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 Malta for its support and enthusiasm as we continue restarting operations,” Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, said in a news release.
“Malta is a fantastic destination with ancient history, rich culture and a central location in the Mediterranean,” Hagen said. “We began calling in Malta in 2016 and look forward to welcoming guests back to some of the most historically significant and naturally beautiful areas of the Med – in both the Maltese archipelago as well as along the Croatian coast and around Greek islands this summer.”
Guests on the new Malta & Adriatic Jewels itinerary will overnight in Valletta and then sail to Montenegro and Croatia, calling in Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Sibenik before returning to the Maltese archipelago with a stop in Gozo and finally back to Valletta.
Guests on the new Malta & Greek Isles Discovery itinerary also will overnight in Valletta and then sail to Greece, calling in Kalamata, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes and Souda Bay before returning to Valletta.
Viking Venus and Viking Sea will sail the itineraries between July and early October 2021.
Delivered in April 2021, Viking Venus is Viking’s newest ocean ship and will be named in England on May 17, 2021, by ceremonial godmother and iconic British broadcaster Anne Diamond.
Today’s news follows Viking’s recent announcement of Welcome Back ocean voyages in England, Iceland and Bermuda, beginning in May 2021.
The company is actively working on developing additional Welcome Back itineraries in a variety of other destinations with the goal of announcing further 2021 sailings as soon as government approvals are given.
Those who sail these new voyages also will experience Viking’s excellent health and safety program. Using a full-scale lab installed on every Viking ocean ship, all guests and crew will receive daily and quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests.
New air purification technology also has been installed on all Viking ships, which have always featured independent air handling units for all guest stateroom.
Photos courtesy of Viking — Viking ships cruising into Valletta.
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