Viking Cruises makes a spectacular debut in Australia

Richard Marnell with Sara Conley, right, and Michelle Black aboard Viking Sun in Sydney Richard Marnell with Sara Conley, right, and Michelle Black aboard Viking Sun in Sydney PHOTO: Helen Hutcheon

There are 12 Australians on board Viking Sun, which is making Viking Cruises’ sold-out 141-day inaugural world voyage that left Miami on December 15 for London.

The 930-passenger ship arrived in Sydney on Saturday, where she overnighted before sailing on Sunday to Brisbane (February 13), Hamilton Island (February 15), Cairns (February 16), Thursday Island (February 18) and Darwin (February 21).

‘The Opera House and the Harbour Bridge meant the decision to include the iconic harbour city of Sydney on the world cruise itinerary was unquestionable,’ Michelle Black, md Australia and New Zealand, said.

Black said she is thrilled to showcase the first Viking ship to come to Australia to travel partners and media.

The company’s Los Angeles-based svp marketing Richard Marnell and senior director corporate communications & customer engagement Sara Conley attended the luncheon that Black hosted in Sydney where the most delectable Norwegian salmon was served as a salute to Viking founder Torstein Hagen.

Marnell told guests Viking Cruises is known for what it doesn’t do, like, for instance, having no casinos or children on board, no art auctions, no ship’s photographer, no formal nights and no nickel-and-diming.

He said Viking’s fares are around two-thirds those of its nearest competitor, Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

‘Sometimes, they are even less,’ he said.

Black said Viking Sun’s visit is a wonderful leadup to the arrival of the company’s newest ocean-going ship, Viking Orion, in Sydney in December for a three-month season Down Under until February 2019.

Viking Orion will return for a second 2019/2020 Down Under season, which will be four weeks longer.

Viking Sun will also make a second world voyage, departing Miami for London on January 3, 2019.

Posted 12 February 2018

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent

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