The itinerary spans 57 ports in 28 countries with overnights at 11 destinations.
Citing strong demand — with its 2021 and 2022 world cruises selling out in record time — Viking for the first time will deploy two ships on the identical itinerary. Viking Sky will depart Dec. 20, 2023, and Viking Nepture on Dec. 23, 2023.
From Florida, the ships will journey to Central America, before transiting the Panama Canal and sailing up the West Coast of North America. A shorter, 121-day itinerary is also available, embarking at Los Angeles.
Viking Sky and Viking Neptune will then cross the Pacific Ocean to call at Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, before exploring Asia and the Middle East. Finally, they will journey through the Mediterranean and on to London.
'Our previous world cruises sold out in a matter of weeks, and we are now seeing more interest in these extended voyages than ever before,' Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said.
Sydney, Haifa and Istanbul are among the overnight calls, and double overnights are scheduled at Auckland, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, Yangon and Mumbai. Enrichment on board includes the Viking Resident Historian program, while shore excursions include Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions.
Fares start at $54,995/$49,995
Fares for the full voyage start at $54,995 per person while the Los Angeles-originating trip starts at $49,995. Including are business class international air, transfers to and from the ship, all shipboard gratuities and service fees, visa services, the Silver Spirits Beverage Package and free luggage shipping services for embarkation.
Travelers who book by Sept. 30, 2021, 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 which can be used for tours, spa services, retail and beverages. Viking Explorer Society members who book by Sept. 30, 2021, will receive an additional $1,000 in shipboard credit per person.
Viking Sky and Viking Neptune
The 47,000gt Viking Sky and Viking Neptune each have capacity for 930 passengers. Currently under construction, Viking Neptune is scheduled to join the fleet in late 2022 and will operate the 2022-23 world cruise.