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Viking Takes Delivery of First Expedition Ship, Viking Octantis

Viking ® (www.viking.com) has taken distribution of Viking Octantis ®, the firm’s initial of 2 brand-new purpose-built expedition ships. The shipment event occurred this morning at Fincantieri’s VARD shipyard in Søviknes, Norway. Viking Octantis hosts 378 visitors and also set out tomorrow toward South America to invite guests in January 2022 for Viking’s first voyages to Antarctica. Viking Octantis will certainly be officially called in April 2022 in New York City by her ritualistic godmother, Liv Arnesen, the renowned explorer and also educator. The ship then makes her means to the Great Lakes, for a collection of trips throughout springtime and also summer season. A second, identical sibling ship, Viking Polaris ®, joins the fleet in August 2022 for journeys to the Arctic and also Antarctica.

Viking’s brand-new expedition ships were made by Richard Riviere, Founding Principal of internationally acclaimed interior decoration company Rottet Studio of Los Angeles, who also developed Viking’s prize-winning Longships and also sea ships. SMC Design of London added with their experience in the maritime market. With each other both companies were lately granted “Design Studio Team of the Year” in the 2021 Cruise Ship Interior Awards for their work with Viking’s expedition ships. Much more detail on the design as well as attributes of the ships can likewise be discovered in a brand-new digital video clip scenic tour, Discover Our Expedition Ships, currently available on Viking’s internet site and also told by Viking Executive Vice President Karine Hagen.

Viking Expedition Ships

The new Polar Class Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris host 378 visitors in 189 staterooms. Designed by the exact same knowledgeable interior developers, maritime architects as well as engineers that designed Viking’s Longships and also sea ships, the brand-new ships are purpose-built for expeditions, at an optimal size for security, comfort and onboard services in remote locations. An incorporated bow creates a longer waterline for the ships; state-of-the-art fin stabilizers allow the ships to slide over the waves for the calmest possible journey; ice-strengthened Polar Class hulls give the most safe means to discover; and also U-tank stabilizers dramatically decrease rolling by as much as 50 percent when the ships are stationary. The new ships include the firm’s trademark Scandinavian design, with public areas that rate on Viking’s ocean ships, in addition to new spaces developed particularly for explorations. Emphasizes include:

  • The Hangar: A sector initially, The Hangar is a confined, in-ship marina that brings true comfort to exploration trips with an innovative new means to begin as well as get off adventure craft. The Hangar’s many ingenious feature is an 85 ft. slipway that enables visitors to begin and disembark excursion craft from a level, stable surface area inside the ship, secured from wind and also waves. There is also a FerryBox, a set of tools continuously collecting and presenting data on water top quality, oxygen material, plankton composition and more.
  • The Science Lab: Viking Octantisand Viking Polaris are the very first exploration ships with significant onboard labs. Established in partnership with the University of Cambridge as well as Akvaplan-Niva, The Science Lab, at 380 sq. ft., is designed to sustain a broad range of study activities and is equipped with damp and also dry research laboratory facilities, an example processing area, fume cabinet, freezer and awesome storage, thorough microscope optics and extensive bench space for analysis-specific tools. Guests have managed access to The Science Lab, which is located in a glass-enclosed mezzanine over The Hangar, to pick up from and also get involved with researchers embarking on key study, an experience distinct to Viking.
  • Expedition Equipment: Viking will use a selection of ways for visitors to experience their location, according to their interests and activity level, at no extra charge. With a robust program of free of charge experiences, exploration tools offered for visitors on Viking Octantisas well as Viking Polarisconsists of a fleet of armed forces pro zodiacs made for professional use; a fleet of two-seater Arctic-tested kayaks; and also 2 12-seater exchangeable Special Operations Boats. Each ship also features two six-guest submarines with rotating seats as well as 270-degree round windows for an unparalleled undersea experience. Whatever visitors need will certainly be offered: a Viking Expedition Kit includes things like boots, field glasses and water-proof trousers– and also all guests will obtain complimentary use of Viking Excursion Gear, that includes specialized products like trekking posts, snowshoes as well as skis.
  • The Aula & Finse Terrace: The world’s most advanced venue for finding out at sea, The Aula, is a sensational panoramic auditorium at the demanding of the ship. Motivated by the University of Oslo’s renowned ceremonial hall where the Nobel Peace Prize was historically granted, The Aula is a vibrant location for talks as well as home entertainment, with floor-to-ceiling windows as well as 270-degree sights. Adjacent to The Aula is the Finse Terrace, an outdoor lounge location simply above water level with recessed sofas and heating lava rock “firepits”– perfect for panoramic views of the environments.
  • Nordic Balcony: A very first for polar exploration vessels, all staterooms on board Viking Octantisand also Viking Polarisattribute a Nordic Balcony, a sunroom that converts into an al fresco viewing system. The Nordic Balcony’s floor-to-ceiling, distortion-free glass allows guests take the views in, while maintaining the elements out. Need to guests desire to feel also more detailed to nature, the top of the panoramic glass lowers to transform the stateroom into a protected lookout, with a monitoring rack at arm joint level to maintain binoculars or a video camera. Guests can select from 6 stateroom groups that vary from 222 sq. feet to 1,223 sq. ft: Nordic Balcony, Deluxe Nordic Balcony, Nordic Penthouse, Nordic Junior Suite, Explorer Suite and also Owner’s Suite. All staterooms include a Nordic Balcony, along with a king-size bed as well as big restroom with roomy glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom flooring and also anti-fog mirror. Every stateroom is also outfitted with an unique floor-to-ceiling drying out wardrobe that distributes cozy air to dry as well as shop apparel and expedition gear.
  • Exploration Ship Suites: Nordic Junior Suites (322 sq. ft.) as well as Explorer Suites (580 sq. feet) on Viking Octantisas well as Viking Polarisare similar to those on Viking’s fleet of sea ships, with wood detailing and amenities that consist of added storage as well as seats, an increased restroom with prolonged shower and dual sinks, welcome sparkling wine, a fully-stocked mini-bar restored daily, free of charge laundry and also shoeshine services, top priority restaurant bookings as well as more. Explorer Suites attribute two separate spaces, a Nordic Balcony and also a full outside veranda. In addition, each ship includes one Owner’s Suite, which at 1,223 sq. feet, is twice the size of the Explorer Suites. With the most special holiday accommodations as well as amenities aboard, it features 2 separate areas– a living-room with six-seat dining table and also a room– along with a 792 sq. ft. private garden with a standard Norwegian badestamp (wood-sided hot tub) and also outside dining table.
  • Aquavit Terrace & The Pools: Located at the stern and including a retracting glass dome, this indoor-outdoor heated sanctuary enables visitors to be bordered by their destination as they swim and lounge in three various temperature-controlled pools, including an “inside-out” swimming experience.
  • The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center: In keeping with Viking’s Nordic heritage, The Nordic Spa on board is made with the holistic health approach of Scandinavia in mind– with a thermal suite that features a Sauna, Snow Grotto as well as seats, along with a cozy hydrotherapy pool and a typical Norwegian badestamp (wood-sided jacuzzi), surrounded by floor-to-ceiling home windows. An advanced Fitness Center additionally offers the latest devices and workout equipment.
  • Travelers’ Lounge: Similar to Viking’s ocean ships, Viking Octantisand Viking Polarishave a two-deck Explorers’ Lounge at the bow of the ship to absorb the stunning landscapes through double-height home windows.
  • Dining Choices: Viking’s expedition ships use an array of eating alternatives that improve the locations from Viking’s ocean ships. The Restaurant uses fine dining including regional cuisine and always-available classics; the informal World Café supplies real-time food preparation, an open kitchen area, pastry shop, grill and also costs fish and shellfish and sushi choices, as well as a wide variety of global flavors; Mamsen’s, named for the Hagen household matriarch, serves Scandinavian-inspired fare; Manfredi’s uses the most effective of Italian food; and 24-hour room service is complimentary for all guests as on Viking’s sea voyages.
  • Enrichment On Board as well as On Shore:Viking has actually produced the world’s leading enrichment environment in an expedition setting. Special partnerships with the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and also the National Oceanic as well as Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)– as well as other distinguished clinical organizations– will match leading scientists and also educators with each expedition. Greater than 23 specialists will come with each journey as part of the Viking Expedition Team, including an Expedition Leader as well as staff, photographer, field research study scientists, general naturalists, mountain guides, kayak guides and also experts (ornithology, geology, greater predator biology and background). Aboard, guests will enjoy daily rundowns and also first-rate talks about their location– and involve with functioning scientists from prominent scholastic organizations in The Science Lab or participate straight in resident science programs. On shore, visitors can assist in fieldwork or interact with experiential tasks during touchdowns– such as keeping an eye on birds to assist identify migratory patterns; accompanying researchers to gather examples; or taking their electronic cameras onto land together with a specialist digital photographer to discover just how ideal to capture breathtaking landscapes.
  • Ecologically Considerate: Viking’s expedition ships have established a new standard for liable travel with an energy-efficient style that goes beyond the Energy Efficiency Design Index * (EEDI) needs by virtually 36%– greater than any kind of various other expedition ship. In addition to an integrated bow, engines with heat recuperation systems as well as Azipod ® Electric Propulsion, Viking Octantis as well as Viking Polaris have actually gotten one of the industry’s very first SILENT-E symbols– the highest-level qualification for silent ship propulsion, decreasing underwater noise pollution.

Viking Health & Safety Program

Visitors on Viking’s new expedition voyages will certainly also experience the firm’s industry-leading health and wellness program. Grounded in clinical study, the Viking Health & Safety Program was established in collaboration with an international team of medical experts, consisting of Raquel C. Bono, M.D., Viking’s Chief Health Officer. Dr. Bono is a board-certified injury surgeon as well as retired Vice Admiral of the United States Navy Medical Corps– and in 2020, led Washington State’s medical as well as medical care systems reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Viking needs all visitors as well as staff to be immunized against COVID-19. Viking is the initial and also only cruise ship line with major PCR labs mounted on board its sea and also expedition ships. Utilizing the PCR laboratories aboard Viking sea and expedition ships– and a strong network of committed shoreside labs for Viking river ships in Europe– all guests and also crew get regular fast and simple non-invasive saliva PCR examinations. The simple access to durable PCR screening likewise streamlines guests’ travel experience with a last COVID-19 test taken onboard that pleases the demand for pre-flight screening before arrival right into the U.S. New air filtration innovation has also been set up on all Viking ships, which have actually always included independent air dealing with units for all visitor staterooms. And added health checks, sanitization and physical distancing actions give more security for Viking visitors and staff at all points of the trip. A complete overview of the Viking Health & Safety Program can be discovered at: www.viking.com/health-safety.

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