Viking’s 13-day Antarctic Explorer itinerary from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to Buenos Aires is priced from A$19,995 per person, including savings of up to A$8,000 per couple.
The client visits the La Boca barrio and Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires then heads to the glaciers, snow-covered landscapes and icebergs and an area teeming with penguins, seals, whales and other wildlife.
Viking has released several new ocean voyages and new 2024 departure dates on some of its most popular itineraries.
New voyages include the 36-day Grand Fjords & Iconic Viking Shores taking in Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia; plus two new itineraries combining the West Indies with the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula. Viking will also be re-opening two Hawaiian voyages to the islands of Hawaii, Oahu, Maui and Kauai and traversing the South Pacific to Moorea, Bora Bora and the secluded Marquesas Islands. www.vikingcruises.com.au/
Viking’s 15-day British Isles Explorer from London to Bergen or vv is now on sale, priced from $8,595 per person (savings of up to $1,400 per couple) when booked before 30 June 2022.
The itinerary takes in Scotland’s Highlands and Western Isles as well as Edinburgh. It also visits Britain’s most northerly outpost, the Shetland and Orkney Islands and heads to Belfast, Dublin, Snowdonia, Liverpool, Dover and London.
Viking’s commercial manager New Zealand, Steve Parker says his main objective is to continue to help (where he can) agents struggling to cope with the amount of business and reduced resources.
‘I have been in the retail environment and I know how busy they are. If I can help by talking to their clients directly, even in the evening at a convenient time, I am happy to call them and help get them across the line for the agent.’
Viking will again partner with Universal Pictures on the release of Downton Abbey: A New Era, the next instalment in the Downton Abbey franchise, in cinemas from 28 April 2022 in Australia and New Zealand.
Viking has released its 2023-2024 River Cruises brochure with over 240 pages of itineraries and experiences exploring destinations from Central Europe to Egypt, Asia and the USA. The brochure features four new European river cruise itineraries that visit Europe during the festive season.
Steve Parker, NZ commercial manager with Viking, encourages agents to book clients sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment, as eager travellers are securing their future travel plans.
‘Many of our most popular cruises for 2022 have already sold out and 2023 departures are getting close to capacity. As consumer confidence continues to improve in New Zealand, a lot of travellers are looking ahead to secure their long-awaited trips. If agents have clients who want to travel on specific dates, in a desired stateroom category, now is the best time to book,’ he says.
Viking has released limited-time offers on its three most popular Europe river journey.
The reduced cruise-only fares are available for selected departures between May and November 2022, meaning clients can travel for 15 days from A$3,995 per person, or A$266 per person per day.
Viking’s latest annual survey of the New Zealand and Australian travel trade has confirmed growing demand for future cruising as travellers are eager to lock in their next cruise.
When asked about an increase in the level of enquiry, 24% of respondents stated they had received ‘more than normal’ the number of requests, while more than half reported a ‘small amount’ in the increase of enquiries.
Viking’s newest ocean ship – the 930-guest Viking Neptune – has been ‘floated out’, marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water.
Set to debut in November 2022, Viking Neptune will spend her maiden season sailing in the Mediterranean before embarking on the 2023-2024 Viking World Cruise, a journey from Fort Lauderdale to London that spans 138 days, 28 countries and 57 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities.