Viking Cruises‘ new 2020–2021 World Cruise has been unveiled, with passengers set to cruise 161 days visiting six continents and 75 ports, with overnight stays in 13 cities. Setting sail on 14 December 2020 from Miami, the voyage will include six new ports of call for Viking, including Honolulu, Moorea and Hue.
Sailing on Viking’s 930-guest all-verandah Viking Sun, the Viking World Cruise will enable guests to explore islands of the Caribbean and the South Pacific; call upon ports in Asia, from Hong Kong to Bangkok; explore countries of the Middle East including Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Israel; and sail through the Mediterranean before concluding in London.
Guests can also choose a shorter, 140-day segment of the sailing, 2021 Viking World Discoveries, which departs from Los Angeles on 4 January 2021, and visits 27 countries and 66 ports.
2020–2021 Viking World Cruise highlights:
The newest World Cruise itinerary visits dozens of the world’s preeminent cities in one seamless itinerary. Viking’s Culture Curriculum offers additional enrichment through onboard lectures and entertainment such as the Resident Historian program, which provides guests with a high-level historical and cultural education specific to their journey.
Guests will immerse themselves in the world’s rich cultures during included excursions that provide unmatched insight into daily life, as well as Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions. Highlights of the new 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise itinerary include:
- Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii (NEW): The Heart of Hawaii Guests can enjoy everything from historic landmarks to world-class shopping on the island of Oahu. Soak up the sun along Waikiki Beach’s pristine beaches or visit Pearl Harbor to see where the tragic events of December 7 1941 unfolded.
- Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii (NEW): The Garden Island Nicknamed Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” guests will explore the lush vegetation and wildflowers of tropical Kauai while in port. Visit the Na Āina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park, an infusion of beautiful flora and art and home to one of the largest collections of bronze sculptures in the US, or follow the footsteps of Captain James Cook, the British explorer credited with the first recorded European contact with the Hawaiian Islands.
- Moorea (Opunohu Bay), French Polynesia (NEW): Paradise in the Tropics This tropical island is famed for its unprecedented beauty and its cuisine is as colourful as its landscape, drawing on influences from both European and Chinese settlers. Guests can take in this idyllic paradise from the water on board a catamaran or immerse themselves in Polynesian traditions and customs by engaging with locals.
- Hue (Chan May), Vietnam (NEW): Palaces and Temples Discover the ancient Imperial City of Hue, a rich repository of palaces and temples and seat of the Nguyen Dynasty for 150 years. Guests can experience the locals’ morning trading activities during a visit to a traditional food market or explore the crumbling stone walls of the citadel, which holds stories of long-fought battles.
- Sydney, Australia: Iconic Harbour Guests will sail into Sydney’s magnificent harbour – the world’s largest – and enjoy an overnight stay allowing ample time to explore this culture-rich city. Guests can enjoy an insider’s view of Australia’s world-class Sydney Opera House or experience the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains.
- Mumbai, India: A City of Old and New Formerly Bombay, the bustling city of Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. While in port, guests can learn about the iconic activist Gandhi or enjoy the Hanging Gardens, one of the prized few parks found in the city.
- Istanbul, Turkey: Where East Meets West An overnight stay in Istanbul gives guests more time to experience this historic city that straddles two continents across the Bosporus Strait. Explore a wealth of religious sites such as the spectacular Blue Mosque or the legendary Hagia Sophia, or sample delicious fusion cuisine, combining fresh Mediterranean fare with spices from the Far East and Asia.
- London (Greenwich), England: The Royal Borough Guests will end their sailing in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London on the Thames River, allowing easy access to the regal capital’s iconic sights including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Pricing for the 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise starts at $85,995 per person and 2021 Viking World Discoveries starts at $75,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Both of Viking’s new World Cruise itineraries include business class international airfares, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa services, the Silver Spirits Beverage Package and free luggage shipping services for embarkation.
Guests who book between now and 28 February 2019 will receive an additional US$2,000 per person in shore-excursion credit for any optional land programs and US$1,000 per person in shipboard credit, which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages. Viking Explorer Society members who book the 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise or 2021 Viking World Discoveries through 28 February 2019 will receive an additional US$1,000 in shipboard credit per person.
Phone Viking on 138 747, or visit vikingcruises.com.au for more information.