Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Jupiter, the sixth ship in the fleet, set sail in February 2019. Named after the king of gods in Roman mythology, the 47,800-ton, 930-passenger Viking Jupiter sails a variety of Mediterranean and Northern Europe itineraries, along with two new-to-Viking itineraries in South America. As with all Viking Ocean sailings, Viking Jupiter cruises focus on the destinations which it visits, with long port visits, overnights in hotspots around the world and only a handful of sea days.
Viking Jupiter is nearly identical to its fleetmates in terms of layout, amenities and inclusions -- but with one major difference -- like fleetmate Orion, it has a planetarium where the Explorer's Lounge is on the other four ships. Passengers with even a passing interest in space will adore this brilliant element, which brings the stars and planets up close. The high-res 26-seat dome theater links to the ship's telescope and shows 3D programs that will make you feel like a kid again.
Cruises on this ship are surprisingly inclusive, with value-oriented extras such as a complimentary shore excursions, Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served at lunch and dinner. All cabins 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 incorporates 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 Jupiter's walkaround promenade deck that fully encircles the vessel.
Viking Jupiter has numerous restaurants, from The Chef's Table with its revolving set of theme menus, to Manfredi's Italian Grill and Mamsen's for casual Norwegian comfort food. All are included in the price of the cruise. the other (minor) difference from its fleetmates is a small cooking station right at the back of the World Cafe which serves fresh pasta in the day and turns into a noodle bar in the evenings.
Other nice touches include a 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. Tea service is offered daily in the ship's gorgeous Wintergarden. A Nordic-influenced spa features a snow room and Finnish sauna.
The ship also boasts an extensive art collection, including a number of paintings by Norwegian artist Edward Munch (he of "The Scream" fame); there is an audio commentary for all the art available via an app.
Viking Jupiter's destination-oriented enrichment includes a resident astronomer, resident historians who give lectures about the region's history, politics and culture, and The Kitchen Table, a foodie experience that combines a local market tour with a cooking demo and dinner.
Some of the more traditional ocean cruise ship features you won't find on Viking Jupiter include casinos, lavish evening entertainment and elaborate kids' clubs. In fact, passengers must be 18 or older to sail on Viking Jupiter.
Viking Ocean Cruises 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.