Vik­ing ex­pe­di­tion sell­out

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A LIM­ITED pre-re­lease to past pas­sen­gers of the new Vik­ing Cruises ex­pe­di­tion prod­uct (TD break­ing news) has seen the first Antarc­tic sea­son of the new Vik­ing Oc­tan­tis al­ready sold out.

Last night’s un­veil­ing of the highly an­tic­i­pated Vik­ing ves­sels show­cased a wide range of new fea­tures, in­clud­ing two on-board sub­marines which are of­fered to guests at no ad­di­tional cost.

In an­other ex­pe­di­tion cruis­ing first, Vik­ing’s pas­sen­gers will be able to board Zo­di­acs and Rigid In­flat­able Boats in com­fort no mat­ter what the con­di­tions, via an el­e­vated “Hangar” in the belly of the ship which then launches the small boats via an au­to­mated slip­way.

There’s also in­no­va­tion in itin­er­ar­ies, with Vik­ing Chair­man Torstein Ha­gen an­nounc­ing that the first of the ships will ex­plore the Great Lakes of North Amer­ica dur­ing the north­ern sum­mer sea­son, tak­ing in Mil­wau­kee, Toronto, Ni­a­gara Falls & On­tario.

Oc­tan­tis is sched­uled to de­but in Jan 2022, while sis­ter ship Vik­ing Po­laris will ar­rive seven months later.

Both ships will also ex­plore the po­lar re­gions, and all ex­pe­di­tion voy­ages in­clud­ing the new Great Lakes itin­er­ar­ies are now avail­able to past Vik­ing guests to book dur­ing a two-week ex­clu­sive pre­view, fol­lowed by a gen­eral re­lease ef­fec­tive from 01 Feb.

Ha­gen said the ad­di­tion of ex­pe­di­tion cruis­ing was a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion of the Vik­ing brand.

“Our guests are cu­ri­ous ex­plor­ers... they want to con­tinue trav­el­ling with us to fa­mil­iar and iconic des­ti­na­tions, but they would also like to travel fur­ther.”

Vik­ing is se­ri­ous about the sci­en­tific side of expedition­s also, an­nounc­ing an on-board lab­o­ra­tory with res­i­dent ex­perts and a full re­search pro­gram with sev­eral key aca­demic part­ners.

All-in­clu­sive 13-day Antarc­tic cruise fares start at AU$20,995.

The new prod­uct is show­cased on to­day’s TD cover page, with more Vik­ing ex­pe­di­tion de­tails in to­day’s is­sue of Cruise Weekly.

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