Viking Ocean Cruises has announced that its fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first World Cruise, spanning 141 days and visiting five continents, 35 countries and 66 ports, with 12 port overnights.

Departing on December 15, 2017 the journey from Miami to London will allow guests to explore Cuba and the Caribbean; sail the Panama Canal and the South Pacific; call at ports in Asia, from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City; and see the Arabian, Red and Mediterranean Seas, before concluding in the North Atlantic.

As with all of the company's itineraries, World Cruise guests will enjoy a complimentary shore excursion in each of the 66 ports and free unlimited Wi-Fi. They will also fly in Business Class and all gratuities, service fees plus an extensive list of added-value inclusions are included as part of the cruise fare.

Prices for the World Cruise start at £30,798 per person and, from now until May 31, clients who book the World Cruise will also receive £1,369 in shipboard credit, £514 in spa services credit and £514 in onboard shop credit. Combined with Viking’s other inclusions, this represents a value of more than £15,400 per guest.

Meanwhile, the company officially welcomed its second ship, Viking Sea, to its fleet during a celebration on the Thames River in Greenwich last week.

Pictured is Karine Hagen, the cruise line’s senior vice president and daughter of Torstein Hagen, who served as ceremonial godmother and offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing. In honour of the original Vikings who once explored the British Isles, a Viking battle axe was used to cut the cord for the christening.

The 930-guest, 47,800-ton Viking Sea is the largest ship ever launched in London and, following the christening and a fireworks show held in the middle of the River Thames, she set sail for Bergen to offer a 15-day Viking Homelands itinerary, which take in Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm.

She will spend the summer sailing itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic, calling back in Greenwich in June as part of a new ‘Into the Midnight Sun’ itinerary that sails between London and Bergen and explores the northernmost reaches of Scandinavia and sails across the Arctic Circle.

As part of the line’s commitment to the broader London community, the company also made a donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, with the funds to be directed toward two stations – the Tower Lifeboat station and the Lerwick Lifeboat station.

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