Viking guests have embarked on the ‘Ultimate World Cruise’, a 245-day journey spanning six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports.
Sailing from London on Viking’s 930-guest Viking Sun, the longest-ever continuous cruise will fully circumnavigate the globe bringing guests to some of the world’s most legendary cities, iconic landmarks and far-flung destinations, before returning to London in May 2020.
In beginning this journey, Viking is attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous passenger cruise.
Upon the return of Viking Sun to London next year, an official Guinness World Record adjudicator will confirm the successful attempt with a certificate presentation.
Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said: “For more than 20 years, we have been committed to connecting travellers to culturally immersive experiences that allow them to explore the world in comfort.
“Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry – nearly double the length of our previous world cruise itineraries. I am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests.”
Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise offers an eight-month journey, allowing guests to explore Scandinavia, the Caribbean and destinations throughout South America before calling on the remote tropical islands of the South Pacific.
Viking Sun will then continue its journey along the coast of Australia and through Asia before returning to the Mediterranean and Europe.
Like all Viking itineraries, Ultimate World Cruise guests will enjoy an included excursion in each port of call and free unlimited WiFi. They also receive business class airfares along with an extensive list of added-value inclusions in their cruise fare.
The Viking Way of exploration offers additional, optional excursions that provide insight into Local Life, Working World and offer Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions.
Overnight stays in 23 cities allow guests to delve deeper into destinations; and Viking’s Culture Curriculum offers additional enrichment onboard with regional entertainment and lectures, as well as learning opportunities as part of the Viking Resident Historian program.