Viking Cruises today announced 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 overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe, making it the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary.
Departing from London on 31 August 2019 on the glorious Viking Sun (Read on for our review of this beauty here), this uber 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 is also offering 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.
Destination highlights include; Ushuaia, Argentina: “End of the World”; Mumbai, India; Luxor, Egypt and eight all-new Viking ports in South America, including Roseau, Dominica, two in Chile, three in Peru, Ecuador and Panama City.
“For more than 20 years we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history. Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth – at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.”
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
What’s included and what will it cost?
The Viking Ultimate World Cruise not surprisingly isn’t cheap and starts at AU$117,995 per person for the 245 days, with Viking World Treasures starting at AU$60,995 per person and Viking World Wonders starting at AU$58,495 per person.
BUT! Inclusions are aplenty and 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 which is excellent value.
We dusted off our Abacus and worked out that the Ultimate Cruise costs around AU$482 per day based on 245 days cruising in luxury. Which when you consider what a luxury hotel might cost you per night minus all of the above inclusions and the fact that you’re being taken to see some of the world’s most incredible places in style, it’s actually very good value.
Plus – book early and get a bonus credit
Until 31 December 2018, guests booking the Viking Ultimate World Cruise will also receive $4,000 in shore excursion credit for any optional land programs and $2,000 in shipboard credit, which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages.
Guests who book Viking World Treasures or Viking World Wonders will receive $2,000 inshore excursion credit and $1,000 in shipboard credit.
Explorer Society members sailing on Viking Ultimate World Cruise will receive an additional $2,000 in shipboard credit and members sailing on Viking World Treasures or Viking World Wonders will receive an additional $1,000 in shipboard credit.
This announcement comes on the heels of an impressive list of recent accolades for Viking. In February, Viking swept Cruise Critic’s 8th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards with 10 First Place honours. In 2017, the company was named the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards – and was voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Visit Vikingcruises.com.au for more.
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