Viking Venus cruise ship returns to Liverpool

The Viking Venus cruise liner docked in Liverpool today
The Viking Venus cruise liner docked in Liverpool today -Credit:Liverpool Echo

The Viking Venus cruise liner made a return visit to Liverpool today as part of a 14-day voyage.

The ship docked at Liverpool Cruise Terminal on the sixth day of its itinerary after docking in Dublin yesterday. The cruise started on April 19 in London-Tilbury, and will end in Bergen, Norway on May 3.

On route to Bergen, the Viking Venus will stop in Holyhead, Belfast, Ullapool, Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, Leith-Edinburgh, Invergordon and Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.

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The Venus was built in 2021 and can accommodate 940 passengers and 465 crew members. It has 10 decks and 464 cabins and can travel at a speed of 23 mph.

The ship has 464 cabins and can accommodate 940 passengers
The ship has 464 cabins and can accommodate 940 passengers -Credit:Liverpool Echo

It is described as an "all-veranda small ship", which means it can dock where larger ships cannot. It is said to offer its guests sweeping ocean views from their rooms.

The ship was officially named by the broadcaster Anne Diamond on May 17, 2021. It has eight identical sister ships which together make up the Viking ocean fleet, after the name of the operator Viking.

The Venus features the Viking Living Room, with a bar inspired by ancient Viking longships. The ship's spa contains the 'Snow Grotto' which is described by Viking as "the most unique treatment space at sea". The company said "it acts as a part of the centuries old Nordic tradition of alternating hot and cold treatments to detoxify." There is also a music venue styled in the image of a 1940s Hollywood jazz lounge.

Today's stop was the second time the Venus has docked in Liverpool this month. The ship also docked on April 13. It is scheduled to return to the city on August 27 and September 8.

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