Viking Ocean Cruises has revealed that its seventh ship will be called Viking Venus. The ship, which will be in the same class as the line’s other ocean vessels, will launch in 2021.
Viking Venus will spend its maiden season taking its 930 passengers on itineraries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, including the British Isles.
“The spirit of exploration is at the heart of everything we do. We have always drawn inspiration from the original Viking explorers, who were the first to use the stars and constellations for long-distance navigation. Many elements onboard our ships honour those Viking explorers, and we are proud to host our guests on itineraries that sail some of those historic trading routes,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “I am pleased to announce that Viking Venus will join our fleet in 2021, allowing us the ability to introduce even more travellers to the Viking way of exploration.
“Viking offers cruises that allow our guests to explore the world, experience destinations and learn about new cultures, all from the comfort of our small, beautifully designed, Scandinavian-inspired ships. Viking Venus will be identical to our six existing ocean ships, allowing our guests to enjoy a familiar ‘home away from home’ experience wherever they choose to cruise with us. Demand from the UK market for our ocean cruises is very high so we would advise travellers to book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment – especially if they would like to sail on Viking Venus in her maiden season,” said Wendy Atkin-Smith, managing director of Viking UK.
Viking also announced that it was expanding its offerings in the Mediterranean with five new itineraries that include a return to Istanbul, marking the company’s return to the iconic city.