Saturday, 5 October 2013

Viking's Big Med Moments

Viking Cruises has announced a full schedule of 2015 Mediterranean itineraries for the new Viking Star, as well as select 2016 sailings, to highlight their maiden year of ocean cruising. 

The move will keep debut ship Viking Star in the Mediterranean, offering additional sailings to some of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities, from Rome to Barcelona. Responding to the overwhelming demand for the ship's maiden voyages in the Mediterranean offered earlier for the spring and summer of 2015, the new winter cruises will allow guests the chance to explore the vibrant cultures and sites along the Mediterranean in the quiet season, in keeping with Viking’s promise to provide a unique cruise experience. Due to the popularity of the nearly-sold out 2015 maiden voyages, select 2016 itineraries are now also available for booking.

“We are pleased to announce additional cruises in the Mediterranean that will allow guests to experience some of the most beautiful cities in Europe during the quiet season the way the locals do,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Our Mediterranean ocean itineraries have sold at an unprecedented rate; consumers are responding enthusiastically to this attractive region and the carefully-designed itineraries that offer our guests the opportunity to explore this historically fascinating region by letting them get closer to the historical sites, people and traditions in ways they have never experienced before.”

New Mediterranean Itineraries

The overwhelming popularity of Viking Star’s maiden voyages resulted in the addition of the winter 2015 Mediterranean itineraries. By highlighting more unique locations, such as Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, and Algiers – and crafting experiences that take advantage of the post-tourist season – the new itineraries showcase the Mediterranean in a way many travellers have never witnessed. By sailing in the winter months, guests will see an entirely different Europe – quieter and more contemplative, all while soaking up the splendour of the region.

Romantic Mediterranean (8 days; Barcelona-Rome): While sailing along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, this itinerary offers a perfect mix of glamour, rustic pleasures and memorable landscapes with visits to Toulon, Corsica and Monte Carlo; the Tuscan region of Italy; plus overnights in Barcelona and Rome. Introductory 2-for-1 pricing starts at $1,999 per person with discounted airfares from $595pp.

Mediterranean Getaway (8 days; Rome-Barcelona): Explore historically significant sites and vibrant cities of the southern Mediterranean with destinations that include Rome, Naples (and Pompeii), Sicily and Sardinia; Tunis (and Carthage); and Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Barcelona. Introductory 2-for-1 pricing starts at $1,999 per person with discounted airfares from $595pp.

Mediterranean Explorer (15 days; Barcelona-Barcelona): Combining the Romantic Mediterranean and Mediterranean Getaway, this itinerary features fabled ancient cities, medieval wonders and iconic sites that include Toulon, Monte Carlo and Corsica; Tuscany, Naples (and Pompeii), Sicily and Sardinia; Tunis (and Carthage); Palma de Mallorca and Valencia; plus overnights in Barcelona and Rome. Introductory 2-for-1 pricing starts at $3,849 per person with discounted airfares from $595pp.

Grand Mediterranean Tour (15 days; Barcelona-Barcelona): Sun-kissed shores and new places to discover await on this voyage that begins with an overnight in Barcelona and includes an overnight in Rome. Stops include Monte Carlo, Toulon and Corsica; Tuscany and Sardinia; Tunis; and Valencia; plus off-the-beaten path visits to Valletta, Malta, and Algiers, Algeria. Introductory 2-for-1 pricing starts at $3,849 per person with discounted airfares from $595pp.

Viking’s Ocean Cruises

Last May, Viking Cruises announced the launch of its ocean cruise product line, which will begin sailing in May 2015 with the brand-new 928-passenger Viking Star embarking her maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic. Then she will also sail in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The launch affirmed Viking's continued commitment to providing unique cruising journeys for the experienced traveller. Since announcing itineraries for the 2015 Viking Star maiden voyages, cabins have sold at a rapid rate, due to overwhelming interest in Viking’s small-ship, destination-focused ocean cruises.

Booking Details

For more details, visit From now until December 18, Viking is offering a 2015 & 2016 Early Booking Discount with up to 2-for-1 cruise pricing and up to $2,000 per couple off air. Viking’s inclusive pricing covers accommodations, all onboard meals, a guided excursion in each port of call, port charges, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service, and more.