Ready to take a world cruise?
Article by Linda Kissam
Photos by Allan Kissam
If you have the time and money, the cruise of a life time is waiting for you. A world cruise has got to be the ultimate travel experience. Most passengers who choose this option are regular cruisers, but there’s certainly room for the newbie. If you’ve already done a few trips cruising in Europe or the Caribbean and you really really loved it, you are probably a perfect candidate.
An epic sea journey has been on my mind for quite a while. So it was wonderful timing when Viking Ocean Cruises invited me to their press event in San Pedro, CA to tour their newest ocean vessel, The Viking Sun, before it launched on its 120 day sold out around-the-world cruise.
As with everything they do (I’ve cruised with Viking three times), this was a low key, elegant, honest presentation of what they have to offer. Four hours later (tour of ship, multi-media presentation and lunch), I was ready to sign up for the 2019 cruise and wishing I could join the 2018 one leaving the next day.
A big part of what makes a cruise line “great” and a customer favorite is its leadership. A big shout out goes to the 40 minute speech and presentation given by Torstein Hagen, Chairman, Viking Ocean Cruises. His gentle humor, steely focus and wildly honest comments made the event fun, informative and engaging. I think I’d follow that guy anywhere. Wonder if he has a fan club?
The 2018 Viking Sun (Viking’s first-ever world cruise) spans five continents. It is scheduled to explore many of the world’s legendary cities, fascinating ports and idyllic islands on one seamless itinerary. From Havana to Sydney, from Hong Kong to London guests will be exposed to local insights and cultural treasures. Think overnight stays in 12 glorious cities.
On sea days, Viking’s onboard Culture Curriculum® of lectures, entertainment and more enriches, enlightens and keeps passengers engaged. All told, this sold-out cruise visits 5 continents, 27 countries and 55 ports. Don’t be disappointed, you can book the 2019 cruise right now. Different itinerary. Same great idea. Who knows, you might even be dining with me.
Viking does so many things well, but inclusive value, small passenger count and an adults only passenger list rank tips for me. In example, for the 2019 WORLD CRUISE with fares from $49,995 passengers get the following included in their package:
Business Class air
Ground transfers to/from the ship; private car transfers for guests in the Owner’s Suite or Explorer Suites
All onboard gratuities and service fees
Our Silver Spirits beverage package including virtually all drinks on board
Complimentary VISA Service
Free luggage shipping services for embarkation
Other great Viking Ocean value amenities Include
One excursion in each port
Dining in alternative restaurants
Free unlimited Wi-Fi
Access to top-rated spa
Specialty coffees, teas and bottled water throughout the ship
Port taxes and fees
Self-service launderette available to all guests; laundry, dry cleaning, shoe shine and pressing available based on category of stateroom booked
There’s a reason people voted Viking #1 ocean cruise line in 2016-2017
Viking brings a thoughtful approach to cruising. Here’s a few of them.
The TV remote control is simple. On, off, left, right. No need for your IT person to explain to you.
Leather accents on handrails. It’s an elegant statement I haven’t seen elsewhere.
Family history touches throughout. Get to know the owners through the types of art and amenities provided. Many Scandinavian touches reflect their interests and heritage.
Shower Smart. Large showers. Shampoo, conditioner and hot/cold knobs in large print and easy to open. Bathtubs were eliminated as it takes up 6% of the cabin room.
Small passenger count includes 935 guests.
What you won’t find on Viking Ocean Cruises
Children under 18
Extra charge for beer & wine at lunch/dinner
Charge for wifi
Charge for launderette
Entrance fee for the spa
Charge for special dining
Interested? Intrigued? Ready to sign up? Call Viking at1-855-338-4546 or Contact Your Travel Agent. You can thank me later.