Viking has announced its 2024-2025 World Cruise itineraries, including the Viking World Voyage I which sails around the world in 180 days.
On January 12, 2023, cruise line Viking released the itineraries for its 2024-2025 World Cruise offerings, including the new 180-day Viking World Voyage I. The epic voyage will visit 37 countries and 85 ports, and will include overnight stays in 13 cities.
Viking’s 2024-2025 World Cruise options
Guests who choose the World Voyage I will set sail from Fort Lauderdale on December 19, 2024 aboard Viking Sky to visit ports of call across five continents. The ship will have completely circumnavigated the globe when it returns to the United States for its final port, New York City, on June 17, 2025.
World Voyage I passengers on the 930-guest Viking Sky will explore ports of call in Central America, transit the Panama Canal, and journey up the west coast of North America before crossing the Pacific Ocean. The ship will then visit the Hawaiian islands and French Polynesia, traverse New Zealand and Australia, and then sail through Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and northern Europe before making the transatlantic crossing to reach New York.
Cruisers can also choose to join shorter segments of the around-the-world cruise. A 163-day portion of the sailing, Viking World Voyage II, meets the ship in Los Angeles on January 5, 2025 and visits 29 countries and 78 ports before ending in New York.
Viking also offers the option of the 138-day Viking World Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to London, or the 121-day Viking World Journeys departing from Los Angeles. This part of the itinerary visits 23 countries before finishing in London.
Highlights of the complete Viking World Voyage itinerary
Viking’s upcoming world cruise will visit dozens of the world’s most iconic cities—as well as lesser-known destinations—in one continuous itinerary.
Guests will enjoy overnight stays in 13 ports, such as Sydney, Haifa, Singapore, and Istanbul. Double overnights in Auckland, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, Yangon, Mumbai, and Bergen will allow passengers to dive deeper into the culture of each unique port.
Highlights of the new 2024-2025 Viking World Cruise itineraries include:
- Auckland, New Zealand: Cultural Capital of New Zealand – Set between the harbors of Waitematā and Manukau, guests will experience three days in New Zealand’s cosmopolitan city of Auckland, known for its award-winning wines, tree-lined parks, and love of boating.
- Singapore, Singapore: A Melting Pot of Cultures – Witness the remarkable cultural diversity of Singapore during an overnight stay. Take a tour of the city’s eclectic neighborhoods, from Little India to Arab Street, visit the futuristic horticultural park showcasing more than one million plants, or enjoy a Night Safari at the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park.
- Mumbai, India: A City of Old and New – While in port in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai for three days, guests have more time ashore to learn about the life and legacy of activist Mahatma Gandhi, enjoy the Hanging Gardens, one of the prized few parks found in the city, and explore the diversity of its neighborhoods, from the picturesque narrow streets of Old Mumbai to the colorful markets in the city’s center.
- Istanbul, Turkey: Where East Meets West – Guests will enjoy ample time to experience this historic city during an overnight stay. Straddled across two continents and the Bosporus Strait, Istanbul offers a wealth of religious sites to explore such as the spectacular Blue Mosque or the legendary Hagia Sophia, and boasts delicious fusion cuisine, combining fresh Mediterranean fare with spices from the Far East and Asia.
- London (Greenwich), England: The Royal Borough – Guests will enjoy exploring the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London on the Thames River, allowing easy access to the regal capital’s iconic sights including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
- New York City, New York: The City That Never Sleeps – The epic Viking World Voyage I and Viking World Voyage II journeys conclude in New York City, where guests can take in the exhilarating streets of Lower Manhattan’s financial district to the intimate warrens of Greenwich Village. The city features something for all guests with culture, cuisine, and architectural beauty.
Aboard Viking Sky for a World Cruise
Viking Sky, like all of Viking’s identical ocean-going sister ships, has a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can host 930 guests. (One of Sky‘s sister ships, the new Viking Neptune, is currently sailing the cruise line’s 2022-2023 World Cruise, and both Sky and Neptune will sail the 2023-2024 world cruise itineraries).
Highlights of Sky‘s onboard amenities include:
- All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from 270-square-foot Veranda Staterooms. All staterooms feature private verandas, sweeping views of the destination, and premium amenities including king-size beds with luxury linens, generously proportioned closets, large interactive flat-screen LCD TVs with movies-on-demand, free Wi-Fi, and award-winning bathrooms with large showers, premium Freyja® bath products, and heated floors.
- Explorer Suites: The ship features 14 Explorer Suites, two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 square feet. With expansive views from wraparound private verandas, as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board, Explorer Suites offer the ultimate sanctuary for World Cruise guests.
- Two Pool Choices: In addition to the Main Pool with a retractable roof permitting any-season swimming, the ship features a glass-backed Infinity Pool cantilevered off the stern, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination.
- The Spa: The Spa on board is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind—from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a Snow Grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air.
- Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s: Share a cocktail with friends. Linger over a Norwegian breakfast and a nautical history book. The Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s gourmet deli are thoughtful spaces located at the bow of the ship and designed to represent the Scandinavian spirit for complete relaxation and for marveling at sweeping views through double-height windows.
- The Wintergarden: Guests looking for serenity will find it in the Wintergarden. In this elegant space under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, guests can indulge in afternoon tea service.
- Dining Choices: Viking Sky offers eight dining options, all with no additional charge or fee—from fine dining in The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and a variety of culinary options, and the World Café, which features international fare and regional specialties including a sushi and seafood cold bar—to intimate alternative dining experiences at The Chef’s Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and Manfredi’s, which features freshly prepared pasta and Italian favorites. The Pool Grill specializes in gourmet burgers, while afternoon tea and scones are available in the Wintergarden. Mamsen’s serves Norwegian deli-style fare, and complimentary 24-hour room service allows all guests to enjoy many signature dishes in the comfort of their stateroom. Additionally, The Kitchen Table specializes in regional dishes from market to table.
World Cruise guests will also have the opportunity to partake in Viking’s cultural enrichment programs to enhance their experience visiting each port. Cruise fares include region-specific onboard lectures and entertainment, including the Viking Resident Historian program, which provides guests with high-level historical and cultural education specific to their journey.
Resident Classical Musicians, including pianists, guitarists, violinists and flautists, will perform classical compositions throughout the ship. Culinary Classes in The Kitchen Table, Viking’s onboard cooking school, will focus on regional cuisine.
Booking a 2024-2025 Viking World Cruise
Today’s announcement of Viking’s new World Cruises comes at a time of record sales for the cruise line. The launch of Viking’s new 25th Anniversary Sale on New Year’s Day resulted in the highest number of bookings in one week in the company’s history.
“For 25 years, we have been committed to providing our guests with immersive and culturally enriching experiences while traveling the world in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“Our previous World Cruises sold out in a matter of weeks, and we continue to see strong demand from our guests for extended voyages. Our seamless World Cruises are the greatest of all adventures and allow guests to explore more of the world with us,” Hagen continued.
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