Viking continues restart of Limited Operations – NEW Bermuda, Iceland & UK Voyages!

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New โ€œWelcome Backโ€ Sailings Will Be Available for Vaccinated Guests; 
Planning Underway for More New Ocean Itineraries in 2021 

Vikingยฎ (www.viking.com) announces today that it will continue restarting limited operations with a collection of sailings around Bermuda and Iceland beginning in June 2021. As a result of strong demand among past Viking guests in the United Kingdom, Viking has also added two additional sailings of the Englandโ€™s Scenic Shores itinerary in June 2021. All of Vikingโ€™s new Welcome Back voyages will be available exclusively for vaccinated guests, in accordance with local entry rules in many of the destinations that will welcome Viking shipsโ€”and as a complement to Vikingโ€™s new health and safety protocol enhancements, which were designed to protect guests and crew even while the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is still moving forward. Reservations for the new Bermuda, Iceland and UK voyages are now open.

For the new Bermuda Escape itinerary, Viking Orionยฎ will homeport in Hamilton for 8-day roundtrip itineraries; with the new Iceland’s Natural Beauty itinerary, Viking Skyยฎ will homeport in Reykjavik for 8-day roundtrip itineraries. For both itineraries, the small size of Vikingโ€™s ocean ships will allow convenient access to both small and large ports in Bermuda and Icelandโ€”and both itineraries will be available for a limited time this summer.

Vikingยฎ (www.viking.com) announces today that it will continue restarting limited operations with a collection of sailings around Bermuda and Iceland beginning in June 2021. As a result of strong demand among past Viking guests in the United Kingdom, Viking has also added two additional sailings of the Englandโ€™s Scenic Shores itinerary in June 2021. All of Vikingโ€™s new Welcome back voyages will be available exclusively for vaccinated guests, in accordance with local entry rules in many of the destinations that will welcome Viking shipsโ€”and as a complement to Vikingโ€™s new health and safety protocol enhancements, which were designed to protect guests and crew even while the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is still moving forward. Reservations for the new Bermuda, Iceland and UK voyages are now open.

Viking has been working closely with officials in the UK, Bermuda and Iceland for months; these destinations were chosen specifically because of their popularity among Viking guests, as well as their commitment to welcoming Viking ships, offering enriching experiences and reviving the travel industry in their respective countries. The company is actively working on developingWelcome Back sailings in a variety of other popular destinations, including Greece, Turkey, and Maltaโ€”with the goal of announcing further 2021 sailings as soon as government approvals are given.

Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, said :

“We applaud the governments of the United Kingdom, Bermuda and Iceland for their collaboration and support in restarting the cruise industry safely. No other travel company has implemented the same science-led approach that includes a vaccination requirement for all guests, plus frequent non-invasive saliva PCR testing among all guests and crew. Therefore, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking Voyage. We look forward to welcoming guests back on board – and welcoming them back to the world.”

Todayโ€™s news follows Vikingโ€™s recent announcement that it would initially restart operations with domestic sailings in England for UK residents on board Viking Venusยฎ beginning in May 2021. These initial sailings sold out within a week.

Those who sail the new UK, Bermuda and Iceland voyages will also experience Vikingโ€™s industry-leading health and safety programme. Grounded in scientific research, the Viking Health & Safety Programme was developed in partnership with an international team of medical advisors, including Raquel C. Bono, M.D., Vikingโ€™s Chief Health Officer. Dr Bono is a board-certified trauma surgeon and retired Vice Admiral of the United States Navy Medical Corpsโ€”and recently led Washington Stateโ€™s medical and healthcare systems response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilising a full-scale laboratory installed on every Viking ocean ship, all guests and crew will receive quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests at embarkation and frequently throughout the itinerary. New air purification technology has also been installed on all Viking ships, which have always featured independent air handling units for all guest staterooms. And additional health checks, sanitisation and physical distancing measures will provide further protection for Viking guests and crew at all points of the journey. A complete overview of the Viking Health & Safety Programme can be found at: www.viking.com/health-safety.

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