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Von Butterfahrten zu individuellen Kreuzfahrterlebnissen – Viking Line verbindet seit 50 Jahren die Stadtzentren von Helsinki und Stockholm
27 06.2024
Von Butterfahrten zu individuellen Kreuzfahrterlebnissen – Viking Line verbindet seit 50 Jahren die Stadtzentren von Helsinki und Stockholm

Der Dienst von Viking Line zwischen Helsinki und Stockholm begann Mitte der 1970er Jahre während der Ölkrise, nahm jedoch dennoch einen erfolgreichen Start. Die Route, die bereits 45 Millionen Passagiere befördert hat, spielte eine Schlüsselrolle bei der Schaffung der Tourismus- und später der Erlebnisindustrie in Finnland.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Tequila and spritz are trending on the Baltic Sea – Paloma is this summer’s hit drink
10 06.2024
Tequila and spritz are trending on the Baltic Sea – Paloma is this summer’s hit drink

Tequila is super trendy across the world and has also become a favourite with Finns, while gin’s great popularity is levelling off. Although the pineapple lonkera or long drink – a cocktail made of gin and pineapple soda – broke an all-time record last year, Ossi Ruusunen, who is in charge of Viking Line’s restaurant beverages, believes sales of long drink products will continue to grow.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Finnland und die nordischen Länder sind diesen Sommer beliebte Reiseziele – Neue Destinationshighlights mit Viking Line erleben
27 05.2024
Finnland und die nordischen Länder sind diesen Sommer beliebte Reiseziele – Neue Destinationshighlights mit Viking Line erleben

Finnland, Estland, Åland und Stockholm locken auch in diesem Sommer Urlauber aus den deutschsprachigen Märkten an. Einzigartige Reiseziele auf dem Weg nach Finnland bieten Viking Line Reisenden viel Neues und Aufregendes. Wir haben eine Liste mit topaktuellen Tipps für die Leser zusammengestellt.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Line to double capacity on its Tallin route this summer – Cinderella and Gabriella will serve the route alongside Viking XPRS
13 05.2024
Viking Line to double capacity on its Tallin route this summer – Cinderella and Gabriella will serve the route alongside Viking XPRS

Well over half a million Finns are expected to travel by boat to Estonia as a holiday destination this summer. Viking Line is meeting this demand by doubling capacity on the Estonia route for an extended period with the help of additional departures by Viking Cinderella and Viking Gabriella.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Sustainability Report 2023: New steps towards carbon-neutral maritime transport and a strengthening of domestic capabilities
09 04.2024
Sustainability Report 2023: New steps towards carbon-neutral maritime transport and a strengthening of domestic capabilities

The introduction of biofuel, continuous development of the fleet and investments in Finnish providers were Viking Line’s most significant sustainability measures in 2023. In EPSI Rating’s 2023 customer satisfaction survey for maritime transport, for the second time Viking Line was named the most sustainable company in service between Finland and Sweden.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

A new beer that tastes just as good at the seafood buffet as on the sun deck – a lager has now been added to Viking Line's assortment of own-brand beverages
11 03.2024
A new beer that tastes just as good at the seafood buffet as on the sun deck – a lager has now been added to Viking Line's assortment of own-brand beverages

Viking Line is now launching a second private label beer on its vessels. Viking Line Lager is an aromatic, refreshing craft beer that is related to the company's own IPA, which was launched in 2022. Both beers were developed in partnership with the award-winning microbrewery Rock Paper Scissors Brewing in Kuopio, Finland.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Chef of the Year contest demonstrates Viking Line's food philosophy
11 03.2024
Chef of the Year contest demonstrates Viking Line's food philosophy

This spring, guests in Viking Line’s à la carte restaurants will be able to taste a special menu created by Johan Kurkela, who won the honour of Chef of the Year 2023. The wines on the menu were chosen by Kirsi Seppänen, who was named Server of the Year.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Finnish flag hoisted at the stern of Viking Cinderella – all of Viking Line’s vessels are now registered in the Finnish Ship Registry
06 03.2024
Finnish flag hoisted at the stern of Viking Cinderella – all of Viking Line’s vessels are now registered in the Finnish Ship Registry

Viking Cinderella will launch service on the Helsinki–Stockholm route on March 8, revamped and reflagged under the Finnish flag. At the same time, Viking Line will offer daily service again between the two Nordic capitals and expand its cargo capacity significantly.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

"Wow!" – Viking Glory, the vessel that's a big hit, has already had two million passengers
04 03.2024

Viking Glory was designed to rejuvenate the cruise experience on the Baltic Sea and offer experiences for all passengers. In two years, Viking Line's flagship has fulfilled its promise and drawn heaps of praise from its passengers. The crew already know what passengers especially like on board the vessel.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Biofuel reduces the climate impact from a Green Sea Conference by 90 per cent
26 02.2024
Biofuel reduces the climate impact from a Green Sea Conference by 90 per cent

Viking Line’s latest sustainability innovation, the Green Sea Conference, reduces greenhouse gas emissions from a conference trip by an average of 90 per cent and satisfies the desires of environmentally conscious corporate customers. Each year about 600,000 passengers travel with groups or conferences on Viking Line’s vessels, and all aspects involved in a sea conference have now been subject to a comprehensive sustainability assessment.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Four restaurants and two bars – Viking Cinderella offers foodies many new taste experiences
19 02.2024
Four restaurants and two bars – Viking Cinderella offers foodies many new taste experiences

In early March, Viking Cinderella's passengers will have four new restaurants and two new bars to choose from when the vessel is placed in service on the Helsinki–Stockholm route, working in tandem with Viking Gabriella. Along with good food, there is also the promise of first-class service since many people were keen to work on board the vessel, which has now been reflagged under a Finnish flag.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

M/S Birka Gotland - das neue Kreuzfahrtschiff auf der Ostsee
06 02.2024
M/S Birka Gotland - das neue Kreuzfahrtschiff auf der Ostsee

Im August kündigten die Reedereien Viking Line und Gotlandsbolaget eine gemeinsame Investition in den Kreuzfahrtdienst zwischen Stockholm, Mariehamn und Visby an und gründeten gemeinsam das neue Unternehmen Gotland Alandia Cruises, die das Schiff M/S Birka Gotland unter der Leitung von CEO Susanne Kaarnimo-Knight betreibt.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Cinderella to be updated before returning to Helsinki service – the vessel's original interior solutions are now super-trendy
17 01.2024
Viking Cinderella to be updated before returning to Helsinki service – the vessel's original interior solutions are now super-trendy

Hundreds of refurbished cabins that are even more comfortable, a fresh Scandinavian look and spa facilities inspired by the archipelago surroundings – Viking Cinderella is returning to service on the Helsinki–Stockholm route in better shape than ever. On board the vessel, which was built in 1989, passengers can also marvel at the original gleaming marble and copper, which are super-trendy interior design features today.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Cinderella returning to Helsinki with a new red look
15 01.2024
Viking Cinderella returning to Helsinki with a new red look

In March, Viking Cinderella will return to service between Helsinki and Stockholm after a spectacular makeover. The vessel, which was previously painted white, has had its sides painted  bright red at the shipyard in Naantali, where its interiors have also undergone an extensive refurbishment.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Line ends a strong year with good passenger numbers
04 01.2024
Viking Line ends a strong year with good passenger numbers

2023 was a very good year for Viking Line. A total of nearly 5 million passengers sailed on the company’s vessels. During the period June-August, there were nearly 1.8 million passengers, and many departures during the summer holiday season were sold out well in advance.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Iconic Love Boat returning to Helsinki – many remember Viking Cinderella for its top artists, mega weddings and TV shows
03 01.2024
Iconic Love Boat returning to Helsinki – many remember Viking Cinderella for its top artists, mega weddings and TV shows

Although Viking Cinderella has not been to Finland in nearly 20 years, it is still  many people's favourite vessel. A number of cultural phenomena back in those days were born on Cinderella: the vessel is remembered for its hot artists, most popular TV shows and GOOM cruises. At the turn of the millennium, 70 couples were married on board the vessel the same day – no wonder Cinderella's biggest fans call it the Love Boat.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

M/S Birka Gotland to become the Baltic Sea’s new cruise ship
05 12.2023
M/S Birka Gotland to become the Baltic Sea’s new cruise ship

In August, the shipping companies Viking Line and Gotlandsbolaget announced a brand-new joint investment in cruise service between Stockholm, Mariehamn and Visby. It has now been determined that the Baltic Sea’s new cruise ship will be called Birka Gotland. Under the management of CEO Susanne Kaarnimo-Knight, cruises on Birka Gotland are starting in late March 2024.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Emissions several hundred tonnes lower: Viking Line’s vessels now use green land-based power supply
04 12.2023
Emissions several hundred tonnes lower: Viking Line’s vessels now use green land-based power supply

Starting in 2030, it will be a legal requirement for vessels to use a land-based power supply when they are in port. For Viking Line, this is already an everyday reality, and now the company has also switched to using only green electricity from renewable energy sources. Altogether, this will reduce the company’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 780 tonnes.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Line continues its support for the protection of the Baltic Sea – donations this year will go to three organizations
29 11.2023
Viking Line continues its support for the protection of the Baltic Sea – donations this year will go to three organizations

Viking Line continues its long-term support for environmental work in the Baltic Sea region. Once again, the company is making a significant donation this year to three organizations that work to protect the Baltic Sea and the nature in its archipelagos. The funds donated will be used for scientific research on the Baltic Sea, among other things.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Line's Weihnachtsbuffet - Tradition und moderne Trends vereint mit bis zu 80 Prozent regionalen Zutaten
16 11.2023
Viking Line's Weihnachtsbuffet - Tradition und moderne Trends vereint mit bis zu 80 Prozent regionalen Zutaten

Das Weihnachtsbuffet von Viking Line bleibt den traditionellen Gerichten treu und spiegelt gleichzeitig die neuesten kulinarischen Trends wider – bis zu 80 Prozent der Zutaten stammen aus der Region.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Over one hundred theme cruises next year – special departures with both the latest trends and nostalgic vibes draw travellers
01 11.2023
Over one hundred theme cruises next year – special departures with both the latest trends and nostalgic vibes draw travellers

For Finns, the destination or the travel programme is more and more often the reason they take a cruise. A record number of special cruises are being arranged next year – more than one hundred in all. The themes vary from champagne to stand-up comedy and from different musical genres to fashion.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Cinderella reflagged under Finnish flag
31 10.2023
Viking Cinderella reflagged under Finnish flag

In March 2024, Viking Line will take its vessel Viking Cinderella out of cruise service between Stockholm and Mariehamn so that it can instead be launched in service on the company’s Helsinki-Mariehamn-Stockholm route. In conjunction, the vessel will be reflagged under a Finnish flag.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Generations Z and Y are putting "green" wines in their tax-free baskets – Viking Line is investing in a sustainable assortment
18 10.2023
Generations Z and Y are putting

Sustainability is also a growing trend when it comes to choosing wines, especially among young adults. Viking Line’s tax-free shops already offer dozens of sustainable wines, which are identified by the green leaf symbol on the shelf. Sustainable wines are among the most popular products in the shipboard shops.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Record summer for maritime travel: Local tourism popular on both sides of Baltic Sea, South Koreans discover Nordic region
06 09.2023
Record summer for maritime travel: Local tourism popular on both sides of Baltic Sea, South Koreans discover Nordic region

Between June and August, nearly 1.8 million passengers sailed on Viking Line’s vessels, and many departures during the summer holiday season were sold out well in advance. Several reasons for the strong demand were local tourism, which was popular in both Finland and Sweden, and the recovery in international tourism in the Nordic region – as well as the company's vessels, which many people wanted to experience.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Survey: Passengers interested in paying for reduced emissions – Viking Line offers biofuel
30 08.2023
Survey: Passengers interested in paying for reduced emissions – Viking Line offers biofuel

For the second time in a row, Finnish maritime passengers have ranked Viking Line as the most sustainable shipping company in service between Finland and Sweden, according to the findings from the Passenger Transport Ferries 2023 survey. Nearly half of those who completed the survey will choose even more climate-smart transport modes in the future, and two thirds are prepared to pay to reduce their environmental impact.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Line’s vessels have now been part of Turku for 50 years – to celebrate, the company is offering a city and sea holiday in one package
03 07.2023
Viking Line’s vessels have now been part of Turku for 50 years – to celebrate, the company is offering a city and sea holiday in one package

Viking Line has linked Turku with Stockholm since 1973. Over the decades, the popularity of the route has been boosted by shopping bargains, good economic times and bad, and ever more beautiful vessels. For this anniversary year, Viking Line is offering a package that combines a city holiday in Turku with a sea journey in the world’s most beautiful archipelago.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Travel to Tallinn has returned to normal – Viking Line to double its capacity this summer
27 06.2023
Travel to Tallinn has returned to normal – Viking Line to double its capacity this summer

Tallinn and Estonia are attracting more Finns than in years, and Viking Line is responding to summer demand by also placing its well-known M/S Gabriella and legendary Viking Cinderella in service on the same route as Viking XPRS. One new development is that passengers, more often than in the past, book at the last minute. Viking Line’s three daily departures guarantee that there will be sufficient options for people who want to travel across the Gulf of Finland.Ganzen Beitrag lesen ...

Viking Line first on the Baltic Sea again: Passengers can reduce their emissions from travel by up to 90 per cent
21 06.2023
Viking Line first on the Baltic Sea again: Passengers can reduce their emissions from travel by up to 90 per cent

Viking Line’s focused environmental work, which began in the 1980s, once again shows the way for the entire maritime shipping industry. The company has started to offer passengers on its Turku-Åland-Stockholm route the option of purchasing renewable biofuel in proportion to the amount of fuel used for their journey and thus reduce the emissions from their travel by up to 90 per cent. European biogas, produced from waste materials, is being delivered by the Nordic energy company Gasum to the climate-smart vessels Viking Glory and Viking Grace.

Starting June 21, Viking Line’s passengers on the Turku-Åland-Stockholm route can purchase biogas in proportion to the amount of fuel used for their journey. On a cruise between Turku and Stockholm, the additional price is less than 5 euros. At that price, passengers reduce their carbon footprint by up to 90 per cent compared to a trip where liquefied natural gas (LNG) is used. The amount of liquefied biogas (LBG) purchased is based on average fuel use per passenger.

"This really is an important milestone in our more than 40-year journey towards sustainability. We are the first shipping company on the Baltic Sea to offer passengers the option of reducing their carbon footprint by replacing LNG with renewable biofuel. Many of our passengers have asked for such an option, and we are really pleased that we can now engage them even more in our work for the environment and the Baltic Sea," says Dani Lindberg, Sustainability Manager at Viking Line.

Viking Glory and Viking Grace are climate-smart vessels that even in the planning phase were prepared to run on biogas and synthetic fuels produced from renewable energy. Viking Glory was launched in service in 2022 and Viking Grace in 2013. Normally, the vessels run on liquefied natural gas, which is also a low-emission energy source compared to oil-based fuels. Nitrogen oxide emissions from LNG are 85 per cent lower than when using oil-based fuels, which helps counter eutrophication (nutrient enrichment) and acidification of the Baltic Sea. For humans, practically no sulphur emissions or particulate matter is generated using the fuel. The switch to biofuel in turn will especially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our investments totalling 450 million euros in the climate-smart Viking Glory and Viking Grace have enabled the use of liquefied natural gas, and now biogas is being introduced. Working for the environment requires vision, engagement and significant investments in new technology," notes Dani Lindberg.

In biogas production, waste streams in society – such as food and agricultural waste – are used as raw materials, which promotes a circular economy. Viking Line is issued a sustainability certificate for every biogas delivery, which specifies where and how the gas was produced. The method used to produce the gas affects the ultimate amount of emissions. In practical terms, Viking Line purchases biogas with the additional funds paid by passengers. The biogas used for fuel on board is mixed with LNG.

"The supply of biogas is still limited compared to demand. For example, all biogas produced in Finland is currently used in manufacturing. We will now work in partnership with Gasum and our environmentally-aware customers to increase the use of biogas," says Dani Lindberg.

Viking Line is currently taking part in projects that explore the possibilities of creating a carbon-neutral green corridor for the Baltic Sea. Biogas has already been tested as a fuel on Viking Grace.

"Through our project work and partnership for the sustainable maritime transport of the future, we have gained a great deal of knowledge and information to support our own sustainability work. Carbon-neutral maritime transport still lies in the future, but it is no longer a utopian dream. Our goal at Viking Line is to be among the first when the time comes," says Jan Hanses, President and CEO of Viking Line.

Link zur original Pressemeldung von Viking Line Abp.

Text & Bilder ©: Viking Line Abp.

Viking Cinderella to return to Helsinki for the summer – legendary vessel will sail to both Stockholm and Tallinn
02 06.2023
Viking Cinderella to return to Helsinki for the summer – legendary vessel will sail to both Stockholm and Tallinn

For six weeks this summer, Finns will have a unique opportunity to experience the legendary Viking Cinderella, which last visited Helsinki in early 2022. The vessel will take its passengers to Stockholm, where they can enjoy the cheap Swedish krona, or on a day cruise to Tallinn. Viking Cinderella offers holidaymakers both nostalgia and a modern cruise experience for the whole family.

Viking Cinderella was the world's largest car ferry when it was placed in service in 1989 and is still one of the beauties of the Baltic Sea, with its white exterior and panoramic windows extending over three decks. So it is a noteworthy event for many hard-core cruise lovers that the vessel will sail to Helsinki in tandem with M/S Gabriella. At the same time, Viking Line's passenger capacity on the Helsinki–Stockholm route will double during the summer season with the addition of Viking Cinderella's 2,500 berths.

On Viking Cinderella, people can still marvel at the wonderful features of the vessel's original interiors – different kinds of marble, copper and dark wood surfaces – as well as the impressive atrium with a lightwell that runs from Deck 5 to Deck 8. The original look of the interiors has also been preserved in the à la carte restaurant Seaview Dining. However, many other spaces on board have been updated over the years. Some cabins were recently renovated, with double beds replacing bunk beds, in line with passenger requests.  

"There is great interest in Cinderella, and ticket sales have been lively ever since we announced that the vessel will return to Helsinki over the summer. For some of our customers, Cinderella is an old friend whereas for others the vessel is a new acquaintance that they absolutely want to experience," says Ninna Suominen, Vice President of Marketing at Viking Line.

"Stockholm is also really attractive this summer. The Swedish krona is cheap, and Stockholm is literally overflowing with interesting events for the whole family. In the city this summer, people can take part in royal festivities: King Carl Gustaf was crowned 50 years ago and Gustav Vasa was crowned 500 years ago. The amusement park Gröna Lund is celebrating its 250th anniversary, and after a visit to the amusement park people can conveniently take the city boat Emelie from the island of Djurgården to the city centre."

On Viking Cinderella, like on all of Viking Line's vessels, many resources have been invested this summer especially in fun for children and young adults. The vessel's conference deck has been converted into Ville Viking Adventure Island, and a new feature this summer is the themed LEGO® Room, where passengers can build with LEGO's new Ninjago products.

For more mature appetites, there are the vessel's four restaurants and elegant Bottega Prosecco Bar, the traditional English Admiral Hornblower´s Pub and the night club Étage, which extends out onto the terraces on the aft deck. Many people who were young in the 1990’s will remember Viking Cinderella in particular for the wild entertainment cruises.

"Whatever the day of the week, it was always a party on Cinderella. On the car deck there was the night club La Strada and Röda torget, a marketplace set up in old train cars where Estonian products were sold – cheese, jam and crystal, for instance. Today it is difficult to imagine anything like that. 'Sintserella' was the Love Boat, the place where a whole lot of love affairs and marriages got their start," says Jamppe Haakana, a former cruise director on Viking Cinderella and today tax-free manager at Viking Glory.

5 facts about Viking Cinderella

  • The vessel, built in 1989 at the Perno shipyard in Turku, was the world's largest car ferry during its first years of service.
  • In the 1990s, Cinderella was the Baltic Sea's entertainment centre, where top artists liked to appear. A number of Finnish TV programmes were also filmed on the vessel, including Passi ja hammasharja, Noppapotti and Joonas Hytönen Show.
  • Over the years, many Finnish sports award ceremonies were held on Cinderella. The Formula One World Drivers' Champion Mika Häkkinen, named Finland's athlete of the year in 1998, nearly caused pandemonium on board when he was surrounded by eager fans.
  • In 2003, Cinderella started sailing under a Swedish flag, having changed its name to Viking Cinderella since the name Cinderella was already recorded in Sweden's Ship Registry. The sides of the vessel were painted white, unlike on Viking Line's other vessels, which are painted red and white.
  • Over the past 20 years, Viking Cinderella has provided cruise service between Stockholm and Mariehamn. In the summer of 2023, Viking Cinderella will sail the Helsinki–Stockholm route from June 30 to August 6 in tandem with M/S Gabriella and also make day cruises to Tallinn.

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Text & Bilder ©: Viking Line Abp

VIKING CINDERELLA stoppt in Kapellskär
01 03.2023
VIKING CINDERELLA stoppt in Kapellskär

Vom 13.03. zunächst bis zum 25.06. legt die Kreuzfahrtfähre VIKING CINDERELLA der Viking Line auf dem Rückweg von ihrer täglichen 22 h-Minikreuzfahrt zu den Åland-Inseln einen Zwischenstopp in Kapellskär ein, ehe sie von dort weiter zurück nach Stockholm fährt.

Abfahrt in Mariehamn ist um 8:30 Uhr, Ankunft in Kapellskär um 10:30 Uhr. Die Buchung einer Kabine ist optional und gegen Aufpreis möglich. Die VIKING CINDERELLA ist somit auf diesem Teilstück ihrer Seereise Fähr- und Kreuzfahrtschiff in einem. Sie übernimmt damit das Erbe der ROSELLA, die die Viking Line-Flotte Anfang des Jahres nach 43 Jahren verlassen hat.

Foto: VIKING CINDERELLA (Viking Line), ©: Viking Line

Der einmillionste Passagier auf der VIKING GLORY
02 02.2023
Der einmillionste Passagier auf der VIKING GLORY

Elf Monate nach ihrer Indienststellung im März 2022 konnte am 01.02. bereits der einmillionste Passagier an Bord der neuen Stockholm – Turku-Fähre VIKING GLORY begrüßt werden. Ulla und Mikko Haavisto aus Finnland durften sich auf ihrer Reise an Bord besonders verwöhnen lassen.

Insgesamt transportierte die Viking Line auf der Route Stockholm – Turku 2022 knapp zwei Millionen Passagiere, was einem Marktanteil von 64% entspricht. Die Linie mit Zwischenstopp auf den Åland-Inseln bedient die VIKING GLORY zusammen mit ihrem neun Jahre älteren Schwesterschiff VIKING GRACE. Auf allen Routen der Reederei zusammen fuhren 2022 knapp fünf Millionen Passagiere mit den roten Fähren der Viking Line.

Foto: VIKING GLORY (Viking Line), ©: Kai Ortel

10 Jahre VIKING GRACE
18 01.2023
10 Jahre VIKING GRACE

Die Viking Line-Kreuzfahrtfähre VIKING GRACE, die schon über 10 Millionen Passagiere befördert hat, hat am 13. Januar ihr zehnjähriges Dienstjubiläum gefeiert. Gebaut bei STX Finland in Perno/Turku, war die VIKING GRACE zum Zeitpunkt ihrer Indienststellung eines der weltweit ersten Passagierschiffe, das mit LNG betrieben werden konnte; durch ihr Design und ihr Dienstleistungsangebot an Bord hat sie darüber hinaus dem Kreuzfahrterlebnis auf der Verbindung frischen Wind verliehen.

Gebaut wurde die VIKING GRACE 2013 speziell für die Verbindung Stockholm – Mariehamn – Turku, die durch das landschaftlich reizvolle Schärengebiet zwischen Schweden und Finnland führt. Seit dem 16. Januar und noch bis zum 06. Februar wird das Schiff einer planmäßigen Dockung unterzogen. Dabei werden neben technischen Instandhaltungsarbeiten auch die Kabinen und die öffentlichen Räume an Bord einem Update unterzogen sowie Teppichböden ausgetauscht und die Akustik-Technik im Night Club überholt. In dieser Zeit unterhält ihr 2022 in Dienst gestelltes Schwesterschiff VIKING GLORY den Dienst auf der Route Stockholm – Mariehamn – Turku allein.

Foto: VIKING GRACE (Viking Line), ©: Viking Line

VIKING XPRS fährt künftig unter finnischer Flagge
19 12.2022
 VIKING XPRS fährt künftig unter finnischer Flagge

Die Viking Line hat entschieden, ihre Helsinki – Tallinn-Fähre VIKING XPRS fortan unter finnischer Flagge zu registrieren. Das 2008 gebaute Schiff fuhr seit 2014 unter estnischer Flagge.

Die Entscheidung hat vor dem Hintergrund stattgefunden, dass sich so leichter neue Besatzungsmitglieder rekrutieren lassen und dass auf diese Weise sämtliche Angestellte ohne Vermittlungsagenturen verwaltet werden können. Der Umstellungsprozess soll im Laufe des ersten Quartals 2023 abgeschlossen werden. Sämtliche aktuell ca. 175 Besatzungsmitglieder der VIKING XPRS sowie alle Crewmitglieder der übrigen Viking Line Schiffe unter finnischer Flagge können sich für die Stellen an Bord der VIKING XPRS bewerben.

Foto: VIKING XPRS (Viking Line), ©: Viking Line

Viking Line kauft Anteile an Rederi AB Eckerö
19 12.2022
Viking Line kauft Anteile an Rederi AB Eckerö

Die Viking Line hat am 18. November 17,1 % der Anteile an der Rederiaktiebolaget (Rederi AB) Eckerö erworben. Viking Line hat 30 € pro Aktie bezahlt, das Gesamtvolumen der Transaktion beläuft sich auf ca. 10 Millionen €.

Viking Line war vorab darüber informiert worden, dass ein größerer Aktienanteil an der Rederi AB Eckerö zum Verkauf stand. Die Reederei entschloss sich zum Kauf, damit der Besitz an dem Unternehmen in åländischer Hand bleibt.

Die Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö betreibt unter dem Namen „Eckerö Linien“ eine Fährlinie zwischen Grisslehamn und Eckerö und unter dem Namen „Eckerö Line“ eine Kreuzfahrtfährverbindung zwischen Helsinki und Tallinn.

Foto: FINLANDIA und VIKING XPRS (Eckerö Line/Viking Line), ©: Kai Ortel

Viking Line verdoppelt Stockholm – Helsinki-Abfahrten im Sommer 2023
17 11.2022
Viking Line verdoppelt Stockholm – Helsinki-Abfahrten im Sommer 2023

Viking Line wird zwischen dem 30. Juni und dem 06. August 2023 als zweites Schiff neben der GABRIELLA die VIKING CINDERELLA auf der Linie Stockholm – Mariehamn – Helsinki einsetzen. Zwischen den beiden Hauptstädten bietet die Reederei damit in der Hochsaison 2023 tägliche Abfahrten an.

Zusätzlich unternimmt wie die GABRIELLA auch die VIKING CINDERELLA während ihrer sommerlichen Liegezeit in Helsinki eine tägliche Rundreise nach Tallinn, um auf dieser Route die Regelfähre VIKING XPRS zu unterstützen.

Am 07. August soll die VIKING CINDERELLA dann wieder auf ihre 21 Stunden-Minikreuzfahrtroute Stockholm – Mariehamn zurückkehren. Auch längere mehrtägige Kreuzfahrten ab Stockholm stehen im Herbst 2023 wieder auf dem Programm des Schiffes.

Foto: VIKING CINDERELLA (Viking Line), ©: Viking Line

AMORELLA an Corsica Ferries übergeben
22 10.2022
AMORELLA an Corsica Ferries übergeben

Am Abend des 13. Oktober ist die Viking Line-Fähre AMORELLA entsprechend einer Vereinbarung vom 05. August in Genua an ihren neuen Eigner Corsica Ferries übergeben worden. Der neue Name der Viking Line-Fähre wird MEGA VICTORIA lauten, nachdem das Schiff umgeflaggt worden ist.

Die AMORELLA war am Morgen des 03. Oktober aus Turku kommend im Hafen von Genua eingetroffen. Dort erhält sie nun bei Zincaf Ship Repair and Drydocking ihren neuen Anstrich, ehe sie anschließend in die Flotte und in das Routennetzwerk von Corsica Ferries integriert wird. Erst 2021 hatte Corsica Ferries die Flotte mit einer weiteren ehemaligen Viking Line-Fähre verstärkt, der in MEGA REGINA umbenannten ehemaligen Stockholm – Helsinki-Fähre MARIELLA.

Foto: AMORELLA in Genua (Viking Line), ©: Kai Ortel

Viking Line hat Emissionen seit 2008 um ein Drittel gesenkt
01 09.2022
Viking Line hat Emissionen seit 2008 um ein Drittel gesenkt

In den vergangenen 15 Jahren hat Viking Line die CO2-Emissionen ihrer Schiffe um fast ein Drittel pro zurückgelegter Seemeile gesenkt. Dazu haben vor allem die Investitionen der Reederei in die klimafreundlichsten Fährschiffe der Ostsee und in umweltschonende Technologien an Bord beigetragen. Die 2013 gebaute VIKING GRACE und die Anfang 2022 in Dienst gestellte VIKING GLORY können bereits jetzt mit „green fuel“ betrieben werden, was in der Zukunft einen CO2-neutralen Schiffsverkehr erlaubt.

Das Ziel der International Maritime Organization (IMO) ist eine Reduktion der CO2-Emissionen in der Handelsschifffahrt um 40% gegenüber 2008 bis zum Jahr 2030. Zu den Maßnahmen, die bei Viking Line seit Jahren zu einer Reduzierung der CO2-Emissionen beitragen, gehört die Verwendung spezieller Treibstoffe, ein strenges Recycling-Konzept an Bord und der Anschluss der Schiffe an Landstromverbindungen während der Hafenliegezeiten. Darüber hinaus kommt ein möglichst effizienter Treibstoffeinsatz bei der Routen- und Fahrplangestaltung zum Tragen.

Foto: VIKING GLORY (Viking Line), ©: Kai Ortel

Viking Line verkauft AMORELLA an Corsica Ferries
19 08.2022
Viking Line verkauft AMORELLA an Corsica Ferries

Viking Line hat am 04. August eine Übereinkunft mit Corsica Ferries erzielt, die 1988 gebaute AMORELLA an die korsische Reederei zu verkaufen. Die Übergabe des Schiffes und der Abschluss des Verkaufs sind für Oktober 2022 vorgesehen.

Der Verkaufspreis der AMORELLA beläuft sich, bei einem Buchwert von 3,2 Millionen €, auf 19,1 Millionen €. Für die Viking Line bedeutet der Verkauf des Schiffes nach der Ablieferung der VIKING GLORY Anfang des Jahres einen lange geplanten Schritt auf dem Weg zur Verjüngung der Flotte.

Ziel der Reederei ist es, der gegenwärtigen Stammbesatzung der AMORELLA Stellen auf anderen Schiffen der Flotte anzubieten. Die Fährlinie Stockholm – Helsinki soll während der bevorstehenden Wintersaison 2022/23 von einem Viking Line-Fährschiff allein aufrechterhalten werden.

Foto: AMORELLA (Viking Line), ©: Viking Line

Viking Line mit Zusatzabfahrten auf der Linie Helsinki – Tallinn
17 06.2022
Viking Line mit Zusatzabfahrten auf der Linie Helsinki – Tallinn

Die Viking Line wird diesen Sommer wieder zusätzliche Abfahrten auf der Fährlinie Helsinki – Tallinn anbieten. So werden die beiden Stockholm – Helsinki-Fähren AMORELLA und GABRIELLA zwischen dem 18. Juni und dem 14. August während ihrer Liegezeit in Helsinki eine Rundreise in die estnische Hauptstadt durchführen, um die zusätzliche Nachfrage während der Sommersaison abzudecken.

Die Abfahrten der AMORELLA und GABRIELLA finden um 10:15 Uhr in Helsinki (Ankunft 13:15 Uhr) und um 14:00 Uhr in Tallinn (Ankunft 16:50 Uhr) statt. Die zusätzlichen Abfahrten unterstützen das Angebot der VIKING XPRS, die weiterhin ganzjährig bis zu drei Rundreisen täglich auf der Strecke unternimmt.

Foto: AMORELLA (Viking Line), ©: Viking Line