Viking’s second expedition ship delivered

Viking Polaris to enter service on Friday 30 September in Amsterdam

Viking has taken delivery of the company’s second purpose-built expedition ship, Viking Polaris.

The delivery ceremony took at Fincantieri’s VARD shipyard in Søviknes, Norway, where Viking’s first expedition ship, Viking Octantis, was delivered in December 2021.

Viking Polaris immediately set sail toward Amsterdam, where she will be named on 30 September by her ceremonial godmother, Ann Bancroft, one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers.

Arnt Inge Gjerde, Vard Director and Captain Olivier Marien aboard Viking Polaris

Currently sailing in the Great Lakes, Viking Octantis will also be named on the same date by her ceremonial godmother, Liv Arnesen, the world-renowned Norwegian explorer, lecturer, author and educator.

From Amsterdam, the Viking Polaris will make her way to South America, and both ships will spend the Austral summer in Antarctica, before travelling north to the Great Lakes for a series of voyages during spring and summer.

“Today is a proud day for the Viking family as we welcome the Viking Polaris to our fleet. These are phenomenal ships, and we are very pleased with the positive reception from guests during the first season of our new expeditions,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “The great explorer, Ann Bancroft, has honoured us by serving as godmother to the Viking Polaris, and we look forward to welcoming her first guests on board later this week.”

Lead image: Viking Polaris at the VARD shipyard in Soviknes, Norway. 

The Godmothers of Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, Liv Arnesen (left) and Ann Bancroft (right) with Captain Oliver Marien
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