cruising en route to SHEKOU. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Zhao Shang Yi Dun-Viking Sun

Year built2017  /  Age: 4
Flag state China
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Building costEUR 340 million (USD 400 million)
OwnerChina Merchants Viking Cruises (Viking Cruises + China Merchants Shekou)
OperatorViking China Coastal Cruise
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)227 m / 745 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage47800 gt
Passengers-to-space ratio52
Decks with cabins6
Sister-shipsViking Ocean ships (Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Orion, Viking Jupiter, Viking Tellus, Viking Venus, Viking Neptune, Viking Mars)
Former namesViking Sun
Christened byYi Lou (Viking Cruises), Duan Xianghui (Viking China Merchants)
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The 2017-built MS Viking Sun cruise ship is the 4th in a series of 10 identical vessels built for Viking OCEAN Cruises. The sisterships are named Viking Star (2015), Viking Sea (2016), Viking Sky (2017) and Viking Orion (2018), Viking Jupiter (2019), Tellus and Venus (2021), Neptune and Mars (2022).

History - construction and ownership

When operated by Viking OCEAN (2017-2020), the 930-passenger ship Viking Sun offered destination-oriented cruising experience, with few at-sea days, long in-port stays and overnights. Among the boat's features are complimentary Wi-Fi, free shore excursions, wine and beer with no charge at dinner and lunch.

MS Viking Sun cruise ship (VIKING OCEAN)

In early-April 2019, Viking and China Merchants Group (China's first commercial corporation/1872-founded) unveiled a plan to launch a new cruise line (joint venture company) for the Chinese market. China Merchants Group's shipbuilding subsidiaries will design and construct the newbuilds for the new company. As of 2019, Viking Cruises fully owned and operated a fleet of 6 ocean liners plus 72 riverboats (almost all of which are of the patented Longship-Class).

On November 25, 2020, China Merchants Shekou and Viking officially signed the joint venture agreement a separate (China-flagged) fleet of sea liners for coastal cruises. In mid-December 2020, Viking and China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co Ltd officially announced the creation of the new joint venture company "Viking Cruises China" focused on mid-sized luxury ship voyages in China exclusively.

The new domestic travel brand (China Coastal Cruise Project) was scheduled for inauguration in 2021-Q1, with Viking Sun transferred to the joint venture.

  • In January 2021, the vessel changed registry - from Norway (MMSI number 257179000) to China (MMSI 414515000) to qualify for the Chinese coasting trade. China as flag state allows the ship to visit seaports under China's cabotage rules that regulate the shipping of passengers and/or goods between two Chinese ports. The brand's enrichment program is based on shipboard events (lectures, entertainment) and shore excursions themed on local history, traditions, nature, food.
  • On January 19, 2021, Viking Sun left Port Mukran (near Sassnitz Germany) and via Skagen (Jan 23) headed to Valletta Malta, with estimated arrival on Jan 31. The boat arrived in China (at Shenzhen Shekou Cruise Terminal) on March 15, 2021, and was officially handed over to Viking-China Merchants in mid-April.

On April 27, 2021, the boat was officially reflagged to China.

On June 26, 2021, Viking Sun was officially renamed "Zhao Shang Yidun" (早上 猗顿) meaning/translated as "China Merchants Eden". The naming ceremony was held at homeport Shenzhen, led by godmother Duan Xianghui (China Merchants Group Director).

The new Viking-China brand's inauguration was scheduled for August 22, 2021 (Maiden Voyage/8-day itinerary from Shenzhen to Sanya).

Viking Ocean cruise ship (aerial)

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 Sun itinerary program was based on cruises in Southern and Northern Europe (Baltic and Mediterranean seas). Repositioning Atlantic coastal routes were operated with one-way itineraries in spring and fall.

In 2018, the ship operated Viking Ocean's first-ever world cruise (141-day itinerary USA to UK / Miami to London) visiting a total of visiting 64 ports (35 countries) on 5 continents. World Voyage 2018's itinerary started on December 15, 2017, ending on May 5, 2018 (see more in the wiki-section below). The ship's "World Voyage 2019) will have a 128-day Miami-London itinerary.

in 2018, the liner also made an inaugural visit to Australia. The vessel was booked into White Bay Cruise Terminal (Sydney NSW) on January 12, 2018, for an overnight stay. The ship was also booked to return to Sydney Harbour (February 10) mooring overnight at Point Piper Buoy.

In May 2018, Viking Ocean announced the company's new (world's ever-longest continuous) "Ultimate World Cruise 2019". The 245-day itinerary visited 113 ports (59 countries, 6 continents) and featured 22 overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe. Departing from London-Greenwich (August 31, 2019), the 8-month long cruise marked the company's 3rd "Around the World" voyage. Read more in the ship's "wiki" section.

Since 2021, the boat (renamed "Zhao Shang Yi Dun") is operated by the Viking-China Merchants joint venture "China Coastal Cruise Project".

Decks and Cabins

Viking Sun 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, 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 Sun 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 Sun deals are inclusive of shore excursions, complimentary alcohol (wine and beer at lunch and dinner) and Wi-Fi.

MS Viking Sun cruise ship (VIKING OCEAN)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Viking Sun facilities include Sun 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.

Viking Sun ship features two swimming pools (main and Infinity Pool), wellnes complex (spa and fitness centre), piano lounge, winter garden, 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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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 ports' 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.

MS Viking Sun cruise ship construction

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.

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-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 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.

On April 7, 2016, at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard was held the official keel laying ceremony that started the vessel's construction. During the ceremony, a 280-ton block was lifted by a large crane and put into place.

On December 15, 2016, the vessel was floated out. The ceremony was attended by Viking Cruises' chairman Torstein Hagen and Fincantieri Ancona shipyard's director Giovanni Stecconi. Just before the actual launch, a silver dollar coin was welded into the ship's top deck. The launching godmother was Ms Yi Lou (China Merchant Bank).

The ship was delivered to Viking Ocean on September 25, 2017, at Ancona shipyard.


The christening ceremony was held on March 8, 2018, in Shanghai China. The event was held at Shanghai International Cruise Terminal during the ship's inaugural world cruise (141-day itinerary from Miami to London England). his was also the first-ever Viking Ocean call at a Chinese port. The ship arrived in Shanghai navigating into Yangtze River, then up Huangpu River into the city.

Ahead of the visit, Wallem Ship Agency China (Viking Ocean's port agent for China) helped to coordinate a meeting between Viking Cruises and SIPG (terminal's operator) resulting in an event space hire price reduction. Wallem China also took care of the logistics, vessel's freshwater supply, customs, crew changes, passenger disembarkation/embarkation.


The ship's godmother is Mrs Yi Lou (Vice President of CMBFL / "China Merchant Bank Financial Leasing"). The naming ceremony in China featured a high-tech light show (animation projected on a giant wave-like screen) and musical concert performances (from Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. the Chinese tenor singer Dai Yuqiang and the Norwegian soprano singer Sissel Kyrkjebo). The master of the ceremony was the local TV celebrity, Michelle Wang. The ceremony was attended by Nicolai Skogland (Viking's Senior Operation Manager).

The boat's first Captain was Olav Soevdsnes.

On June 26, 2021, Viking Sun was officially renamed "Zhao Shang Yidun" (早上 猗顿) meaning/translated as "China Merchants Eden". The naming ceremony was held at homeport Shenzhen, led by godmother Duan Xianghui (China Merchants Group Director).

Inaugural "World Cruise" 2018

Port Sydney cruise ship schedule for 2018 showed Viking Ocean making an inaugural visit to Australia. The port's schedule had MV Viking Sun booked into Sydney's White Bay Cruise Terminal on January 12, 2018 (overnight stay). The ship was also booked to return to Sydney on February 10, 2018 (mooring overnight at Point Piper Buoy).

Australia was part of the ship's (and Viking Ocean's) first world cruise (141-day itinerary USA to UK / Miami to London) visiting 64 ports in 35 countries on 5 continents. The around the world voyage departed on December 15 (2017) from Miami Florida, with disembarkation in London England on May 5 (2018). There were a total of 66 ports along the westbound route (via Panama Canal and Suez Canal), with feature destinations the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Middle East, Europe. Of all port stays, 12 were overnights in port cities like Havana Cuba, Papeete Tahiti, Shanghai China, Auckland NZ, Sydney AU, Singapore, Laem Chabang (Bangkok Thailand).

Traditionally for Viking Ocean, in each seaport was provided one free shore excursion. Viking Ocean's World Cruise deals were inclusive of business class flights, unlimited Wi-Fi, Silver Spirits beverage package, gratuities, laundry services (self-service launderettes and full-service laundry), shipboard medical services,  dining (except Kitchen Table), 

Prices started from USD 45,000 per person.

Next table shows World Cruise 2018's complete list of call ports and price-inclusive port activities/land tours:

DaysDatePort Times (arrival-departure)Ports (tours/ashore activities)
Day 1Dec 15, 201708:00 - 18:00Miami, Florida USA
Days 2-3Dec 16-1712:00 - 13:00Havana, Cuba (City Tour)
Day 4Dec 1808:00 - 16:00Cozumel, Mexico (Walking Tour)
Day 5Dec 1908:00 - 18:00Belize City, Belize (Botanical Gardens Tour or Bay of Pigs Tour)
Day 6Dec 2007:00 - 15:00Coxen Hole, Isla Roatan, Honduras
Day 8Dec 2208:00 - 17:00Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (Tortuguero Canals)
Day 9Dec 2308:00 - 23:59Colon, Panama (Embera Indigenous Village)
Day 10Dec 24-Panama Canal (transit)
Day 12Dec 2608:00 - 17:00Puerto Caldera-Puntarenas, Costa Rica (Scenic Drive)
Day 13Dec 2712:00 - 18:00Corinto, Nicaragua (Banana Plantation)
Day 14Dec 2809:00 - 18:00Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (Antigua City Tour)
Day 18Jan 1, 201807:00 - 18:00Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (San Jose del Cabo Tour)
Days 21-22Jan 4-508:00 - 18:00Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Behind the Scenes Tour)
Day 30Jan 1308:00 - 17:00Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas French Polynesia
Days 32-33Jan 15-1618:00 - 18:00Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia (Walking Tour)
Day 34Jan 1708:00 - 18:00Vaitape, Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia ("Le Truck" Tour)
Day 36Jan 1908:00 - 18:00Avatiu, Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands (Village Tour)
Day 39Jan 2308:00 - 18:00Tongatapu, Tonga (Walking Tour)
Day 41Jan 2507:00 - 14:00Suva, Fiji (City Tour, Thurston Gardens and Museum)
Day 44Jan 2808:00 - 17:00Bay of Islands, New Zealand (Russell City Walking Tour)
Days 45-46Jan 29-3004:00 - 18:00Auckland, New Zealand (City Tour)
Day 47Jan 3108:00 - 17:00Tauranga, New Zealand (Walking Tour)
Day 48Feb 112:00 - 18:00Napier, New Zealand (Art Deco Tour)
Day 49Feb 209:00 - 18:00Wellington, New Zealand (City Tour)
Day 50Feb 308:00 - 17:30Lyttelton, New Zealand (Christchurch City Tour, Botanical Gardens)
Day 51Feb 408:00 - 17:00Port Chalmers-Dunedin, New Zealand (Otago Peninsula Scenic Drive)
Day 55Feb 807:00 - 17:00Melbourne, Australia (City Tour, Captain Cook's Cottage)
Days 57-58Feb 10-1107:00 - 18:00Sydney, NSW Australia (City Tour, The Rocks Walking Tour)
Day 60Feb 1308:00 - 17:00Brisbane, NSW Australia (Art and Design Walking Tour)
Day 62Feb 1507:30 - 14:00Whitsunday Islands, Australia (Beach Excursion)
Day 63Feb 1608:30 - 23:00Cairns, Australia (City Tour)
Day 65Feb 1808:00 - 18:00Thursday Island, Australia
Day 68Feb 2107:00 - 13:30Darwin, Australia (City Tour)
Day 70Feb 2309:00 - 17:00Slawi Bay, Komodo Island Indonesia (Komodo National Park)
Day 71Feb 2412:00 - 22:00Benoa, Bali Indonesia (Denpasar Tour)
Day 73Feb 2607:00 - 17:00Semarang, Java Indonesia (Borobudur Temple Tour)
Day 76March 109:00 - 18:00Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (Muara City Tour, Malay Technology Museum)
Day 77March 207:00 - 17:00Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Mari Mari Cultural Village)
Days 79-80March 4-508:00 - 14:00Manila, Philippines (City Tour, Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church)
Days 83-84March 8-913:00 - 23:00Shanghai, China (City Tour, Shanghai Museum)
Days 87-88March 12-1307:00 - 13:00Hong Kong, China (City Tour)
Day 89March 1408:30 - 18:00Haikou, China (City Tour)
Days 92-93March 17-1812:00 - 23:00Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (City Tour, National History Museum)
Day 95March 2007:00 - 20:00Sihanoukville, Cambodia (City Tour, Wat Krom Temple)
Days 96-97March 21-2212:30 - 18:00Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
City Tour with Grand Palace Visit
Day 98March 2308:30 - 15:00Koh Samui Island, Thailand (Nathon Beach Excursion)
Days 100-101March 25-2608:00 - 16:00Singapore (City Tour, National Orchid Garden)
Day 102March 2708:00 - 17:30Port Klang, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur City Tour, Petronas Towers)
Day 103March 2808:00 - 17:00George Town, Malaysia (Penang City Tour)
Day 104March 2907:00 - 13:00Phuket, Thailand (Patong Beach)
Day 107April 108:00 - 18:00Chennai, India (Madras City Tour, Fort St. George)
Day 110April 407:00 - 18:00Cochin, India (City Tour, Mattancherry Palace)
Day 113Apr 0607:00 - 15:00Marmagao, India (Goa City Tour)
Day 114Apr 078:00 - 23:00Mumbai, India
Day 117Apr 1008:00 - 17:00Muscat, Oman
Day 124Apr 1707:00 - 18:00Aqaba, Jordan (Petra City)
Day 125Apr 1807:00 - 23:00Safaga, Egypt (Luxor Excursion)
Day 126Apr 1906:00 - 15:00Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Day 127Apr 2003:30 - 17:30Suez Canal transit
Day 128Apr 2107:00 - 18:00Alexandria, Egypt
Day 131Apr 2408:00 - 16:00Valletta, Malta
Day 132Apr 2508:00 - 18:00La Goulette, Tunisia (Tunis City Tour)
Day 133Apr 2607:30 - 14:00Cagliari, Sardinia Italy
Day 134Apr 2710:30 - 18:00Algiers, Algeria
Day 135Apr 2808:00 - 16:00Cartagena, Spain (Murcia City Tour)
Day 136Apr 2908:00 - 18:00Malaga, Spain
Day 138May 107:30 - 13:00Leixoes, Portugal (Oporto City Tour)
Days 141-142May 04-0504:00/overnightLondon-Greenwich, England

Bookings made by July 31, 2017, received USD 1000 in OBC (onboard credit for paying optional tours), USD 375 Spa Services Credit, USD 375 Shop Credit (onboard boutiques shopping).

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