Viking Ocean Cruises has announced 13 new itineraries that will roll out in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

By 2019, the cruise line aims to be the largest small ship ocean cruise line, with six 930-passenger ocean ships that offer opportunities for exploration in Alaska, Australia, Asia and the Caribbean.

The company's chair, Torstein Hagen, said: “Viking will mark major milestones in 2017; we celebrate our 20th anniversary and we will welcome two new Longships on the rivers in Europe. We will also double our ocean fleet to four sister ships by the end of the year.

“Our destination-focused ocean itineraries are built on the same successful principles as our river itineraries – we offer our guests more time in port, enriching cultural experiences and the best-designed ships at sea. Starting later this year, our guests will have even more choices to explore around the world in ‘the Viking way.’”

The line's new ocean itineraries will provide behind-the-scenes insights and opportunities in each port of call. With new sailings embarking in Miami, Mumbai, Bangkok, Beijing, Bali, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Vancouver, guests can choose base itineraries ranging from eight to 23 days, with additional combination cruise options.

As an example of itineraries, an 11-day Alaska & the Inside Passage voyage, which travels from Vancouver to Seward or the reverse on Viking Spirit between May and August 2019, starts from £3,744 per person. Guests will sail into the wilds of the 'Great Frontier', immersing themselves in a world of Tlingit heritage, exploring charming seaside towns and pristine glacier-lined bays, and cruising the narrow channels of the famed Inside Passage. The price includes accommodation in a veranda staterooms and two nights' hotel stay in Vancouver.

For details call 0800-298 9700 or see vikingcruises.co.uk

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