Viking introduced Tuesday that it’s going to restart restricted operations in Might with three particular sailings alongside the coast of England. Out there completely for U.Ok. residents, the brand new eight-day ocean itinerary, “England’s Scenic Shores,” will sail roundtrip from Portsmouth, with departures on Might 22, Might 29 and June 5, 2021.
Friends on the “England’s Scenic Shores” itinerary might be among the many first to sail on board Viking’s latest ocean ship, Viking Venus, which might be delivered in April. Pre-registration for the voyage is at present open solely to Viking’s previous visitors; extra particulars in regards to the voyages might be launched—and reservations might be obtainable to all U.Ok. residents—sooner or later, the cruise line mentioned.
Viking says the replace in regards to the official restart was triggered as a result of the U.Ok. authorities just lately signaled that it could enable the resumption of home cruises starting in Might 2021. All different beforehand scheduled Viking sailings by way of Might 31, 2021 stay cancelled.
“We welcome the U.Ok. authorities’s assist for the return of protected home cruises as an vital part within the journey trade’s restoration,” mentioned Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, in a press assertion.
He added: “We’re ready to restart operations rapidly and to begin crusing once more in Might as a result of now we have stored our ships crewed throughout heat lay-up all through the previous 12 months. We’ve got been implementing our extra protocols, together with every day fast and simple non-invasive saliva PCR assessments for our crew, for nearly six months now.”
Those that sail these new voyages may also expertise Viking’s well being and security program. The “Viking Well being & Security Program” was developed in partnership with a global crew of medical advisors, together with Raquel C. Bono, M.D., Viking’s Chief Well being Officer. Using a full-scale laboratory put in on each Viking ocean ship, all visitors and crew will obtain every day fast and simple non-invasive saliva PCR assessments. New air purification expertise has additionally been put in on all Viking ships. And extra well being checks, sanitization and bodily distancing measures will present additional safety for Viking visitors and crew in any respect factors of the journey.
The cruise line additionally introduced that it’s going to title its new ship, Viking Venus, within the U.Ok. on Might 17.