Brand new cruise line Viking Cruises coming to South Africa on 2019 World Cruise

Viking Cruises has announced that it will sail its second World Cruise in 2019 as part of its emergence into the global ocean cruise market, with South Africa one of the destinations included in the itinerary.

The World cruise will be sailed aboard the cruise line’s fourth newbuild cruise ship, departing January 3, 2019. The 128-day voyage will include 44 port calls in 21 countries on five continents, 10 of those port calls will be overnight stays, including Cape Town.

The cruise will be Viking Sun’s second world cruise, with the brand new cruise ship due to spend much of 2018 sailing Viking’s first World Cruise, which departs from Miami on December 15, 2017.

Sailing from Miami to London, the new 2019 World Cruise itinerary allows guests to explore South America and the islands of the South Pacific; call upon ports in Africa, from Cape Town to Dakar; and cruise the Strait of Magellan, Tasman Sea, and Indian Ocean, before concluding in London.

As with all Viking itineraries, guests receive a complimentary shore excursion in each of the 44 ports and free unlimited Wi-Fi; World Cruise guests also receive Business Class airfare and all gratuities and service fees, along with an extensive list of added-value included features in their cruise fare.

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“We offer itineraries that are designed for explorers, and our World Cruises are the most extensive and culturally immersive journeys available in the industry,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises.

“Our first World Cruise is 100 percent sold out, and we are pleased with the initial response to our second World Cruise itinerary among new and returning guests,” he added. “Our guests are experienced travellers who want to explore the world in comfort. As we continue to expand our offerings around the world, we will remain true to our guests—with an award-winning fleet design, the highest industry accolades and far more included value than any competitor.”

Highlights of the 2019 World Cruise include: