Viking Ocean Cruises upcoming new cruise ship, the 11th to join the fleet so far, will be called Viking Vela, and will be slightly larger than her sister ships.
The vessel is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and is set to debut in 2024 with a slightly larger design than her predecessors for the first time.
Eleventh in a series of vessels that was started with the Viking Star in 2015, the Viking Vela will be ten meters longer, as well as two meters wider than her sister ships.
As a result, the ship will carry 68 additional passengers compared to her sister ships, with space for 998.
After entering service in 2024, Viking Vela will spend its inaugural season in Northern Europe, offering itineraries to the Scandinavia, the British Isles, Iceland, the Norwegian Fjords and more.
Like her sister ships, Viking Vela will offer all-balcony accommodations and is ideally sized to reach destinations where larger ships cannot dock. Viking also highlights the vessel’s “understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.”
Cabins on the all-veranda ship echo the Scandi-cool theme and range from 25m2 to the 134-m2 Owner’s Suite with a private sauna and a library, wine and music collection curated by Torstein Hagen, the founder and chairman of Viking Cruises.
In addition to a large fleet of identical mid-sized luxury ships, the cruise line also operates two purpose-built expedition ships, the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris.
Another ocean vessel, the Zhao Shang Yi Dun, is also in service for the company in Asia as part of a joint venture with China Merchants. The ship is the former Viking Sun and is now serving the Chinese domestic market.
Continuing its fleet expansion, Viking Cruises is set to take delivery of five additional oceangoing vessels through 2027.
A key feature of Viking Ocean Ships is the dining experience, with cuisine inspired by the destinations the ship visits, and an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.
Viking Ocean ships also offer a range of amenities for guests to enjoy, including a Nordic-inspired spa, an infinity pool, a fitness center, and a theater for live entertainment. There are multiple lounges and bars where guests can relax and enjoy a drink while taking in the ocean views.
The ships are designed with a focus on Scandinavian simplicity and elegance. The interior spaces are light-filled and airy, with clean lines and contemporary furnishings. The ships also feature artwork and design elements inspired by Nordic mythology and culture.
Viking Ocean Ships offer guests a high level of comfort and luxury, with a focus on cultural experiences and destination immersion. Guests can explore the world’s oceans in style and comfort, enjoying the best of Scandinavian design and hospitality.