Viking Cruises, a leader in unique cruise destinations around the world, has gone truly global as a new octanti viking began its first season in Antarctica, taking the company to all seven continents. It’s a great way to mark 25 years of the company and bring cruise passengers within reach of the most amazing destinations on the planet.
Viking is now sailing to Antarctica
octanti viking began its Antarctica season, with phenomenal reviews of its 13-day Antarctica exploration itineraries that include sailing the famous Drake Passage and Cape Horn as well as Antarctica land landings.
During the cruise, guests can expect exceptional wildlife views of whales, seals, penguins, albatrosses, and more from incredible sites. For example, the Finse Sundeck is an outdoor lounge just above sea level with heated sunken sofas and lava stone fire pits, allowing passengers to enjoy the comforts of the ship while taking in the spectacular scenery.
Enriching onboard programs allow passengers to participate in ongoing research programs to study and protect “The Ice”, with expert lectures as well as partnerships with leading programs at the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as other prestigious institutions.
“Antarctica has always inspired the most intrepid explorers; for many, visiting the “White Continent” is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Torstein Hagen, president of Viking. “With the arrival of the Viking Octantis, we are offering our guests the opportunity to explore this unique part of the world in comfort and in the most responsible way possible.”
Customer reviews who have experienced this new vessel since her first sailing in January have been overwhelmingly positive and compliment not only the vessel, but the entire Viking Expeditions experience.
“The ship is incredible, inside and out. It’s just exceptional. » – Karen C.
“It was nice to feel so confident and safe. The things we got to see up close and get into the real ‘White Continent’…being in the snow, being where you can hear the penguins and the birds… it is very special. -Edna K.
“The Viking experience and the Viking people make this one of the best experiences of my life.” -Ken K.
octanti viking will spend the short austral summer in Antarctica, before traveling north to be named in April 2022 in New York by her ceremonial godmother, Liv Arnesen. In 1994, Arnesen became the first woman in the world to ski solo and unassisted to the South Pole, and she sailed aboard the octanti viking during the ship’s first two expeditions to Antarctica earlier this year.
Explore the 7 continents
Like octanti viking sails in Antarctic waters, other Viking ships sail around the world.
“When we started Viking 25 years ago, we wanted to do things differently, and since then our mission has resonated with curious travellers,” Hagen said. “This week alone, our guests are enjoying trips north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as many great destinations in between.”
By the end of 2022, Viking Cruises will have welcomed a second identical expedition vessel, polaris vikingas well as two new ocean-going ships, new Viking longships in Europe, and new ships specially designed for the Nile, Mekong, and Mississippi rivers.
Each experience delivers Viking’s signature commitment to a deeper, more fulfilling experience, without sacrificing the luxuries travelers expect on these phenomenal getaways. At the same time, the company is also committed to sustainable and responsible travel to protect the unique regions it explores.
Viking Expedition Ships – octanti viking and soon included polaris viking – set a new standard for responsible travel with energy-efficient designs. Their engines include heat recovery systems and Azipod electric propulsion, and the vessels have received one of the industry’s first SILENT-E ratings, the highest level certification for silent vessel propulsion, minimizing pollution underwater sound.
With these features, customers can rest assured that by exploring some of the world’s most delicate ecosystems and habitats, they are doing so in a safe and responsible manner, which will allow future generations of travelers to enjoy these destinations as well.