Viking Cruises expands its “Welcome Back” Voyages
Viking Ocean Cruises expands its “Welcome Back” Voyages with New Bermuda, Iceland Sailings and adds two more to its “England Scenic Shores” itinerary.
Torstein Hagen, Viking’s indefatigable Chairman, announced that Viking Cruises will come back stronger than ever after the worldwide setbacks handed the Travel Industry by the Pandemic. Liking it to the Black Plague, which swept Asia and Europe in the 1300s, Hagen reminded his audience that what followed was the Renaissance, one of the greatest eras of progress in world history. For three centuries, the Renaissance’s global explorers opened up new lands and cultures to Europeans.
Hagen predicts that like the “Roaring Twenties” that followed the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, 2021 will usher In a similar decade of economic growth and widespread prosperity.
Viking’s New “Welcome Back” Sailings Will Be Available for Vaccinated Guests
In keeping with Viking’s industry-leading health and safety program, vaccines have added a new dimension in protecting the cruise lines’ guests and crew. “We applaud the governments of the United Kingdom, Bermuda and Iceland for their collaboration and support in restarting the cruise industry safely,” Torstein Hagen said. “No other travel company has implemented the same science-led approach that includes a vaccination requirement for all guests, plus frequent non-invasive saliva PCR testing among all guests and crew. Therefore, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage. We look forward to welcoming guests back on board—and welcoming them back to the world.”
Viking’s “Welcome Back” Voyages will homeport in Portsmouth, England, Hamilton, Bermuda and Reykjavik, Iceland.
All voyages are for 8-day itineraries for an in-depth look at the islands they sail. The relatively small size of Viking Orion will allow the ship access to both small and large ports in Bermuda on a voyage called “Bermuda Escape”.
Similarly, Viking Sky will circumnavigate Iceland on its “Iceland’s Natural Beauty” Itinerary. Viking has been working closely with officials in all three countries for months. The destinations chose themselves because of their popularity among Viking’s guests. Additionally, each country has made a commitment to welcoming Viking ships, and offering enriching experiences. They each herald the revival of the travel industry in their respective countries.
Demand for Viking’s “English Scenic Coast” was so strong 3 sailings sold out in a week.
Open to past Viking Guests residing in the United Kingdom, the demand for these coastal voyages led Viking to add two more in June 2021. Viking sets sail from Portsmouth, visits Liverpool, the Isles of Scilly, Falmouth, Portland and gives passengers two full days of cruising both the Irish Sea and the British Channel. The two new dates are June 19th and June 26th. It might be wise to move quickly on these sailings by going to www.viking.com as they too are bound to fill up as pent-up demand for cruising is here to stay.
More Good News
Viking Cruises is actively working on developing Welcome Back sailings in a variety of other popular destinations. These include Greece, which has already pledged to welcome back visitors starting July 3rd 2021, Turkey and Malta. This is all with the goal of announcing more 2021 sailings as soon as government approvals are in place.