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Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises began as a river cruise line and only entered the ocean-cruise market in 2015 with the launch of the 930-guest Viking Star. But despite this short period of time, Viking has already made an indelible mark on the sector with its fleet of stylish, near-identical ships. The cruise line’s sixth ship, Viking Jupiter, launched in 2019, and she will be joined by Viking Venus in 2021. Continuing its expansion, Viking is next planning to enter the burgeoning expedition market with the launch of two new purpose-built expedition ships, Viking Octanis and Viking Polaris, which will make their debut journeys in 2022.

Why choose this cruise line?

Viking’s ships are beautifully designed and luxurious, offering so many places to relax and unwind, from the indoor-outdoor lounge Wintergarden where afternoon tea is served, to the Explorers' Lounge, perfect for pre-dinner sundowners. A lot comes included in the price of your fare, including the specialty restaurants, so you don’t have to worry about lots of hidden extras racking up your final bill, and with little touches like complimentary 24-room service and heated bathroom floors, you will feel quite spoilt. There’s also a shore excursion included in every port, as well as complimentary wi-fi. Finally, all beautifully appointed cabins come with a balcony.

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Cruising with Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking’s fleet of near-identical ocean-going ships Scandi style with their sleek, contemporary and pared-back interiors. The style of cruising is very much focused on calmness, relaxation and enjoyment, so do not expect late-night, raucous parties or overblown facilities and activities. Instead, entertainment on board is sophisticated, educational and cultural, ranging from classical recitals to lectures with resident historians and astronomers (although, you will find the odd ABBA tribute night thrown in for good measure). The 930-passenger ships are largely inclusive, with dining, wi-fi and drinks at lunch and dinner included in the fare. Itineraries are destination-focused, packed with plenty of port visits and shore excursions to ensure passengers get the most out of the places they visit.

Who should travel with Viking

Viking cruises attract a sophisticated, mature clientele who are looking for a cultural and destination-immersive cruising experience. All of the ships within the fleet are adults-only, so couples, solo travellers and friends travelling together who are in the 50s or older are the typical demographic of passenger on board.

Viking cruise destinations

Viking’s ocean and world cruises traverse six continents and many give access to ports that larger cruise ships cannot reach. Destinations include Alaska, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, the Baltics, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Middle East, British Isles, Central and South America and the Indian Ocean.

Cruise inclusions

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 24-hour room service
  • Dine in a choice of different venues at no extra cost
  • Quality wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Free wi-fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Speciality tea and coffee any time on board
  • An included shore excursion in almost every port
  • Complimentary use of spa facilities
  • Evening entertainment and enrichment talks
  • On-board gratuities

Unique selling points


Viking is known for its slick, Scandic-chic cruising experience, from its drinking and dining outlets and lounges through to its cabins and interiors. Passengers will be able to use facilities like the bright and airy Wintergarden, the social hub of the ship that centres around the main swimming pool. With a glass roof, it features lots of comfy seating, greenery and is a great place for afternoon tea. Interiors are muted, tasteful and ships feature unique pieces of artwork. All of Viking's ocean ships are also near-identical, so you always know what you're going to get.