Fodor’s Expert Review
The Viking Venus is the sixth ocean ship in the Viking line. It was built in 2021 and debuted the same year, traveling on itineraries through Northern Europe, including Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. Viking proudly calls itself “The Thinking Person’s Cruise®,” and voyages on Viking Venus emphasize historic landmarks, natural wonders, and immersive onshore experiences with local culture and cuisine. At the end of the day, curious-minded passengers can curl up in cozy onboard libraries curated by London’s Heywood Hill bookshop.Read More
Signature amenities aboard Viking Venus are also found on Viking Venus’s nearly identical sister ships: Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Orion, and Viking Jupiter (with Viking Mars and Viking Neptune sailing onto the scene in 2022). The ship is designed so that all categories of stateroom have private verandas. In the Nordic Spa, guests can experience Scandinavian-style wellness in the Thermal Suite’s steam room, sauna, and frosty Snow Grotto. The resort-worthy Aquavit Terrace offers laid-back outdoor lounging beside a hot tub and infinity pool, and the two-level Explorers’ Lounge has towering glass windows for sea- or star-gazing. Décor on the ship is elegant, soft contemporary, with plenty of wood tones and shades of sea blue, and spaces are enriched with a curated collection of Norwegian art.