The new frontiers of cruising? Luxury and comfort even during adventurous journeys to the most remote places on the planet. It’s made possible through the new “Expedition” ships. And we are part of it. After being involved in the construction of the ship Octantis, Viking’s first “expedition” vessel, last year, we have also completed the work for its sister ship, Polaris.
The delivery ceremony occurred in Norway at the Vard Søvik shipyard, a Fincantieri company. Like its sister ship Octantis, this vessel can accommodate up to 378 guests and is equipped with Polar Class 6 certification, allowing expeditions in polar regions. Its special size and structures will enable it to navigate in remote areas along the bays and fjords of the St. Lawrence River in Canada.
Scandinavian design for polar adventures
The ship was designed by the same team of architects and engineers from Viking’s ocean fleet, adhering to the classic Scandinavian design principles, with intimate spaces and meticulous attention to detail. Thanks to our advanced construction technologies and artisanal expertise, Naval Interior passionately applied these principles to create its main spaces. We are responsible for several entrance areas (Tender Embarkation, Entrance Hall, and Expedition Central), restaurants (such as The Restaurant, Private Dining, and Manfredi’s), and the living room, with Mamsen’s and the Library.
Elegant relaxation amidst the ice
Octantis and Polaris inaugurate a new way of cruising: exploring the planet’s most remote areas, such as the polar regions, while enjoying the relaxation and tranquillity of a classic ocean cruise. These ships can guarantee maximum maneuverability and stability even in rough seas thanks to their construction technologies. The bulbous bows, elongated hulls, and advanced stabilisers allow the vessels to glide over the waves, reducing rolling motion, while the reinforced hulls ensure safety even during ice exploration. At the same time, the care given to the interior furnishings, the pleasantness of the spaces, and the elegant atmosphere allows passengers to enjoy the adventure in complete relaxation.
The Library: a classic and refined concept
One of the most interesting spaces Naval Interior for Viking Polaris created is the Library on Deck 5, adjacent to the Explorer’s Lounge Upper Level. The library, hosted on our shelves, was curated by the prestigious London bookstore Heywood Hill and the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute. It contains volumes on polar exploration, enriching and enhancing the adventurous experience for a total immersion in the travel mood.
Next to it, our refined Living Room, with its enormous windows, open bookshelves, and comfortable sofas, invites guests to read and relax. At the same time, the nearby Mamsen’s offers a taste of Norwegian specialties in a cozy and sophisticated environment. Like every other area we have constructed, these spaces’ details are meticulously attended to with utmost care and boundless passion.