A new venture by Viking Cruises, Viking Expeditions will initially have a couple of brand new sister expedition ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, offering a variety of adventurous itineraries such as the Arctic, Antarctica, Caribbean, and the Great Lakes & Canada. Santa Maria II is a beautiful vessel that Viking Expeditions is chartering for Galapagos cruises.
Their expedition ships are optimally sized for expeditions as they are small enough to navigate remote areas, yet large enough to provide speed, superior handling, and stability in the roughest seas. Their expedition ships have lots of indoor and outdoor viewing areas, bringing guests as close as possible to magnificent scenery. Public rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Aula, their panoramic auditorium, has 270° views.
Viking has really thought out what the best ways are to provide expedition vacations to their guests, and have ensured that their ships have industry leading features. The Hangar will be
an industry first aboard Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris. It is an enclosed in-ship marina that allows for the launch of small excursion craft through the ship's slipway. Guests can embark on RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), shielded from wind and waves from a flat, stable surface inside the ship, and glide into the water to depart on their excursion. They re-enter The Hangar after excursions via the slipway to the protected marina before disembarking their RIBs. The RIBs are 12-seater vessels, built for exploration, with a dual water jet system, individually suspended seats and, when converted to a covered RIB, there's an option to sit in an enclosed cabin.
Viking Expeditions will also have a fleet of Military Pro zodiacs that are designed for professional use in the harshest environments. They're reinforced throughout, but are still comfortable enough for a day of exploring. Arctic-tested, 2-seater kayaks will be available as well.
They have a pedal system that lets kayakers glide through the water hands-free, maximizing photo opportunities. Of course, guests can use paddles if that is preferred. Viking Expeditions will have large-capacity submarines that accommodate 6 guests and a pilot, offering a truly unique underwater experience. The revolving seats, plus the nearly 270° spherical windows, offer a fantastic view of the surroundings for all guests.
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Why Choose Viking Expeditions?
Your hassle-free experience doesn't get easier than this! Viking Expeditions pricing covers your meals, guided shore excursions, WiFi, select beverages, hotel accommodations during city portions of your Viking Expeditions itinerary (if you purchase a cruise tour), as well as lectures and various live performances. If you purchase your airfare through Viking Expeditions they'll also include all of your ground transportation, between the pier, hotel and airport.
Viking Expeditions is a sister company of Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises. Viking Expeditions continues the tradition of excellence found on its sister brands, proven by the slew of awards and accolades by a variety of organizations. For instance, Viking River Cruises was placed on the Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List," as well as Travel + Leisure's "World's Best." Viking River has even been featured in National Geographic's "The 10 Best of Everything." Furthermore, the Viking brands enjoy very high guest satisfaction rating from passengers, often commenting that their staff has met or exceeded their expectations.
Deep Cultural Enrichment
Viking Expeditions are centered around where you go, not just how you get there. You don’t simply travel to ports of call; you experience them. From onboard lectures that prepare you for what you will see the next day, to learning demonstrations of local traditions; to interacting with and following a local guide expert as you explore every area of your destination, you are fully immersed in culture, heritage, and history.
What's New for Viking Expeditions?
Being a new cruise line, everything is new for Viking Expeditions! Read above for the innovative features that their expedition ships are going to have.
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