Viking opens bookings for 2026 ocean cruises early

Viking has put 2026 ocean cruises in sale with many dates for this year already sold out and 2025 departures “selling fast”.

The early opening of bookings for 2026 departures across the ocean fleet came as the company confirmed that new ship Viking Vesta would enter service in July 2025.

The 998-passenger vessel will spend its inaugural season sailing popular itineraries in the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.

The newest sister ship will follow introduction of the line’s tenth ocean cruise vessel Viking Vela, which is due to makes its debut in December 2024.

Viking has also added pre- and post-cruise extensions of three days in duration in Barcelona, Istanbul, London, Rome, Stockholm and Venice for this year and 2025.

The company reported that more than 45% of all passengers are opting to add such extensions to their cruises. 

Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said: “We have always done things a bit differently. At Viking, we are contrarians. We design travel experiences for thinking people, with no children and no casinos.

“We are pleased that our approach has resonated with so many—and with the addition of the Viking Vesta to our ocean fleet, we look forward to introducing even more curious travellers to the Viking way of exploration.”

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