Viking Orion is scheduled to return to Sydney and Auckland where she will homeport for the summer season – her second year in a row.
Orion will offer eight local cruises over three months when she arrives in Darwin on 15 December before sailing to Sydney on 27 December. She will then sail six 15-day Australia & New Zealand itineraries between Sydney and Auckland. She will also offer two 17-day Komodo and the Australian Coast itinerary between Bali and Sydney. Orion will depart Australian waters and make her way to Bali on 20 March 2020.
Viking Sun will visit Australia in February 2020 as part of her world cruise, an epic 245-day voyage, the longest continuous passenger cruise on record, the line said.
She will arrive in Hobart on 7 February 2020, the first of eight Australian destinations during her world voyage which will visit six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports over eight months. There will be 10 Australians on board sailing the full world itinerary.
After spending a month in Australian waters, Viking Sun will depart Darwin on 23 February 2020 as she makes her way to Asia, India and the Middle East.
Both Viking Orion and Viking Sun will visit 10 Australian ports and seven NZ ports including major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington as well as smaller destinations like Thursday Island, Cairns and the Whitsundays.
“Since launching our first ocean ship in 2015, demand to sail from Australia and New Zealand has grown from strength to strength,” said Michelle Black, Viking’s managing director ANZ.
“One third of Viking’s fleet of six ocean ships will be based in our waters for a month, demonstrating both the importance of this region to Viking and the incredible popularity of our destinations to Viking’s discerning guests,” she added.