On Sunday 1st May, 2022 the 378 passenger capacity ship VIKING OCTANTIS stopped in Port Colborne, Canada during her inaugural voyage in the Great Lakes. She is the first of two new purpose-built expedition ships from the Viking Cruise Line .
She features a fleet of military pro zodiacs designed for professional use, a fleet of two-seater Arctic-tested kayaks and two 12-seater convertible special Operations Boats. She also features two six-guest submarines.
The hangar area of the vessel is an enclosed, in-ship marina that allows passengers to embark and disembark excursion craft in an innovative way via an 25-metre slipway that shields them from wind and waves. She will also cruise the Arctic and Antarctic, also feature a 35-square-metre science lab designed to support a broad range of research activities. The lab has wet and dry facilities, a sample processing area, fume cupboard, freezer and cool storage, comprehensive microscope optics and extensive bench space for analysis-specific instruments. The lab was developed in partnership with University of Cambridge and Akvaplan-Niva, a daughter company of the Norwegian Institute for Water Research.
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Published – Friday 20th May, 2022.