Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Jupiter, the sixth ship in the fleet, will set sail in February 2019. Named after the king of gods in Roman mythology, the 47,800-ton, 930-passenger Viking Jupiter will sail a variety of Mediterranean and Northern Europe itineraries, along with two new-to-Viking itineraries in South America. As with all Viking Ocean sailings, Viking Jupiter cruises will focus on the destinations to which it visits, with long port visits, overnights in hotspots around the world and only a handful of sea days.
Viking Jupiter is nearly identical to its fleetmates in terms of layout, amenities and inclusions. Cruises on this ship are surprisingly inclusive, with value-oriented extras such as a complimentary shore excursions, Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served at lunch and dinner. All cabins will have balconies and, the smallest (at 270 square feet) is still larger than many other cruise lines' standard rooms. Top suites measure up to 1,300 square feet.
The ship will incorporate popular elements from Viking River Cruises' Longships. These include the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace dining venue and a design sensibility that reflects Scandinavia's penchant for a simple, casual and comfortable ambiance. Ship traditionalists will appreciate Viking Jupiter's walkaround promenade deck that fully encircles the vessel. Its Explorer's Lounge is an airy two-deck, top-of-the-ship venue, with an observation area.
Viking Jupiter will have numerous restaurants, from The Chef's Table with its revolving set of theme menus, to Manfredi's Italian Grill and Mamsen's for casual Norwegian comfort food. All are included in the price of the cruise. Other nice touches include a pool with a glass roof that opens in warm weather (and closes during inclement seasons) and a main restaurant that can be converted from an open-air venue to a cozy dining room with the push of a button that controls the windows. Tea service will be offered daily in the ship's gorgeous Wintergarden. A Nordic-influenced spa will feature a snow room and Finnish sauna.
Viking Jupiter's destination-oriented enrichment will include resident historians who give lectures about the region's history, politics and culture, and The Kitchen Table, a foodie experience that combines a local market tour with a cooking demo and dinner.
Some of the more traditional ocean cruise ship features you won't find on Viking Jupiter include casinos, lavish evening entertainment and elaborate kids' clubs. In fact, passengers must be 18 or older to sail on Viking Jupiter.
Viking Ocean Cruises has also committed to incorporating sustainable features on the ship that include energy-efficient engines, streamlined hulls and bows for fuel efficiency, and exhaust minimization efforts.