• TravelPulse: What’s Special About Great Lakes Cruises?

    May 18, 2022 — One such cruise line to expand into the Great Lakes is Viking Cruises. Known for luxurious river cruises, the cruise line launched its first expedition ship, the Viking Octantis, in Antarctica before making its way into the Great Lakes for its inaugural Great Lakes season earlier this month.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking completes its first Great Lakes voyage

    May 9, 2022 — Viking on May 6 completed its inaugural Great Lakes voyage on the new Viking Octantis, the largest cruise ship to sail the Great Lakes. Viking is offering three Great Lakes itineraries this year on the 378-passenger expedition ship.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best New Cruises in the World: 2022 Hot List

    May 3, 2022 — This 378-passenger expedition ship, which just wrapped her first season in Antarctica, is an exciting departure from the European river cruising Viking has staked its reputation on.

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  • The Jet Set: The Thinking Persons Adventure

    April 25, 2022 — The Octantis, named for the southern star, is an extensive enrichment experience. Understated elegance and attention to detail, distinct Viking characteristics are around every corner.

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  • Cruise Critic: Viking Octantis Cruise - Ship Review

    April 25, 2022 — With the introduction of Viking Octantis, Viking Cruises has firmly planted its flag in the expedition cruising world. Octantis is the cruise line’s first ship dedicated to adventure cruising, and it is simply excellent. Viking has built a reputation on its river and ocean cruise ships for considering every detail, and on Viking Octantis, the company has taken this to the next level.

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  • Forbes: New Viking Octantis Carves Unique Niche In Expedition Cruising

    April 21, 2022 — This new Polar Class 6 expedition vessel is a product of Hagen’s visionary leadership as well as a testament to his moxie. Although the occasion was low-key, the excitement of the first guests, visitors, and crew on board was palpable.

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  • TODAY: Vacationing while protecting Earth is the new big draw for travelers

    April 19, 2022 — A growing number of tourists are looking for ways to travel sustainably, looking to see the sights and protect them—and that’s making cruise liners, car companies and the tourism agency readjust. NBC’s Jessie Kirsch reports for TODAY.

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  • AFAR: The Best Ships for Antarctica Sailings And When to Book

    April 7, 2022 — Viking Expeditions (part of the larger Viking cruise company that also operates a river and ocean line) is new in Antarctica with the 378-passenger, polar-class Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, ships that combine the comforts of traditional cruising with expedition adventures.

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  • The Points Guy: The types of Viking cruise ships, explained

    April 3, 2022 — Viking is unusual among major cruise lines in that it operates both ocean ships and river ships. But despite this, it has one of the easiest-to-understand fleets.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: What It's Like to Sail to Antarctica on Viking's Luxe New Expedition Ship

    March 16, 2022 — Just last week I sat in a Norwegian hot tub known as a badestamp, the steam rising to meet the crisp air of Antarctica that flushed my cheeks. As our ship sailed at a leisurely pace past brilliant blue icebergs, I kept an eye out for the occasional crabeater seal—usually perched on ice floes, they’d lazily lift their heads to glance over at us. I lived like that—in this delicate sweet spot where great adventure and comfort meet—for a full eleven days on board the brand-new Viking Octantis.

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  • Forbes: Celebrate World Whale Day With A Trip To One Of These Amazing Whale Watching Destinations

    February 17, 2022 — There’s a brand new way to spot whales in Antarctica: Officially launched February 16, 2022, Viking Cruises will visit Antarctica with its two new 378-passenger Viking Expeditions ships, Viking Octantis and, later this year, Viking Polaris.

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  • The Points Guy: The 7 most anticipated new cruise ships of 2022

    February 15, 2022 — Fast-growing Viking has rolled out more than 70 new river cruise ships and oceangoing vessels since its founding in 1997. But there’s never been one like this. Designed to hold just 378 passengers, Viking Octantis is the line’s first “expedition” cruise ship — a type of cruise ship specifically designed to take travelers to the most off-the-beaten-path parts of the world, including Antarctica and the Arctic.

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  • Toronto Star: Vacation ships on Great Lakes

    February 10, 2022 — Beginning in late May, the Thunder Bay cruise ship port will be bustling with travellers arriving on the Viking Expeditions’ Viking Octantis.

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  • Forbes: Viking Takes Delivery Of Viking Octantis, Line’s First Expedition Ship

    December 23, 2021 — Yearning to get away from it all? Viking just announced that it has taken delivery of the Viking Octantis, the first of two new purpose-built expedition cruise ships that will join the fleet in 2022. These additions will allow the line to transport its guests to all seven continents.

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  • TravelPulse: Viking Takes Delivery of First Expedition Ship

    December 22, 2021 — Viking has taken delivery of the 378-guest Viking Octantis, the company’s first of two new purpose-built expedition ships. The delivery ceremony took place Dec. 22 at Fincantieri’s VARD shipyard in Søviknes, Norway. Viking Octantis will depart Dec. 23 toward South America to welcome guests in January 2022 for Viking’s first voyages to Antarctica.

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  • Travel + Leisure: This New Viking Cruise Will Take You to All 5 Great Lakes in 15 Days

    November 8, 2021 — If ever you’ve wanted to experience all five of North America’s Great Lakes in a single trip, here’s your chance. Viking Expeditions is launching a new 15-day Great Lakes itinerary for summer 2023 starting in Toronto and sails to Duluth, Minn. — giving passengers the chance to experience each of the five Great Lakes — the cruise company announced recently.

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  • Cruise Critic: Viking Cruise News: Expedition Cruise Ships To Have COVID-19 Testing Labs

    August 30, 2021 — Viking's expedition ships, coming in late 2021 and 2022, will have onboard lab facilities so passengers can be tested for COVID-19, the cruise line's founder and chairman said. The move extends the health and safety practices that Viking instituted on its ocean cruise ships when cruising resumed in May. Viking is the only cruise line to have a full PCR testing labratory onboard.

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  • CNBC: Viking chairman on cruise demand: Bookings up 42% for 2022 over 2019

    August 10, 2021 — Chairman Torstein Hagen joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss the Viking Health & Safety Program and the path forward.

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  • CNN: Here’s how Viking Cruises plans to welcome back vaccinated guests

    April 28, 2021 — Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen talks to CNN’s Richard Quest on “Quest Means Business” to discuss our plans for welcoming vaccinated guests back on board our ocean ships in 2021.

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  • Viking.TV: Exploring the world in comfort…from home

    Forbes: Free Virtual Entertainment From Viking Cruises: Yes, You Can Enjoy Travel Fun At Home

    February 21, 2021 — Applause to travel companies that have gone the extra mile during the pandemic by creatively developing free virtual entertainment. One of the best and brightest roll-outs to build community and share positive experiences comes from Viking Cruises, which launched, in April 2020, a new digital platform called Viking.TV, available online. Now approaching its one year anniversary, Viking.TV has amassed an impressive collection of engaging original cultural content and live-stream video adventures.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: 10 Memorable Cruises for Every Occasion

    February 9, 2021 — Ahhh, retirement—when you finally have enough time to embrace the good life. In 2022, Viking offers just the ticket to celebrate with its new Viking Expeditions arm, dubbed “the thinking person’s expedition.” Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris are influenced by Scandinavian design and fit up to 378 passengers per ship. Each vessel includes a working laboratory for resident scientists, plus fun expedition toys like Zodiacs, kayaks, and twin submarines.

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  • Cruise Critic: Viking Octantis Launches, Begins Wave of New Expedition Cruise Vessels

    January 4, 2021 — Viking Cruises' foray into the exciting and growing world of expedition cruising came one step closer to reality in December, when the line successfully floated out its first purpose-built expedition vessel, Viking Octantis.

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  • Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    October 5, 2020 — As Viking.TV celebrates six months of offering award-winning programming this week, four astronauts will host a special panel discussion on Friday sharing what it’s like to live and work in space.

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  • Viking.TV: Exploring the world in comfort…from home

    Forbes: Viking Launches Viking.TV, A New Travel Experience Channel

    April 5, 2020 — As with other travel entities turning to web-based content during COVID-19 related cancellations, Viking Cruises has set a new course with the launch of Viking.TV. This digital library, created by the river and ocean cruise company, will showcase experiential programming that Viking guests have access to onboard their respective cruises, on deck levels or their cabin TV. Its culturally-focused content will feature appearances by the Viking executives and crew and subjects relating to its at-sail and at port ventures, plus live video of happenings from around the world.

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  • Frommer's: Great Lakes Cruises and Polar Expeditions with Submarines

    January 17, 2020 — With sights set on both the farthest and the closest destinations on earth, cruise company Viking has announced a new fleet of two expedition ships. It will join the companies roving both the Arctic Circle and Antarctica and, most interestingly, pioneer new itineraries in the Great Lakes.

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  • The Star Tribune: Viking cruises will sail the Great Lakes with a stop in Duluth

    January 17, 2020 — Viking, the company that got its start plying European rivers, will splash into the Great Lakes in the summer of 2022. One of the routes on the Earth’s largest body of freshwater will shine a spotlight on Minnesota. Duluth will be among its ports of call.

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  • Chicago Tribune: Viking Cruise Line Is Building Two Cutting-Edge Ships — And One Is Headed For The Great Lakes

    January 15, 2020 — A big player in the cruise industry is diving into the Great Lakes market. Switzerland-based Viking, which built its name plying the rivers of Europe, is extending its reach into North America in 2022 with voyages exploring the largest surface of fresh water in the world.

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  • Forbes: Viking To Launch Innovative Expedition Cruises

    January 15, 2020 — This will be the first time Viking devotees will be able to explore the Great Lakes region on the line’s modern, technologically-advanced ships. It is anticipated that these new itineraries will have a major impact on tourism and economic development in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and in the province of Ontario in Canada.

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  • FORTUNE: Viking’s New Small-Ship Expedition Cruises Will Offer Close-Up Views Of A Rapidly Changing Antarctica And Arctic Circle

    January 15, 2020 — Viking Cruises just announced a series of new destination-focused, expedition voyages with locales that will inevitably see rapid change over the next decade and years to come. Viking Expeditions will set sail starting in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octantis, embarking on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.

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  • Travel + Leisure: Viking Cruises Launches Epic New Expedition Trips

    January 15, 2020 — Viking Cruises has just announced the launch of Viking Expeditions, an exciting new chapter in the company’s history. This new arm of the ever-expanding brand will focus on small-ship trips to Antarctica and the Great Lakes of North America.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking Cruises launching expedition ships in 2022

    January 15, 2020 — Viking Cruises has opened the books on a new product line: Viking Expeditions, an expedition cruise line that will set sail in 2022.

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  • The Points Guy: Traveling to Bergen, Norway? Here’s what you need to know

    May 20, 2022 — Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about planning a visit to Bergen, whether you’re arriving for just a day on a cruise ship or flying in for a multi-day visit.

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  • Cruise Critic: Live From Viking Mars: First Impressions of Viking Ocean’s Newest Cruise Ship

    May 19, 2022 — The 930-passenger Viking Mars is the seventh ship in Viking’s near identical ocean fleet which began with Viking Star exactly seven years ago. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Viking, which is the world’s largest river cruise line.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best New Cruises in the World: 2022 Hot List

    May 3, 2022 — Viking Venus is the newest addition to the brand’s collection of ocean liners—and with her launch in May 2021 came exciting new itineraries like Malta & Adriatic Jewels, marking the brand’s first time home porting in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valletta.

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  • The Points Guy: The types of Viking cruise ships, explained

    April 3, 2022 — Viking is unusual among major cruise lines in that it operates both ocean ships and river ships. But despite this, it has one of the easiest-to-understand fleets.

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  • USA Today: This one-of-a-kind Iceland cruise offers a new and unique experience

    March 20, 2022 — “Iceland’s Natural Beauty,” an 8-day cruise that sails round-trip from Reykjavik, gives you an up-close-and-personal look at some of the country’s most remote and beautiful coastal villages.

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  • Cruise Critic: Northern Lights Might Not Even be the Best Part of a Norway Cruise: Live from Viking Venus

    March 14, 2022 — The Northern Lights are what lured me and, from my nonscientific chat-and-listen survey, the other 600-plus guests onboard Viking Venus' 13-day aptly named "In Search of the Northern Lights" voyage wrapping up this weekend in Bergen, Norway. This, along with the promise of learning more about the Sami people of Norway, a chance to try out sled-dog racing and opportunities to view the gorgeous landscape.

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  • Travel + Leisure: This Tiny European Island — With a Population of 2 — Is Perfect for a Vacation Without the Crowds

    February 15, 2022 — To explore these storied waters, Viking Cruises offers voyages that stop in Malta, with excursions that allow guests to sail through and swim at various spots around Comino.

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  • Luxury Travel Advisor: Viking Marks Float-Out of Newest Ocean Ship

    January 14, 2022 — Viking's newest ocean ship—the 930-guest Viking Neptune—“floated out,” marking a significant construction milestone and the first time the ship touched water. Set to debut in November 2022, Viking Neptune will spend its inaugural season sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean before embarking on the "2023-2024 Viking World Cruise" from Fort Lauderdale to London, spanning 138 days, 28 countries and 57 ports—with overnight stays in 11 cities.

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  • Travel + Leisure: 10 Around-the-world Cruises for the Trip of a Lifetime

    January 3, 2022 — See 28 countries on the 138-day Viking World Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to London. After departing from Florida, the Viking Neptune will sail the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, stopping in sunny destinations before crossing the Panama Canal to reach the Pacific.

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  • Toronto Star: As a long-time cruise enthusiast, I’ve sailed aboard about 40 different ships — and this trip was one of my all-time favourites

    December 31, 2021 — Cruising the Mediterranean is the stuff of dreams. For my 15-day voyage from Barcelona to Athens aboard the Viking Sea, the list of ports-of-call reads like romance, each stop stirring the imagination: Monaco, Rome, Naples, Crete, Ephesus.      

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  • CNBC: The best cruises of 2022, according to U.S. News & World Report

    November 9, 2021 — Two cruise lines, Viking and Disney, dominate a new ranking released by U.S. News & World Report.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking Saturn to join Viking Ocean Cruises fleet in 2023

    October 13, 2021 — The 930-passenger vessel, identical to its eight sister ships, will spend its maiden season sailing in the Nordic countries, including two 15-day cruises (Iceland-Greenland-Canada and Iceland-Norway) and a 29-day sailing to Greenland, Iceland and Norway.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2021 Readers' Choice Awards: Medium Ship Line #1: Viking Ocean Cruise

    October 5, 2021 — Originally a river cruise line, Viking has launched six ocean-going vessels since 2015, the most recent being the brand-new Viking Venus, whose maiden voyage took place in 2021. The ships are nearly identical, carrying 930 passengers each, housed in balcony staterooms. Though not all-inclusive, Viking Ocean offers guests one free excursion in each port (the ships primarily sail Northern Europe, though there are some Mediterranean itineraries, too), beer and wine with lunch and dinner, and an unlimited Wi-Fi connection.

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  • USA Today: This cruise line is setting the standard for traveling during a pandemic

    September 8, 2021 — Never one to follow the pack, Viking has distinguished itself from other major cruise lines by focusing on “exploring the world in comfort.” Unlike most of its colleagues, it doesn’t allow kids under 18, it doesn’t have casinos and it doesn’t charge extra for Wi-Fi, laundry, specialty restaurants or beer and wine at lunch and dinner. Plus, one shore excursion is included in every port and every cabin comes with a private balcony.

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  • Cruise Critic: Just Back From Viking Venus: Brand-New Cruise Ship, Brand-New Homeport

    September 2, 2021 — What is the secret to a well-designed cruise ship? There's no one answer, of course, but versatility plays a role. As a passenger, you want to be on a ship that has as much to offer on a sun-soaked itinerary as it does during rainy weather. And cruise lines want the flexibility to be able to move ships around to different climates and countries, particularly during a pandemic when limited ports are availability. Maybe that's why Viking's ocean cruise ships have done so well managing their return to service with 'Welcome Back' itineraries based in three different countries -- Iceland, Bermuda and Malta.

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  • Travel + Leisure: Viking's 2022 World Cruise Sold Out so Quickly, It's Offering 2 in 2023

    August 27, 2021 — For the first time ever, Viking will operate two world cruises within one year, due to increased demand for longer-term travel. The 2023-2024 Viking World Cruise will sail aboard two different ships, both setting sail on identical itineraries from Fort Lauderdale and leaving within days of each other. The announcement comes after both Viking's 2021 and 2022 world cruises sold out in record time.

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  • CNBC: Viking chairman on cruise demand: Bookings up 42% for 2022 over 2019

    August 10, 2021 — Chairman Torstein Hagen joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss the Viking Health & Safety Program and the path forward.

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  • Forbes: My (COVID-19) Positive Experience Cruising To Iceland On Viking Sky Last Week

    July 19, 2021 — Viking has taken the pandemic seriously. They’ve spent the past year and a half creating the only full-scale testing labs at sea, putting them into place on every one of their ships (not an inexpensive undertaking) along with health and safety protocols that are setting the gold standard for cruising during these unsettling times.

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  • CNN: Here’s how Viking Cruises plans to welcome back vaccinated guests

    April 28, 2021 — Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen talks to CNN’s Richard Quest on “Quest Means Business” to discuss our plans for welcoming vaccinated guests back on board our ocean ships in 2021.

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  • CNBC: Viking restarts limited cruise operation with vaccine and testing requirements

    April 9, 2021 — Torstein Hagen, Viking chairman, joins “Squawk on the Street” to discuss the cruise line’s reopening plans and outlook for the company.

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  • Viking.TV: Exploring the world in comfort…from home

    Forbes: Free Virtual Entertainment From Viking Cruises: Yes, You Can Enjoy Travel Fun At Home

    February 21, 2021 — Applause to travel companies that have gone the extra mile during the pandemic by creatively developing free virtual entertainment. One of the best and brightest roll-outs to build community and share positive experiences comes from Viking Cruises, which launched, in April 2020, a new digital platform called Viking.TV, available online. Now approaching its one year anniversary, Viking.TV has amassed an impressive collection of engaging original cultural content and live-stream video adventures.

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  • Forbes: Viking Cruises Bets You’ll Be Ready For This Epic Journey In 2022–23

    January 21, 2021 — How many of the 58 ports on this 138-day cruise have you been to? Once the world is vaccinated and the pandemic subsides, many will be craving a cruise again. Viking Cruises has a new 138-day World Cruise that might be the most relaxing way to (almost) circle the globe. It visits some of the world’s most famous destinations on almost every continent.

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  • Travel + Leisure: Viking Cruises’ New Safety Protocols Include Daily COVID-19 Testing, New Filtration Systems, and Disinfecting Robots

    December 11, 2020 — Viking Cruises will test all guests and crew for COVID-19 with daily PCR tests when sailings resume, as part of the company’s new Viking Health & Safety Program, the cruise line recently announced.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best Cruise Ships in the World: The 2021 Gold List

    December 10, 2020 — I never should never have taken my mother on that Viking Cruises trip. Two weeks pinballing around Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea and now she expects every vacation to include a sumptuous stateroom, white-glove room service, and excursions to see the likes of Finnish reindeer. To propose we travel any other way is to be met with, “Does Viking not go there?” I’ve created a monster.

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  • Forbes: The First Cruise Ship To Offer Onboard COVID-19 Testing Has Arrived

    November 4, 2020 — Viking Star will offer daily PCR testing to all passengers and crew via the first floating laboratory of its kind at sea.

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  • Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    October 5, 2020 — As Viking.TV celebrates six months of offering award-winning programming this week, four astronauts will host a special panel discussion on Friday sharing what it’s like to live and work in space.

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  • Hemispheres: Fill Your Bucket List with Our Readers’ Choice Awards

    September 1, 2020 — You’d be hard-pressed to find a renowned river that Viking doesn’t ply. Make like Mark Twain on the Mississippi, taste the best of Portugal’s port wines on the Douro, see the pyramids on the Nile, or go deep into the Mekong Delta—all while enjoying sleek staterooms and regional dining.

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  • Departures: Spas Around the World Made for Design Lovers' Dreams

    July 30, 2020 — When Viking launched their ocean cruises in 2015, they had one goal in mind; to bring their passion for Scandinavian aesthetic and natural elements to the ship's design. And the spa, which is featured on all of their ocean liners, represents everything you’d come to expect from a Norwegian designed bathhouse.

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  • INSIDER: A cruise line's 4-month trip will take you to 27 countries, including Greece, Australia, and Thailand

    July 28, 2020 — Viking World Cruises just announced plans to launch a 136-day cruise that will take passengers around the world. The trip will be on the luxury Viking Star and will be of the longest cruise itineraries in the world — visiting 27 countries in four and a half months.

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  • Travel + Leisure: The Top 10 Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines

    July 8, 2020 — While Viking may have begun as a river-cruise line, its expansion into ocean cruising has been met with much excitement by readers, who’ve voted the company as their favorite in this category for five straight years. The Scandinavian-minded line earned Travel + Leisure readers praise for its fascinating shore excursions, caring crew, and exceptional amenities and ship design.

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  • Viking.TV: Exploring the world in comfort…from home

    Forbes: Viking Launches Viking.TV, A New Travel Experience Channel

    April 5, 2020 — As with other travel entities turning to web-based content during COVID-19 related cancellations, Viking Cruises has set a new course with the launch of Viking.TV. This digital library, created by the river and ocean cruise company, will showcase experiential programming that Viking guests have access to onboard their respective cruises, on deck levels or their cabin TV. Its culturally-focused content will feature appearances by the Viking executives and crew and subjects relating to its at-sail and at port ventures, plus live video of happenings from around the world.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: How the Travel Ban Impacted a Cruise Ship Already at Sea

    March 24, 2020 — Viking staff was there to greet me in Bergen and whisk us off to the ship. It was really upon arrival to the port that it became clear protective measures and a company protocol were put in place early. Everyone was well-prepared: a medical team took temperatures while asking health-related questions prior to boarding, the ship was exceptionally spotless, the crew were friendly and answered all questions, and there were hand sanitizer stations at nearly every turn. I felt safe in their hands.

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  • USA Today: 10 must-do excursions when cruising to Scandinavia and Russia

    February 25, 2020 — There’s a certain magic in sailing to Scandinavia and Russia. Your Baltic Sea voyage aboard the luxurious Viking Jupiter, the newest member of the Viking fleet, brings you to eight intriguing countries over 15 days. The Viking Homelands itinerary gives cruisers a surreal opportunity to revisit history and become immersed in the culture of Russia’s St. Petersburg, without a visa on ship-run excursions, over two days.

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  • USA Today: These are the 10 best ocean cruise lines, according to readers

    January 15, 2020 — Number 1: Viking Cruises earned its reputation through its affordable, destination-focused river cruises. With the debut of the Viking Star in April 2015, the line made a grand entrance into the world of ocean cruising.

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  • CNBC: One cruise, 8 months, 111 ports of call. Yes, there is actually such a thing

    January 7, 2020 — Eight months on a cruise ship — could you do it? For some, it’s an unimaginably long time at sea, while for others continuous cruising has become a way of life. For well-off and time-rich travelers, there’s a hunger not only for expeditions to novel, remote and less-accessible destinations, but also a growing interest in super-long world cruises that can last the better part of a year.

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  • The Points Guy: The types of Viking cruise ships, explained

    April 3, 2022 — Viking is unusual among major cruise lines in that it operates both ocean ships and river ships. But despite this, it has one of the easiest-to-understand fleets.

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  • Forbes: Viking Christens 8 New Ships To Kick Off River Sailing Season

    March 18, 2022 — In a special naming ceremony that took place in Paris and live-streamed from Amsterdam, Viking christened 8 new river ships that had been in the pipeline since 2020.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking Longships christened in Paris

    March 16, 2022 — It was a celebration on the Seine in Paris on Wednesday, when Viking River Cruises held its long-delayed official welcoming ceremony for new Viking Longships. Four Longships were christened in Paris, and four in Amsterdam.

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  • Associated Press: Viking Mississippi cruise ship touches water for first time

    March 9, 2022 — A Swiss company’s plan to offer tourists cruises along the length of the Mississippi River drew a step closer to reality this week as its new 386-passenger ship was floated out of a south Louisiana shipyard.

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  • TravelPulse: Viking's New Egyptian Ship Marks Construction Milestone

    January 27, 2022 — Viking has announced that its newest Nile River ship, the Viking Osiris, has marked a key construction milestone on January 26, touching water for the first time as it was “floated out” at the Massara shipyard in Cairo, Egypt.

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  • Travel + Leisure: What to Know About Mississippi River Cruises — From the Cruise Lines to Top Itineraries

    December 21, 2021 — River cruises are a great way to see the world — you can visit several waterfront destinations and watch the scenery pass by from cozy accommodations and top-deck lounges on intimate luxury ships. And while rivers like the Danube and Rhine are top choices for many travelers, you don't have to fly to Europe to take a river cruise. You can explore some of the nation's iconic attractions and favorite cities with a Mississippi River cruise.

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  • U.S. News & World Report: The 10 Top River Cruise Lines

    November 9, 2021 — If you’d like to take a cruise, but aren’t interested in the crowds or hustle and bustle of a massive ocean liner, you may want to consider a river cruise. River cruises offer the opportunity to visit lesser-known ports around the world, thanks to the small size and maneuverability of the vessels.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2021 Readers' Choice Awards: River Ship Line #1: Viking River Cruises

    October 5, 2021 — Viking Cruises has expanded feverishly in recent years, with more than 60 river ships and six ocean vessels in its fleet. Under Viking River Cruises, the company's riverboats explore familiar waters like the Danube and Rhône in Europe, as well as faraway itineraries on the Volga in Russia, the Nile in Egypt, and the Mekong in Southeast Asia. Viking River Cruises also includes complimentary Wi-Fi and select shore excursions in its prices, and its “Culture Curriculum” offers experiential learning through events like regional wine tastings and menus that rotate seasonally.

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  • USA Today: Portugal’s port wine country can be best explored by boat

    October 2, 2021 — For most travelers, a visit to the Douro Valley can be enhanced by sailing along the beautiful Douro River, which flows from northern Spain to the area surrounding the city of Porto. Viking Cruises, known for its upscale river and ocean cruises across the world, offers an incredible voyage along the Douro with an abundance of small-group food and wine experiences along the way.

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  • Travel + Leisure: The Top 10 River Cruise Lines

    September 8, 2021 — The iconic river ships of No. 3 Viking Cruises also fared well this year, with readers giving the stalwart high marks, moving it up three places. Viking has river ships across Europe, of course, but also sails the Mekong and the Nile. In 2022, the company plans to launch trips on the Mississippi.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking returns to France with new river cruise ships

    August 12, 2021 — Viking Cruises marked its return to France's rivers on July 30 with the launch of four new, purpose-built Longships on the Seine: Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid, Viking Skaga, and Viking Fjorgyn. Each ship has 84 cabins and capacity for 168 passengers. The ships, which dock at an exclusive location in the heart of Paris near the Eiffel Tower, will help fulfill a pent-up demand for travel throughout France.

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  • CNBC: Viking chairman on cruise demand: Bookings up 42% for 2022 over 2019

    August 10, 2021 — Chairman Torstein Hagen joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss the Viking Health & Safety Program and the path forward.

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  • Forbes: Europe Is Reopening For Vaccinated Travelers: See It Via These Viking River Cruises

    May 20, 2021 — Following the May 19, 2021 signal that Europe will allow fully-vaccinated travelers to enter EU countries without the need to quarantine, Viking Cruises is relaunching five European river cruises beginning in July. Starting in July 2021, five of Viking’s most popular European river cruises are back. They’re in addition to the first 2021 itineraries Viking launched in Bermuda, Iceland, the UK, and Malta. 

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  • CNN: Here’s how Viking Cruises plans to welcome back vaccinated guests

    April 28, 2021 — Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen talks to CNN’s Richard Quest on “Quest Means Business” to discuss our plans for welcoming vaccinated guests back on board our ocean ships in 2021.

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  • Viking.TV: Exploring the world in comfort…from home

    Forbes: Free Virtual Entertainment From Viking Cruises: Yes, You Can Enjoy Travel Fun At Home

    February 21, 2021 — Applause to travel companies that have gone the extra mile during the pandemic by creatively developing free virtual entertainment. One of the best and brightest roll-outs to build community and share positive experiences comes from Viking Cruises, which launched, in April 2020, a new digital platform called Viking.TV, available online. Now approaching its one year anniversary, Viking.TV has amassed an impressive collection of engaging original cultural content and live-stream video adventures.

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  • Travel + Leisure: Viking Cruises’ New Safety Protocols Include Daily COVID-19 Testing, New Filtration Systems, and Disinfecting Robots

    December 11, 2020 — Viking Cruises will test all guests and crew for COVID-19 with daily PCR tests when sailings resume, as part of the company’s new Viking Health & Safety Program, the cruise line recently announced.

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  • Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    October 5, 2020 — As Viking.TV celebrates six months of offering award-winning programming this week, four astronauts will host a special panel discussion on Friday sharing what it’s like to live and work in space.

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  • Travel + Leisure: Viking Finally Revealed the Itinerary of Its First-ever Holiday-themed Mississippi River Cruise

    October 1, 2020 — December is already known as the “most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s about to get a lot better for cruise lovers. Viking is bringing its signature Scandinavian style to the U.S., and just released details of its holiday-themed voyages along the Mississippi River. Set to launch in December 2022, highlights of the sailing include light displays, Cajun cuisine, and VIP access to Graceland.

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  • TravelPulse: Viking Announces New Mississippi Itinerary and Design Preview

    September 24, 2020 — Viking.TV will feature Mississippi sailings during the week of September 28, 2020, including the chance to join Richard Riveire as he shares the design and inspiration behind the Viking Mississippi.

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  • Hemispheres: Fill Your Bucket List with Our Readers’ Choice Awards

    September 1, 2020 — You’d be hard-pressed to find a renowned river that Viking doesn’t ply. Make like Mark Twain on the Mississippi, taste the best of Portugal’s port wines on the Douro, see the pyramids on the Nile, or go deep into the Mekong Delta—all while enjoying sleek staterooms and regional dining.

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  • The Boston Globe: Fairy houses, deals in the Berkshires, and Viking’s new Mississippi cruises

    July 23, 2020 — Plan ahead for sailing along the mighty Mississippi with Viking. The company’s first custom vessel, Viking Mississippi, makes its debut in August 2022, though with many of its first voyages sold out, Viking has made additional 2023 sailings available for booking now.

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  • Travel + Leisure: The Top Ten River Cruise Lines

    July 8, 2020 — Often credited with popularizing river cruising globally, Viking has in recent years expanded dramatically; the company now has 63 ships sailing in Europe, with additional vessels in Asia and Egypt, and is coming soon to the United States. That growth means they’re also finding new fans, like one guest who traveled aboard the Viking Tor: “It was my Cinderella vacation,” said this reader.

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  • Viking.TV: Exploring the world in comfort…from home

    Forbes: Viking Launches Viking.TV, A New Travel Experience Channel

    April 5, 2020 — As with other travel entities turning to web-based content during COVID-19 related cancellations, Viking Cruises has set a new course with the launch of Viking.TV. This digital library, created by the river and ocean cruise company, will showcase experiential programming that Viking guests have access to onboard their respective cruises, on deck levels or their cabin TV. Its culturally-focused content will feature appearances by the Viking executives and crew and subjects relating to its at-sail and at port ventures, plus live video of happenings from around the world.

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  • Travel Weekly: Viking set to make a big splash in the US with the Mississippi

    April 5, 2020 — Viking’s long-awaited entry into the domestic river cruise market will bring not only a new player but also a whole new type of sailing experience. To be built in Louisiana and set to launch in August 2022, the Viking Mississippi is the company’s first U.S. river ship and will be the largest ship plying its storied namesake.

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  • Travel + Leisure: Viking Bets on the Future With New Cruise Ship Set to Sail the Mississippi River by 2022

    April 3, 2020 — Viking just announced details of the purpose-built, 386-passenger cruise ship it will bring to the Mississippi River by 2022. The new ship, aptly named Viking Mississippi, will sail between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minnesota, with the inaugural trips slated for August.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Portugal's Douro Is the Next Big River Cruising Destination

    January 22, 2020 — Tear into fresh-baked bread, pulled from an ancient oven fueled by wood and grapevines, in one of the last old-school bakeries in tiny Favaios. In Marialva (near the Spanish border), enjoy a picnic in the castle’s shadow of this 2,500-year-old town. Since this is Viking, where experiences are everything, you’ll learn the secrets to fine Port wine-blending at a quinta, and taste wine and popular regional delicacies, like bola de carne, an irresistible bread filled with a combination of meats and smoked sausage.

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  • USA Today: 10 best river cruise lines in the world, according to readers

    January 9, 2020 — Number 1: Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises plies the waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of more than 60 vessels. While Viking has also launched an award-winning ocean cruise line, the company built its reputation in river cruising.

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