Imagine checking off multiple bucket list destinations with one trip. That’s what a privileged group of globetrotters recently set out to do on Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise. Guests aboard the award-winning, Viking Sun® set sail on August 31 from London on the longest -ever continuous cruise, fully circumnavigating the globe. Viking will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the “longest continuous passenger cruise,” upon returning to London in May 2020.
Most other world cruises sail between 90-120 day, but Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking states, “Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry, nearly double the length of our previous world cruise itineraries. I am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests.”
Let’s live vicariously for a moment. Here’s a look at what those who happen to have eight months and an extra $92,990 to spare will experience throughout their fantastic voyage.
For one, luxury accommodations on an award-winning cruise line. Guests will also enjoy included excursions in each port, free unlimited Wi-Fi, Business Class airfare, and an extensive list of added-value inclusions. A few of our favorite amenities include complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; alternative restaurant dining; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.
Part of Viking’s appeal is the immersive experience delivered through excursions and onboard experts. The Viking Way of exploration offers additional, optional excursions that provide insight into Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access® visits to cultural institutions. Overnight stays in 23 cities allow guests to delve deeper into destinations; and Viking’s Culture Curriculum® offers added enrichment on board with regional entertainment and lectures, as well as learning opportunities as part of the Viking Resident Historian® program.
The passengers onboard Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise will explore Scandinavia, the Caribbean and destinations throughout South America before calling on the remote tropical islands of the South Pacific. Viking Sun will then continue its journey along the coast of Australia and through Asia before returning to the Mediterranean and Europe. The journey is filled with intimate experiences such as Behind-the-scenes tours at Highclere Castle, the “real Downton Abbey;” visiting St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum “behind closed doors;” a private cooking class in a Tuscan castle; an intimate organ concert in the Berlin Cathedral; and an exclusive dinner in the Churchill War Rooms in London.
An official from the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Adjudicator will confirm the successful attempt with a certificate presentation. World record or not, this is a once in a lifetime event for a group of lucky jet setters!