Viking Sets Off On World Record 245-Day Cruise

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Viking Cruises is aiming to enter the Guinness Book of World Records with its Ultimate World Cruise itinerary, a 245-day journey spanning six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports. 

The mammoth cruise departed London over the Labour Day weekend on the 930-guest Viking Sun. The longest-ever continuous cruise will fully circumnavigate the globe bringing guests to some of the world’s most legendary cities, iconic landmarks and far-flung destinations, before returning to London in May 2020. 

In beginning this journey, Viking will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the “longest continuous passenger cruise.” Upon the return of Viking Sun to London next year, an official Guinness World Record adjudicator will confirm the successful attempt with a certificate presentation. 

“For more than 20 years we have been committed to connecting travellers to culturally immersive experiences that allow them to explore the world in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. 

“Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry, nearly double the length of our previous world cruise itineraries. I am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests.” 

The cruise is an eight-month journey, allowing guests to explore Scandinavia, the Caribbean and destinations throughout South America before calling on the remote tropical islands of the South Pacific. Viking Sun will then continue its journey along the coast of Australia and through Asia before returning to the Mediterranean and Europe.

Like all Viking itineraries, Ultimate World Cruise guests will enjoy an included excursion in each port of call and free unlimited Wi-Fi; they also receive Business Class airfare and all gratuities and service fees, along with an extensive list of added-value inclusions in their cruise fare. 

Overnight stays in 23 cities allow guests to delve deeper into destinations; and Viking’s Culture Curriculum offers additional enrichment on board with regional entertainment and lectures, as well as learning opportunities as part of the Viking Resident Historian program. 

Full details on the Ultimate World Cruise can be found on Viking’s website here.

Bruce Parkinson

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