Did you know that all cruise line ships have morgues aboard? Or that people can actually purchase a retirement property on a cruise ship? Take a look at some other fun facts that you may not have known. Ocean and river cruise company Viking has revealed it is dropping the word "Cruises" from its name as it continues to grow and focus on destinations. Viking founder Tor Hagen announced during a speech in Los Angeles last week the cruise line's website has been changed from VikingCruises.com to Viking.com,
Viking Cruises announced Tuesday it will launch the longest continuous world cruise itinerary in history with the new Ultimate World Cruise, which will span 245 days, six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports. The eight-month world cruise on the Viking Sun departs from London August 31, 2019, but travelers have the option to sail one of two shorter segments during the voyage. The shorter itineraries include Viking World Treasures, a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, or Viking World Wonders, a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports. Viking's Ultimate World Cruise will feature overnight stays in 22 cities. All Viking passengers will receive complimentary shore excursions in each port and unlimited Wi-Fi, and World Cruise guests will be eligible to receive Business Class airfare and all gratuities and service fees included in the cost.
As the CDC implements new health protocols for the cruise ship industry, financial hardships haunt them as well; Phil Keating reports. The cruise industry may be anchored during the pandemic, but that's not stopping some liners from planning for future travel demand amid the COVID vaccine rollout. Los Angeles-based cruise company Viking recently announced its new World Cruise slated for 2022, spanning 138 days in 28 countries and 58 ports with overnight stays in 11 cities. Viking announced a 2022 World Cruise which will span 138 days, 28 countries and 58 ports. The World Cruise will depart from Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 22, 2022, on Viking's newest ocean vessel, Viking Neptune, which joins the company's 930-person ocean-going ships at the end of that year, Viking said in a news release.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Switzerland-based cruise line Viking has completed construction of the first-ever "full-scale" PCR testing laboratory on a cruise ship, designed to allow for daily COVID-19 testing of all passengers and crew members on the Viking Star. "We have been working on this for a number of months, and today is important as it moves us one step closer to operating cruises again, without compromising the safety of our guests and crew," said Matt Grimes, the vice president of maritime operations for Viking, in an announcement shared this week. "The recently announced CDC guidelines are clearly aligned with our public health research, and we welcome the agency's push toward testing, as we believe this is the only way to safely operate," Grimes added.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. River cruises are coming back to Europe this summer. This week, Viking announced that it would resume some river cruises in Portugal, France and along the Rhine River in July. However, the cruises will only be available to passengers vaccinated against the coronavirus.