Viking announced this week that they have now canceled all cruises through September 30, 2020. The cruise line also said that they will sail a few test cruises on both river and ocean cruise ships testing out new health protocols.
Viking was the first cruise line to suspend cruises back on March 11. Although Viking was hoping to resume cruises in September, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said that this was not possible due to Americans not being allowed to travel to Europe at this time.
He stressed that Viking will only start sailing again when it is safe to do so. Hagen went on to say that Viking has spent the last few months working with experts from the United States and Europe developing new protocols and procedures for their river and ocean cruises.
Viking’s aim is to operate as safely as possible in this new environment with the highest standards in the cruise industry.
In order to validate the new health protocols that the cruise line is implementing, they will run a few test cruises on both river and ocean cruise ships. The cruise line expects good results and they are planning on sharing these new practices in due course.
Hagen went on to say that the safety of their guests and employees has always been their top priority.
“Our investment in the development of new procedures and protocols have been about finding the best mode of operation in today’s environment, and about making traveling with Viking even safer.”
This new wave of cancellations from Viking include the following:
- All River and Ocean departing 9/1 – 9/30/2020
- All Cruisetours in Vietnam and Egypt through 12/31/2020
- Eastern Seaboard Discoveries in October 2020
- Bangkok, Bali & Beyond. 10/14/2020
- Komodo & the Australian Coast 10/26/2020
Guests who were booked on one of the cancelled sailings can receive a full refund or opt for a 125% Future Cruise Voucher.
The Future Cruise Voucher can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise. If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and they will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.