Viking Sun cruise ship to sail around the world on maiden voyage

  • Viking Cruises' itinerary for its first-ever round-the-world cruise includes stops in Cuba, Tahiti, China and Spain
  • It will stop in places affected by terrorism, including Egypt and Tunisia, although the itinerary is subject to change
  • Passengers will be able to trim their bucket lists as the cruise ship stops at 66 destinations on five continents 

This round-the-world cruise that will stop at 66 destinations in 141 days – at a cost of more than £30,000 per person – may be the best way to trim your bucket list.

Viking Cruises has revealed plans for an epic journey from Miami to London, with stops in places such as Cuba, Tahiti and Malta along the way.

Setting sail in December 2017, Viking’s fourth ocean ship, the Viking Sun, will visit five continents as it spends its maiden season on the company’s first-ever world cruise.

Viking Cruises has revealed plans for its first round-the-world trip, with stops in places such as Cuba, Tahiti, Singapore and Egypt

Viking Cruises has revealed plans for its first round-the-world trip, with stops in places such as Cuba, Tahiti, Singapore and Egypt

The round-the-world trip will take place on the soon-to-be-built Viking Sun, which will be identical to the Viking Sea (pictured)

The round-the-world trip will take place on the soon-to-be-built Viking Sun, which will be identical to the Viking Sea (pictured)

Viking Sun's on-board luxury spa will feature a 'snow grotto' where artificial snowflakes fall from the ceiling, plus a pool and a Jacuzzi

Viking Sun's on-board luxury spa will feature a 'snow grotto' where artificial snowflakes fall from the ceiling, plus a pool and a Jacuzzi

Holidaymakers will have three swimming pools to choose from, including a main pool that features a retractable roof

Holidaymakers will have three swimming pools to choose from, including a main pool that features a retractable roof

The cruise ship, which hasn’t been built yet, will stop at 66 ports and stay overnight at 12 of them.

With prices starting from nearly £31,000 a person, every guest will receive a complimentary shore excursion at each of the 66 ports, free Wi-Fi throughout the journey, business class flights and other incentives.

Not long into the journey, guests will spend two days in Havana, where they will watch a local jazz ensemble and explore the city’s neoclassical, Baroque and colonial architecture.

Viking Sun will sail through the 48-mile Panama Canal and enter the Pacific Ocean before heading to places such as Los Angeles, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Shanghai.

When they're not stopping at exotic destinations around the world, passengers will be able to soak up some sun around the main pool

When they're not stopping at exotic destinations around the world, passengers will be able to soak up some sun around the main pool

For pampering, the luxurious LivNordic Spa will feature a large Jacuzzi, a snow grotto and a number of different therapies

For pampering, the luxurious LivNordic Spa will feature a large Jacuzzi, a snow grotto and a number of different therapies

Viking Sun will be Viking Cruises' fourth ocean-going ship and will feature the same interiors as the Star and Sea cruise ships

Viking Sun will be Viking Cruises' fourth ocean-going ship and will feature the same interiors as the Star and Sea cruise ships

The itinerary includes Bangkok, Singapore, India and the Mediterranean before the ship makes its final stop in Greenwich, London in 2018.

Passengers are also scheduled to stop in destinations which have suffered a downturn following terror attacks, although the itinerary is subject to change.

Those destinations include Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Tunis, Tunisia, and Algiers, Algeria, and with the trip still more than 18 months away the security situation could change.

Classified as a small cruise ship, Viking Sun will have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons and 465 all-balcony cabins, which can accommodate 930 passengers.

Cabins measure between 270 square feet and 1,163 square feet with amenities such as king-size beds, large showers, heated bathroom floors and flat-screen LCD TVs with on-demand films.

Guests who want to go for a swim can choose from a glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern or a pool with a retractable roof.

For pampering, the LivNordic Spa features a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the ceiling through chilled air.

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Los Angeles-based Viking Cruises, said: ‘Ever since our first ship set sail last year, we have been focused on bringing the destination back to ocean cruising.

‘This world cruise is the most extensive and culturally immersive itinerary we have ever offered.’

Viking's third ship, the Viking Sky, will also debut in 2017. Its fifth and sixth ocean-going ships will launch in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

The company's second ship, the Viking Sea, was christened in London on Thursday after sailing from Istanbul via Venice. 

NOW THAT'S A CHRISTENING! HUGE LUXURY SCANDINAVIAN CRUISE SHIP VIKING SEA LIGHTS UP THE THAMES DURING COLOURFUL NAMING CEREMONY 

Thousands of people gathered along the Thames on Thursday as London welcomed a 930-passenger luxury cruise ship that boasts a snow grotto and is set to become the largest ocean-going vessel to be christened on the famous river.

The Viking Sea, which measures more than two football pitches in length, was christened with a spectacular fireworks display depicting the colours of the two main runners in the Mayoral elections. 

Before the extravaganza illuminated London's skyline, the ship entered the Thames Estuary, passing Gravesend, Kent, and squeezing through the Thames Barrier in Woolwich, before it was photographed with sights such as the O2, Canary Wharf, the Shard and the City in the background.

Viking Cruises christened its second of six planned ocean ships in Greenwich, London, with fireworks depicting the colours of the two main runners in the Mayoral elections

Viking Cruises christened its second of six planned ocean ships in Greenwich, London, with fireworks depicting the colours of the two main runners in the Mayoral elections

With sights such as the Shard and Canary Wharf visible in the distance, the Viking Sea approaches its dock in East London

With sights such as the Shard and Canary Wharf visible in the distance, the Viking Sea approaches its dock in East London

The 745.4-ft long ship, owned and operated by Viking Cruises, arrived from Venice via the English Channel and Atlantic and the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

Viking Sea completed its inaugural voyage from Istanbul to Venice last month, and following her christening in London the vessel will spend her maiden season sailing around Scandinavia and the Baltics as well as the Mediterranean.

It is the second ocean-going ship from Viking, which is known more for its smaller vessels that sail the rivers of Europe and Asia.

The all-balcony ship has a luxury spa with a snow grotto where artificial snowflakes fall from the ceiling through chilled air, and three pools, including an infinity pool on the aft deck and one that is protected by a retractable roof.

Holidaymakers can choose from five different room classes, with staterooms ranging from 270 square feet to more than 1,100 square feet.

Spanning 1,706ft across the river, the Thames Barrier, near Woolwich, is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world

Spanning 1,706ft across the river, the Thames Barrier, near Woolwich, is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world

The cruise ship was visible from miles around as it sailed up the Thames on Thursday 

The cruise ship was visible from miles around as it sailed up the Thames on Thursday 

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