Viking Reveals 2023 Cruises, Features Great Lakes Route

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Viking has revealed its 2023 season of expedition cruises, including a new two-week itinerary in the Great Lakes and additional voyages in North and South America.

Great Lakes

Debuting in June 2023, Viking’s new 15-day Great Lakes Collection itinerary will sail between Toronto, Canada and Duluth, Minnesota. The journey will take passengers through all five of the Great Lakes.

As a result of strong demand, the cruise line has also announced 2023 sailing dates for four existing Great Lakes expedition voyages: the eight-day Niagara & the Great Lakes, Great Lakes Explorer, and Undiscovered Great Lakes itineraries, as well as the 13-day Canadian Discovery itinerary.

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Viking Octantis (Photo courtesy of Viking)

North & South America

Three additional expedition sailings in North and South America will also debut in summer 2023. The new 16-day Canada & the Atlantic Coastline itinerary between Toronto and Fort Lauderdale will expand offerings along the St. Lawrence River and Atlantic coastline, featuring destinations including Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Norfolk, Charleston and more.

In South America, passengers can enjoy the beauty of Patagonia while sailing from Santiago to Ushuaia on the new 14-day Patagonian Shores & Chilean Fjords itinerary.

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Those looking to explore destinations in North, Central, and South America can choose the new 18-day Panama & Scenic South America voyage between Santiago, Chile and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“In creating ‘the thinking person’s expedition,’ we are offering curious travelers the opportunity to visit some of the most pristine destinations on earth in the most responsible way possible,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “As we prepare to welcome our first guests on board for voyages to Antarctica this coming winter, we are also pleased to unveil even more new journeys closer to home for summer 2023.”

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Rendering The Aula auditorium on deck 2 of the expedition ships (Courtesy of Viking)

Viking’s Expedition Ships

Viking’s brand-new Polar Class vessels Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will host 378 guests in 189 staterooms each.

They have been designed by the same nautical architects and engineers that designed Viking’s ocean ships, and are optimally-sized and built for expeditions — small enough to navigate remote polar regions and the St. Lawrence River, but also large enough to handle and be stable in rough seas.

Straight bows, longer hulls, and fin stabilizers will allow the vessels to glide over the waves for the calmest possible journey, and ice-strengthened Polar Class hulls will provide the safest way to explore.

You can learn more about Viking’s expedition ships here: Viking Ocean Cruises is Launching an Expedition Brand.

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