Viking Ocean Cruises has christened its second ship, Viking Sea, on the Thames River in Greenwich, London, after the ship transited through the Thames Barrier.
Claimed to be the largest ship launched in UK, the 47,800t vessel can accommodate 930 passengers and has 465 cabins.
Viking Sea is the second of series of six ocean cruise ships currently planned for the fleet, and construction of the third and fourth vessels, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, is underway. They are expected to be delivered next year.
The company’s ocean fleet features a blend of elegant and modern Scandinavian design, marked by the incorporation of a 270ft² Veranda stateroom, including king-size beds with luxury linens, large showers, luxury toiletries, heated bathroom floors, and large interactive flat-screen LCD TVs, with movies-on-demand.
The ship includes the main pool with a retractable roof allowing any-season swimming, coupled with a first-of-its-kind glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination.
The on-board spa replicates Viking’s Nordic heritage.
The ship’s entertainment facilities are based on Viking culture, featuring lectures on history and art, vintage wines from various destinations, restaurant menus inspired by local cuisine, informative port talks, destination performances featuring folkloric shows and musicians playing regional and classical music, and an onboard cooking school to tutor guests to prepare local specialties.
Viking Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen said: "Our ships are built for exploration; they are vessels that help our guests spend more time immersed in and surrounded by their destination.
"With the arrival of our second ship, and with four more sister ships on the way, we are focused on introducing travelers to the Viking way of destination-centered cruising, a unique style that was inspired by our success on the rivers."
Viking Sea is scheduled to set sail for its 15-day Viking Homelands voyage, through Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki, and Stockholm.
Image: Viking Ocean Cruises has christened its second ship Viking Sea. Photo: courtesy of Viking Cruises.