Bookings now open for Viking 2026 ocean voyages

Edited by Travel Weekly

    Viking has today announced that its 2026 ocean voyages are now open for booking.

    With many 2024 dates already sold out and 2025 departures selling fast, strong demand among travellers has led to an early opening of 2026 departures across the company’s ocean fleet. Viking also announced voyages for its newest ship, the Viking Vesta, which is scheduled to join the fleet in July 2025. The 998-guest sister ship will spend her inaugural season sailing popular itineraries in the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.  

    “We have always done things a bit differently. At Viking, we are contrarians. We design travel experiences for thinking people, with no children and no casinos,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking.

    “We are pleased that our approach has resonated with so many—and with the addition of the Viking Vesta to our ocean fleet, we look forward to introducing even more curious travellers to the Viking way of exploration.”

    With more than 80 ocean itineraries offered, examples of the most popular voyages include:

    • Viking Homelands (15 days; Stockholm—Bergen)
    • Iconic Western Mediterranean (8 days; Barcelona—Rome)
    • Empires of the Mediterranean (10 days; Venice—Athens)
    • British Isles Explorer (15 days; Bergen—London)

    Additionally, Viking has announced six new Pre and Post Extensions beginning in 2024 and 2025. Pre and Post extensions are quite popular with travellers; over 45 per cent of all Viking guests choose to add such extensions to their voyage. The new, fully guided, three-night extensions are offered in Barcelona, Istanbul, London, Rome, Stockholm and Venice and feature Privileged Access to museums, local cuisine for lunches and dinners, market visits and cooking classes—as well as more time to personalise the journey with optional excursions. The new extensions include:

    • Best of Barcelona
    • Best of Istanbul
    • Best of London
    • Best of Rome
    • Best of Stockholm
    • Best of Venice

    The Viking Vesta

    Classified as a small ship, the Viking Vesta has a gross tonnage of 54,300 tons, with 499 staterooms that can host 998 guests. The new Viking Vela is scheduled to debut in December 2024.

    Booking Details

    From now through March 28, 2024, Viking’s Explorer Sale is offering Australian and New Zealand travellers:

    • Included return economy flights to Europe on 2025 and 2026 river journeys and to Southeast Asia on 15-day river journeys;
    • Up to $3,000 flight credit per couple on 2025 & 2026 ocean voyages;
    • Savings of up to $4,000 per couple on select 2025 & 2026 expedition voyages.

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