Viking Mars is a small, luxury cruise ship. It is an adult vessel that tours the world calling at both popular ports and places that are off the beaten path.
The seventh ship built for Viking Ocean cruises, Mars is essentially identical to her six predecessors. Viking adopted this strategy because it was able to secure a better price from the shipyard if it did not change the design with each new ship. Also, when you have a winning design, why change it?
There is nothing flashy about the Viking ships (see our photo tour of Viking Star) . Rather, the interior public areas are recall the living rooms in an upscale home, decorated with books, comfortable furniture and open architecture. As one might expect, the design has a Nordic flavor.
All of the staterooms have balconies. There are no interior or oceanview (window-only) cabins. However, not all of the staterooms are the same. There are size differences. The ship also has a number of suites.
Viking Mars has multiple dining venues including specialty restaurants that are included in the fare. As on Viking's successful river cruise ships, many things that are extra-traiff on other ocean going cruise lines are included in Viking Ocean's fares.
Outside, there is no waterpark or wow-gimmicks. The ship does have a pretty infinity pool aft, however.
The godmother for Viking Mars was Lady Fiona Carnarvon, who lives at Highclere Castle in England. Highclere was sued in the filming of the Dowton Abbey series, which Viking sponsored on television.
TONNAGE: 48,000 gross tons
LENGTH: 745 feet
BEAM: 94.5 feet
DRAFT: 20.7 feet
SPEED: 20 knots
POWER PLANT: Diesel electric
PROPULSION: Two propellers
LINE: Viking Ocean Cruises
BUILDER: Fincantierri (Italy)
ENTERED SERVICE: 2022
Above: Viking Mars underway in Belfast.
Below: Viking Mars underway in Amsterdam. (Photo courtesy of Viking Cruises).
Viking Mars under construction in Italy. (Photo courtesy of Viking Cruises).
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