Viking today announced its first expedition ship – the Viking Octantis with 378 guests – “floated out”, marking a major milestone in construction and the first time the new ship has touched water. Scheduled to debut in early 2022, Viking Octantis will spend his virgin season sailing to the great lakes of Antarctica and North America. Another, identical expedition ship, the Viking Polaris, is ready to debut in the summer of 2022 and will sail voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic.
“In collaboration with Fincantieri over the last eight years, we have built the world’s most beautiful seagoing ships. We are pleased to continue our partnership with Fincantieri’s VARD and celebrate this important milestone in the construction of our first expedition ship, ”said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “By creating ‘the thinking person’s expedition’, we are perfecting polar expedition cruises and we are ushering in a new era of pleasant exploration in the heart of North America. Viking Octantis and her sister ship, Viking Polaris, will allow our guests to explore further – to the ends of the earth as well as closer to home. I would like to thank our partners in VARD and everyone who works in the farm, for the hard work and dedication to building Viking Octantis; we look forward to welcoming her into our fleet in early 2022. ”
The flow is important because it indicates a ship moving into its final construction phase. The floating ceremony of Viking Octantis took place today, December 22nd; she was then moved to a nearby equipment dock for further construction and interior expansion. After final equipment Viking Octantis will be delivered at Fincantieri’s VARD shipyard in Søviknes, Norway.
The esteemed explorers Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft will be honored as ceremonial godmothers to Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, respectively. Arnesen, a native Norwegian, became the first woman in the world to ski alone and not supported at the South Pole in 1994. Bancroft is the first woman to have successfully skied to both poles. Arnesen and Bancroft also became the first women to ski across Antarctica in 2001. Together, they co-founded Bancroft Arnesen Explore / Access Water, an initiative aimed at engaging and empowering more than 60 million minds to create a sustainable future.