Viking Cruises announced today that its seventh ocean-going ship, Viking Venus would be joining the fleet in 2021.
The 47,842 GRT 930-passenger sister ship will spend her maiden season sailing popular itineraries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
Viking Cruises also announced it will expand its offering in the Mediterranean today with five new itineraries that include stops in Istanbul, Turkey – a return for the company. Guests will be able to enjoy an overnight stay in the city before embarking on the cruise.
Other highlights of the Mediterranean itineraries include calls at Troy & Ephesus in Turkey, visits to the islands of Rhodes, Crete (Heraklion) and ending in Athens, Greece with an overnight stay.
“The spirit of exploration is at the heart of everything we do. We have always drawn inspiration from the original Viking explorers, who were the first to use the stars and constellations for long-distance navigation. Many elements onboard our ships honour those Viking explorers, and we are proud to host our guests on itineraries that sail some of those historic trading routes,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “I am pleased to announce that Viking Venus will join our fleet in 2021, allowing us the ability to introduce even more travellers to the Viking way of exploration.”
Viking Cruises currently has six ocean-going cruise ships which are built to an identical layout and design with eleven further ships either being built or with an option to build.