Viking Saturn is a new cruise ship under construction for Viking Cruises. Credit: Viking Cruises.
Viking Saturn is the tenth ship in its class. Credit: Viking Cruises.
The Viking Saturn ocean-going cruise ship will feature a Viking Heritage Centre, where guests can learn about the history and context of the Viking Age. Credit: Viking Cruises.
The ship was officially named in June 2023. Credit: Viking/PR Newswire.
Viking Cruises took the delivery of the vessel in April 2023. Credit: Viking/PR Newswire.

Viking Saturn is a new cruise ship constructed by Fincantieri at its Ancona shipyard in Italy for Viking Cruises.

The ocean-going vessel was floated out during a ceremony at the Ancona shipyard in June 2022 before entering its final stage of construction. Viking Saturn is the tenth of its class and is part of Viking Cruises’ fleet of identical sister ships built by Fincantieri.

Viking Cruises took the delivery of the vessel in April 2023 joining its sister ships, including Viking Mars, which was delivered in May 2022. The naming ceremony of the vessel was held in June 2023.

Viking Saturn design and features

Viking Saturn is 227m long, has a beam width of 28.8m, and a gross tonnage of 48,000t. It is designed with a total of nine decks with accommodation capacity for 930 guests and has a speed of 20 knots.

The ocean-going ship incorporates a modern Scandinavian design with elegant touches and intimate spaces.

The vessel’s design is inspired by Nordic traditions and the exploratory spirit of the original Vikings. The public areas and spa are designed with light wood grains, touches of slate and teak, fragrant juniper, and Swedish limestone.

Guests can get to learn about the history of the Viking Age at the Viking Heritage Centre. The vessel also features characters from Norse Mythology incorporated into the design.

The ship is equipped with equipment to meet the standards of the latest navigation regulations.

Viking Saturn and its sister ships feature energy-efficient engines and optimised hydrodynamics and hull. Its sustainable design reduces fuel consumption and also includes systems to minimise pollution to meet the strictest environmental regulations.

The ‘safe return to port’ feature of the ship allows it to proceed to a safe port using its own power in the event of incidents such as fire and flooding.

Accommodation details

The vessel features 465 staterooms, which is standard across the Viking fleet. Each stateroom has a private veranda.

Guests can choose from three veranda stateroom options ranging from Veranda and Deluxe Veranda to Penthouse Veranda. The Veranda and Deluxe Veranda staterooms each provide 270ft² (25m2) of space while the Penthouse Veranda stateroom is the largest among the three stateroom categories with 338ft² of space.

All the staterooms offer sweeping views of the destination. The rooms’ floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors are open to the veranda. Amenities in all staterooms include king-size beds, closets, bathrooms with large showers, Freyja® bath products, and heated floors. All staterooms offer free Wi-Fi and an interactive flat-screen LCD TV.

Viking Saturn also includes 14 Explorer suites, which are two-room suites with expansive views from wraparound private verandas. Each Explorer suite provides between 757ft² and 1,163ft² of space, including the veranda.

The Penthouse Junior suite features 405ft² of space while the Owner’s suite is the largest with 1,448ft² of space with a separate bedroom suite, a six-seat dining area and a boardroom with 12-person seating.

Dining options

The ship provides eight onboard dining options where food is served without any additional charge or fee.

Located on deck two, the Restaurant offers fine dining with a variety of culinary options. Guests can choose from a range of international fare and regional specialities, including sushi and seafood at the World Cafe on deck seven.

The Chef’s Table on deck one provides an alternative dining experience for guests. It offers a multi-course menu with wine pairings.

The Manfredi’s Italian restaurant on deck one offers guests freshly prepared pasta and Italian dishes while The Kitchen Table offers regional dishes.

On deck seven, guests can indulge in specialised gourmet burgers at the Pool Grill. The Wintergarden, which is also located on the same deck, offers afternoon tea and scones in an elegant setting under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood while Norwegian deli-style fare is served at Mamsen’s.

The ship also offers outdoor seating for al fresco dining. Complimentary round-the-clock room service options allow guests to enjoy signature dishes in the stateroom.

Onboard amenities

The vessel features a glass-backed infinity pool off the stern and a main pool with a retractable roof.

The Nordic Spa on deck one features a design based on the centuries-old Scandinavian tradition of the sauna and a Snow Grotto where snowflakes gently fall from the ceiling through chilled air.

Guests can find the cruise shop, hair salon and fitness centre on deck one while a theatre and two cinema screens are available on deck two.

A medical centre is available on Deck A, the lowest deck of the vessel.

Contractors involved

The interior design of the ship was provided by US-based Rottet Studios and UK-based SMC Design.