The new Viking Octantis arrived at the Port of Duluth early May 30, the first cruise ship to dock in the port in 10 years.
DULUTH, Minnesota – Ships of various shapes and sizes pass through Duluth Harbor every day, but on a foggy Memorial Day morning, early risers at Canal Park witnessed the arrival of a brand new boat luxury cruise on the Great Lakes.
Around 6 a.m. on May 30, the new octanti viking sailed through heavy fog and sailed into the harbor – the first cruise ship to dock in the harbor since 2013.
The Octantis, which will stay in Duluth for a day, is the “largest and most modern ship on the Great Lakes”, according to Viking. At 665 feet long, it has 189 cabins for 378 guests and accommodates 256 crew members.
The ship will visit ports of call in Canada and the United States throughout the summer, before being joined by the same Viking Polaris next year for “further exploration” in the Great Lakes region.
Passenger highlights aboard the Viking Octantis include a panoramic auditorium, expansive indoor and outdoor viewing areas, science lab, Nordic spa and various fine dining options.
Viking has also partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) for scientific research and development, and the company’s expedition vessels are designated stations. Official NOAA / US National Weather Service weather balloons.
After leaving Minnesota, the octanti viking will sail to Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin to conclude her voyage from Undiscovered Great Lakes itinerary.
To learn more about Viking’s Great Lakes voyages for the 2022-2023 season, Click here.
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