Viking Line’s new passenger ship, Viking Glory, will soon begin operating on the Stockholm – Turku route. Today I left Xiamen in China for the Baltic Sea. The trip passes through the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar and takes less than five weeks, according to a press release.
Passenger ship Viking Glory, the new passenger ship Viking Line, yesterday started its journey from Xiamen in China to the main port of Turku. The ship carries the Finnish flag and the route passes through many of the most famous waterways in the world: after crossing the Indian Ocean, the Viking Glory goes to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal and after passing Gibraltar turns north and reaches the Baltic Sea through the Danish Strait. The ship has an average cruising speed of 16 knots and the return journey takes less than five weeks.
– Journey to Return to Glory is a very exciting and special mission that requires careful planning and special arrangements. During the journey you are faced with varying weather conditions and the long sea voyage is challenging otherwise. But we have the Seven Seas Sailors experience with us on board, so we were able to identify potential risks and make action plans with different situations in mind. Safety and economy are our route planning framework, Viking Glory captain Ulf Lindroos says in a press release.
Construction work continues during the trip
It’s a crew of 40, under Captain Ulf Lindroos, aboard the Viking Glory in China. Along the journey, subcontractors are also rising.
We have been anxiously awaiting the return of glory to the homeland. The most enthusiastic of us already packed our bags two weeks before departure and brought our luggage to the yard for storage. Ulf Lindros says interested passengers could have been there too, but we couldn’t take them with us because we would be building and completing things during the flight.
Two tests completed at sea
Viking Glory was launched in January 2021 at XSI’s shipyard in Xiamen, China. The ship then went through two demanding test runs, during which it was ensured that the ship’s systems operated under real conditions. During the first sea test in June, ABB’s Azipod propulsion system was tested, the ship’s maneuverability was tested and the lifeboats and fire alarm were confirmed. During the second test run, the machine and thrust systems were examined, among other things. At the same time, the ship’s noise and vibration levels were also tested.
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