Viking Ocean Cruises’ third ship, Viking Sky, has set sail, making its maiden voyage from Rome’s Civitavecchia port to Barcelona.
Sister ship to Viking Star and Viking Sea, Viking Sky begins its maiden season sailing itineraries throughout the Western and Eastern Mediterranean before heading north into Viking territory to sail Scandinavian and Baltic itineraries in the summer. Viking Sky will cross the Atlantic this fall and will finish out the year sailing itineraries in the Americas and the Caribbean.
“As we officially welcome our third ship to the fleet, it is a proud moment for the entire Viking family. We continue to see a positive response from our guests and the industry, which makes us confident in our future growth,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “We started in the cruise business 20 years ago, and our philosophy is still the same – we do not try to be everything to everyone. We are a destination-oriented small ship cruise line, and as we prepare to introduce a fourth ocean ship by the end of 2017, we look forward to introducing even more guests to The Viking Way of exploration.”
The all-veranda Viking Sky, like its sister ships, has a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, boasts 465 cabins and accommodates 930 passengers.
Viking’s fourth ship, Viking Sun, will be delivered in November and spend its maiden season sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise. Viking Spirit will join the fleet in 2018 and sail itineraries in Australia, Asia and Alaska. A sixth, yet-to-be-named ship will be delivered in 2019.
Viking passengers enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; premium dining reservations; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.