Viking Ocean Cruises will embark on its first ever world cruise next year, visiting several ports in Asia Pacific.
The cruise line’s fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend its maiden season sailing around the world on a 141-day voyage to 66 ports in 35 countries, including 12 overnight stays.
Departing Miami on 15 December 2017, the World Cruise will first sail though the Caribbean and Panama Canal, before heading to Los Angeles. It will then cross the Pacific, visiting French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji, before calling at several ports in New Zealand and Australia.
The Asian part of the voyage will see the Viking Sun sail from Darwin to Komodo and Bali in Indonesia, then up to Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Manila and Shanghai. It will then return south to Hong Kong, Hainan Island, Ho Chi Minh City, Sihanoukville, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Singapore.
After an overnight stop in Singapore, the voyage will continue to Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket, before crossing the Bay of Bengal to India, visiting Chennai, Kochi, Goa and Mumbai.
From here it will return to London via the Suez Canal, calling at ports in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
“Ever since our first ship set sail last year, we have been focused on bringing the destination back to ocean cruising,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “This World Cruise is the most extensive and culturally immersive itinerary we have ever offered, and we are pleased by the early interest in pre-sales we have seen from our guests and industry partners.”
Passengers on the World Cruise will receive complimentary shore excursion in each of the 66 ports visited, plus free unlimited Wi-Fi. Viking Sun features just 465 cabins, with a total capacity of 930 passengers.
Viking Sun, which will be delivered in late 2017, will become the company’s fourth ship. Its third, Viking Sea, was handed over to the cruise line in March 2016, and two more as-yet-unnamed ships are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 and 2020.
At present, Viking mainly operates voyages in the Baltic, Mediterranean and Caribbean seas.