Viking plans to relaunch river cruises in Europe in July
Viking plans to restart its European river operations in July 2021 with selected routes in Portugal, France and along the Rhine through several countries.
Cruises are open to vaccinated passengers. The announcement came just after the European Union agreed to reopen its borders to vaccinated Americans and other travelers.
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The first five river routes in Europe available in July include the eight-day âRhine Escapadeâ between Amsterdam and Basel, the 10-day âGolden River of Portugalâ between Lisbon and Porto), the âParis & the heart of Normandy “eight days” round trip from Paris, the eight-day “Lyon & Provence” between Avignon and Lyon, and the 15-day “France’s Finest” which combines the itineraries of the north and south of France .
âThe response to our first ‘Welcome’ ocean trips has been overwhelmingly positive,â said Viking President Torstein Hagen. “It is clear that many people are eager to return to the world, and I want to thank all of our destination partners for their support as we plan our return to service.”
Viking has also launched âWelcome Backâ trips for vaccinated guests in England, Iceland, Bermuda and the Mediterranean. Earlier this week, Viking also named its new ocean-going vessel, Viking Venus, in England – and the ship is currently making its maiden voyage along the English coast.
The company is working on additional âWelcomeâ itineraries to a variety of other destinations, with the goal of announcing more departures in 2021 as soon as possible.
Those taking these trips will be required to complete the Viking Health & Safety program, developed in partnership with an international team of medical advisors, including Dr. Raquel C. Bono, Viking Chief Health Officer, Certified Trauma Surgeon and Retired Vice Admiral. . of the US Navy Medical Corps. Each Viking ship will have a large-scale laboratory and a network of dedicated shore-based laboratories. All guests and crew will receive frequent non-invasive saliva PCR testing. New air purification technology has also been installed on all Viking ships, which have always been fitted with independent air handling units for all guest cabins.
For an overview of the protocols, click here.