Viking announces second World Cruise
Ahead of its first-ever World Cruise scheduled for this year, Viking Ocean Cruises has announced Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the company’s second World Cruise, which will span 128 days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports, with 10 port overnights.
Departing on 3 January 2019 this grand journey will mark Viking Sun’s second voyage around the world. Sailing from Miami to London, the new 2019 World Cruise itinerary allows guests to explore South America and the islands of the South Pacific; call upon ports in Africa, from Cape Town to Dakar; and cruise the Strait of Magellan, Tasman Sea and Indian Ocean, before concluding in London. As with all Viking itineraries, guests receive a complimentary shore excursion in each of the 44 ports and free unlimited Wi-Fi. World Cruise guests also receive Business Class airfare and all gratuities and service fees, along with an extensive list of added-value included features in their cruise fare.
“We offer itineraries that are designed for explorers, and our World Cruises are the most extensive and culturally immersive journeys available in the industry. Our first World Cruise is 100% sold out, and we are pleased with the initial response to our second World Cruise itinerary among new and returning guests,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises.
“Our guests are experienced travellers who want to explore the world in comfort. As we continue to expand our offerings around the world, we will remain true to our guests – with an award-winning fleet design, the highest industry accolades and far more included value than any competitor.”
2019 World Cruise Highlights
Viking’s 2019 World Cruise visits dozens of celebrated cities, charming ports and idyllic islands in one grand voyage. Guests will immerse themselves in the world’s rich cultures during included excursions in each port. Full details on the 2019 World Cruise can be found on Viking’s website here; highlights include:
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Peak of Brazilian Culture—During an overnight stay in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro, guests can visit Corcovado Mountain and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue before relaxing on the scenic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches of the coastal metropolis.
- Port Stanley, Falkland Islands: Islas Malvinas—This remote archipelago, also known as Islas Malvinas, is comprised of nearly 200 small islands and home to less than 4000 people. Renowned for their maritime history, guests can learn the rich history of the Falkland Islands while visiting the capital, Port Stanley, and experience the abundant wildlife of the surrounding waters including penguins, dolphins, seals and orcas.
- Ushuaia, Argentina: “End of the World”—Perched on a steep hill on the southernmost tip of South America, commonly referred to as the “End of the World,” guests can explore the scenery of Ushuaia through excursions to the nearby Escondido and Fagnano Lakes, and the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which was first inhabited by humans 10,000 years ago.
- Easter Island, Chile: Isolated in Mystery—Resting more than 2000 kilometres from its nearest neighbours, Easter Island is the world’s most remote inhabited island. Guests will visit the island’s famed archaeological sites, including the nearly 900 monumental Moai stone head statues, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rapa Nui National Park.
- Milford Sound, New Zealand: Astonishing Landscape—Guests will have the opportunity to sail the breathtaking waterway of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park in Milford Sound. Stretching for almost 15 kilometres, from the Tasman Sea into a wonderland of alpine peaks, the landscape features monolithic granite walls and waterfalls as tall as skyscrapers.
- Hobart, Tasmania: An Island of History and Wilderness—Hobart sits nestled among the foothills of Mount Wellington and at the entrance to the Derwent River, and offers guests the chance to learn about its UNESCO World Heritage sites, including historic convict locations and a unique wilderness area.
- Maputo, Mozambique: Wildlife Abounds—While visiting this Indian Ocean port, guests can experience the preserved Portuguese colonial architecture and local markets in this historic city, before venturing to Kruger National Park for an overnight safari and a chance to view the Big 5: lions, African elephants, African leopards, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros.
- Cape Town, South Africa: Cultural Riches—An overnight stay in Cape Town helps guests explore this city in-depth. Guests can appreciate the picturesque landscape from the monolithic wonder, Table Mountain, enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at the Vineyards of Stellenbosch, or stay in the city to witness an array of historic architecture and delicious cuisine.
Prices for Viking’s World Cruise start at AU$75,995 per person and include Business Class air, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa service, free luggage shipping services for embarkation, and Viking’s Silver Spirits beverage package covering virtually all drinks on board.
From now through 30 September 2017, each guest who books the World Cruise will also receive $2000 in shipboard credit, which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages. Viking Explorer Society members receive an additional $1000 in on board credit and added exclusive Viking Explorer Society member savings, if they book before 30 September 2017.