Cruise Line Sails From Port Everglades For The First Time

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Viking has officially set sail from Port Everglades for the first time.

The line’s 930-passenger ocean ship Viking Orion departed the southern Florida port yesterday, becoming its first vessel to sail from Fort Lauderdale. Orion‘s identical sister ship, Viking Star, will also be sailing from Port Everglades this season, scheduled to set off on her first voyage there on Saturday, November 6.

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Viking Orion arriving into Port Everglades (Photo via Port Everglades on Twitter)

Both ships are set to operate a variety of itineraries in the Caribbean and Central America through winter 2022. One of these routes is a 14-night roundtrip Panama Canal & Central America route that stops in Key West, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatán, Puerto Limon, Colon, and Montego Bay.

Another is a 14-night roundtrip West Indies Treasures sailing with calls in San Juan, Tortola, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas.

“Viking’s arrival diversifies Port Everglades’ fleet with a new brand that focuses on history, culture and exploration for curious travelers,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels. “We are honored that Viking has selected Port Everglades for their 2021-2022 winter cruise season and wish them great success in the Florida-Caribbean market.”

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Features of Viking Orion and Viking Star include all-balcony cabins with heated bathroom floors, beer and wine included with lunch and dinner, a pool with retractable roof, an aft infinity pool, the light-filled Wintergarden where afternoon tea is served, and a complimentary spa thermal suite.

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Wintergarden area (Photo courtesy of Viking)

Dining venues include the World Café buffet, Mamsen’s casual counter-service restaurant inside the Explorer’s Lounge, The Restaurant main dining room, and the included Manfredi’s Italian restaurant. The Chef’s Table experience is also offered for an additional fee.

Originally a river cruise line, Viking has expanded into the ocean cruising market and has launched seven ocean vessels since 2015. The line plans to launch its first expedition ship early next year.

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