Back by popular demand, Viking Ocean Cruises is preparing for the launch of its second epic world cruise.
Exploring the world’s greatest cities, Viking ocean cruise ship, Viking Sun, will depart Miami on January 3, 2019.
Embarking on the 128-day journey, the itinerary includes 44 ports, from South America and the South Pacific, to Australia and Africa, before finishing in England on May 11.
The world’s most beautiful and vibrant destinations will be visited on the Viking Sun itinerary including Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Bora Bora, Auckland, Sydney, Cape Town, Casablanca and London.
An Enriching Experience
More than just stops on a map however, Viking showcases each destination in some very special ways.
One way Viking sets its world cruises apart is by spending more time at each port. This way, travellers are able to fully immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of each place visited.
Viking’s world itinerary actually features 10 overnight stays, including two nights in both Sydney and Durban.
The history and culture of each destination is reflected on board too in what Viking calls Culture Curriculum. This program offers regional entertainment and lectures and other learning opportunities as part of Viking’s Resident Historian Program.
Just some of the onboard highlights during the world cruise 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: This remote archipelago, also known as Islas Malvinas, is comprised of nearly 200 small islands and home to less than 4,000 people. Guests will 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, puffins, 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 amazing 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 1,200 miles from its nearest neighbors, 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 10 miles 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—Capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, Hobart sits nestled amongst 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.
The Chairman of Viking Cruises, Torstein Hagen, explained how important these immersive occasions are to the Viking experience.
“We offer itineraries that are designed for explorers, and our World Cruises are the most extensive and culturally immersive journeys available in the industry,” he said.
“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.”
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About the ship
Launched in 2017, Viking Sun can accommodate 930 guests in 465 staterooms. Just some of the features you’ll find onboard Viking Sun include:
- All verandah staterooms across 5 different categories.
- 14 Explorer Suites include two rooms and private wrap-around balconies
- Two pool choices
- LivNordic Spa
- Eight dining venues
- Afternoon tea service in the Wintergarden lounge space
When Viking set out to re-invent the ocean cruise experience, its focus was on guest experience and immersive destination highlights.
Ships carry a maximum of 930 guests and like the company’s river cruise journeys, everything is included with no credit card required on board.
And because of their small-ship size, Viking vessels are able to dock in central locations at each port. Viking’s oceangoing ships are the only ones able to sail up the Thames in London for example.
All-inclusive value, that means exactly that
- One included shore excursion in every port of call
- Ship-wide Wi-Fi
- Access to spa facilities
- Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard meals
- Other included beverages, such as specialty coffees, teas and bottled water
- Port taxes and fees
- 24-hour room service and alternate restaurant dining
- Self-service laundry
The features above are valued up to AU$290 per person, per day, and all included when you sail with Viking Ocean Cruises.
What Viking is not…
Forget Vegas style shows and umbrella drinks, Viking’s approach is one of sophistication and luxury. Its approach to river and ocean cruising has always been to “re-invent” the experience.
So, on these vessels, it’s only adults, no casinos, no ship photographers or waterslides … just thoughtful and well-designed ocean cruise vessels.
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