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Viking has announced that they’ve taken delivery of their fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun. The ceremony took place this morning at Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy. On October 4, the vessel will set sail from Venice, making her way through the Adriatic and Ionion Seas on her maiden voyage. In November, she will cross the Atlantic for fall itineraries.
On December 15, Viking Sun will embark on the cruise line’s first-ever World Cruise. The 141-day journey will visit 35 countries and 66 ports, ending on May 5, 2018. In 2019, she will embark on her second World Cruise; 128 days, 21 countries, and 44 ports.
Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons and can hold 930 guests. The all-veranda Viking Sun is the line’s newest ocean addition, which also includes Viking Star, Sea, and Sky. In the next two years, the line will welcome two more ocean ships, and by 2019 it will be the largest small-ship ocean cruise line. Two more vessels are also expected to be delivered in 2021 and 2022.
Viking cruises have been designed for travelers with interests in history, art, music, and great food. Onboard, guests will find serene spaces that are beautiful, functional, and filled with natural light. A focus on cultural enrichment brings educational and immersive experiences both on land and at sea. The ships are smaller, which means they are able to get into more ports than some large vessels are able to, while also offering more time in port and more overnight calls. Each cruise fare includes an exterior cabin, a complimentary shore excursion in each port, all onboard meals, beer and wine at lunch and dinner, wifi, self-service laundry, and access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa.
From now through September 31, Viking is offering 2-for-1 cruise fares on select 2018 river itineraries and 2017-19 ocean itineraries, for United States residents. Call Viking or contact your travel agent for more information.