Monday 2 August 2021

Viking launches Second Expedition Ship

#expeditioncruising .

Viking has announced that its second expedition ship, Viking Polaris, has been floated out at the shipyard.

A float out is a major construction milestone for a new vessel and marks the first time it touches water. It also represents a ship moving into its final stage of construction.

Polaris’ sister ship, Viking Octantis, was floated out in December and is set to debut early next year with itineraries to Antarctica and the Great Lakes.

Viking Polaris is set to debut in summer 2022, offering cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.

“We are now one step closer to our launch of ‘the thinking person’s expedition,’ with new voyages that will allow our guests to explore the ends of the world and closer to home—in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.

“We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Fincantieri, who has helped us build the world’s most beautiful ocean ships and are now helping us perfect expedition cruising. We look forward to welcoming guests on board Viking Polaris and Viking Octantis next year.”

The float out ceremony for Viking Polaris took place on July 27, and then she was moved to a nearby outfitting dock for further construction and interior build-out. After final outfitting, the ship will be delivered at Fincantieri’s VARD shipyard in Norway.

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