For those who have loved all the features, amenities and service provided by Viking River Cruises, a new world of cruising has begun.
It’s almost difficult to believe that just a few years ago Viking Ocean Cruises® was still in the planning stage.
Now, the oceangoing arm of Viking River Cruises boasts a fleet of two elegant 930-guest ships that have been winning accolades from guests and critics alike, and is on the brink of adding two more ships next year.
With that expansion comes the ability to offer more diverse destinations on the oceans of the world than ever before, and Viking® is doing just that. For the 2017-2018 cruise season, Viking has added a total of 10 new itineraries to its already impressive roster, with voyages to Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean–including Cuba. Viking debuted more than 30 new ports of call across these sailings in advance of their first foray to North America this fall with Viking Star®.
For the 2017-2018 season, Viking is offering the following brand-new seagoing itineraries, including the cruise line’s first-ever world cruise:
Trade Routes of the Middle Ages
(From Bergen to Barcelona; Sailing on Viking Star, September 2017 and April 2018)
During this 15-day itinerary, guests will follow the trade routes of the Middle Ages. Setting sail from Bergen, Norway, guests will explore a total of seven different countries and 10 ports with storied naval histories including Amsterdam, Paris and two ports each in England and Spain.
Venice, the Adriatic & Greece
(From Venice to Athens; Sailing Viking Star, October 2017; July – August 2018)
Guests will walk the cobblestone streets of four countries and seven cities along the Adriatic Sea coast, as they cruise from Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece. This eight-day itinerary, starts with two days in Venice, where guests can stroll the alleyways and learn about the city’s glassmaking tradition before calling on Croatia, Montenegro and the many ancient sites of Greece to follow.
South America & the Caribbean
(From San Juan to San Juan; Sailing on Viking Sea®, November 2017 and February 2018)
Experience the Caribbean’s most southerly ports during this 11-day itinerary, taking in the rich cultures and bright colors of six countries and seven ports. As guests cruise the Caribbean, they’ll take in the lively ports of San Juan, Puerto Rico and historic Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, while also visiting the turquoise blue waters of Aruba and Curaçao. This itinerary will also call on ports in South America, including Cartagena and Santa Marta, Colombia and Venezuela’s capital, Caracas.
New York, Bermuda & the West Indies
(From New York to San Juan; Sailing on Viking Sea and Viking Sky®, October 2017 and September 2018)
Guests will set sail from New York and continue down to the Caribbean during this 15-day cruise, which visits a total of nine countries and ports. Starting in “The City that Never Sleeps,” guests will soon be exploring the vibrant tropical destinations of Bermuda, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, St. Martin, St. Thomas and more. Adding to the scenic views, guests can explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites of these ports of call along the way.
Iconic Cities of the Western Mediterranean
(From Barcelona to Rome; Sailing on Viking Star, December 2017; and January-April 2018)
The French Riviera and Italy’s Renaissance treasures take center stage as guests embark on this eight-day Mediterranean itinerary. Guests will explore iconic ports including Barcelona, the resort town of St. Tropez, the glamour of Monte Carlo and cities throughout the rolling hills of Tuscany, before saying farewell in Rome.
Central American Shores & Cuba
(From Miami to Miami; Sailing on Viking Sun®, November-December 2017)
Guests will experience the diversity of the Western Caribbean during this eight-day itinerary through four countries and five ports. Spending two days in Havana, guests will stroll the colonial streets and engage in authentic Cuban experiences. Followed by calls in Cozumel, Mexico and Belize City, Belize, known for crystal-clear snorkeling opportunities and mysterious Mayan ruins. Finally, take in all the offerings of carefree Key West with its historic US landmarks before returning to Miami.
From the Caribbean to the Amazon
(From San Juan to San Juan; Sailing on Viking Sea, December 2017)
A truly unique itinerary, guests on this 22-day cruise experience a rich variety of ports throughout the Caribbean and South America, including sailing into the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil. From the jungle along the Amazon River, guests will call on ports where they will enjoy the blue waters and Caribbean island culture including Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and more.
Southern Mediterranean Discovery
(From Rome to Barcelona; Sailing on Viking Star, December 2017 and January–March 2018)
An eight-day cultural sojourn throughout the southern Mediterranean, guests will enjoy an enriching experience as they visit timeless Rome, sample local produce in Sicily and marvel at the medieval structures in Sardinia. Guests will also get a taste of modern-day Tunis and the Casbah of Algiers, before ending their cruise in the vibrant cities of Valencia and Barcelona, Spain.
British Isles Explorer
(From Bergen to London; Sailing on Viking Sun, May and August 2018)
Exploring the British Isles from north to south, guests will be immersed in rich cultures and cosmopolitan treasures during this 15-day cruise as they visit ports including: the Shetland and Orkney Islands, the legendary Scottish Highlands, uniquely beautiful Wales, and the vibrant cities of Dublin, London, Bergen and more.
(From Rome to Venice; Sailing on Viking Star, April August 2018)
Stopping at a total of seven ports between Italy and Croatia, guests will take an Italian journey to some of the most culturally significant cities. Starting in the “Eternal City” of Rome and continuing onto Naples, where guests will enjoy its world famous culinary delights, Sicily to take in views of Mt. Etna and the Mediterranean, and discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bari, Italy and Šibenik, Croatia. This eight-day itinerary culminates in picturesque Venice.
The fourth ship in the Viking ocean fleet, Viking Sun, will set sail on its maiden voyage in December 2017 for the company’s first-ever world cruise, spanning 141 days and visiting five continents, 35 countries and 66 ports. Sailing from Miami to London, this epic Viking journey will explore the world’s legendary cities and ports, and will allow guests to immerse themselves in the rich cultures around the world.
“As we continue to grow our fleet, we have more opportunities to offer guests new and different options for experiencing the Viking way of destination-focused cruising, an approach that is completely unique in the industry,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Our guests are experienced travelers who are curious about the great art, history and cultures of the world, which is why we design our ships and itineraries to help immerse them in the destinations they visit.”
Viking currently has a fleet of two ocean cruise ships: the award-winning Viking Star and her sister ship, Viking Sea. Next year, Viking will welcome its third and fourth oceangoing ships, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, while Viking Spirit® will be delivered in 2018. A sixth sister ship, as yet unnamed, will join the fleet in 2020. Each ship accommodates just 930 guests.
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