After years of anticipation and preparation, Viking River Cruises has taken delivery of its newest ocean-based ship: the Viking Mars. The new ship, which is worth an estimated $755 million in construction costs alone will be sailed to a number of destinations across the globe including Antarctica before being retired by 2020.
Viking Cruises has taken delivery of its newest ocean cruise ship, the Viking Mars. The company will be using the new vessel in 2022. Read more in detail here: viking cruises 2022.
Viking has taken receipt of its eighth ocean-going vessel, the Viking Mars, which was announced today. The new ship was unveiled this morning at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, during a ceremonial delivery ceremony.
Viking Mars will now go to Valletta, Malta, where she will be named by her ceremonial godmother, Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the Countess of Carnarvon, in a customary naming ceremony on May 17—Norwegian Constitution Day.
Viking Mars will first sail routes in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Scandinavia after which she will be moved by the end of 2022 to provide journeys throughout Australia and New Zealand.
“Today, we are extremely delighted to welcome the newest ocean ship to our award-winning fleet as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and a year of key milestones for Viking,” stated Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “By acting as godmother to the Viking Mars, Lady Carnarvon has honored us, and we look forward to greeting passengers on board this lovely new sister ship in the coming weeks.”
Lady Carnarvon has also acted as godmother to the Viking Skadi, one of Viking’s river fleet’s longships, which sails famous European itineraries along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers.
Viking has had a long-standing partnership with the present Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who own Highclere Castle, which was notably the principal shooting site for Masterpiece’s acclaimed television series Downton Abbey, which Viking also sponsored throughout its run.
One of Viking Mars’ identical sister ships is the Viking Sky. (Viking courtesy picture)
The cruise line’s Executive Vice President Karine Hagen worked closely with the Carnarvon family to create exclusive ways for guests to experience life at Highclere Castle. Viking now offers Privileged Access Pre- and Post-Cruise Extensions, available on select river and ocean voyages, that showcase the 400-year-old estate; including the popular ‘Oxford & Highclere Castle’ and ‘Great Homes, Gardens & Gin’ itineraries.
Viking Mars, the newest addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, will be similar to its seven sister ships, all of which are classed as “small ships” by Cruise Critic. The ships include 465 all-veranda bedrooms that can accommodate up to 930 passengers, as well as light-filled public areas, several al fresco dining choices, and the line’s characteristic Scandinavian style.
Visit viking.com for additional details.
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