Åland, Finland, headquartered at Viking Line reports that its new flagship, the 222.55-meter-long cruise ferry, 2,800 passengers Glory of the Vikings, began its delivery journey from Xiamen, China, to its home port of Turku.
Presented as “filled with climate intelligence”, the ship is expected to use up to 10% less fuel than the line Viking grace, which was previously honored as the most environmentally friendly passenger ship in the world.
The ship is led to its home station by Captain Ulf Lindroos and a crew of 40 people. The trip will take almost five weeks. After crossing the Indian Ocean, Glory of the Vikings will sail to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal and after passing Gibraltar, will head north and reach the Baltic Sea via the Danish Strait. The ship’s cruising speed averages 16 knots and the return trip will take almost five weeks.
“GloryThe return trip from is an exciting and special task that required meticulous planning and special arrangements. Lindroos said. “During the voyage the ship will encounter various weather conditions, and a long voyage is also difficult in other respects. But we have experienced people on board who have sailed the Seven Seas, so we were able to identify potential risks and develop action plans based on different situations. Security and financial considerations provide the framework for our route planning.
Construction will continue during the voyage, with staff from contractors joining the vessel en route.
Glory of the Vikings was launched in January 2021 at the XSI Shipyard in Xiamen, China. The vessel completed two demanding sea trials. The first, in June, included a test of ABB’s Azipod propulsion system, maneuverability tests of the vessel, and confirmation that the lifeboats and fire alarm system are functioning. The second sea trial included checks of all machine systems with an emphasis on endurance. At the same time, the ship’s noise and vibration levels were tested.