The new "Viking World Voyage I," which sails around the world in 180 days, stopping at 37 countries and 85 ports while making overnight stops in 13 cities, has been revealed as one of Viking's 2024/25 World Cruise itineraries. The voyage, which departs from Fort Lauderdale on December 19, 2024, will stop at ports on five other continents before returning to the United States on June 17, 2025, for its last port in New York. The launch of the new World Cruises coincides with a period of record sales for the cruise line, with the company's 25th anniversary sale on January 1 generating the most bookings in a single week in its history.
The 930-passenger Viking Sky will travel to ports in Central America, through the Panama Canal, up the West Coast of North America, across the Pacific Ocean to call at the Hawaiian Islands and French Polynesia, through New Zealand and Australia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe, and finally across the Atlantic to arrive in New York.
The "Viking World Voyage II," a shorter 163-day segment of the voyage, sets sail from Los Angeles on January 5, 2025, stopping in 29 nations and 78 ports before arriving in New York. The 138-day "Viking World Cruise" route from Ft. Lauderdale to London or the 121-day "Viking World Journeys" itinerary, which begins from Los Angeles and stops in 23 nations before arriving in London, are also options for travellers.
The newest World Cruise itineraries from Viking include both well-known cities and lesser-known locations. There are 13 ports where guests can spend the night, including Sydney, Haifa, Singapore, and Istanbul. There are also double overnight stays available at Auckland, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Mumbai, and Bergen. The "Viking Resident Historian" programme is one of the onboard lectures and entertainment options provided by Viking. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of free excursions and "Privileged Access" tours of cultural organisations.
The following are some highlights of the new 2024–2025 Viking World Cruise itineraries:
Guests will spend three days in Auckland, a metropolitan city in New Zealand famed for its vineyards, tree-lined parks, and boating. Auckland is situated between the ports of Waitemat and Manukau.
Singapore: Overnight visitors can explore the city's neighbourhoods, from Little India to Arab Street, go on a night safari at the nocturnal wildlife park, or visit the futuristic horticultural park with more than a million plants.
Mumbai: For three days, visitors may see all that the Indian city has to offer, from the Hanging Gardens to the variety of its neighbourhoods, from Old Mumbai's lovely small alleyways to the city's vibrant markets.
Istanbul: Overnight visitors will have plenty of time to see this ancient city. They can see historical attractions like the Blue Mosque or the Hagia Sophia and eat fusion cuisine, which combines delectable Mediterranean food with exotic flavours from Asia and the Far East.
London: Popular sites like the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul's Cathedral are open for visitors to explore.
New York City: The conclusion of both "Viking World Voyage I" and "Viking World Voyage II" takes place here. Visitors can explore the Greenwich Village warrens and the streets of Lower Manhattan's financial district.
Deal: Viking is giving World Cruise passengers exclusive discounts through March 31, 2023. This covers all onboard tips and service charges, business class airfare, ground transportation to and from the ship, complimentary visa services, the "Silver Spirits" beverage package, which includes almost all drinks on board, as well as free luggage shipping services. Along with the $1,000 shipboard credit for spa services, onboard shops, and laundry, World Cruise passengers will also receive a $2,000 per person shore excursion credit that can be applied to optional shore excursions. Members of the Viking Explorer Society will also get a $1,000 shipboard credit each.