930-guest Viking Sun is the first cruise ship ever to be named on The Bund in the heart of Shanghai. The Viking Sun is currently sailing Viking’s 141-day World Cruise from Miami to London and its stop in Shanghai marks the first time one of the cruise line’s ocean ships has called in China.
“I am very pleased to officially name our newest ship in Shanghai. We care deeply about tourism in China, and we have been bringing river cruise guests here since 2004,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “China is the home of Viking Sun’s Godmother, Mrs. Yi Lou, and in the coming year, Shanghai will also welcome our fifth ship, Viking Orion. We look forward to introducing thousands of new travellers to the cultural treasures in Shanghai and throughout China.”
Mrs. Li You, vice president of China Merchant Bank Financial Leasing (CMBFL), served as ceremonial godmother and offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for Viking Sun – a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years. In keeping with the naming custom, Mrs. Li You also cut a ribbon that allowed a bottle of Norwegian aquavit to break on the ship’s hull.
On 9 March 2018, Viking Sun will set sail from Shanghai for Southeast Asia and India, before making her way through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean – essentially following the route of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road or “One Belt One Road” Initiative. When the ship arrives in London on 5 May 2018, she will have visited five continents, 35 countries and 64 ports during her first World Cruise. Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe during the 2019 World Cruise, a 128-day itinerary from Miami to London.
Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, 465 staterooms and host 930 guests. The all-veranda Viking Sun is the newest addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star®, Viking Sea® and Viking Sky®. Viking will welcome two more sister ships in the next two years, including Viking Orion® in June 2018. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter® in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.