The 930-passenger Viking Sun at anchor off Cienfuegos, Cuba, in December 2017. It is now sailing the world as part of Viking’s first-ever World Cruise, a journey lasting 141 days.
Viking’s fourth ship hasn’t tinkered with the magic formula that Viking introduced aboard Viking Star in 2015. Rather, it’s only enhanced it.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Viking Sun is how spacious it is ...
... and how much open deck space it boasts.
A Promenade Deck runs 360 degrees around Viking Sun ...
... uncluttered by deck chairs or other obstructions. This also functions as the ship’s onboard jogging track.
High up on Deck 9, guests can find the ship’s Builders Plaque in a most unique area.
Unlike on other ships, Viking has turned what would be a technical space – the forward radar tower – into a space for guests to enjoy.
Surrounding the base of the ship’s radars, guests can find cozy seating areas for sunning ...
... quiet areas for conversation ...
... or even a round of mini-golf.
Don’t forget about shuffleboard, either. A cruise classic, it’s remarkably well-used aboard Viking Sun.
If you get thirsty, a glass of water is just at hand, with the water station placed on the bulkhead of the ship’s radar mast. It’s one more thoughtful example of how Viking pays attention to small details.
Going downstairs and inside ...
... we come to the heart of the Viking Sun: the ship’s three-story Living Room Atrium.
Spanning Decks 1, 2 and 3, the Living Room is exactly what it sounds like: a cozy oasis that serves as the social hub of the ship.
While it is a grand space at its core ...
... it is filled with plenty of quiet nooks and overlooks, like these corridors that run along the upper edges of the Atrium on Deck 3.
Nordic-inspired window treatments keep the lighting soft throughout the Living Room ...
... while chairs and décor change subtly throughout the different sections, lending each its own distinct feel.
Up on the Deck 2 level of the Living Room, you can find games of Scrabble, plenty of books and ...
... even tables with digital games built into them.
Books play a huge part in the Living Room, as they do throughout the ship.
New titles are interspersed with older, well-loved titles in good condition, creating a homey feeling that is only accented ...
... through Nordic art and artifacts.
Even the ship’s main staircase is noteworthy for its bright, airy appearance ...
... complemented by reproductions of the famous Bayeux Tapestry on each deck landing.
Digital information boards are situated between each pair of elevators, and can be changed to provide gangway and tender locations, as well as a guide to the ship.
Aboard Viking Sun, accommodations are spacious and inviting.
Penthouse Veranda Suites, like this one, have a bit more room than standard staterooms, but even entry-level rooms boast an uncommon amount of space.
In a nod to Viking Sun’s World Cruise pedigree, guests will find additional storage options in stateroom closets.
The additional space is a welcome touch, and is sure to be appreciated by those on longer voyages.
A pull-out mini-bar is replenished daily, and offers a selection of complimentary offerings that varies depending on your stateroom category.
Like its sister ships, Viking Sun has some of the best-designed bathrooms at sea.
Staterooms are stocked with easy-to-open (and nicely scented) Freyja toiletries ...
... and have large, glass-enclosed showers. No clingy shower curtains here.
Every type of accommodation aboard Viking Sun features its own private balcony.
Stateroom corridors feature navy blue inner bulkhead walls and attractive black-and-white photography, along with a recurring Nordic motif on the carpeting that will be familiar to those who have taken a river cruise on Viking’s Viking Longship river vessels.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to relax aboard Viking Sun, whether that means a trip to the Salon ...
... or the sumptuous Thermal Suite at the LivNordic Spa on Deck 1.
Other cruise lines charge hundreds of dollars a head to use their Thermal Suite facilities. Not Viking.
Aboard Viking Sun, and every Viking ocean cruise ship, entrance to the Thermal Suite is entirely complimentary.
In a nod to Scandinavian bathing rituals, the Thermal Suite includes a snow room (with real snow!) ...
... and a bucket, pulled by a cord, that sends a refreshing cascade of cold water onto you.
The Thermal Suite also has a Finnish Sauna, and plenty of seating areas.
Of course, fresh water here is never far from hand.
With its relaxing loungers ...
... and soothing “fireplace” (actually water vapours and colored lighting), this is a place you’ll want to spend some considerable time in.
A view of the Men’s Changing Room at the LivNordic Spa. Both men's and women's facilities have their own hot tub pools and saunas.
Not to mention, individual seating areas.
Up on Deck 7, more options for those looking to take a refreshing plunge.
Viking Sun’s main pool deck area has plenty of seating for all (and cocktail menus to accompany it).
Viking didn’t even go with the standard hot tub, preferring this rectangular one in the foreground that is more aesthetically pleasing.
A retractable Magrodome roof can be opened or shut as weather allows, and is perfect for enjoying lunch ...
... from the nearby Pool Grill.
Finally, guests can enjoy a relaxing dip by day or dusk at the Infinity Pool (and hot tub), located all the way aft on Deck 7.
Even the deck lights here cast Nordic patterns that gives this area a warm, cozy feel during the evening hours.
Running on either side of the midships pool on Deck 7 are two enclosed corridors that are perfect for quiet contemplation.
These areas are filled with worldly motifs ...
... and stocked with books on history and biographies of famous individuals.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself picking up a book on a subject you never thought you’d be interested in.
Adjacent to the midships pool is one of the ship’s most beautiful areas: the Wintergarden.
Used for afternoon tea service, the Wintergarden is perfect in sunny ...
... or stormy conditions.
If conditions out on deck are inclement ...
... it’s the perfect time to retreat to the warmth and excellent views found in the Explorer’s Lounge.
Spanning two decks in height ...
... the Explorer’s Lounge is an oasis filled with books, drinks and great food.
Unlike other observation lounges, this isn’t some staid area where guests fall asleep during the day.
Norse artifacts ...
... seating that encourages conversation, and plenty of books on polar exploration tell the tale of those who have explored the Earth’s most remote corners.
On Deck 7, guests can pull up a seat at Pap’s, named for chairman Torstein Hagen’s father.
Try the Pap’s Brandy Special (Norwegian brandy and sugar, warmed over hot water) while gazing out of the expansive windows of the Lounge.
This is easily one of the most popular areas on the ship ...
... one that radiates the Norwegian feelings of hygge.
Other ships might use chairs like this as a form of artwork. Aboard Viking Sun, they’re fully functional – and guests are encouraged to enjoy them as if they were their own.
In addition to the Nordic touches spread liberally throughout the room ...
... the Explorer’s Lounge is also home to Mamsen’s, a casual Norwegian bistro open for breakfast, lunch and late-night snacks.
Named after Torstein Hagen’s mother, Ragnhild (affectionately known as “Mamsen”) ...
... Mamsen’s offers up heart-shaped waffles for breakfast; open-faced sandwiches for lunch, and the best split-pea soup ever as a late-night snack after 10 p.m.
Mamsen’s is all the more reason to take a stroll into the Explorer’s Lounge on Decks 7 and 8.
If the Explorer’s Lounge pays homage to the Hagen family history, the Viking Heritage center on Deck 2 commemorates the rich history of the Vikings.
What is truly remarkable about this is just how many artifacts Viking has culled to illustrate its collection with. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself lingering here as you would in a museum.
Forward on Deck 2 is Torshavn ...
... a cozy nightclub open during the evenings, typically from 9 p.m. on.
Torshavn boasts the largest Armagnac collection at sea ...
... not to mention some pretty cool lighting and décor.
Cozy banquette seating complements tables for two ...
... decorated with Viking’s signature attention to color, detail and texture.
Live nightly music is offered here, and it’s no coincidence that the Torshavn sign only illuminates the letters “Tors” – as in, Tor’s.
After a few glasses of Armagnac at Torshavn, you might be surprised to see that Viking’s Scandinavian attention to detail extends all the way to the public restrooms. Listen closely: Some even have relaxing nature sounds piped in over a sound system.
In Viking Sun’s Restaurant on Deck 2 aft ...
... most people walk right by this cozy bar, located in the center of the dining venue.
There are no bad tables in The Restaurant, and every seat offers window views.
Seating is open, and dress codes are relaxed, allowing guests to dine when, and with whomever, they wish.
On days when weather is good, most of the floor-to-ceiling windows in The Restaurant can be opened fully.
Viking Sun has two alternate dining venues on Deck 1, both of which are available at no additional charge.
The first of these is The Chef’s Table, an intimate dining venue built around a set menu that changes every three days.
Meals here come with your choice of wine pairings: a standard, complimentary pairing, or an additional charge pairing that can be waived if you have purchased Viking’s Silver Spirits beverage package.
Next door is Manfredi’s, an Italian restaurant named after Silversea’s chairman (and friend of Viking’s Torstein Hagen), Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.
Manfredi’s is a classic Italian restaurant, and aboard Viking Sun, a new menu has been introduced that further refines the venue’s pasta and antipasti offerings.
Like every other public room, seating here is thoughtfully arranged, and can accommodate everything from couples to small groups.
Viking Sun is a pleasant, relaxing, welcoming ship to sail aboard, no matter where your destination takes you. In fact, the only thing we dislike about this ship is the knowledge that, at some point, we have to leave.