VARD has delivered Viking Polaris, the second of two ice-strengthened expedition vessels from VARD to Viking. Designed by Vard Design in Ålesund and built at Vard Søviknes in Ålesund, Norway, Viking Polaris represents an excellent and innovative way to explore the world’s most remote destinations and is specifically geared for adventure cruises in polar destinations. The vessel has a length of 205 meters and a beam of 23,5 meters, especially designed and developed for comfortable expeditions in Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. The vessel hosts 378 guests in 189 staterooms.
Large Vessels, Calm Journeys
Together with her sister, Viking Octantis, Viking Polaris is an amazing and unique ship that represents innovation and development of the cruise segment for both Viking and VARD, says General Manager for Business Unit Cruise at VARD, Dapelo Attilio. Both vessels are over 200 meter long and the largest vessels built by VARD so far and once again confirm VARD’s capabilities to build excellent vessels at the highest standards of cruise ships.
Viking Polaris is an ice-strengthened Polar Class 6 vessel with a longer hull, straight bow, and state-of-the-art fin stabilizers to provide the calmest possible journeys in remote regions. The u-tank stabilizers will significantly decrease rolling when the ship is stationary. The hull is built at Vard Tulcea in Romania. Vard Tulcea has also partly outfitted the ship.
Housing State of The Art Technology
Viking Polaris comes with a very high standard. It is equipped with the latest technology and automation systems, all commissioned and tested by VARD in a very close cooperation with Viking. VARD signed the Letter of Intent (LOI) for the two cruise vessels with Viking in April 2018. The contracts for the vessels became effective in July 2018. Viking Polaris was delivered from Vard Søviknes 27 September 2022. VARD’s strength lies in its competence in innovative design and technology, executed at its very own yards which sets it apart from others.
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