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SOURCE Viking Cruises
"Viking Star" Will Offer Winter Cruises in the Mediterranean; 2016 Voyages Now Open for Booking
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced the full slate of 2015 Mediterranean itineraries for the new Viking Star, as well as select 2016 sailings. The move will keep 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 Viking Star's maiden voyages in the Mediterranean offered earlier for the spring and summer of 2015, the new winter cruises will allow guests to explore the vibrant cultures and sites along the Mediterranean in the quiet season, in keeping with Viking's promise to provide guests with a unique cruise experience. Due to the popularity of the nearly-sold out 2015 maiden voyages, select 2016 itineraries for Viking Star 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 that many travelers have never witnessed. By sailing in the winter months, Viking Star's guests will see an entirely different Europe – quieter and more contemplative, all while soaking up the splendor of the region during this special time of year.
Viking's Ocean Cruises
In May 2013, Viking Cruises announced the launch of its ocean cruise product line, which will begin sailing in May 2015 with the brand-new Viking Star embarking her maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and then she will also sail in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The launch affirmed Viking Cruises' continued commitment to providing unique cruising journeys for the experienced traveler. Viking's ocean cruises offer a small-ship experience via an intimate, custom-designed vessel that allows travelers to get closer than ever to their destinations. As well, the line offers itineraries highlighting history, art and culture while giving maximized time in port, privileged-access excursions and onboard experiences that truly immerse guests in the local culture. 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.
For more details on all of Viking Star itineraries, visit www.vikingcruises.com/oceans. From now until December 18, 2013, 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.
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About Viking Cruises
Viking Cruises offers destination-centric river and ocean cruising designed for experienced travelers with an interest in geography, culture and history. Featuring onboard cultural enrichment and included shore excursions, Viking's journeys are competitively priced for genuine value. Debuting its maiden season of ocean cruising in 2015, the sophisticated state-of-the-art Viking Star will host 930 guests on itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. As the world's leading river cruise line, since its 1997 inception the company has grown to a fleet of 35 river vessels (in 2013) offering scenic cruising along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, and Southeast Asia. Viking has been honored multiple times in Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" Awards and Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List" as well as recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic as "Best River Cruise Line," with the entire Viking Longships fleet being named "Best New River Ships of 2012" in the website's Editors' Picks Awards. The travel trade has ranked Viking as the "Best River Cruise Line" by Travel Weekly, Recommend and Travel Agent magazines, "Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises" at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence and as "Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising" and "Best River Cruise Line for Travel Agent Support" in TravelAge West's WAVE Awards. For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com. To join the Viking Cruises communities online, visit www.facebook.com/vikingcruises, www.facebook.com/vikingoceans and www.facebook.com/vikingrivercruises.
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