Viking Announces Itinerary For 245-Day World Cruise
Kerry Sharpe, Open Jaw
Viking has announced the itinerary for its 245-day ‘Ultimate World Cruise,’ which will visit six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe.
Departing from London on 31AUG, 2019 on Viking Sun, this eight-month itinerary will mark Viking’s third voyage around the globe and will nearly double the length of the company’s previous World Cruise itineraries.
Viking will also offer guests an option to sail one of two shorter segments during the cruise: the 127-day ‘Viking World Treasures’ sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, or the 119-day ‘Viking World Wonders’ from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports.
“For more than 20 years we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth – at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.”
A few highlights include:
Ushuaia, Argentina: Commonly referred to as the “End of the World,” guests will visit Ushuaia, a city on the southernmost tip of South America;
Hobart, Tasmania: The capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, Hobart offers guests the chance to learn about its aborigine history and explore its unique wilderness area, including Mt. Wellington;
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Reunification Palace;
Mumbai, India: While in port, guests can learn about Gandhi at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum and visit the Hanging Gardens;
Luxor, Egypt: The site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor is dense with historical monuments for guests to explore, including the Temple of Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens;
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: One of the 22 overnight stays on this itinerary, it will be visited alongside eight new ports in South America, including Roseau, Dominica, two ports in Chile (La Serena (Coquimbo) and Iquique), three ports in Peru (Arequipa (Matarani), Picso (General San Martín) and Lima (Callao)), Quito (Manta), Ecuador, and Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama.
Pricing for the ‘Ultimate World Cruise’ start from $92,990 per person, the ‘World Treasures’ cruise starts at $47,995 per person, and pricing for the ‘World Wonders’ itinerary start at $45,995 per person. All three of Viking’s new world cruise itineraries include business class international air, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, three complimentary visa services, free luggage shipping services for embarkation, and Viking’s Silver Spirits beverage package covering virtually all drinks on board.
Kerry Sharpe Columnist
Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.