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Monday,  April 15, 2024 7:39 AM 

Viking opens the books on 2026 ocean voyages, unveils extensions

  • Cruises
  •   01-26-2024  5:35 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Viking opens the books on 2026 ocean voyages, unveils extensions
Pax Global Media

Viking's 2026 ocean voyages are now open for booking. 

With many 2024 dates already sold out and 2025 departures selling fast, strong demand among North American travellers has led to an early opening of 2026 departures across the company’s ocean fleet, the cruise line said in a press release. 

Viking also announced voyages for its newest ship, the Viking Vesta, which is scheduled to join the fleet in July 2025. The 998-guest sister ship will spend her inaugural season sailing popular itineraries in the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.  

“We have always done things a bit differently. At Viking, we are contrarians. We design travel experiences for thinking people, with no children and no casinos,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We are pleased that our approach has resonated with so many—and with the addition of the Viking Vesta to our ocean fleet, we look forward to introducing even more curious travelers to the Viking way of exploration.”

With more than 80 ocean itineraries offered, examples of the most popular voyages include:

Six new extentions

Additionally, Viking has announced six new immersive Pre and Post Extensions beginning in 2024 and 2025. 

Pre and Post extensions are increasingly popular with travellers; over 45 per cent of all Viking guests choose to add such extensions to their voyage. 

The new, fully guided, three-night extensions are offered in the iconic cities of Barcelona, Istanbul, London, Rome, Stockholm and Venice and feature Privileged Access to museums, local cuisine for lunches and dinners, market visits and cooking classes—as well as more time to personalize the journey with optional excursions. 

The new extensions include:

The Viking Vesta 

Classified as a small ship, the Viking Vesta has a gross tonnage of 54,300 tons, with 499 staterooms that can host 998 guests. She will join the award-winning ocean fleet of sister ships, which includes the Viking Star, the Viking Sea, the Viking Sky, the Viking Orion, the Viking Jupiter, the Viking Venus, the Viking Mars, the Viking Neptune and the Viking Saturn. The new Viking Vela is scheduled to debut in December 2024.

Booking details

From now through January 31, 2024, Viking is offering North American travellers the Discover More Sale, with up to free international airfare, special fares and a $25 deposit—with additional savings for both new and returning guests—on all-inclusive river, ocean and expedition voyages. 

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