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  • Cruise Critic: Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Debut in Australia with its Newest Ship, Viking Sun

    February 10, 2018 – Viking Ocean Cruises' newest ship, Viking Sun, arrived in Sydney for the first time today, marking the brand's debut down under and its maiden voyage around the world. The 930-passenger Viking Sun set off from Miami on December 15, 2017, on a 141-day cruise to London, around five continents, 35 countries and 66 ports. Melbourne was the first port of call for the ship's foray into Australian waters on February 8, followed by Sydney this morning, with Brisbane, the Whitsunday Islands, Cairns, Thursday Island and Darwin to follow.

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  • Miami Herald: This cruise ship has no casino, no water slides, no karaoke and no kids. We like it.

    February 1, 2018 – I’ve been trying to decide what I liked best about Viking Sun and I’ve narrowed it down to these three points: the heated bathroom floors; the variety of dining choices with no extra fee; and the peace that comes with having no children on board.

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  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: London to Shetland Isles to Norway: Exploring the land of the midnight sun

    December 9, 2017 – Viking is best known for its river cruises (hello, “Masterpiece” fans); the company has added ocean cruises and does them very well, with new, comfortable and relatively small ships. They carry a maximum of 930 passengers and have witty lectures by academics in place of casinos.

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  • USA Today: Photo tour: Inside Viking Ocean Cruises' newest ship, Viking Sun

    January 16, 2018 – Unveiled in November, Sun is two-year-old Viking Ocean's fourth vessel. Like the line's first three ships — Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky — its less than a third the size of the latest megaships from the likes of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, and it has been designed to mix on-board elegance with a focus on destinations that executives say has been lost across much of the cruise industry in recent years.

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  • Huffington Post: My Viking Adventure: A Different Type of Cruise

    January 11, 2018 – For those of you who have not experienced a cruise other than the megaships, let me bring you into the world of Viking. If you are looking for a constant hustle and bustle, casinos and loud music, read no further. But, if you are looking for a more intimate ship, personalized service, cultural enrichment and total relaxation then read on.

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  • Travel Weekly: Nordic heritage shines onboard the Viking Sun

    January 11, 2018 – Subtle reminders of Viking heritage are everywhere on the 930-passenger ship, from the reindeer pelts and wool blankets draped across the backs of upholstered chairs in the Explorer's Lounge to the snow grotto in the LivNordic Spa.

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  • Los Angeles Times: World cruise brought Viking's newest ship to the Port of Los Angeles

    January 8, 2018 – The ship's visit marked a number of firsts: It was Viking Cruises' first world cruise, its first West Coast port of call, and the first opportunity for the line’s U.S.-based employees, who work in Woodland Hills, to see one of the ships they help to market and create.

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  • Cruise Critic: Viking Ocean Cruises Announces Name of Sixth Ship

    January 5, 2018 – Viking Ocean Cruises today announced the line's sixth cruise ship, launching in February 2019, will be named Viking Jupiter. Torstein Hagen, the cruise line's chairman and founder, announced the ship's name at Port Los Angeles, where Viking Sun became the first ship in the fleet to visit the U.S. West Coast.

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  • Vancouver Sun: Exploring Cuba by cruise ship

    December 17, 2017 – Viking has crafted its Cuban itineraries a little differently from other lines, and it is to Viking’s advantage. Rather than docking in Havana, Viking spends three days anchored off Cienfuegos, Cuba, on the southern part of the Island.

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  • CNN: Cruise Critic picks world's best cruise ships for 2017

    December 12, 2017 – Viking Cruises dominated the 10th annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards with five wins. Viking won three river cruise awards (best enrichment, best for first timers and best shore excursions) and two ocean luxury awards (best spa and best value for money). Viking also dominated the website's Cruisers' Choice Awards in February, which are chosen by reviews posted by travelers registered with the site.

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  • USA Today 10Best: 10 ways to explore the world like a true Viking (but with more amenities)

    November 25, 2017 – If you’re fascinated by these larger-than-life legends – or just want to visit their home countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden – the best place to get in touch with your inner Viking is probably on a Viking cruise. Like its namesake, the Norwegian-born ships are all about travel, exploration and new experiences.

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  • HGTV: 10 High-Design Cruises

    November 7, 2017 – Best known for its river cruise ships, Viking is gaining recognition for its ocean vessels, including the first ship, Viking Star, which began sailing in 2015. Since then, three sister ships have been christened, including Viking Sea. Each ship design emanates Scandinavian influences in the color palette of pale blues and pure whites, as well as in the light-colored woods.

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  • Los Angeles Times: Viking plans to add 10 new river and ocean-going cruise ships

    October 31, 2017 – The cruise industry is growing by leaps and bounds, with companies regularly announcing the upcoming launch of new ships. But none can compete with the marathon efforts of Viking, which is adding two new ships to its fleet in 2018, another ship in 2019 and seven new river boats. Viking, which currently operates a fleet of 62 vessels, offers scenic cruising along the rivers and oceans of the Americas, Europe, Russia, Egypt, China and Southeast Asia.

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  • U.S. News & World Report: 17 Bucket-List Cruise Itineraries

    October 27, 2017 – A highlight of a cruise on Viking Homelands is stops at eight countries with unforgettable scenery. “Scandinavia is Viking territory, and the Viking Homelands itinerary brings guests along the original trade routes of the Viking explorers. [While] sailing from Bergen to Stockholm, guests have opportunities to see the great cities of the Baltic Sea, along with Norwegian fjords, rural historical sites and ancient Viking settlements that provide a glimpse at how the original Vikings lived,” says Torstein Hagen, Viking Cruises’ Chairman. “One of our signature itineraries, I’m pleased to offer it for guests to experience my home country of Norway and the homelands of the original Viking explorers,” he adds.

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  • USA Today: Viking Ocean Cruises unveils plans for another epic world sailing

    October 16, 2017 – Viking Ocean Cruises has announced plans for another epic world cruise — only its second ever. Kicking off Jan. 9, 2019 in Miami, the 128-day voyage will span nearly the entire globe and include stops in 44 ports in 21 countries. The sailing will take place on Viking's soon-to-debut, 930-passenger Viking Sun, the same ship that in December will operate Viking's first world cruise.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best Cruise Lines in the World: Readers' Choice Awards 2017

    October 17, 2017 – Viking was voted the Best River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Viking has scored in the top of the list every year since the river cruise category was introduced. Also, after only two years of operating ocean cruises, Viking was again named one of the Best Ocean Cruise Lines.

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  • JustLuxe: Enjoy Luxurious Ocean Cruising Aboard the Award-Winning Viking Star

    October 11, 2017 – Viking’s policy of no casino, no children, no “umbrella drinks” and no “nickel and diming” strikes a chord with many travelers. What Viking does offer are midsized ships (930 maximum guests) and all-balcony accommodations. These masterfully designed ships are works of art from bow to stern. Revolutionary to ocean cruising is the inclusion of complimentary Wi-fi available to all guests throughout the ship, a true perk in this digital age.

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  • Cruise Critic: Viking Ocean Cruises Changes Name of New Ship, Reveals Godmother

    October 4, 2017 – Viking Ocean Cruises has changed the name of its cruise ship slated to be delivered June 2018. Formerly Viking Spirit, Viking Orion will be the fifth ship launched by the cruise line -- a sister company to Viking River Cruises. NASA astronaut and the first mother in space, Anna Lee Fisher, also has been named the ship's godmother, company chairman Torstein Hagen revealed Wednesday night at a media event onboard Viking Sky in New York City.

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  • Fox Business: Viking Cruises to take passengers to Cuba

    October 5, 2017 – Viking Cruises CEO Torstein Hagen weighs in on cruise line business.

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  • Cruise Critic: Viking Ocean Cruises Takes Delivery of New Cruise Ship

    September 26, 2017 – Viking Ocean Cruises took delivery of its fourth cruise ship yesterday at Fincantieri's shipyard in Alcona, Italy. The 930-passenger Viking Sun is identical to its fleetmates, Viking Star, Sea and Sky. Viking Sun will have an ambitious first year, departing on its inaugural voyage on October 4, sailing from Venice through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.

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  • Cruise Business Review: Viking Cruises Goes from upstart to leader in 20 years

    September 2, 2017 – Few people would ever have predicted that river cruises could overtake the ocean market to become the fastest-growing segment of the industry. Yet, founded just 20 years ago with four modest riverboats and a home office consisting of two cell phones, Viking River Cruises has successfully leveraged the river market to achieve industry-leading growth. Now it is poised to become the world’s largest small-ship cruise line. Cruise Business Review traces the rapid growth of Viking Cruises.

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  • Travel + Leisure: This Around-the-world Cruise to 5 Continents and 21 Countries Is the Ultimate Adventure

    September 5, 2017 –Viking Cruises has announced its second world cruise, scheduled for January 2019. The cruise will circle the globe for 128 days, spanning five continents, 21 countries, and 44 ports — for the price tag of $49,995.

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  • TravelPulse: Subtle Sister-Ship Differences On the Viking Sky

    August 22, 2017 – Viking Ocean Cruises already had a fantastic ship design with its first Viking Star and Viking Sea sister-ships, but the line did make some minor changes for the third Viking Sky. They are so subtle, however, that most are likely to go unnoticed without being pointed out.

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  • TravelPulse: 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Viking Sky Cruise Tips

    August 13, 2017 – Viking Ocean Cruises’ third sister-ship—the Viking Sky—is yet another gem. Besides her main bragging points, she also presents a number of experiences that may not be first on your list to try but are worth digging deeper into.

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  • Cruise Fever: Viking Cruises Adds New Partnerships Focused on Cultural Enrichment

    August 9, 2017 – Viking Cruises has announced new partnerships that will continue the cruise line’s focus on cultural enrichment. Viking has signed on to sponsor the United States tour of the acclaimed English boys choir, LIBERA, and the Ballet Sun Valley international festival this summer. The company has also extended its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl for the fifth consecutive season.

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  • TravelPulse: More than 'Third Times the Charm' for Viking

    August 7, 2017 – Ordinarily, when a third of anything comes out, one might be tempted to think, “well, third times the charm.” But in the case of Viking Ocean Cruises, the line hit it out of the park with the fantastic Viking Star prototype and follow up Viking Sea. So, the third new Viking Sky sister-ship that I’m now heading out to experience is sure to continue their established excellence.

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