The need for flexibility in booking and reservation policies, plus reconfirmation of strong demand in the market place for future cruising, have been highllghted in recent research.
‘Viking’s annual industry survey conducted across New Zealand and Australian agents is designed to establish how agent partners are faring in the current climate and how best the company can service their needs,’ says Michelle Black, Viking ANZ managing director. ‘In 2020 due to the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on the entire travel industry, this tool has never been more important.
As a strong indicator of the demand for cruising, Viking’s 136-day 2021-2022 World Cruise has sold out in record time.
‘Demand for cruising is still strong,’ says Michelle Black, Viking ANZ managing director. ‘We are now seeing a positive uplift in bookings for 2022 and 2023 across our river, ocean and expedition portfolios. Anecdotal feedback and qualitative past passenger research has identified a strong belief that once international travel is open there will be huge demand for available capacity
Viking is seeing huge demand for its Egypt cruises and strong support from the New Zealand trade for its coming expedition offerings, says Erin Kramer, marketing manager of the cruise line.
Viking has launched its World of Viking sale, with a range of offers on both river and ocean cruises.
Viking has opened all Europe river cruises for 2020. The line has done this in response to unprecedented demand, and is the only company to have 2018, 2019 and 2020 all on sale at the same time.
Viking Cruises has announced two new ocean cruises in the northern hemisphere spring and summer months of 2019, highlighting Iceland and Russia.
The Iceland’s Majestic Landscapes 13-day exploration overnights in Bergen and Reykjavík. In Norway, guests view the contrast of Ålesund and Geiranger’s. Guests will meet the people who live on the water’s edge of the Faroe archipelago, while in Iceland’s north they encounter polar fox, tern, eider ducks and whales. They can also soak in the mineral rich waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, and view the landscapes as they tour the ‘Island of Fire and Ice.’ Clients can sail from