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Viking Line History

The Viking Line was founded in 1959 under the name of Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen and operated a sole ferry, the SS Dinard. The company took on the name of the Viking Line in 1966. An interesting fact about the livery in the form of the characteristic red hull is that it was the color of the lipstick of the then chairman’s wife.

There was much expansion in the 1970s with the Viking line taking over the Silja Line and adding new vessels to its fleet. The company prospered with these new acquisitions. There were several changes of the company’s name from Rederi Ab Ålandsfärjan to SF Line and a sister company Rederi Ab Solstad to Rederi Ab Sally in 1977. Although the SF line prospered, the Sally line suffered considerable losses as a result of attempts at expansion into new waters.

During the eighties and nineties, the SF line continued to add to its fleet and became the largest ferry service in the world. Today the Viking line continues to be a dominant shipping company with a series of luxury ferries and liners.

Viking Line Information

Type Public (OMX: VIK1V)
Industry Shipping
Founded 1963
Headquarters Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Area Served Northern Europe
Key People Mikael Backman (CEO)
Ben Lundqvist (Chairman)
Products Ferries, port services, passenger transportation, freight transportation, holidays, business travel
Revenue + 569.9 million Euro (2009/2010)
Operating Income - 14.4 million Euro (2009/2010)
Employees 3,087 (2009/2010)
Website VikingLine.fi

Viking Line Destinations

The Viking Line runs its luxury ships each day from Helsinki, Finland, to various ports in Estonia and Sweden. Some of the major destinations of the Viking line are Stockholm, The Aland Islands, Talinn which is the capital of Estonia and Turku in Finland.

Viking Line Onboard Things to Do

The speciality of the Viking line is the short cruise breaks that they offer.  The overnight cruises offered by this line gives the passenger a thoroughly enjoyable time with the bar and restaurants on the ships where free soft drinks, beer and wine are served. There are also health spas where the person can go to unwind.

Viking Line Food and Entertainment

A series of restaurants cater to every need while sailing on the Viking Line vessels. One gets a good opportunity to get a taste of typical Scandinavian cuisine and some of the more exotic stuff like reindeer pate, Baltic caviar or Swedish Meatballs.

A cruise with the Viking line is guaranteed to keep you well-entertained with the cabaret lounge at the Fun club, live shows at the night clubs and dancing at the disco. Do not miss a visit to the health spa where a horde of different treatments await to help you unwind.

Viking Line Fleet

Viking Line Current Fleet

Ship Built Entered
service
Route Tonnage Flag
MS Amorella 1988 1988 Turku–Mariehamn/Långnäs–Stockholm 34,384 GRT Finland
MS Gabriella 1992 1997 Helsinki–Mariehamn–Stockholm 35,492 GRT Finland
MS Isabella 1989 1989 Turku–Mariehamn/Långnäs–Stockholm 35,154 GRT Finland
MS Mariella 1985 1985 Helsinki–Mariehamn–Stockholm 37,860 GRT Finland
MS Rosella 1980 1980 Mariehamn–Kapellskär 16,850 GT Sweden
MS Viking Cinderella 1989 1989 Stockholm–Mariehamn (one-day cruises)
Stockholm–Riga (summers only)
Stockholm–Tallinn (summers only)
46,398 GRT Sweden
MS Viking XPRS 2008 2008 Helsinki–Tallinn 34,000 GT Sweden

Viking Line Ship on Order

Ship To enter service Route Tonnage
MS Viking Grace 2013 Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm 57,000 GT

Viking Line Former Ships

Ship Years in service Owner/operator Tonnage
SS Viking 1959–1970 Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen 1,765 GRT
MS Slite
MS Tella
1959–1964
1989 (chartered)
Rederi AB Slite
Viking Line
499 GRT
MS Boge 1961–1963 Rederi AB Slite 530 GRT
MS Panny 1963–1964 Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen 761 GRT
SS Ålandsfärjan 1963–1972 Rederi Ab Ålandsfärjan 1,482 GRT
MS Drotten 1964–1966 Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen 819 GRT
MS Apollo 1964–1967 Rederi AB Slite 1,291 GRT
MS Visby 1965 (chartered)
1967–1970 (chartered)
Rederi Ab Ålandsfärjan
Rederi AB Slite
2,825 GRT
MS Kapella 1967–1979 Rederi Ab Ålandsfärjan 3,159 GRT
MS Viking 2 1968–1978 Rederi Ab Solstad 1,217 GRT
MS Apollo 1970–1976 Rederi AB Slite 4,238 GRT
MS Viking 1 1970–1983 Rederi Ab Sally 4,239 GRT
MS Marella 1970–1981 SF Line 3,930 GRT
MS Viking 3 1972–1976 Rederi Ab Sally 4,299 GRT
MS Diana 1972–1979 Rederi AB Slite 4,152 GRT
MS Viking 4 1973–1980 Rederi Ab Sally 4,477 GRT
MS Aurella 1973–1982 SF Line 7,210 GRT
MS Viking 5 1974–1981 Rederi Ab Sally 5,286 GRT
MS Viking 6 1974–1980 Rederi Ab Sally 5,073 GRT
SS Apollo III
MS Apollo III
1976-1981
1982–1989
Rederi AB Slite 4,334 GRT
MS Turella 1979–1988 SF Line 10,604 GRT
MS Diana II 1979–1992 Rederi AB Slite 11,671 GRT
MS Viking Saga 1980–1986 Rederi Ab Sally 14,330 GRT
MS Viking Sally 1980–1990 Rederi Ab Sally
Rederi AB Slite
15,566 GRT
MS Viking Song 1980–1986 Rederi Ab Sally 13,878 GRT
MS Olympia 1986–1993 Rederi AB Slite 37,799 GRT
MS Ålandsfärjan 1987–2008 SF Line/Viking Line 6,336 GRT
MS Athena 1989–1993 Rederi AB Slite 40,012 GRT
MS Kalypso 1990–1994 Rederi AB Slite 40,012 GRT
HSC Condor 10
(marketed as Viking Express I)
1995 (chartered) Viking Line 3,241 GT

Viking Line Ordered But Never Delivered

Planned/Project Name Projected Delivery Ordered by Tonnage Fate
- 1962 Rederi Ab Vikinglinjen 2,268 GRT Scrapped 2003
MS Europa 1993 Rederi AB Slite 59,912 GT In Silja Line service
Viking ADCC 2009 Viking Line 15,600 GT Hull remains incomplete at shipyard

Viking Line Time Table

Viking Line Schedule

Helsinki–Mariehamn–Stockholm

15.8.2011-31.12.2012

Helsinki Mariehamn Stockholm Boats
17.30 04.25 04.30 09.45 Gabriella/Mariella
10.00 23.45 23.40 16.45 Gabriella/Mariella


Divergencies From Timetable and Cancelled Departures

Helsinki–Stockholm Docking Back in traffic

Mariella on dock 2012
Docking
Mon 27.8.2012 at 10.00 hrs in Helsinki
Back in traffic
Sat 8.9.2012 at 17.30 hrs in Helsinki
Christmas cruise 2012, Stockholm-Helsinki-Stockholm
M/S Mariella
24.12 Departure Stockholm 14.00
24.12 Arrival Mariehamn 21.45
24.12 Departure Mariehamn 21.50
25.12 Arrival Helsinki 10.00
25.12 Departure Helsinki 16.00
26.12 Arrival Mariehamn 04.30
26.12 Departure Mariehamn 04.35
26.12 Arrival Stockholm 12.00
Christmas cruise 2012, Helsinki-Stockholm-Helsinki
M/S Gabriella
24.12 Departure Helsinki 15.00
25.12 Arrival Mariehamn 03.30
25.12 Departure Mariehamn 03.35
25.12 Arrival Stockholm 10.00
25.12 Departure Stockholm 15.00
25.12 Arrival Mariehamn 23.30
25.12 Departure Mariehamn 23.35
26.12 Arrival Helsinki 12.00

Turku–Mariehamn/Långnäs–Stockholm

15.8.2011 – 31.12.2012

Turku   Mariehamn/Långnäs Stockholm   Boats
08.45 14.10 14.25 18.55 Amorella
20.55 01.05 1)   1) 01.10 06.30 Isabella
19.50 14.25  14.10 07.35 Isabella
07.35 03.20 1)   1) 03.15 20.00 Amorella

Stockholm–Mariehamn cruises 

1.4.2010 - 31.12.2012 

Mariehamn

Stockholm

Boat
09.30 15.30 Cinderella
07.45 18.00 Cinderella

Cruises to Riga, Summer 2012:

Departures from Stockholm Mon 16.7, Tue 24.7, Tue 31.7, Tue 7.8 and Tue 14.8.
Day 1: Departure from Stockholm at 18.00
Day 2: Arrival in Riga at 11.20
Day 2: Departure from Riga at 18.00
Return trip via Mariehamn, arrival at 08.45 and departure at 09.30
Day 3: Arrival in Stockholm at 15.30

Divergencies From Timetable and Cancelled Departures

Stockholm–Mariehamn Cinderella Docking Back in traffic
Cruises to Riga, summer 2012: Departures from Stockholm Mon 16.7, Tue 24.7, Tue 31.7, Tue 7.8 and Tue 14.8.
Day 1: Departure from Stockholm at 18.00
Day 2: Arrival in Riga at 11.20
Day 2: Departure from Riga at 18.00
Return trip via Mariehamn, arrival at 08.45 and departure at 09.30
Day 3: Arrival in Stockholm at 15.30

Local times.

M/S Viking Cinderella, Christmas Buffet season 18.11–22.12.2012
Arrival in Stockholm 18.11-23.12 at 15.00
Departure from Stockholm 18.11-22.12 at 17.30
Arrival in Mariehamn 19.11-23.12 at 07.45
Departure from Mariehamn 19.11-23.12 at 09.00

No departures 23.12.2012 at 15.00 / 24.12.2012 at 13.00
Christmas Cruise 24-25.12.2012

Christmas cruise 2012, Stockholm-Mariehamn-Stockholm
M/S Viking Cinderella
24.12 Departure Stockholm 13.00
25.12 Arrival Mariehamn 07.00
25.12 Departure Mariehamn 09.30
25.12 Arrival Stockholm 15.30

Helsinki - Tallinn

M/S Viking XPRS 1.4.2010–31.12.2012

Helsinki Tallinn Helsinki Boat
11.30 14.00 18.00 20.30 Viking XPRS
21.30    0.00 08.00 10.30 Viking XPRS

Helsinki–Tallinn route traffic, Sunday

Helsinki Tallinn Helsinki Boat
11.30 14.00 16.30 19.00 Viking XPRS
20.00    22.30 08.00 10.30 Viking XPRS

Mini cruises from Helsinki

Departure Helsinki Tallinn Helsinki Boat
Monday-Saturday 21.30 00.00

No disembarkation.

08.00 10.30 Viking XPRS
Sunday 20.00 22.30

No disembarkation.

08.00 10.30 Viking XPRS

Day cruises from Helsinki

Departure Helsinki Tallinn Helsinki Boat
Monday-Saturday 11.30 14.00 Time ashore 4 hrs. 18.00 20.30 Viking XPRS
Sunday 11.30 14.00 Time ashore 2,5 hrs. 16.30 19.00 Viking XPRS

One day in Tallin trips

Departure Helsinki Tallinn Helsinki Boat
Monday-
Friday
21.30

00.00

Overnight onboard.
Disembarkation kl. 07.00.
Time ashore 11 hrs.
Mon-Sat 18.00 Mon-Sat 20.30 Viking XPRS
Saturday 21.30 00.00 Overnight onboard.
Disembarkation kl. 07.00.
Time ashore 9,5 hrs.
Sun 16.30 Sun 19.00 Viking XPRS
Sunday 20.00

22.30

Overnight onboard.
Disembarkation kl. 07.00.
Time ashore 11 hrs.
Mon 18.00 Mon 20.30 Viking XPRS

Divergences from timetable and cancelled departures

Helsinki–Tallinn Docking Back in traffic
Always check the departure time and make a reservation in advance.
Christmas 2012: Traffic ends before Christmas on 23.12.2012 at arrival in Tallinn 22.30. No staying overnight on board. Traffic starts again after Christmas on 26.12.2012 in Tallinn at 08.00.
M/S Gabriella, Cruises for students to Tallinn 14th and 15th of February 2013:
Departure Helsinki at 16.00
Arrival Tallinn at 20.00
Departure Tallinn at 20.30
Arrival Helsinki at 13.00

Harbour in Helsinki: Katajanokka
Harbour in Tallinn: Reisisadam

Picnic-cruises from Turku

Day cruises from Turku

1.4.2010 - 31.12.2012

Turku Mariehamn Boats
08.45 14.10 Amorella
19.50 14.25 Isabella

Mariehamn - Kapellskär

19.8.2011 – 06.01.2013

C= City terminal

Rosella
01.06-19.08.2012
Every day

Mariehamn Kapellskär Stockholm, Cityterm.
Bus connection
Ship
07.45 09.00 ca 10.35 Rosella
13.00 14.15 ca 15.55 Rosella
18.30 19.40 ca 21.20 Rosella
12.45 09.30 07.40* Rosella
18.15 15.00 13.00* Rosella
23.15 20.00 18.10* Rosella

Rosella
20.08.2012-06.01.2013
Monday-Thursday

Mariehamn Kapellskär Stockholm, Cityterm.
Bus connection
Ship
08.00 09.30 ca 11.05 Rosella
16.00 17.30 ca 19.10 Rosella
15.30 12.00 10.10* Rosella
22.30 19.00 17.00* Rosella

Rosella
20.08.2012-06.01.2013
Friday-Saturday

Mariehamn Kapellskär Stockholm, Cityterm.
Bus connection
Ship
07.45 09.00 ca 10.35 Rosella
13.00 14.15 ca 15.55 Rosella
18.30 19.40 ca 21.20 Rosella
12.45 09.30 07.40* Rosella
18.15 15.00 13.00* Rosella
23.15 20.00 18.10* Rosella

Rosella
20.08.2012-06.01.2013
Sundays

Mariehamn Kapellskär Stockholm, Cityterm.
Bus connection
Ship
13.00 14.15 ca 15.55 Rosella
18.30 19.40 ca 21.20 Rosella
18.15 15.00 13.00* Rosella
23.15 20.00 18.10* Rosella

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