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  • Viking-Star-Manfredi - Viking ocean ships feature six restaurants, including Manfredi's, perhaps the best Italian restaurant at sea.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-The-Kitchen-Table.jpg - On Viking, the Kitchen Table is an exclusive shopping and dining experience that lets passengers cook with the chef for a fee.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-The-Restaurant-window.jpg - Watch the passing landscapes from the Restaurant, the main dining venue on your Viking ocean ship.
  • Viking-Sea-Aquavit-Terrace.jpg - Enjoy al fresco dining at the Aquavit Terrace on Viking Sea.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Explorer-Suite-Bathroom.jpg -  The bathroom of an Explorer Suite on Viking Ocean Cruises.
  • viking-snow-grotto.jpg - Step into the Snow Grotto in the spa of a Viking ocean ship for a bracing experience.
  • viking-main-pool-chairs.jpg - When they're not stopping at exotic destinations around the world, passengers will be able to soak up some sun at the main pool.
  • viking-living-room.jpg - Read in relaxation in the Living Room on your Viking ocean cruise.
  • Viking-spa-fireplace.jpg - Relax and unwind in the free spa facility, lit by a glowing fireplace, on your Viking ocean cruise.
  • Viking-spa-fireplace-1.jpg - Cozy up to a fireplace in the LivNordic Spa on your Viking Ocean Cruises ship. The spa area is open to all guests at no charge.
  • Explorers-Lounge-Windows-Stairs-Night.jpg - The two-story Explorers' Lounge on a Viking ocean ship is the perfect place to watch the twilight in an exotic destination.
  • Main-Pool-Promenade.jpg - Relax with a book or watch the scenery in a lounge chair next to the main pool on your Viking ocean voyage.
  • viking-ocean-ship-aquavit-and-pool.jpg -  Grab a bite at the Aquavit Terrace or hop into the infinity pool on your Viking ocean ship.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Aquavit-Terrace.jpg -  Dine with a cool ocean breeze on your face at Aquavit Terrace on Viking Ocean Cruises.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Explorers-Lounge.jpg - Share a cocktail, linger over a Norwegian breakfast or check out a nautical history book at the Explorers' Lounge on Viking ocean cruises.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Salon.jpg -  The salon reception area on your Viking ocean ship.
  • Viking-Star-Spa2 - Visit the Spa on your Viking ocean ship to unwind in comfort. It's free for all guests.
  • Viking-Star-Main-Pool-roof-closed - Travelers will have three swimming pools to choose from, including a main pool that features a retractable roof.
  • Viking-Star-Library - The Living Room on deck 1 of your Viking ocean ship. (This was taken on Viking Star.)
  • Viking-Star-Explorers-Lounge-1.jpg - The pretty bar in the Explorers' Lounge observation deck on your Viking Ocean ship.
  • Viking-Sea-Venice.jpg - Viking's second ocean ship, Viking Sea, glides through the Venice Canal.
  • viking-sea.jpg - Viking Sea, the second ocean ship from Viking, carries 930 passengers in comfort and style.
  • Viking-Sea.jpg - Viking Sea anchored in Lysefjord near Stavanger, Norway.
  • Viking-SeaR-DelVeranda - The Deluxe Veranda Suite on Viking Sea (digital rendering).
  • Viking-SeaR-Restaurant - The Restaurant on Viking Sea offers nightly specials such as lump-crab salad and Beef Wellington (digital rendering).
  • viking-sea-baltic.jpg - Cruise on Viking's new ocean ship, Viking Sea, for breathtaking views in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Viking-SeaR-theater - Enrichment lectures on Viking Sea are offered throughout your cruise (digital rendering).
  • viking-sea-in-dubrovnik.jpg - The 930-passenger Viking Sea in Dubrovnik. Go on a shore excursion in every port without paying anything extra.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-St-Kitts.jpg - Sail to St. Kitts on a Viking ocean ship.
  • Viking-Sea-and-Viking-Star-meet-in-Santorini.jpg - Viking Sea and Viking Star moored off the island of Santorini, Greece.
  • Viking-sea-dubrovnik-coastline.jpg - Viking Sea moored off the shimmering coastline of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • viking-sea-dubrovnik-sunset.jpg - Viking Sea in Dubrovnik, Croatia, at sunset.

Viking Sea: Sleek midsize ship offers wide-ranging cultural voyages

Health update: All guests must be fully vaccinated to board a Viking ship. Guests may also be required to undergo a saliva PCR test at embarkation.


Viking Ocean Cruises launched its second ocean cruise ship in April 2016. Nearly identical to its sister ship, Viking Star (see review), the 930-passenger Viking Sea focuses on destination immersion, giving guests ample time to explore ports large and small.  

The ship includes several of the popular features of Viking's river ships, including Scandinavian flourishes, the al fresco dining venue Aquavit Terrace, lots of outdoor space on the sundeck and a promenade that encircles the ship.

Viking's third ocean ship, Viking Sky, debuted in February 2017 and Viking Sun will follow in late 2017.

Who will like sailing on Viking Sea

If you want a cruise experience that is destination-focused with maximum time in port and an onboard cultural enrichment program, then you'll want to consider booking a voyage on Viking Sea.  

Where Viking Sea sails

Viking Sea skips around the Mediterranean, featuring 7- to 14-night voyages from spring to fall. The ship offers 10- to 12-night adventures around the Caribbean from fall to spring. 

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Small ships with destination-focused itineraries

Because Viking Sea is a smaller ship, she has direct access into most ports, so guests have efficient embarkation and debarkation. There will be  a lot of overnight stays and stays where the ship doesn't pull out until nearly midnight. While enjoying the creature comforts of Viking Sea, make sure to take advantage of opportunities to connect with local culture, history and highlights of the places that you visit. Don't be surprised to see local dishes on the menu or local entertainers sharing music, dancing and stories.


Viking Sea offers multiple restaurant locations and food choices — from The Restaurant and the World Café, serving a variety of global cuisines and regional specialties, to intimate dining experiences at The Chef’s Table, Manfredi’s Italian Grill and The Kitchen Table, all serving meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Furthermore, with multiple choices for outdoor seating during meals, Viking’s ocean ships will offer more al fresco dining than any other ship.

Boat and lighthouse in Oslo Fjord.
/ Creative Commons BY-SABoat and lighthouse in Oslo Fjord.


All-Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from a 270-square-foot veranda stateroom. All staterooms will have private verandas, king-size beds, large showers and LCD TVs.

Explorer Suites: Viking Sea features 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 square feet that offer sweeping views from wrap-around private verandas as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board.


Connecting passengers to their destinations through authentic experiences is central to Viking Cruises, and onboard venues include a three-deck atrium where you can enjoy musicians playing regional and classical music; the main theater, home of stage performances and enrichment lectures from scholars and experts, and an onboard cooking school where you can learn local specialties.

When you yearn for serenity, there will be no better place on ship than a visit to the Wintergarden. This charming, airy space around the main pool is perfect for relaxing in a clean, uncluttered Scandinavian-designed environment. The focus here is also on enrichment, as this is the place to witness a tea ceremony or indulge in an afternoon tea service, complete with hand-selected teas, finger sandwiches and pastries.

Sustainable features

Designed with the environment in mind, Viking Sea features energy-efficient hybrid engines, hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined hulls and bows for maximum fuel efficiency, onboard solar panels and equipment that minimizes exhaust pollution and meets the strictest environmental regulations.

Source: Overview from Viking Cruises

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Main pool
  • Where: Deck 7

  • What: Explorers' Lounge
  • Where: Deck 7

  • What: Deluxe Veranda Suite
  • Where: Multiple decks
  • Local musicians playing regional music in three-deck atrium
  • Offshore excursions introducing local culture
  • All-veranda staterooms
  • Afternoon tea service in the Wintergarten

Top dining options on board

The Restaurant

  • Style: Regional & international
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner


  • Style: Regional & international
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner


  • Style: Italian
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

930 Passengers [?]
550 Crew
14 Decks
2016 Maiden voyage
47,800 Tonnage [?]
745 Length in feet
95 Width in feet (max beam)
23 speed (mph) [?]

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