One of the cruise industry’s worst-kept secrets was confirmed today when Viking Ocean Cruises announced it will set sail on its first World Cruise in December next year, continuing its rapid global expansion which will see the line visit Australia for the first time.
The 141-day global circumnavigation will be part of the maiden season of what will become the fourth ship in Viking’s fleet – Viking Sun. The voyage will depart from Miami, Florida on December 15, 2017 heading west bound for London and visiting 66 ports on 35 countries and five different continents along the way, including overnight stays in 12 cities. The ship will end its cruise in the English capital on May 05, 2018.
Highlights of the voyage will include the brand’s maiden visit to the Cuban capital of Havana among a selection of ports in the Southern and Western Caribbean, before it will traverse the Panama Canal and turn north to visit Los Angeles. After a stretch at sea, the islands of French Polynesia including Tahiti and Bora Bora will be the next ports of call before the ship crosses the International Date Line and ties up in Fiji and navigates the western coast of New Zealand. After this, the ship will make its maiden calls to Australia.
Viking Sun‘s tour of Australia will begin with its first stop in Melbourne before an overnight stay in Sydney follows afterward. The ship will also call in Brisbane, the Whitsunday Islands, Cairns and Darwin on its way out of local waters. An extensive exploration of Asia, India and the Arabian Peninsula will precede the voyage’s passage of the Suez Canal and its return to European waters via the Mediterranean Sea. View the entire global itinerary HERE.
Passengers booking the entire world cruise will enjoy perks such as free Business Class airfare from selected global cities, ground transfers to and from the ship, all crew gratuities, free laundry throughout the cruise, dining throughout the ship (except for the bespoke Kitchen Table experience), unlimited wi-fi, a Silver Spirits beverage package which covers all drinks onboard except for high-end beverages and one shore excursion in every port of call.
Viking Sun will be an identical twin sister to Viking Star (currently in service), Viking Sea (due to be christened on May 5) and Viking Sky (now under construction and debuting early next year). A further two ships – Viking Spirit – will follow in 2018 along with a sixth ship which as yet hasn’t been named.
Each ship accommodates 930 passengers across 465 staterooms, each featuring a balcony. Other public facilities include two pools, the LivNordic Spa with its Snow Grotto and multiple modestly-named dining options including The Restaurant, The World Cafe, fine Italian dining at Manfredi’s, The Pool Grill, The Wintergarden and Mamsen’s Norwegian deli.