Viking Cruises has recently started the “Ultimate World Cruise” – an extravagant eight month trip which is supposed to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest ongoing passenger cruise. The Viking Sun, hosting nearly 1,000 people, embarked on its journey on the 31st of August from Greenwich Pier in London.
The cruise destinations
As it travels around the world, the ship will reach 6 continents, 51 countries, and 111 ports. The 245 day journey will come to an end back in London after visiting Scandinavian regions, the Caribbean, South American destinations, the islands of the South Pacific, Australia, and Asia. The passengers will get to sleep over in 23 different cities along the voyage.
The cruise fetches a steep price, starting at a striking $92,990 per head. Included in the cost is the business class airfare, food, and outings at every port of call. On the 745 foot (227 meter) ship, passengers can enjoy a Nordic-inspired spa, a swimming pool, a panoramic Explorers’ Lounge, expertly selected libraries, as well as a theater showing high-end productions.
A special experience that stands out from the rest
“For more than 20 years we have been committed to connecting travelers to culturally immersive experiences that allow them to explore the world in comfort,” stated Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry, nearly double the length of our previous world cruise itineraries. I am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests.”
Executives at Viking hope to market the Norwegian brand as the “thinking person’s cruise,” offering something different from the typical cruises.
For example, passengers get to experience renowned guest lectures from experts around the world, including “everyone from authors and archaeologists to former diplomats and news correspondents.”