New 8-day itineraries explore England’s scenic shores
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Cruise lines are slowly returning to the seas. One of the latest to announce its resumption is Viking, which is rebooting operations this May in England. The line is offering a series of eight-day ocean itineraries but only for UK residents.
The cruises take place on Viking Venus, the line’s latest ship. Departures are from Portsmouth, with the first on May 22. The ship sails around the shores of England with additional cruises on May 29 and June 5.
Please note the bookings are currently open only to Viking’s loyal past guests. The line will release more details and open reservations to all UK residents at a later date.
The first line to suspend operation when pandemic began
Viking explains that it was the first cruise line to suspend operations at the beginning of the pandemic. It says that this update about the official restart came about because the UK Government recently signaled that it will allow the resumption of domestic cruises beginning in May 2021. All other previously scheduled Viking sailings through May 31, 2021 remain cancelled.
Return of safe domestic cruises
“We welcome the UK Government’s support for the return of safe domestic cruises,” says Torstein Hagen, Viking’s Chairman. “It is as an important component in the travel industry’s recovery.”
“We are in a position to restart operations quickly and to start sailing again in May.” We have been implementing our additional protocols, including daily quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests for our crew, for almost six months now. With our new protocol enhancements in place, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage. “ “We look forward to welcoming UK guests back on board very soon.”
A complete overview of the Viking Health & Safety Program can be found here.
For more information and bookings contact a Pavlus agent at 800-528-9300 and click on Viking Ocean Cruises, 2021, 2022 Prices.