And it begins. Viking Cruises has set off on its attempt to break the record for the world’s longest continuous passenger cruise with a 245-day sailing to six continents.

The Ultimate World Cruise launched over the weekend on Viking Sun, and when completed (after eight months), will nearly double the length of the previous world record.

“It’s the most extensive itinerary available in the industry,” bragged Viking Cruises’ Chairman, Torstein Hagen, as it connects travellers to “culturally immersive experiences that allow them to explore the world in comfort”.

Read on for more details of the record-breaking cruise:

 

WHERE WILL THE CRUISE GO?

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For 245 days, Viking Sun will take 930 passengers to six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports.

Starting in London, the ship will head to Scandinavia, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific, before visiting Australia, Asia, the Mediterranean and then stopping in Europe.

Highlights of the itinerary include Rio de Janeiro where guests will enjoy one of 23 overnight stays, Ushuaia in Argentina that’s often referred to as the ‘End of the World’, Hobart in Australia, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and India’s bustling city of Mumbai.

 

WHEN WILL THE RECORD OFFICIALLY BE SET?

Viking Sun‘s 245-day record-breaking journey is scheduled to end on May 2020.

An official Guinness World Record Adjudicator will be called upon to confirm the successful attempt with a certificate presentation.

 

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT THE CRUISE?

Hagen says the cruise will include all the special Viking touches, including attention to detail, more time in port, overnight stays, serene onboard spaces and immersive experiences.

Guests will also have access to a complimentary shore excursion at each port of call, onboard meals, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, as well as free wi-fi, self-service laundry and more.

Click here for more information on the cruise.