Viking has announced that it plans to restart limited operations in May 2021 with three special no-fly cruises sailing along the coast of England and only available to UK residents.

The eight-day itinerary—England’s Scenic Shores—will sail roundtrip from Portsmouth, with departures on 22 May, 29 May and 5 June 2021. All three of the no-fly itineraries will operate on Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Venus®. Pre-registration for the three sailings is only open only to Viking’s past guests and reservations will be available to all UK residents soon.

Viking’s exciting plans to restart have been triggered due to the UK Government’s recent signaling that it will allow the resumption of domestic, no-fly cruises beginning in May 2021.


Viking released an image set in Cornwall to support the launch

“We welcome the UK Government’s support for the return of safe domestic cruises as an important component in the travel industry’s recovery. In recognition of this support, and to celebrate the fact we have a British godmotherthe esteemed broadcaster and journalist Anne Diamondwe have chosen to name our new ship, Viking Venus, in the UK on 17 May,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We are in a position to restart operations quickly and to start sailing again in May because we have kept our ships crewed during warm lay-up throughout the past 12 months. We have been implementing our additional protocols, including daily quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests for our crew, for almost six months now. With our new protocol enhancements in place, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage and we look forward to welcoming UK guests back on board very soon.”

Viking join P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Tradewind Voyages in announcing brand-new no-fly cruises for the summer season of 2021.



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