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.Okay. 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 will likely be among the many first to sail on board Viking’s latest ocean ship, Viking Venus, which will likely be delivered in April. Pre-registration for the voyage is presently open solely to Viking’s previous friends; extra particulars concerning the voyages will likely be launched—and reservations will likely be out there to all U.Okay. residents—in the end, the cruise line mentioned.
Viking says the replace concerning the official restart was triggered as a result of the U.Okay. authorities not too long ago signaled that it might enable the resumption of home cruises starting in Might 2021. All different beforehand scheduled Viking sailings by Might 31, 2021 stay cancelled.
“We welcome the U.Okay. authorities’s help for the return of secure home cruises as an essential element within the journey business’s restoration,” mentioned Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, in a press assertion.
He added: “We’re ready to restart operations shortly and to start out crusing once more in Might as a result of we’ve got saved our ships crewed throughout heat lay-up all through the previous 12 months. We have now been implementing our extra protocols, together with each day fast and straightforward non-invasive saliva PCR checks for our crew, for nearly six months now.”
Those that sail these new voyages may even expertise Viking’s well being and security program. The “Viking Well being & Security Program” was developed in partnership with a global staff 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 friends and crew will obtain each day fast and straightforward non-invasive saliva PCR checks. New air purification know-how 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 friends 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.Okay. on Might 17.
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