VIKING SKY: A Circumnavigation of Iceland

One Unwelcome Guest Can’t Ruin a Spectacular Cruise! “My temperature is 36.6???!!!!” I, a Centigrade-ignorant American, thought I was dead when the digital reading on the temperature scanner at the top of Viking Sky’s gangway registered that number. It was my first encounter with the ship’s highly robust and well-researched schedule of safety protocols. If you followed travel news last week, you know that one guest aboard Viking Sky’s July 10 Iceland navigation tested positive for Covid …

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Viking Offers ‘Welcome Back’ Mediterranean Voyages

Viking is welcoming back guests with new Mediterranean cruises beginning this summer. The Viking Venus and Viking Sea will homeport in the Maltese capital city of Valletta – a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site – and sail two different 11-day roundtrip itineraries in the Mediterranean. As a result of strong demand, Viking also has announced it is adding more sailing dates this summer for its Welcome Back voyages around Iceland and Bermuda. “We thank the government of …

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My Pre-Cruise Story on Viking Helgrim

image from Julie Hatfiled

  The first time my husband and I ever saw a riverboat, we were riding our bikes on a narrow path beside the Danube River in Austria.   Through the trees we could see a long, snake-like boat gliding silently down the river. Tim had an immediate reaction. “Don’t ever sign us up for one of those things,” he declared. “They look like aquatic rest homes.” That was six years ago. Since then, we have taken two European …

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Viking Celebrates New Ships with Picasso Tour, Dinner and a Rare Concert

  BASEL, Switzerland — As I discussed a week ago, Viking just named seven new river ships  and did a lot of celebrating. There were nearly 20 cruise journalists in attendance and Viking made our Basel visit extra interesting by inviting us to tour their operational headquarters in Basel. This turned out to be quite the treat as it gave us insight into the depth of their operations. Executive VP Tony Hoffman led us from department to …

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Viking Names Seven New River Ships in Impressive Ceremony

  BASEL, Switzerland – Yesterday Viking Cruises kicked off the 2019 cruising season with the naming of seven new river ships. But there was a hitch: Only two of the ships were in Basel. Two were at the shipyard in Rostock, Germany, two were in Brunsbuttel, Germany, delayed by weather and the last was in Porto, Portugal. But Viking put its creative talents to work and devised a “virtual” naming. All of the ships’ godmothers were in …

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Viking River Cruises Changes Policy to No Children on Board

I’ve enjoyed two exceptional river cruises with Viking: River of Gold in Portugal and the Danube Waltz following the famed river from Budapest to, Bratislava, Vienna, the Wachau Valley and ending in Germany. Both cruises offered stellar service and educational opportunities in addition to their wonderful itineraries. During my journeys, no children were aboard, however, I cruised at a time when schools were in session. A new Viking River Cruise policy went into effect after my trips. …

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Day Three – A New Bordeaux Itinerary for Viking

ABOARD THE VIKING FORSETI — We are docked outside of the Place de la Bourse, a massive public square overlooking the Garonne River. The stunning Bordeaux Palais De La Bourse, which reminds me somewhat of Versailles, dominates the skyline.   The people of Bordeaux are not looking at the historical monuments, though. They are more captivated by us, the Viking Forseti, as we make the inaugural cruise of the new Chateaux, Rivers and Wine itinerary.   From …

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Viking Cruises and The World Of Finse

I love anything that teaches our kids about the world they live in- especially when it’s something as unique and charming as these books, written by Viking Cruises’ Vice President Karine Hagen.  What a wonderful holiday idea! Here’s the press release about the new series, called The World of Finse, straight from Viking Cruises: (Dec. 6, 2013 )Viking Cruises today announced the launch of the new book series , “The World of Finse,” along with the first …

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