In March, Viking announced that it would be operating a series of cruises around the UK this summer aboard its newest ocean vessel, Viking Venus. Those sailings sold out within a week.
Now, the line has announced two more cruise destinations beginning in June 2021 — Bermuda and Iceland. In addition, two more UK sailings have been added to the summer schedule.
For the new ‘Bermuda Escape’ cruises, Viking Orion will homeport in Hamilton for eight-night roundtrip cruises. The ‘Iceland’s Natural Beauty’ itinerary will see Viking Sky homeporting in the capital of Reykjavík, also for eight-night roundtrip voyages.
For months, Viking has been working closely with officials in Bermuda, Iceland, and the UK, and these destinations were chosen because of their popularity with Viking guests as well as their commitment to welcoming Viking ships. The line is currently working on developing more ‘Welcome Back’ sailings in a variety of other destinations including Greece, Turkey, and Malta.
On these new Welcome Back voyages, crew and passengers will both have a vaccination requirement, in accordance with local entry rules in many of the destinations where the ships will sail.
“We applaud the governments of the United Kingdom, Bermuda and Iceland for their collaboration and support in restarting the cruise industry safely,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“No other travel company has implemented the same science-led approach that includes a vaccination requirement for all guests, plus frequent non-invasive saliva PCR testing among all guests and crew. Therefore, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage. We look forward to welcoming guests back on board—and welcoming them back to the world.”
At embarkation, debarkation, and throughout the cruise, Viking guests and crew will frequently receive quick, non-invasive saliva PCR tests that utilize the full-scale laboratories that are now installed on every Viking ocean ship. New air purification systems have been installed on all Viking vessels as well, and additional physical distancing and sanitation measures will be in place onboard.
Bookings for the Welcome Back voyages are now open.