Viking Neptune will spend its maiden season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean before a 2023-2024 world tour from Fort Lauderdale to London, that spans 28 countries and overnight stays in 11 cities.
The traditional float out ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard in January before the ship, which has capacity for 930 guests, was moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior fit-out.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, said: “Together with Fincantieri, we have built the world’s most elegant vessels, which truly allow our guests to explore the world in comfort.
“We are marking several milestones in 2022, including our 25th anniversary and the tenth year since starting our ocean project. With the arrival of the Viking Neptune and her identical sister ship, the Viking Mars, this year we are proud to firmly establish Viking as the leading small ship travel company.”
Mediterranean cruise highlights
Iconic Western Mediterranean: Explore France’s Riviera & Tuscany on an eight-day cruise between Barcelona and Rome that includes five guided tours. Soak up Catalonian and Tuscan art, architecture and history during overnights in Barcelona and Tuscany. In the South of France call on Montpellier, Marseille and Monte Carlo, Monaco’s glamorous city by the sea.
Viking Homelands: Sail the clear waters of Scandinavia and the Baltic on this 15-day cruise from Bergen to Stockholm. Overnights include Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Bergen, as well as the historic city centres in Tallinn and Gdańsk and scenery through the Norwegian fjords.
Greek Odyssey: Explore the Aegean Sea during a ten-night voyage from Athens, taking in the whitewashed buildings in Santorini and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. The itinerary also includes visits to Volos, Ephesus and Nafplio.
For more information and to enquire about group bookings on Viking Neptune, call 0800 319 6660 or visit www.viking.com.