Today came the announcement that Viking has taken delivery of its eighth ocean-going ship, the Viking Mars. The new vessel was presented during an official delivery ceremony this morning at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
Viking Mars will now travel to Valletta, Malta, where she will be officially christened by her ceremonial godmother, Lady Fiona Carnarvon, Countess of Carnarvon, in a traditional christening ceremony due to take place on May 17, the day of the Norwegian Constitution.
After Viking Mars enters service, it will begin with sailing routes through the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Scandinavia before being repositioned at the end of 2022 to offer voyages around Australia and New -Zealand.
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary and a year of significant milestones for Viking, today we are very proud to welcome the newest ocean-going vessel to our award-winning fleet,” said Torstein Hagen, President of Viking. “Lady Carnarvon has done us the honor of serving as godmother to the Viking Mars, and we look forward to welcoming guests aboard this beautiful new sister ship in the weeks to come.”
Lady Carnarvon was also godmother to the Viking Skadi, one of Viking’s river fleet longships, which currently cruises popular European routes along the Rhine, Main and Danube.
For years, Viking has enjoyed a relationship with the current Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, owners of Highclere Castle, the famous principal filming location of the Masterpiece’s acclaimed TV series, Downton Abbey, which Viking also sponsored during its run.
The cruise line’s Executive Vice President, Karine Hagen, has worked closely with the Carnarvon family to create exclusive ways for guests to experience life at Highclere Castle. Viking now offers pre- and post-cruise privileged access extensions, available on select river and ocean voyages, which highlight the 400-year-old estate; including the popular ‘Oxford & Highclere Castle’ and ‘Great Homes, Gardens & Gin’ routes.
At 47,800 gross tons, Viking Mars, the latest addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean-going fleet, will be identical to its seven sister ships, classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships”. The intimate ships feature 465 veranda cabins that can accommodate up to 930 guests, light-filled public areas, multiple alfresco dining options, and the line’s signature Scandinavian design.
For more information, visit viking.com.