Viking announced two world cruises that will sail within the same year, a first for the cruise line.
The two 2023-2024 Viking World Cruise sailings will depart from Florida.
The cruise line's previous 2021 and 2022 world cruises sold out in "record time."
World cruises have been selling quickly. In anticipation of this, Viking has announced two upcoming 138-day world cruises that will sail within the same year, a first for the cruise line.
Viking's previous 2021 and 2022 world cruises both sold out in "record time" - within a few weeks, according to a press release. And in August, Torstein Hagen, the chairman of Viking, told CNBC that the cruise line's 2022 bookings were up over 42% compared to the same time in 2019.
Now, the company is seeing "more interest in these extended voyages than ever before," Hagen said in the press release.
The two 2023 to 2024 Viking World Cruises will depart on December 20 and 23 aboard the Viking Sky and Viking Neptune, respectively. The cruises will both sail from Fort Lauderdale and will follow the same 28-country, 57-port itinerary to locations like Hawaii, Australia, Vietnam, Singapore, India, and Turkey.
Prices start at about $55,000 per person, and rooms will range from a 270-square-foot stateroom to a 1,163-square-foot suite. As of now, all Viking guests must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
World cruises have been selling exceptionally well throughout 2021. In late January, Oceania Cruises ' 2023 180-day world cruise - which starts at about $41,600 a person - sold out within a day. Similarly, in July, Regent Seven Seas' 132-night 2024 world cruise broke the company's "opening day booking record" when the sailing sold out in under three hours.
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