A trip to one of the world’s harshest climates demands a ship that is up to the task. Built specifically for Antarctic voyages with both safety and comfort in mind, Viking’s two new custom-built polar class ships — Viking Polaris and Viking Octantis — have joined the fleet.
Energy-efficient and environmentally conscious, these new ships are among the industry’s first recipients of the SILENT-E notations. This is the highest-level certification for quiet ship propulsion, which not only minimizes underwater noise pollution (a little-known environmental impact cruises may have on delicate ecosystems) but provides a more peaceful cruising experience.
Discover the Last Continent
With itineraries cruising the Antarctic peninsula, guests will witness serene snow-covered landscapes, towering icebergs and glaciers, and magnificent wildlife sightings such as penguins, seals, and whales. With only 378 guests onboard, voyagers can expect intuitive service along with plenty of space to move about the ship. Between four different dining experiences, a Nordic Spa, a library, Science Lab and more, there is never a dull moment onboard.
There are six stateroom categories to choose from, ranging from 215 sq. feet to 1,223 sq. feet. All have king-sized beds and ensuite bathrooms equipped with glass-enclosed showers and heated floors. A unique floor-to-ceiling drying closet with circulating warm air stands at the ready to store and dry clothing and expedition gear between activities. No matter which category guests choose from, each stateroom is specially designed to maximize views, sans prolonged exposure to the elements. Voyagers can stand in awe of the polar landscapes, deep blue Antarctic Ocean, and the resident wildlife that may appear right from their staterooms’ Nordic balconies. Each room features this private balcony — a sunroom that converts to an alfresco viewing platform — complete with an elbow-height observational shelf designed to help stabilize binoculars.
Through exclusive partnerships with several prestigious scientific institutions, Viking is the world’s leading scientific enrichment environment. A Viking Expedition Team comprised of 36 experts from field research scientists to photographers to adventure guides accompany each journey, offering a one-of-a-kind immersive travel experience through the wonders of Antarctica.
On board, experts provide guests with daily briefings and world-class lectures about the destination. On shore, guests can assist in fieldwork like monitoring migrating birds or join in activities from kayaking to learning professional nature photography.
Each ship features a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces designed for guests to view Antarctica’s otherworldly surroundings in maximum comfort. Gather about the lava rock fire pits on the Finse Terrace, an outdoor lounge built at sea level. Stand at the bow for forward-facing views, then duck into The Shelter, a partially enclosed space, to warm up with a hot beverage before braving the elements. For those who prefer to stay fully indoors, the floor-to-ceiling windows at the Explorers’ Lounge and Living Room make up ideal spaces to curl up with a good book and glass of wine, hot tea, or cocktail and watch the world float by.