Viking welcomes guests on board in Malta – Cruise Industry News
Viking today celebrated its first post-pandemic voyages in the Mediterranean – the final step in the company’s return to service. Guests boarded the 930 passenger sister ships Viking Sea and Viking Venus last week in the Maltese capital of Valletta, where the ships return this summer, according to a press release.
Featured as part of Viking’s “Welcome Back” collection for vaccinated guests, the two ships take three new round-trip routes from Valletta.
New trips include the 11-day Malta & Adriatic Jewels Itineraries, 11-Day Malta & Greek Islands Discovery, and 21-Day Malta, Adriatic & Greece Itineraries.
Viking has also partnered with Lufthansa to offer non-stop charter flights from Newark Liberty International Airport in Malta.
“We are delighted to be back in the Mediterranean and to be homeporting in Valletta. On behalf of the entire Viking family, we thank the Government of Malta for their support and partnership in developing these fantastic new voyages, ”said Torstein Hagen, President of Viking, aboard the Viking Sea in Valletta.
“With its rich history and stunning natural beauty, Malta is truly a Mediterranean gem that many American travelers have yet to discover. My daughter, Karine, and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Malta and look forward to introducing more travelers to this wonderful country, ”he added.
In June, the Maltese government relaxed the rules for the arrival of international travelers – and now allows Americans vaccinated with CDC COVID-19 vaccination registration cards to arrive in the country.
Additionally, the US CDC has announced that it has relaxed travel recommendations for 110 countries and territories. As part of the new recommendations, the CDC has classified Malta as ‘level 1’ or lower for the risk of COVID-19.
Viking Mediterranean voyages starting in July 2021 include:
• Malta and the jewels of the Adriatic (11 days; From Valletta to Valletta; Croatia, Montenegro and Malta)
You can learn about Malta’s history and visit ancient UNESCO sites, explore the Croatian coastline and some of the iconic cities of antiquity. They can also walk around the city walls of Dubrovnik and visit Diocletian’s Palace, or immerse themselves in nature on a visit to Krka National Park. Several sailing dates from July to October 2021.
• Discovery of Malta and the Greek Islands (11 days; Valletta to Valletta; Greece and Malta)
Passengers can learn about the first empires of the Mediterranean Sea and Aegean Sea, visit historic UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Maltese capital of Valletta and the Palace of the Grand Masters of Rhodes. Plus, they can enjoy the Parthenon in Athens, the Minoans in Crete, and the white facades and azure domes of the hilltop villages in Santorini. Several sailing dates from July to September 2021.
• Malta, the Adriatic and Greece (21 days; Valletta to Valletta; Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Malta)
Guests can learn about the early Mediterranean and Aegean Empires by visiting historic UNESCO sites, such as the Parthenon, the Maltese capital of Valletta, and the Palace of the Grand Masters of Rhodes. They can explore the clifftop villages of Santorini and the walled city of Dubrovnik, as well as the landscapes that unfold during the crossing of the Adriatic Sea.