JUST AS VIKING OCEAN CRUISES’ second ship was being christened on the River Thames at Greenwich earlier this month, the company announced that its fourth ocean vessel will debut in December 2017 with a 141-day World Voyage.

Viking Sea was named by Karine Hagen, the line’s senior vicepresident and daughter of company founder Torstein Hagen, using a bottle of Norwegian Aquavit instead of the more traditional Champagne.

Viking Sun – to be preceded earlier next year by Viking Sky – will visit 66 ports in 35 countries during her world cruise, which is scheduled to depart from Miami on December 15 and finish in London almost five months later.

Fares will begin at £30,798 per person and guests will be given £1,369 on-board credit, plus £514 to spend in the spa and £514 in the ship’s shops.

The fare includes almost all but the most premium drinks on board, plus business class flights and all medical services (if required).

During the world cruise, the 930-passenger ship will visit Havana, Cuba, transit the Panama Canal, and sail via Tahiti to New Zealand.

From there she will go on to Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok and Singapore before heading for the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and finally arriving  in Greenwich.