*** EXCLUSIVE *** Members of Viking‘s loyalty program, Viking Explorer Society, have been given a sneak-peek and early booking access to the cruise company’s next destination: South America’s Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu.
Viking says the addition of the Galapagos in 2021 will build its “breadth of itineraries”, as it continues to expand “beyond the world’s great rivers, oceans and lakes”.
“Your clients can experience a once-in-a-lifetime sailing that combines the treasures of South America’s western shores with the captivating Galápagos Islands. From Peru’s cultural capital, Lima to Machu Picchu, they will encounter the region’s distinct and colourful culture,” Viking revealed in a trade update on Friday.
Viking has exclusively chartered the 18-year-old Santa Cruz II, a 90-passenger expedition vessel which will be renovated to “reflect the clean, elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known”. Currently, the 71.5-metre-long, five-deck expedition-class ship features four cabin styles (all with windows, no balconies), including the top-of-the-line 30-square-metre Darwin Suites, of which there are three.
The itineraries spend the bulk of their time on the land in Peru exploring Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco, then onto Ecuador before joining either a four-, five- or six-night cruise (depending on the itinerary) in Baltra.
On some sailings, three-night pre- and post-cruise extensions are available to the Amazon, Ballestas Islands, Mashpi Lodge and Quito, along with a six-night Ecuador land exploration.
According to Viking’s website, there will be three cabin options available: Oceanview, Deluxe and Junior Suite.
Santa Cruz II will be refurbished in November and her first Viking departure is slated for 31 December this year.
The program consists of three itinerary options taking in two countries, all operating between Lima and Quito. The journeys include a 15-day East Galapagos, Machu Picchu and Peru journey; 13-day West Galapagos, Machu Picchu and Peru; and 13-day Wild Galapagos, Machu Picchu and Peru.
Prices start at $12,995 per person (West Galapagos and Wild Galapagos) and $13,995 (East Galapagos).