Viking XPRS has newly renovated public areas and a more environmentally friendly propeller (Image: Ofer Amir)
Viking Line’s Viking XPRS resumed service on the Helsinki-Tallinn route on 1 February with renovated public areas and a more environmentally friendly propeller.
All passenger cabins and public areas were modernised during the drydock, including the sun deck, which was expanded to provide more space for an open bar in the summer. Robert’s Coffee was updated with new interiors and more seating, while the buffet experience has been streamlined in Bistro Bella. The menu also features new vegetarian options.
In addition, The Shopping World was refreshed and decorated, and Club X was expanded to provide seating for an additional 150 guests. The entertainment venue, which will open day and night from 11 February, was also equipped with a new sound and lighting system.
“Viking XPRS is the most popular vessel on the Gulf of Finland, and we want to give our passengers the most enjoyable travel conditions possible,” said Jaakko Ahti, route manager at Viking Line. “Club X is one of just a few ballrooms in Helsinki, so we want to provide dance lovers and the Finnish stars performing on Wednesdays and Thursdays the nicest venue possible.”
Viking XPRS was also equipped with a new type of propeller that, in normal conditions, can run on two instead of three main engines. This will substantially reduce fuel consumption and environmental impact.
The ferry is the third Viking Line vessel to undergo refurbishments in recent years. Mariella was revitalised in 2015 and both Gabriella and Amorella were upgraded in 2016.