(3:10 p.m. AEST) – Viking Ocean Cruises will make its maiden visit to Australia in 2018, according to the Sydney Ports cruise schedule.
A new listing shows Viking Sun, currently under construction, booked into Sydney’s White Bay Cruise Terminal on 12 January 2018 for an overnight stay. The ship is also booked to return to the harbour on 10 February 2018, mooring overnight at Point Piper Buoy.
When contacted by Cruise Critic, Teresia Fors, the line’s managing director Australia and New Zealand, said: “Viking Ocean Cruises has only announced ship deployment plans for Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky for 2016 and some of 2017. Any other information that appears from external sources about possible ship deployment is unconfirmed by Viking.”
A spokesperson for the Port Authority of NSW told us: “The booking is confirmed.”
Another source, who shall remain unnamed for now, also confirmed Viking Ocean is set to come Down Under in two years.
Viking is one of the very few major cruise lines that is yet to ever sail in Australia. Many Australians have travelled on its sister company, Viking River. The ocean branch of the company started in 2015 and is expected to have a fleet of six by the end of 2020.
Set to enter service in 2017, Viking Sun will be the newest and last vessel in a series of four Viking Ocean Cruises ships, along with Viking Star, which debuted last year, Viking Sea, which launches this year, and Viking Sky.
The four 930-passenger ships include many freebies, such as wi-fi, shore excursions, transfers, wine and beer at lunch and dinner, and access to the Nordic spa’s thalassotherapy pool, steam room, hot tub, sauna, snow room and cold plunge pool. Another standout feature of Viking Ocean ships is the infinity pool (pictured above) at the stern. Itineraries tend to be destination-focused with port-intensive itineraries and frequent overnights.
We’ll keep you posted when more information comes to hand.
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