Viking has added another world cruise to its 2023 to 2024 programme for the first time ever in response to strong demand.
The cruise will span 138 days, 28 countries and 57 ports with overnight stays in 11 cities, including Sydney, Haifa, Istanbul, Auckland, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, Yangon and Mumbai.
The launch comes in response to strong demand among guests which saw 2021 and 2022 world cruises selling out in record time.
Viking will offer a choice of two departure dates for this extended voyage for the first time ever.
Guests can choose to sail on Viking Sky which will depart on December 20, 2023, or on Viking Neptune, which will depart on December 23, 2023.
Both ships will depart from Ft. Lauderdale and will sail an identical itinerary.
The ships will journey to Central America, before transiting the Panama Canal and sailing up the west coast of North America.
A shorter 121-day Viking World Journeys itinerary is also available, allowing guests to join in Los Angeles and cross the Pacific Ocean to call in at Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, before exploring ports of call in Asia and the Middle East.
Finally, the ships will journey through the Mediterranean before ending in London.
Stand-out shore excursions include a night safari at the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park in Singapore, and a scenic drive to the waterfalls of Wailua in Kauai, Hawaii.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, said: “We are delighted to once again offer explorers the opportunity to circumnavigate the world in comfort. Our previous world cruises sold out in a matter of weeks, and we are now seeing more interest in these extended voyages than ever before.”
He added: “Like me, our guests are curious people; we view travel as an opportunity to discover, learn and grow. With that Viking spirit of exploration, our seamless world cruises are possibly the greatest of all adventures.”