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  • Viking-Star-Infinity-Pool - Spend a relaxing afternoon on the Aquavit Terrace on  Viking Star.
  • Viking-Star-Restaurant-Bar - Viking Star offers six bar areas where guests can congregate and share stories of their travels.
  • Viking-Star-Atrium2 - The classy and spacious Atrium on Viking ocean ships.
  • Viking-Star-Manfredi - Viking ocean ships feature six restaurants, including Manfredi's, perhaps the best Italian restaurant at sea.
  • Viking-Star-Living-Room - The Living Room on Viking ocean ships includes a sitting area where you can read or just relax.
  • Viking-Star-Theater - The Theater on Viking Star features live performances related to the cultures encountered on each itinerary as well as enrichment lectures and films.
  • Viking-Star-Spa - Take some time to be pampered in the Spa on Viking Star.
  • Viking-Star-Main-Pool - Lounge spaces abound on Viking's ocean ships, where the main pool features a retractable roof.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-St-Kitts-1.jpg - A Viking ocean ship approaches St. Kitts in the Caribbean.
  • church-Tallinn-Estonia - Eliza Orthodox Church in Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Viking-Star-Venice - Viking Star seen from the Grand Canal in Venice.
  • Viking-Star-Spa-Snow-Room - You can be chillin' in the Snow Room in the Spa on your Viking ocean sailing.
  • Viking-Star-Explorers-Lounge - Take in the view and do some people watching in the Explorers' Lounge aboard Viking Star.
  • viking-sea-baltic.jpg - Cruise on Viking's new ocean ship, Viking Sea, for breathtaking views in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Fira-Santorini-Greece - The scenic cityscape of Fira (or Thira) on Santorini, Greece.

Viking Ocean Cruises: Explore the world on a comfortable midsize ship

Viking, the river cruise line that practically invented the phenomenally popular river cruises market, expanded its horizons in 2015 with the launch of its first ocean vessel, the 930-passenger Viking Star. Several nearly identical sister ships followed and immediately won the hearts of cruisers everywhere who love the uncrowded midsize vessels and the wide range of amenities that come with each fare at no extra cost. 

As with Viking's river ships, the focus is largely on guests' experiences at the destination ports rather than the time on the ship. During the day, guests typically spend more waking hours in port than aboard the ship. You'll also find occasional overnight stays and port visits where the ship doesn't pull out until nearly midnight.

The ocean ships are largely all-inclusive in their pricing structure — atypical in ocean cruising. For instance, specialty restaurants are available at no extra charge, and beer and wine are available at no extra charge for lunch and dinner. There's at least one complimentary shore excursion at every port, and there's no charge for entry to the LivNordic Spa.

The Viking ships also offer a lot of enrichment programs on board. Theaters provide space for performances from local dance troupes as well as lectures from scholars and experts, and on-board cooking classes are available for passengers who want to learn about local dishes.

Viking ocean cruises are not for children. Passengers must be at least 18 years of age and up on embarkation day. 

Viking’s popular river cruises

Viking is the most popular and well-known river cruise line in the world, with a fleet of more than 50 ships that ply the storied rivers of Europe and beyond.

New class of expedition ships

And now Viking is moving into expedition cruises, too. The sleek 378-passenger Viking Octantis debuts in January 2022 followed by Viking Polaris in summer 2022, both of which promise to bring a new level of comfort to sailings to the polar regions and elsewhere. 

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  • There is more time in port because of overnights in some ports of embarkation and disembarkation
  • Theaters provide space for cultural immersion from local artists.
  • The ocean ships feature mostly all-inclusive pricing.

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10 Ships
2013 Founded
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