Viking’s ocean cruises are back up and running in the Mediterranean.
Last week, passengers boarded Viking Sea and Viking Venus in Valletta, Malta, where the ships will be homeporting for the summer.
New cruises from Malta include the 11-night Malta & the Adriatic Jewels, the 11-night Malta & Greek Isles Discovery, and the 21-night Malta, the Adriatic & Greece itineraries. Both ships will be operating these sailings.
Viking has partnered with Lufthansa airline to offer non-stop flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Malta, exclusively for Viking guests to make the journey across the ocean as easy as possible.
“We are delighted to be back in the Mediterranean and to be homeporting in Valletta. On behalf of the entire Viking family, we thank the government of Malta for its support and partnership in developing these fantastic new voyages,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, from on board Viking Sea in Valletta.
“With its rich history and stunning natural beauty, Malta is truly a gem in the Mediterranean that many American travelers have yet to discover. My daughter, Karine, and I have enjoyed our time in Malta immensely, and we look forward to introducing even more travelers to this wonderful country.”
Last month, the Maltese Government eased rules for international visitors, and now allows vaccinated Americans with CDC record cards to arrive into the country.
Also in June, the CDC announced that it has eased travel recommendations for 110 countries and territories. As part of its recommendations, the agency ranked Malta as “Level 1,” or the lowest for risk of COVID-19.
Viking resumed cruises in May 2021 with cruises in England for British guests. In June, the company began sailing around Bermuda and Iceland, welcoming American passengers on board.
The cruise line’s health and safety protocols include saliva PCR tests throughout the cruise, new air purification technology onboard, enhanced sanitization, and physical distancing. In addition, each Viking ocean ship now features a full-scale laboratory. Viking’s river cruises will utilize a network of dedicated shoreside labs.
Limited space is still available on summer and early fall 2021 sailings.