Viking Cruises cancels 2022 Black Sea and Kiev (Ukraine) sailings, Scenic Group cancels all 2022 Russia river cruises

   February 26, 2022 ,   Accidents

Viking Cruises cancelled all 2022 departures on its Kiev (Kyiv, Ukraine), Black Sea & Bucharest itinerary in response to Russia’s conflict with Ukraine.

The cruise line said it was evaluating 2022 itineraries that visit Russia with the view to modifying them where necessary.

The move of Viking follows announcements from other cruise lines saying they are monitoring the situation, with Saga Cruises and Atlas Voyages among those who altered sailings.

Port of Kiev (Kyiv, Ukraine)

A Viking spokesperson said that the safety and security of their guests and crew was always their top priority.

“Given recent events and the developing conflict in Ukraine, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all 2022 departures of our Kiev, Black Sea & Bucharest itinerary.

“Guests and their travel agents on impacted departures have been notified directly by Viking Guest Services.

“Our team is actively monitoring the situation and is in close contact with our field offices in the region.

“We are currently evaluating itineraries that call in Russia in 2022, which will require modifications. When necessary changes are made, Viking Guest Services will notify all impacted guests and their travel agents.”

Meanwhile, Scenic Group, the parent company of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises, confirmed it had cancelled all 2022 Russia river cruises. The company's Black Sea river voyages will not resume until the spring but are so far unaffected.