No date has been set yet for a resumption of cruising from the United States, but that hasn’t stopped Los Angeles-based Viking Cruises from announcing a $50,000, 136-day world cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale on December 24, 2021.
The 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise will visit 27 countries and 56 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities, and will include three new ports of call for Viking – Phillip Island and Eden, Australia, as well as Yangon, Myanmar.
“This has been an unusual year for all travelers, but we remain focused on the future and are pleased to offer our guests a new destination-focused World Cruise that allows for extensive exploration in 2021-2022,” said Viking Chairman, Torstein Hagen.
The cruise will sail aboard the 930-guest Viking Star and will visit six continents, exploring ports of call in Central America; transiting through the Panama Canal; journeying up the West Coast of North America before crossing the Pacific Ocean and calling in Hawaii; traversing New Zealand and Australia; and sailing through Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean before concluding in London – guests have a complimentary option to remain on board for three additional days and disembark in the ship’s home port of Bergen, Norway.
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Among the highlights of the journey are:
- Phillip Island, Australia, home to some of Australia’s most dramatic scenery and diverse wildlife including the island’s famed Little Penguins.
- Eden, Australia, once home to the country’s whaling industry and now famed for its conservation efforts protecting the whale population.
- Yangon, Myanmar. The journey will pause for three days in the former British colony, once known as Burma, where passengers can explore Yangon’s renowned colonial architecture; the Shwedagon Paya, a 326 feet statue adorned with 27 tons of gold leaf, and thousands of diamonds and other gemstones, that is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites; the floating villages of Inle Lake and the royal city of Mandalay, the home of the Burmese kings.
- Cochin, India, the former center of the spice trade, occupied in turn by the Portuguese, the Dutch and British. Among its landmarks are Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese as a gift to the king in 1555, and the Jewish quarter, with the Paradesi Synagogue dating back to 1568.
- Komodo Island, Indonesia, home to the famed Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, growing to a length of three meters, and the Komodo National Park, one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Pricing for the 2021-2022 Viking Cruises world cruise starts at $49,995 per person based on double-occupancy and includes business class international air fares.
Passengers who book by September 30, 2020 will receive an additional $2,000 per person in shore excursion credit for any optional land programs and $1,000 per person in shipboard credit.
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