Less than one year ago, Viking Ocean Cruises launched a initial ship, Viking Star, and noted a attainment of a transport industry’s initial wholly new journey line in a decade. This week in London a association strictly welcomed a second ship, Viking Sea, to a swift during a jubilee on a Thames River in Greenwich.
Though Viking’s sea ships are personal as “small ships” by Cruise Critic, a 930-guest, 47,800-ton Viking Sea is a largest boat ever launched in London. After flitting by a Thames Barrier this morning, a boat perceived a comfortable acquire by 28 means sea men, who manned a yardarms of a Cutty Sark – a iconic 19th Century British clipper boat – and saluted Viking Sea as she arrived in Greenwich.
“Today is a unapproachable day for a Viking family. London is one of my favorite cities, and Greenwich is a poignant pier for Viking. We demeanour brazen to bringing some-more guest here this open and in destiny years,” pronounced Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Our ships are built for exploration; they are vessels that assistance a guest spend some-more time enthralled in and surrounded by their destination. With a attainment of a second boat – and with 4 some-more sister ships on a approach – we are focused on introducing travelers to a Viking approach of destination-centered cruising, a singular character that was desirous by a success on a rivers.”
Viking Sea’s christening was a perfection of a lass excursion that began Apr 3 when a boat set journey in a Mediterranean. Over a final month, she done stops in what will be unchanging ports, including Athens, Santorini, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Venice, Rome and Barcelona. Viking Sea will spend a summer sailing itineraries in Scandinavia and a Baltic; she will call on Greenwich again in Jun as partial of Viking’s new Into a Midnight Sun channel that sails between London and Bergen and explores a northernmost reaches of Scandinavia and sails opposite a Arctic Circle.
Viking Sea highlights include:
All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can select from 5 stateroom categories, starting from a 270 sq. ft. Veranda Stateroom, all with private verandas and reward amenities that embody king-size beds with oppulance linens, vast showers, oppulance toiletries, exhilarated lavatory floors and vast interactive flat-screen LCD TVs with movies-on-demand.
Explorer Suites: The ships underline 14 Explorer Suites, that are two-room suites trimming from 757 to 1,163 sq. ft. that offer unconditional views from wraparound private verandas.
Two Pool Choices: In further to a Main Pool with a retractable roof needing any-season swimming, a ships underline a first-of-its-kind glass-backed Infinity Pool cantilevered off a stern, permitting guest to float surrounded by their destination.
LivNordic Spa: In gripping with Viking’s Nordic heritage, The Spa onboard is designed with a holistic wellness truth of Scandinavia in mind—from a centuries- aged tradition of a sauna to a Snow Grotto where snowflakes kindly deplane from a roof by cold air. Berlitz Cruising Cruise Ships 2016 named it one of
the “5 best journey boat spas.”
Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s: Share a cocktail with friends. Linger over a Norwegian breakfast and a nautical story book. The Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s gourmet deli are courteous spaces located during a crawl and designed in a Scandinavian spirit, for finish decrease and for marveling during unconditional views through double-height windows.
The Wintergarden: Guests looking for peace will find it in a Wintergarden. In this superb space underneath a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, guest can indulge in afternoon tea service.
Dining Choices: Viking’s ships offer mixed grill locations and food choices—from excellent dining in The Restaurant, that serves 3 full dishes and a widest choice of culinary options, and a World Café, that serves general transport and informal specialties—to insinuate dining practice during The Chef’s Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu finish with booze parings, and Manfredi’s, that facilities creatively prepared pastas and Italian favorites. Additionally, The Kitchen Table focuses on informal dishes from marketplace to table; a Pool Grill specializes in epicurean burgers; afternoon tea and scones are accessible in a Wintergarden; and Mamsen’s serves Norwegian deli-style fare. Furthermore, with mixed choices for outside seating during meals, Viking Star offers a many al fresco dining during sea.
Enriching Entertainment: Connecting guest to their destinations by authentic practice is executive to Viking in formulating “the meditative person’s cruise.” Instead of casinos and H2O slides, guest are charity Viking’s Culture Curriculum® including: world-class lectures on story and art; tasting of selected wines from their destinations; grill menus desirous by internal cuisine; ominous pier talks; enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows and musicians personification informal and exemplary music; an onboard cooking propagandize permitting guest to learn how to ready internal specialties.
Sustainable Features: Designed with a sourroundings in mind, Viking’s ships underline energy-efficient hybrid engines, hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined carcass and crawl for limit fuel potency and apparatus that minimizes empty wickedness and meets a strictest environmental regulations.
Designed for perceptive travelers, Viking offers guest “the meditative person’s cruise” as an choice to mainstream cruises. The Viking Difference is providing guest with unusually well-designed cruises that move them closer to a cultures of a world. Ships are tiny to get guest closer to their destination, with some-more time in port, some-more overnights and fewer days during sea. In addition, Viking Inclusive Cruising provides a tiny boat knowledge during a large boat value—with any journey transport including a veranda stateroom, seaside excursions in any pier of call, all onboard meals, and all pier charges and supervision taxes. Guests also suffer many nominal amenities as partial of their fare, including: drink and booze with lunch and cooking service; reward dining reservations; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; entrance to a Thermal Suite in a LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service—a value of some-more than $2,400 per integrate for an normal cruise.
From now by May 31, 2016, Viking is charity U.S. residents a 2016 Special Savings Discount with giveaway atmosphere from 150 cities, and adult to $1,000 off per couple.