Following the news that vaccinated Brits will now be able to travel on international cruises, some of our favourite cruise lines are unveiling exciting new itineraries to follow their current roster of UK staycation cruises, which many lines launched this year.
The latest to catch our eye is Viking, which has unveiled a varied range of new international voyages on its luxury river and ocean ships, starting as soon as this month.
Ranging from Iceland to Bermuda, the new diverse range of ‘Welcome Back’ international cruises on its award-winning ships boast a roster of culturally-rich destinations – and Viking’s elegant boutique surroundings sound like just the ticket in which to see them. Even better, right now the cruise line is offering no extra supplement for single travellers on its ‘Welcome Back’ sailings throughout August and September 2021 – a significant saving, and even more reason to get out and see the world again in style.
The international itineraries for UK travellers to choose from on Viking this summer include:
8-day Bermuda Escape voyages on Viking Orion, available for UK guests on multiple sailings roundtrip from Bermuda’s capital Hamilton, known for its distinctive blend of British and American culture, starting from 13 August 2021, with fares from £2,190 per person including flights.
The 15-day Iceland, British Isles & Iberia voyage, which sails between Reykjavík and Barcelona with ports of call including Dublin, Lisbon and Granada. Departing on 4 and 14 September 2021, guests will witness the changing scenery and climate as their voyage unfolds – from the black volcanic terrain of Iceland, the temperate rolling green hills of Ireland, to the sunny and inviting warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea along Spain’s southern coast Fares start from £2,990 per person including flights.
Following in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson, Viking’s 8-day Iceland’s Natural Beauty itinerary is available from 3 August through until September 2021. Guests will observe diverse wildlife and discover coastal towns along Iceland’s majestic shores, enjoying its unparalleled natural beauty as they witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Fares start from £2,390 per person including flights.
A roundtrip from the Maltese capital city of Valletta – a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site – for the 11-day Malta & the Adriatic Jewels, the 11-day Malta & Greek Isles Discovery and the 21-day Malta, the Adriatic & Greece itineraries. Fares start from £2,790 including flights, with special offers also available on selected sailings.
We believe there is no better – or safer – way to see the world than on a cruiseWendy Atkin-Smith, Viking UK
Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director of Viking UK, said, “It is a really exciting time for us all in the UK as international travel is beginning to open up again… We believe there is no better – or safer – way to see the world than on a cruise so we are looking forward to welcoming our UK guests to Iceland, Malta and Bermuda this summer.”
Safety, as Atkin-Smith highlights, is paramount on these ships. Viking’s guests can relax, safe in the knowledge that Viking has developed an industry-leading health and safety programme, with every Viking ocean ship even boasting a full-scale laboratory as well as dedicated shoreside labs for Viking river ships in Europe, enabling all guests and crew to receive frequent quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests. That also means that your final PCR test taken onboard also satisfies the requirement for pre-flight testing – making international travel easy.
Boasting spectacular destinations and a reputation for true longboat luxury, it’s not a surprise that Viking has been racking up its awards of late. Viking was awarded the ‘Best Boutique Cruise Line’ and ‘Best River Cruise Operator’ in the 2020 Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards, as well as ‘Best River Cruise Line’ by Condé Nast Traveller in the publication’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. Based on public votes, the cruise line was also awarded the ‘Best Luxury River Cruise Line Award’ at the 2020 Silver Travel Awards, and ‘Best River Cruise Holiday Company’ at the 2020 British Travel Awards, one of the largest consumer polls in the UK.
If you don’t fancy travelling internationally just yet this summer, Viking is also offering 8-day UK voyages departing on 7, 14 and 21 August, which will all sail on a roundtrip from Portsmouth – with all the glamour of a Viking cruise, and no international travel restrictions to consider.
Further ahead, Viking have also revealed a thrilling range of Expedition cruises available to enjoy from early next year, offering bucket-list trips around North America on purpose-built ships. The first Viking Expedition vessel, Viking Octantis, will embark on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes from January 2022. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic. Viking’s custom-built vessel, Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, between New Orleans and St. Paul.
Fares for this year’s upcoming international cruises start from £2,190 per person including flights for the Bermuda Escape cruise, from £2,990 per person including flights for Iceland, British Isles & Iberia, from £2,390 per person including flights for Iceland’s Natural Beauty, and from £2,790 including flights for its Malta-departing itineraries. You can book now and find more information at viking.com.
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