PHOTO: The Viking Sky. (Courtesy Viking Ocean Cruises)
The all-veranda Viking Sky, the third ship in Viking Ocean Cruises’ rapidly growing fleet, set sail on its maiden voyage last month with a seven-night sailing from Civitavecchia, Italy, to Barcelona.
After completing its inaugural sailing, the ship will ply the Western and Eastern Mediterranean before heading north for the summer to sail Scandinavian and Baltic itineraries.
“As we officially welcome our third ship to the fleet, it is a proud moment for the entire Viking family. We continue to see a positive response from our guests and the industry, which makes us confident in our future growth,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises, in a recent release. “We started in the cruise business 20 years ago, and our philosophy is still the same – we do not try to be everything to everyone. We are a destination-oriented small ship cruise line, and as we prepare to introduce a fourth ocean ship by the end of 2017, we look forward to introducing even more guests to The Viking Way of exploration.”
Like its sister ships the Viking Star and Viking Sea, the Viking Sky features 465 cabins and can accommodates 930 passengers, and with 47,800 tons, it’s about a third the size of some of the megaships that are being launched by other cruise lines. Despite being classified as a small ship, Viking Sky features spacious cabins spread across five stateroom categories. Each cabin offers a private veranda and top-of-the-line amenities, including luxury linens, heated bathroom floors and roomy showers.
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On deck, passengers can enjoy one of two pools, including a glass-backed infinity pool (the first of its kind) and a main pool that features a retractable roof, meaning guests can swim regardless of the season. The Wintergarden is another hallmark of the Viking line. Here, guests can relax in Frank Gerhy-designed chairs under a trellised canopy while they enjoy afternoon tea. Come evening, passengers will appreciate the chance to relax with a cocktail in the Explorer’s Lounge while taking in the sweeping ocean vista from the double-height windows.
Dining options abound onboard the Viking Sky. Passengers can grab a quick bite in Mamsen’s Norwegian gourmet deli or opt for something more substantial at the Pool Grill. For fine dining, there is The Restaurant, which serves three full meals, and The Chef’s Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu and wine pairings. Manfredi’s will appeal to the pasta lover in everyone, while the World Café is ideal for those in search of a more international menu. The Kitchen Table, meanwhile, offers regional dishes made with fresh local ingredients.
Known as the ‘thinking person’s cruise,” Viking offers a culture curriculum that features lectures on history and art, regional-inspired menus and destination performances that tie in to the itinerary and provide passengers with a deeper understanding of the places they are visiting. Passengers are also able to experience the ultimate in relaxation at the onboard spa, which provides visitors with Scandinavian-based holistic treatments. Don’t miss the Snow Grotto, where snowflakes gently fall through cool air — a pleasant counter to a steamy sauna.