Viking Opens 2026 Ocean Voyages, Announces New Extensions

Viking has announced that its 2026 ocean voyages are now open for booking. With many 2024 dates already sold out and 2025 departures selling fast, strong demand among North American travelers has led to an early opening of 2026 departures across the company’s ocean fleet.

Viking also announced voyages for its newest ship, the Viking Vesta, which is scheduled to join the fleet in July 2025. The 998-guest ship will spend its inaugural season sailing popular itineraries in the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. The line offers more than 80 ocean itineraries, of which the most popular include:

  • The 15-day “Viking Homelands” itinerary from Stockholm to Bergen
  • The eight-day “Iconic Western Mediterranean’ itinerary from Barcelona to Rome
  • The 10-day “Empires of the Mediterranean” itinerary from Venice to Athens
  • The 15-day “British Isles Explorer” itinerary from Bergen to London
  • The 11-day “West Indies Explorer” itinerary, sailing roundtrip from San Juan

Additionally, Viking has announced six new immersive pre- and post-cruise extensions beginning in 2024 and 2025. Over 45 percent of all Viking guests choose to add such extensions to their voyage. The new fully guided, three-night extensions are offered in Barcelona, Istanbul, London, Rome, Stockholm and Venice, and include “Privileged Access” to museums, local cuisine for lunches and dinners, market visits and cooking classes—as well as more time to personalize the journey with optional excursions.

Classified as a small ship, the Viking Vesta has a gross tonnage of 54,300 tons, with 499 staterooms that can host 998 guests. Additionally, the new Viking Vela is scheduled to debut in December 2024.

Tip: Until January 31, 2024, Viking is offering North American travelers the “Discover More Sale,” with up to free international airfare, special fares and a $25 deposit—with additional savings for both new and returning guests—on all-inclusive river, ocean and expedition voyages.

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