Building on the success of Viking's ocean cruising fleet that began with the introduction of Viking Star in 2015, Viking expands into the world of polar expedition cruising with the introduction of Viking Octantis in early 2022. A sister, Viking Polaris, will join the new Viking Expeditions fleet later that year.
Viking Octantis Overview
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Viking Octantis is slightly smaller than Viking Star and its sisters, offering six passenger decks and a length of 672 feet compared with Star's eight decks and 745 feet. Where it really excels is in terms of passenger count: Viking Octantis will carry just 378 passengers instead of Viking Star's 930, served by a crew of 260. That translates into a passenger-to-crew ratio of 1.66and a passenger-to-space ratio of 79.76.
That puts Viking Octantis on par with many smaller ultra-luxury ships in terms of passenger space, comfort and service standards.
Care has been taken to ensure that many of the most popular features of Viking's oceangoing ships have been added to Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris. These include a dedicated library (though we'd expect the ship to have books throughout, similar to the line's existing ocean ships), a spa and fitness center, the popular forward-facing Explorers' Lounge, the Aquavit Bar and the warm and inviting Living Room concept that, on Viking's Ocean ships, forms the basis of the vessel's lobby and interior atrium.
Further details about Viking Octantis and its sister, Viking Polaris, will be announced at an event in January 2020.
While details are still being unveiled regarding Viking Octantis, early indications point to the ship offering four separate dining venues, including the casual World Cafe; the more formal, menu-driven Restaurant; Manfredi's Italian; and Mamsen's, a soothing space featuring traditional Norwegian and Scandinavian dishes culled from the cookbook of Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen's beloved mother.
Beverage policies should be in line with Viking's existing river and ocean vessels, which currently offer complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
It is not known if the new vessels will offer room service.
All 189 cabins onboard Viking Octantis will offer ocean views and a private balcony.
Nordic Balcony and Deluxe Nordic Balcony cabins will offer 269 square feet of living space and will make up the bulk of accommodations aboard Viking Octantis.
A total of 20 Nordic Penthouse Suites will be featured onboard, with 334 square feet of living space. Other suites include the 409-square-foot Nordic Junior Suites (26); four 657- to 667-square-foot Explorer Suites; and a single 1,448-square-foot Owner's Suite.
Exact room details and features have yet to be revealed.
Top-deck attractions aboard Viking Octantis are still under wraps.
Viking Octantis will feature daily expedition briefings and onboard lectures. Additional entertainment options have yet to be revealed.
Viking Octantis will begin sailing to Antarctica from Ushuaia, Argentina, in January 2022.