May 2018 the Viking Jupiter was floated out. Tests and work continue once a ship has left the dock yard and she is scheduled for delivery in early 2019. This six ship officially makes Viking the largest small ship ocean cruise line in the industry. They have done that in just four years after launching its ocean business, and are still independent. Like many of the others the ship will sail the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, then over to the Americas.

“It is always a proud moment when a new ship touches water for the first time and is one step closer to welcoming guests onboard,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “As a Norwegian native, I am also particularly proud to announce today Sissel Kyrkjebø, my mother’s favorite singer and a longtime Viking partner, will be honored as godmother to Viking Jupiter and will preside over the ship’s naming ceremony in Oslo, Norway in June 2019.”

Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027. 

These cruises are priced at just under £200 a day, but are claimed to be the best value for money cruise given what they include. These ships do not try and sell you stuff when you get on board, not photos not internet, not beer. Join our Viking chat group, which is also smaller and more exclusive than most chat groups – it is new!

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Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. On board, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is both beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. With the most al fresco dining opportunities at sea, featuring regional cuisines and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences ashore and on board. And only The Viking Way of Exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. Good review here – 

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