Viking Ocean Cruises is the oceangoing line by the team behind Viking River Cruises. Launched in spring 2015, the ocean cruise ships take some of the most notable aspects of the river voyages and offer them at sea. First off, the 930-guest, adults-only ships — which began with Viking Star, Viking Sea, and Viking Sky, are virtually identical, and now number 10 — are more all-inclusive than many of their premium and luxury cruise competitors. Wi-Fi, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, specialty restaurants, and one shore excursion in each port are all incorporated into the fares. There are other similarities, too. Headphones are waiting in your cabin on arrival for use on guided city walking tours, and you'll find plenty of modern Scandinavian design details, from blonde wood to furniture with clean lines.
That said, the experience on these ships is very much its own thing, and cruisers who have vacationed on the river ships may even be pleasantly surprised. The gorgeous décor and attention to detail are complemented by a comfortable, romantic atmosphere that serves couples well. Viking has also expanded its destinations beyond Europe in recent years to include North America, the Caribbean & Central America, South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand. The line now offers world cruises as well.