Aug 2, 2018 - Today, Viking Sky is sailing to Greenwich, England, where our cruise will soon come to an end. Viking Sky General Manager, Sujith Mohan, has invited us to spend two nights in the Owner's Suite (7001), and I can think of no better place to spend a relaxing day at sea. This is a rare opportunity for a journalist as this suite is typically always occupied. There is only one Owner's Suite on each Viking Ocean ship, and they tend to stay fully booked.
At 1448 sq. ft., the Owner's Suite is the largest on Viking Sky, almost twice the size of the next largest suite on the ship. The massive living room will make you feel right at home with its private library, wine and music collections curated by Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen. The artwork and decorations throughout the suite give the feel that you are a guest in someone's home, not on a cruise ship.
A large dining table can seat six for dinner.
A pantry has a small convection oven, mini-refrigerator, service sink, coffee maker, and additional glassware and storage.
When it comes time for entertainment, Owner's Suite guests will enjoy a 50" HD flat screen television in the living room, another one in the separate bedroom, and a massive 65" television in the adjoining conference room.
That's right, a conference room! I am pretty sure this is the only suite at sea with a conference room that can seat 12 guests. The large table can be used for business meetings, or why not have friends over for a catered dinner party? You can impress them with the first-ever oceangoing vapor-light fireplace!
After your dinner party, when all the guests have gone back to their staterooms, you can retire to your private bedroom.
But, before you climb into the King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linens and pillows, perhaps you would like to unwind in the stress-relieving oceanview dry sauna? You can access the sauna from the master bathroom, or from your balcony.
The large master bathroom features a spacious glass-enclosed shower, double-sink vanity, heated bathroom floor,and heated towel rack. And, don't worry about leaving a towel or two laying around as there are two guest bathrooms in the Owner's Suite.
After your sauna and a relaxing shower, it is time for bed. If you forgot to turn off the living room or conference room music, there's no need to get up. Simply use the iPad located next to the bed to control the lighting or music in any room!
A large walk-in closet has lots of drawers, shelves and hangers for all your clothes, shoes and other items.
The makeup vanity in the closet has a flip-up makeup mirror and a drawer specially designed for cosmetics.
There is no shortage of tech integrated into this suite. Each bedside table has a bank of USB, 110v and 220v electrical connectors discreetly hidden behind a fold-down panel.
All lighting can be controlled using any of the iPads, or the touch panels located throughout. Each number represents a different lighting "mood" for each area.
And, don't forget you have a massive balcony to enjoy on sea days. The balcony has two padded loungers, a sofa and a coffee table perfect for dining al fresco, or evening cocktails.
The Viking Sea Owner's Suite has just about every creature comfort you can imagine. The Scandinavian decor is understated, but elegant, not unlike the rest of Viking Sky's interior. But, all this luxury comes at a price. The website shows $22,300/per guest for our 15-night sailing. That is close to $1,500 per day/per person. Expensive? Yes. But, certainly not out of line with luxury suites on other cruise ships. And, when you occupy the Owner's Suite, you get lots of other little perks:
11am early embarkation
Complimentary laundry and dry cleaning throughout the cruise
Complimentary shore excursion with private car and driver (up to 4 guests) in port city of your choice (valued at up to $800)
No reservations required for any restaurant on board, ever
24-hour room service, including room service from any restaurant on board during open hours
Welcome bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne
Personal escort to your suite upon embarkation
Access to complimentary wines from in-suite wine collection
Personal visit by ship's Sommelier
Daily personalized tea or pre-dinner cocktail and canapés by request
Dinner and guided tour with ship officers (subject to availability)
The Owner's Suite is the ultimate in luxury aboard a Viking Ocean cruise. But, if you are interested, you had better book early. The Owner's Suite sells out fast.