Viking’s first expedition vessel is the 378-passenger Octantis, which recently debuted in service in Antarctica.
The Octantis – along with her sister ship Polaris – will offer Polar Class 6 hull specifications.
The ships will have six cabin categories, with the smallest starting at 218 square feet. They will also include submarines and carry a large expedition team of 20 people.
Boat: octanti viking
Cruise line: viking
Capacity: 378 passengers
Shipyard: VARD, Norway
Features and Design:
The PC6 Octantis has two six-passenger submarines with swivel seats and 270-degree spherical windows.
The Octantis’ expedition equipment will also include a fleet of professional military Zodiacs designed for professional use in the harshest environments; a fleet of two-seater kayaks tested in the Arctic; and two 12-seater convertible RIBs.
The Octantis hangar is an enclosed marina aboard the ship, which allows the launching of small excursion craft through the ship’s multiple hull doors. The hangar also has an 85ft slipway which allows passengers to board RIBs from a flat, stable surface inside the vessel, sheltered from wind and waves. .
The Aula – a panoramic auditorium at the rear of the Octantis – will provide a dynamic venue for conferences and entertainment, with floor-to-ceiling windows and 270-degree views. Adjacent to the Aula through sliding glass walls is the Finse Terrace, an outdoor lounge area with comfy sofas and heated lava rock “fire pits”. Together, the two spaces can be combined to create an indoor and outdoor alfresco experience for guests.
Passengers can choose from six cabin categories ranging from 222 square feet to 1,223 square feet. – fog mirror. Each cabin is also equipped with a unique floor-to-ceiling drying cabinet that circulates warm air to dry and store clothing and expedition gear.
All cabins aboard the Octantis feature a Nordic balcony, a veranda that converts into an open-air viewing platform. The floor-to-ceiling distortion-free glass of the Nordic Balcony, located at the very edge of the ship, allows passengers to enjoy the view while keeping the elements out.
The Octantis also features a two-deck Explorers Lounge at the bow of the ship.
A heated indoor-outdoor pool is located at the rear of the Octantis and features a retractable glass dome. The pool will allow guests to be surrounded by their destination as they swim and lounge in three different temperature-controlled pools, including an “upside-down” swimming experience.
Viking’s Expedition Ships will offer catering options adapted from Viking’s ocean-going ships and redesigned for Expeditions. The restaurant will offer fine dining with regional cuisine and classics always available. The casual World Café will be a new ‘marketplace’ concept that features live cooking, show cooking, bakery, grills and premium seafood and sushi choices, as well as a wide range of flavors international. Mamsen’s serves Scandinavian-inspired dishes, while Manfredi’s offers Italian cuisine.
First season: The Viking Octantis will spend its first season sailing to Antarctica, then move on to the Great Lakes of North America.
Following routes: Subsequent cruises will feature Patagonia, Canada, Panama, South America, the Caribbean and Brazil.