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Ft. Lauderdale Gains Two 2023 World Cruise Departures from Viking

Bobby Laurie

Customer demand for Viking's 2021 and 2022 World Cruises have led the cruise line to offer two sailings in 2023, with departure dates three days apart. The cruise line just announced they chose Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as the embarkation point for each departure. The selection comes with the possibility to bring over 1,860 world travelers to Port Everglades.

Travelers may 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 embark on a 138-day journey visiting 28 countries and 57 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities. 

Departing Fort Lauderdale, those who book on the World Cruise will begin by sailing 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 Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, before exploring ports of call in Asia and the Middle East. Finally, the ships will sail through the Mediterranean and conclude the voyage in London. 

When asked about the launch of two World Cruises, 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."

Destination Highlights

The World Cruise will overnight in 11 ports, such as Sydney, Haifa, and Istanbul, and double overnights in Auckland, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, Yangon, and Mumbai to allow guests more time to explore the destinations. 

Additionally, the sailings will visit Kauai, Hawaii; Sydney, Australia; Singapore, Singapore; Mumbai, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, England. Cruisers on all Viking Cruises receive a free excursion in each port of call, and the same is true for the World Cruise. 

Torstein Hagen said of the itinerary, 

“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.”

The Ships Sailing

As for the ships, Viking Sky and Viking Neptune are part of Viking’s ocean ships fleet. Each has a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can host 930 guests, all staterooms on board offer private verandas. Viking doesn't offer traditional entertainment found on other cruise lines but rather Viking designs experiences from ship to shore. Viking Resident Historians deliver high-level historical and cultural education specific to the journey, offering invaluable insight into the rich history of the destination. Guest Lecturers who are experts in their fields shed light on the destination’s art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more. Destination Performances represent the most iconic cultural performing arts of the region—whether it be Italian opera or Portuguese fado. Resident Classical Musicians—pianists, guitarists, violinists and flautists—perform classical compositions throughout the ships. And Culinary Classes in The Kitchen Table, Viking’s onboard cooking school, focus on regional cuisine.

What's Included

The cost of the World Cruise includes an excursion in each port, Business Class international air, transfers to and from the ship, all shipboard gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa services, the Silver Spirits Beverage Package, and free luggage shipping services for embarkation. Guests who book between now and September 30, 2021 will receive an additional $2,000 per person in shore excursion credit for any optional land programs and $1,000 per person in shipboard credit which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages.

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