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Viking has expanded its cruise line for its restart this summer with new Mediterranean itineraries and additional crossings to Iceland and Bermuda.

Viking Venus – the new ship of the line which will be christened in the United Kingdom on May 17 by the Anne Diamond chainand Viking Sea will be homeport in the Maltese capital of Valletta and will sail two different 11-day round-trip itineraries from July to early October 2021.

The company said due to strong demand it had also added more sailing dates this summer for trips to Iceland – including crossings available to UK customers – and Bermuda.

Viking is due to restart operations on May 22 with Viking Venus’ debuts on England’s Scenic Shores route from Portsmouth.

All crossings are reserved for fully vaccinated passengers.

Guests of the new Malta & Adriatic Jewels itinerary will spend the night in Valletta, then sail to Montenegro and Croatia, stopping in Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Å ibenik, before returning to the Maltese archipelago, with a stopover to Gozo and finally back to Valletta. . Those on the Malta and Greek Islands Discovery Trip will also spend the night in Valletta, then sail to Greece, stopping in Kalamata, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes and Souda Bay, before returning to Valletta.

Viking President Torstein Hagen said: “We thank the government of Malta for their support and enthusiasm as we continue to restart operations. Malta is a fantastic destination, with an ancient history, rich culture and a central location in the Mediterranean. “We started calling Malta in 2016 and look forward to welcoming guests to some of the most historically significant and naturally beautiful areas of the Mediterranean, both in the Maltese archipelago, as well as along off the Croatian coast and around the Greek islands this summer. . “

Viking has said he will announce more departures in 2021 as soon as he gets the necessary government approvals.

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