The green and modern Viking Glory, owned by Viking Line, has been completed and is now ready to cruise the Baltic Sea archipelago. ALMACO was in charge of all catering areas, guest cabins, as well as crew cabins and public areas aboard the ship.
At the end of 2018, ALMACO was awarded the full turnkey order to design, build and deliver the dining and cabin spaces for Viking Glory. The scope of work included 1124 passenger and crew cabins as well as all galleys, bars, pantries and provision stores, including freezer cold rooms and walk-ins. Construction took place at XSI (Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry) shipyard in China.
A project based on agility and cooperation
The construction phase was initialized in April 2019, the project was about a year old when the severity of the pandemic became evident. Lockdowns, quarantines, logistical challenges and the closure of Chinese borders affected all companies involved in the project.
John Petrie, Vice President of Project Management for ALMACO’s Lodging Systems Division, was responsible for Lodging Zones. He says: “We really had to think things through and stay even more flexible in this project. Our team, contractors and suppliers have been working continuously with the yard and the owner on several different scenarios to be able to adapt and react as quickly as possible. Viking Line had a very active presence in the project and the cooperation with them had a big impact on the success of the project. Despite the challenges of the project, we all crossed the finish line and the areas on board are spectacular. I am very proud of the final result which was handed over to Viking Line.
Fantastic Culinary Experiences
“Viking Glory offers its customers a dozen restaurants with different concepts and menus. The catering spaces that support the restaurants are well equipped with modern and energy efficient solutions. In addition, they meet the highest quality standards for safety and hygiene in the industry,” says Vincent Querard, project manager for ALMACO’s Catering Systems division.
Much of the food on board Viking Glory comes from local suppliers and has a Scandinavian flair. Guests can choose from exciting themed restaurants, cozy brasseries and, of course, a classic buffet created by Sweden’s national culinary team. Wherever guests choose to eat, their meals will be accompanied by beautiful views of the archipelago and local stories about everything from local smugglers and brave sailors to flashing lighthouses and historic sites.
Cabins aboard the Viking Glory come in several different categories and price ranges, but they all have one thing in common: thoughtful comfort. The surfaces, furniture and mattresses are top quality and the layouts are smart and work well. Viking Line wants all of its customers to be able to retreat, relax and have an exceptionally good night’s sleep. And it’s not just guests who sleep well on Viking Glory. The crew cabins are also designed to ensure that the crew can relax and feel comfortable in their “second home” on board. When not in service, the crew can enjoy functional and beautiful spaces such as the crew mess, the gym and comfortable relaxation areas.
Green technology and environmental orientation
Viking Glory is one of the most climate-smart passenger ships in the world. It consumes 10% less fuel than its sister ship and runs on completely sulfur-free liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship will also allow, as the first in the world, to recover the residual cold from the use of LNG and recycle it for use in refrigerated counters, cold rooms and other special rooms. In the kitchens, Viking Glory uses ALMACO’s Galley Energy Management (GEM) solution to monitor and control the energy consumption of equipment in the kitchens.
The environment and surroundings are at the center of your concerns wherever you go on Viking Glory. The Northern Archipelago, where he sails, floats through the ship’s view, design, cuisine and general atmosphere. We wish Viking Glory and his guests a green and happy navigation in the archipelago!
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