In just eight years, Viking has grown from a river cruise line founded in 1997 and known for scenic itineraries on Europe’s top waterways into a major ocean cruise line with nine award-winning 930-guest ships and, more recently, an expedition cruise operator with two sleek and identical Polar-Class-6-rated vessels.
The first expedition ship in its fleet was the 378-passenger Viking Octantis (launched in early 2022). Its twin sister, Viking Polaris, debuted later that year. The ships were designed to cruise to Antarctica during its summer season (November to March) and explore the Great Lakes from May to September. In between, Octantis sails 65-night Longitudinal World Cruise itineraries as it relocates from Buenos Aires or Ushuaia to the Great Lakes (or vice versa). Summer sailings in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland are also now offered.