Viking has annouced its most comprehensive itinerary to date with the new Ultimate World Cruise, which will span 245 days, six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe – making it the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary.
For more than 20 years Viking has been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and now the company has announced the most extensive itinerary in its history, the Ultimate World Cruise.
Departing from London on August 31, 2019 on Viking Sun, the grand eight-month journey will mark Viking’s third voyage around the globe and will nearly double the length of the company’s previous World Cruise itineraries. Within the 245-day Ultimate World Cruise itinerary, Viking will offer guests an option to sail one of two shorter segments during the cruise. Guest can choose between Viking World Treasures, a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, or Viking World Wonders, a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports.
As with all Viking itineraries, guests receive a complimentary shore excursion in each port 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.
ULTIMATE WORLD CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS
Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise visits dozens of legendary cities, charming ports and idyllic islands in one epic journey. Included excursions in every port allow guests to immerse themselves in the world’s cultures, and The Viking Way of exploration offers additional, optional excursions that provide unmatched insight into Local Life, Working World and offer Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions. Overnight stays in 22 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 program.
Highlights of Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise incude: docking in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich/London, an overnight stay in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro, a visit to Ushuaia (commonly referred to as the ‘End of the World’, Hobart (the capitol of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Mumbai in India and the Temples and Tombs in Luxor, Egypt.
Pricing for Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise starts at $92,990 per person, Viking World Treasures starts at $47,995 per person and pricing for Viking World Wonders start at $45,995 per person. All three of Viking’s new world cruise itineraries include Business Class international air, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, three complimentary visa services, free luggage shipping services for embarkation and Viking’s Silver Spirits beverage package covering virtually all drinks on board. Guests who book the Viking Ultimate World Cruise (or the Viking World Treasures or Viking World Wonders) before December 31, 2018 receive a shore excursion and shipboard credit.
Full details on the Ultimate World Cruise can be found on Viking’s website
Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can accommodate 930 guests. Viking Sun is the fourth addition to Viking’s ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky. Viking will welcome two more sister ships in the next two years, including Viking Orion in June 2018. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027. Classified as ‘small ships’, Viking’s ocean fleet features modern Scandinavian design with elegant touches, intimate spaces and attention to detail.
Highlights of the Viking ocean fleet include: all veranda staterooms, two Pools Choices, the LivNordic Spa, Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s, the Wintergarden, eight dining choices (all with no additional fee or charge), and more.