Viking Cruises to Begin UK Domestic Sailings in May

The UK is becoming the place to be this summer as another cruise line announces flights carrying British passengers.

Viking Cruise Line has announced that its newest ship, the Viking Venus, will make its UK debut from May this year.

Limited operation at present

Viking Cruise Line, one of Europe’s largest private cruise lines, has announced that the Viking Venus will sail on an eight-day Scenic Shores ocean voyage in England.

The ship will leave Portsmouth for a trip around the world, departing on the 22nd. 29 May. May and 5. June 2021. The cruise line has so far limited itself to three trips for UK residents only.

Viking Venus will sail an 8-day itinerary from Portsmouth, in southern England, with no port days. The trip will only last one sea day for those lucky enough to secure a place on one of the three trips.

Pre-registration for Scenic Shores in England is currently only available to returning Viking customers; further flight details will be released in due course and bookings will be available to all UK residents.

When the pandemic broke out, Viking was the first cruise line to cease operations. The UK government has recently indicated that it will allow the resumption of domestic cruises in May 2021. See you on the 31st. May 2021, all other Viking crossings remain cancelled.

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UK cruise industry is important

Thorstein Hagen, president of Viking, believes the UK will be an important step towards a global recovery of the tourism industry:

We welcome the UK Government’s support for the return of safe domestic cruises, which are an important part of the recovery of the tourism industry. In appreciation of this support, we have decided to launch our new ship on the 17th. May in the UK to be called Viking Venus.

Viking is one of the first cruise lines to offer short trips to UK residents. P&O UK and Princess Cruises had previously announced the same with Cunard Line. According to the president of Viking Cruise Line, the company’s ships have remained warm and manned for the past 12 months:

We will be able to get back to work soon and head out to sea in May, having kept our ships busy in warm weather for the past 12 months.

Health and safety on board

In addition, Viking does not yet require clients to be vaccinated in order to bathe. Instead, the line relies on the strict guidelines it has set for itself:

For nearly six months, we have been implementing our additional protocols, including a quick and easy, non-invasive daily saliva PCR test for our crew. With our new protocol enhancements, we believe there is no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage, and look forward to welcoming British guests on board in the near future.

Viking Ocean ships have a fully equipped laboratory where all guests and crew members undergo daily PCR saliva testing. New air purification technology has also been installed on the Viking ships, which have always had individual ventilation systems for each guest cabin.

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In addition, extra sanitary checks, sanitation and physical spacing measures provide additional protection for Viking guests and crew during all phases of the voyage.

So it looks like Viking is ready for at least a few cruises around the UK. It has not been announced if the cruise line will extend these cruises for the entire season; however, if the current situation continues, it seems that Viking will be doing more cruises in the UK.

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