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Cruise Ship Departs on World’s Longest Cruise, Will Visit 111 Ports on Six Continents

A cruise ship will depart from London today and sail the longest cruise ever, a 245 day journey that will visit 51 countries on six continents.  This ultimate cruise from Viking Cruises will stop at 111 ports all around the world.

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The 930-guest Viking Sun, seen here in Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Viking will attempt to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the “longest continuous passenger cruise” with its Ultimate World Cruise itinerary, embarking August 31, 2019, in London. Guests on Viking Sun will sail for 245 days, visiting six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports. For more information, visit

This 245 day cruise on Viking Sun will attempt to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the longest continuous passenger cruise. The cruise ship is scheduled to return to London in May 2020.

Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise offers an eight-month journey, allowing guests to explore Scandinavia, the Caribbean and destinations throughout South America before calling on the remote tropical islands of the South Pacific. Viking Sun will then continue its journey along the coast of Australia and through Asia before returning to the Mediterranean and Europe.

Along the way, guests will enjoy overnight stays in 23 of the 111 port stops.

Like all Viking itineraries, Ultimate World Cruise guests will enjoy an included excursion in each port of call and free unlimited Wi-Fi; they also receive Business Class airfare and all gratuities and service fees, along with an extensive list of added-value inclusions in their cruise fare.

Viking Ultimate World Cruise Map

Overnight stays in 23 cities allow guests to delve deeper into destinations; and Viking’s Culture Curriculum offers additional enrichment on board with regional entertainment and lectures, as well as learning opportunities as part of the Viking Resident Historian program.

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The Viking Difference

Designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights.

A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences on shore, on board, and even at home, through premier partnerships such as National Geographic, PBS’ MASTERPIECE, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition and the upcoming new film Downton Abbey from Focus Features and Carnival Films, only in theaters this September.

In addition, Viking offers a compelling value compared to other cruise lines. Every cruise fare includes a balcony stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; alternative restaurant dining; free Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.

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Ben Souza
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