Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Sky, the third ship in the fleet, will set sail in March 2017. The 47,800-ton, 930-passenger Viking Sky joins near-identical fleetmates Viking Star and Viking Sea.
Viking Sky, like its sisters, will offer a destination-oriented cruise experience, with few days at sea, long days in ports and more overnights in key places than offered by other lines. Features include value-oriented extras such as a selection of free shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served without charge at lunch and dinner. All cabins will have balconies and, the smallest (at 270 square feet) is still larger than many other cruise lines' standard rooms. Top suites measure up to 1,300 square feet.
The ship will incorporate popular elements from Viking River Cruises' Longships. These include the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace dining venue and a design sensibility that reflects Scandinavia's penchant for a simple, casual and comfortable ambiance. Ship traditionalists will appreciate Viking Sky's walk-around promenade deck that fully encircles the vessel. Its Explorer's Lounge, an airy two-deck, top-of-the-ship venue, offers an observation area -- a feature that many of today's newest cruise ships lack.
Nice touches include a magrodome pool, with a glass roof that opens in warm weather (and closes during inclement seasons) and a main restaurant that can be converted from an open-air venue to a cozy dining room with the push of a button that controls the windows.
Many features reflect more of a boutique hotel feel, including a fire pit, an Armagnac bar, and a Nordic-influenced spa with snow room and Finnish sauna.
Itinerary enrichment and an onboard cooking school complement Viking Sky's destination-oriented entertainment. The ship will have numerous restaurants, from The Kitchen Table to The Chef's Table, Manfredi's Italian Grill and a main venue, with plenty of alfresco options.
What's equally interesting are the more traditional ocean cruise ship features that you won't find on Viking Sky, such as casinos, lavish evening entertainment and elaborate kids' clubs.
The company has also committed to incorporating sustainable features on the ship that include energy-efficient engines, streamlined hulls and bows for fuel efficiency, and exhaust minimization efforts.