Viking celebrates Sydney debut over the weekend with Viking Sun
Viking Sun sailed into Sydney Harbour this weekend on its 141-day world cruise from Miami to London. Celebrating the line’s first visit to the country in its 20-year history, Viking hosted over 300 Sydney agent inspections and a glamorous industry event at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday night. By the time the cruise departs Australia on 21 February, over 1,200 agents will have inspected their first Viking ocean ship.
Over 150 people attended the event, where speakers Michelle Black – Managing Director Viking Australia and New Zealand, and the Ambassador of Norway – Her Excellency Ms. Unni Kløvstad, addressed media and travel industry attendees. Viking Sun Captain, Atle Knutsen, also proposed a celebratory toast with Aquavit; a traditional Scandinavian liquor distilled in Norway and matured at sea crossing over 360 degrees of longitude while circumnavigating the globe. Viking has long celebrated the heritage of Aquavit, even naming the shipboard al fresco terrace after it. Viking Sun is currently home to six casks of Aquavit which will have crossed the Equator twice at the end of the inaugural world cruise.
Michelle commented: “We have been looking forward to Viking’s debut and this weekend has been a huge success. It was great to celebrate with industry colleagues and say thank you to those that are hugely important to the ongoing success of our business and a fantastic 2017. We really do appreciate their support and loyalty to our brand as we continue to expand our ocean offering and as we begin homeporting from Sydney later this year.”
The 300+ agents that inspected Viking Sun in Sydney were given a tour of the gleaming, all-veranda ship, viewing the serene Scandinavian spaces, Spa with Snow Grotto and glass-backed infinity pool which is unique to Viking. Further inspections continue over the next week as the ship heads north to Brisbane and Cairns.
After uncovering the natural wonders and dynamic cities of Australia, guests on board Viking Sun will depart Darwin on 21 February to set sail to Southeast Asia. When the ship finally arrives in London on 5 May, she will have visited five continents, 35 countries and 64 ports. The ship will again sail the globe during its second 128-day world cruise from Miami to London, departing 3 January 2019.
Viking Orion, the fifth ship to join the award-winning Viking fleet, will begin cruising from Sydney to Auckland in December 2018 – spending three months of the year exploring our rich, local waters and giving Australians the chance to discover the hidden gems on their doorstep while experiencing exactly how Viking has reinvented ocean cruising.
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