With 11 Viking Expeditions, you can travel to extraordinary destinations worldwide aboard their impeccable ocean ships. A sister company to Viking River Cruiseswhich explores the rivers of Europe luxuriously. From the Arctic to the Great Lakes and down to Antarctica, Viking Expeditions offers guests an unmatched luxury experience among its sister brands. On the Viking Polaris and Viking Octantic, the onboard experience is nothing compared to the once-in-a-lifetime experiences ashore.
Viking Cruises pioneered modern river cruising. Then, ocean cruising was redefined. Explore the world's most remote destinations and immerse yourself in the culture of each region while enjoying all the comforts of their award-winning fleet.
With light-filled spaces and Scandinavian design, discover the world with comfort and style. Guests can access the most spectacular scenery on earth from more indoor and outdoor viewing areas than on any other expedition vessel. Our public rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and we have a panoramic auditorium with 270° views. All rooms on the ship feature balconies or verandas, and all Explorer Suites feature gardens and verandas for maximum observation.
As Viking cruises transitions from offering river and ocean cruises to providing polar expedition voyages, the company will be able to offer passengers expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic.
Viking Expeditions will initially operate two ships: Viking Octantis, which can accommodate 378 passengers, and Viking Polaris, which can accommodate 382 passengers. Although Viking's expedition vessels are nearly as large as its oceangoing ships, they will carry much fewer passengers, resulting in a high passenger-to-space ratio.
Viking Expeditions also plans to offer several creature comforts onboard Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris in addition to an expedition program that includes inflatable motorized Zodiac rafts and more durable rigid skiffs. In addition to these, passengers who have sailed on the line's existing ocean (and river) ships will appreciate the specialty restaurants Manfredi's (Italian cuisine) and Mamsen's (Norwegian comfort food).