Viking Ocean Cruises announced the addition of ten new itineraries as part of its 2017-2018 sailing seasons. The new Viking itineraries include the addition of over 30 ports in Europe, South America and Caribbean, including Cuba.
In 2015 Viking Ocean Cruises launched Viking Star, its first oceangoing ship. Sister ship Viking Sea debuted in 2016. Viking Sun and Viking Sky will arrive in 2017, with Viking Spirit to follow in 2018. The line will have 6 ships in its fleet by 2020.
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises, said:
"As we continue to grow our fleet, we have more opportunities to offer guests new and different options for experiencing the Viking way of destination-focused cruising."
The new itineraries include the entry of Viking into South America, including a voyage into the mouth of Amazon River. Perhaps most interesting for Americans is the addition of an itinerary that visits Cuba 2017. The sailing takes place in December 2017 on Viking Sun, and runs round-trip from Miami, featuring 2 days in Havana, before continuing to Belize City, Cozumel and Key West.
The maiden voyage of Viking Sun next year will also mark the first-ever world cruise of the line. The 141-day itinerary out of Miami to London includes 5 continents, 35 countries, 66 ports.