Viking Cruises has announced the delivery of its forth ocean ship, Viking Sun. This October, Viking Sun will set sail from Venice, making its way across the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on its inaugural voyage. In early November, she will cross the Atlantic for fall itineraries.
And on December 15, the ship will embark on Viking's first-ever World Cruise. The 141-day voyage will stop in 35 countries and 66 ports before ending in London May 5, 2018. In 2019, Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the recently-announced second World Cruise, which spans 128 days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports with 10 port overnights.
Viking offers all-inclusive cruises with fare covering accommodations, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; alternative restaurant dining; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.
Viking Sun offers 465 all-veranda staterooms that can accommodate 930 guests. There are five room categories to choose from starting at 270 sq. ft. All rooms include king-size beds with luxury linens, large closets, interactive flat-screen LCD TVs with on-demand movies, unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, award-winning bathrooms with premium Freyja bath products developed exclusively for Viking, and heated floors.
There are also 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 sq. ft. that offer wraparound private verandas as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board.
The Viking spa keeps with Nordic tradition and provides amenities ranging from a sauna to a Snow Grotto, where snowflakes fall from the ceiling in chilled air.
There are also two pools on board the ship. The first is the Main Pool with a retractable roof allowing for any-season swimming. There is also a glass-backed Infinity pool off the stern that allows guests to check out the view while relaxing.
Or guests can relax in The Explorers' Lounge or Mamsen's gourmet deli. Both spaces are located at the bow of the ship and designed to represent the Scandinavian spirit for relaxation. There are also double-height windows for optimum views.
The eight dining options range from a casual poolside grill to fine dining. Restaurants include the World Café, which features international fare including a sushi and seafood cold bar, The Chef's Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and Manfredi's, which features freshly prepared pastas and Italian favorites. There are also multiple choices for outdoor seating during meals.
Viking Resident Historians give guests historical and cultural education specific to the journey and ports being visited. There are also guest lecturers who are experts in their field and offer insight on the destination's art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more. Destination Performances provide high-class performing arts like Italian operas or Portuguese fado. Meanwhile Culinary Classes in The Kitchen Table offers onboard cooking school focused on regional cuisine.