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Viking Expeditions Cruises

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About Viking Expeditions Cruises

With the debut of its first two dedicated polar expedition cruise ships in 2022, Viking will officially make the transition from offering river and ocean cruises to being able to provide passengers with dedicated expedition voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Initially, the Viking Expeditions fleet will consist of two ships: the 378-passenger Viking Octantis and its sister ship, Viking Polaris. Though nearly the same size as the ships in Viking's current oceangoing fleet, Viking's expedition vessels will carry a fraction of the passengers, resulting in one of the industry's highest passenger-to-space ratios.

In addition to a full expedition program that includes adventures ashore by inflatable motorized Zodiac rafts and more durable rigid skiffs, Viking Expeditions also plans to offer a number of familiar creature comforts onboard Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris. These include the popular specialty restaurants Manfredi's (Italian cuisine) and Mamsen's (Norwegian comfort food), the Explorers' observation lounge and other niceties that passengers who have sailed on the line's existing ocean (and river) ships will come to appreciate.

Viking plans on starting its expedition operations in early 2022 aboard Viking Octantis in the Antarctic, followed by Viking Polaris, which will debut on sailings between Tromso, Norway, and Arctic Svalbard in summer 2022.

Further details regarding Viking Expeditions are expected to be unveiled in mid-January 2020.

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Viking Octantis
Viking Octantis in the Great Lakes (Photo/Harriet Baskas)

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Niagara & The Great Lakes

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Viking Polaris
Viking Expeditons 25th Anniversary with Viking Venus, Viking Polaris and Viking Mani

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Canadian Discovery

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Viking Octantis in the Great Lakes (Photo/Harriet Baskas)

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Antarctic Explorer

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Viking Octantis
Viking Octantis in the Great Lakes (Photo/Harriet Baskas)

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Antarctica & South Georgia Island

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Undiscovered Great Lakes

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Panama & Scenic South America

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Canadian Discovery

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Canada & The Atlantic Coastline

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Canada & The Atlantic Coastline

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Canada & The Atlantic Coastline

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Great Lakes Collection

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Great Lakes Collection

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Viking Expeditions Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Viking Expeditions cruise ships?

The Viking Expeditions passenger won't be so dissimilar to the Viking Oceans or Viking River passenger. Typically, Viking targets English-speaking cruisers who are mature and are curious about the world. Passengers are well-traveled, self-motivated, and don't need a lot of scheduled diversions or flashy features like onboard casinos.

In fact, Viking is, in many ways, defined by what it lacks onboard. Passengers won't find a casino, onboard photographers or pushy staff hawking drink packages. They also won't find children: They're just plain not allowed on Viking's ships, and that's OK too.

Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen once joked he does his market research every morning when he shaves. He's not far off, either: Viking attracts a mature, well-educated passenger. As the Viking brand grows in popularity though, the age range has come down dramatically onboard; it's not uncommon to find more and more couples in their 40s and 50s dipping their toes into Viking's waters.

Do I have to dress up on a Viking Expeditions cruise?

While the official dress code has yet to be released, it's a safe bet to say it won't stray far from Viking's existing causal dress code. While passengers do tend to dress nicely at dinner, there is no requirement for cocktail dresses, tuxedos or even ties to be worn during the evening. Instead, things could best be described as "country club casual."

During the daytime, particularly on expedition cruises to the Polar Regions, layered, multifunction clothing will be the order of the day.

Is everything free on Viking Expeditions cruises?

Those details haven't been released yet. Currently, Viking offers a great deal of inclusivity on its river and ocean cruises, including at least one shore excursion per day; beer, wine and soft drinks complimentary with lunch and dinner; complimentary specialty dining venues with guaranteed reservations determined by your suite category; and Wi-Fi internet connectivity free of charge. Expect the new Expedition vessels to offer at least these features as a minimum.

Exact details about Viking Expeditions' specific inclusions should be released in the New Year.

What are Viking Expeditions’s most popular activities?

Activities aboard Viking Expeditions vessels will primarily revolve around adventures ashore. These can include Zodiac or skiff cruises, guided hikes and other adventures ashore. Viking will also offer a dedicated team of expedition specialists who will lecture on a variety of destination-relevant topics.

Further details are expected to be announced in early 2020.

Why go with Viking Expeditions?

  • Viking's trademark brand of ocean cruising on a more adventurous scale
  • Semi-inclusiveness offers good value
  • Dedicated focus on history, exploration and culture

Best for: Cruisers seeking polar adventures who enjoy Viking's Scandinavian elegance and semi-inclusiveness

Not for: Travelers with kids

Viking Expeditions Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Fantastic boat and cruise

We all basically had evening overnight flights so we had the comfort of a huge hospitality suite at a beautiful Marriott in Santiago before leaving for the airport many hours later.Viking went above and beyond when we disembarked in Valparaiso early in the morning and were transported to Santiago .Read More
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Firstcruice

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Pleasureful experience on first expedition cruise.

Thanks to crew and staff for great attitudes and friendliness.Special dinners for friends in small dining room was great.Read More
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Motnoside1

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Incredible chance of a lifetime to see unexplored planet earth

The ship also provides foul weather/warm snow jackets, which I highly recommend using, but I was also happy that I brought a regular windbreaker warm jacket as an extra.We didn't see another boat, road or anything like civilization for at least 8 days of the trip.Read More
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1GoldPoodle

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Some highlights…but also lowlights

This was our fourth Viking cruise but first expedition with our earlier experiences being river cruises.First, the air transportation provided by Viking was abysmal.Read More
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Highlands4118

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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