Viking Neptune is a new cruise ship operated by Viking, a cruise operator based in Switzerland.
The vessel was constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its shipyard in Ancona. It was floated out in January 2022, and its delivery was completed in November 2022.
The cruise ship joined Viking’s fleet, which also includes the Viking Orion, Viking Venus, Viking Jupiter and Viking Mars.
The vessel arrived in Los Angeles, US, in January 2023 and left for Honolulu after the completion of the naming ceremony.
Viking Neptune’s design and features
Viking Neptune has a length of 227m and a beam width of 28.6m. The 47,800t vessel has a total of nine decks and can accommodate up to 930 guests. It can achieve a service speed of 17kt and a maximum speed of 20kt.
The cruise ship design is inspired by Scandinavian influences. It features interior designs from London-based interior design studio SMC Design and US-based international architecture and interior design firm Rottet Studios.
The optimised hydrodynamics and hull reduce energy consumption. Relevant systems are also installed to minimise pollution from exhaust gases and meet environmental regulations.
Viking Neptune features various staterooms and pools, including an infinity pool, a spa with a sauna and a snow grotto.
Accommodation onboard Viking Neptune
Viking Neptune features a total of 473 all-veranda, ocean-view staterooms. Onboard accommodation includes 314 balconies and 104 deluxe rooms, 46 suites and one owner suite.
The Veranda staterooms offer 270ft² of space and include floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, king-size beds, 42in TV and free Wi-Fi. The stateroom also includes a large bathroom with a shower and heated floor.
The Deluxe Veranda staterooms provide 270ft² of living space while each Penthouse Veranda stateroom occupies 338ft².
The Penthouse Junior suites offer 405ft² of space with wheelchair-accessible options. Amenities include a large bathroom with a separate shower, a double-sink vanity and a heated floor.
Each Explorer suite is a two-room suite that comes in varying sizes, ranging from 757ft² to 1,163ft², with well-appointed living and dining areas. The suite also features a large bathroom with an enclosed shower, a bathtub, a vanity and a heated floor.
The Owner’s suite is the most spacious, with 1,448ft² of space, including a large veranda. The multi-room suite features a separate bedroom, a living room and a separate dining area with seating for six. Amenities also include a private library, wine and music collections, a dry sauna, a boardroom with seating for 12 and a pantry room.
The Restaurant on deck two is the main dining venue onboard Viking Neptune. The Restaurant features a streamlined Scandinavian design and serves regional cuisine and classics with locally sourced ingredients.
Located on deck one, Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant offers passengers a range of Italian cuisine in subdued, ambient lighting.
The Chef’s Table is also on the same deck and offers a perfect pairing of food and wine. Guests at The Chef’s Table can enjoy a multicourse tasting experience with select vintage wines and matching dishes.
The World Café on deck seven features live cooking and an open kitchen. It serves premium sushi/seafood dishes. Guests can choose between indoor dining or al fresco on the Aquavit Terrace, which provides panoramic views. Mamsen’s, also on the same deck, offers Norwegian specialities.
Other venues include the Wintergarden, an elegant space offering tea service under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood and The Kitchen Table, Viking Neptune’s onboard cooking school. The Pool Grill on deck seven offers snacks such as the Viking Burger, Seared Ahi Tuna and salads.
Engine and propulsion
Viking Neptune features two electric propulsion motors with an output of 7,250kW each. The vessel is powered by two MAN 9L32/44CR diesel engines, each with a rated output of 5,040kW and two 6,720kW MAN 12V32/44CR engines.
The vessel also features an experimental hydrogen fuel cell module with a nominal power of 100kW. The hydrogen fuel cell is part of the cooperation between Viking and Fincantieri to design and operate sustainable and eco-friendly cruise ships.
The Viking Neptune is currently sailing on the 2022-2023 Viking World Cruise, from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, US, to London, UK.
The voyage will span 138 days, covering 28 countries and 57 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities.