Not even in the water a year yet and new Viking Cruises is getting restless. Rightfully so, the ancient Vikings did not waste much time exploring the world. Looking across the pond, Viking Cruises announced new Caribbean and Eastern Seaboard itineraries for 2016 and 2017 ranging from 11- to 15 days. That move brings the unique cruise experience we enjoyed not long ago on Viking Star to the Caribbean. Along with it: a distinctly different Caribbean cruise.
We were impressed with Viking’s ability to orchestrate an included tour every day for every guest on Viking Star. But what about the Caribbean? Is there anything on that familiar turf that the average North American cruise fan has not seen. Probably not. Lucky for them, the unique cruise experience we enjoyed on Viking Star looks to be a perfect fit for the laid back Caribbean. First, let’s look at those itineraries.
Caribbean And Eastern Seaboard Itineraries
Guests can choose from five new itineraries in Viking’s Caribbean And North America collection:
- West Indies Explorer, roundtrip from San Juan, visiting St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Barbados and more for 11 days.
- West Indies To Iberia
- Eastern Seaboard Explorer brings autumn’s vibrant hues and visits Montreal, Quebec, Halifax, Boston and New York.
- Eastern Seaboard To The West Indies
- In The Wake Of The Vikings traces Leif Eriksson’s 1000 AD voyage, with calls at Scotland’s Shetland Islands, Iceland and Newfoundland, plus cosmopolitan Montreal. And, we have two other exciting itineraries traveling New York to San Juan, and San Juan to Barcelona (see website for details).
Let’s see the details along with Viking video and description of these unique sailings:
MONTREAL TO NEW YORK CITY
Witness Canada and New England come alive with fall’s vibrant hues. From Montreal, cruise the St. Lawrence River to French-flavored Quebec City and colonial-era Saguenay. Celebrate Scottish heritage on Prince Edward Island and enjoy coastal splendor in Halifax. Delve into Boston’s rich history during an overnight stay and continue to New York City, where you’ll experience the highlights of Manhattan and stay overnight before disembarking. Be sure to check out the available dates and prices for this cruise.
FROM $4,999 | 13 DAYS | 7 GUIDED TOURS | 2 COUNTRIES
NEW YORK CITY TO SAN JUAN
Sail from New York down the Atlantic seaboard to San Juan, calling on cultural capitals and emerald Caribbean Islands. You’ll delve into the historic riches of Baltimore and grand mansions of Newport. Immerse yourself in colonial Jamestown from our port in Norfolk and enjoy an overnight stay amid the coastal beauty of Port Everglades. Then explore the lush and lively Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos, Antigua and St. Thomas. Be sure to check out the available dates and prices for this cruise.
FROM $4,999 | 15 DAYS | 9 GUIDED TOURS | 4 COUNTRIES
SAN JUAN TO SAN JUAN
Experience the colorful Caribbean, a dazzling blend of turquoise waters, emerald isles and European legacies. After time to explore the colonial treasures of San Juan, immerse yourself in the British, French and Dutch cultures of the Lesser Antilles. Cruise spectacular azure waters from Tortola and St. Lucia to Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Thomas. All while savoring unspoiled island vistas and Viking’s destination-focused cruising.
FROM $2,999 | 11 DAYS | 9 GUIDED TOURS | 9 COUNTRIES
BERGEN TO MONTREAL
Trace the route of Viking Leif Eriksson, who discovered American shores 500 years before Columbus. From the Norwegian mercantile city of Bergen, set off to the rustic Shetland Islands in Scotland. Cruise to the magnificently picturesque Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland; then, view ancient Norse settlements at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Explore the rich cultures of Saguenay and Quebec City before concluding in cosmopolitan Montreal. Be sure to check out the available dates and prices for this cruise.
FROM $5,599 | 15 DAYS | 10 GUIDED TOURS | 6 COUNTRIES
SAN JUAN TO BARCELONA
Cross oceans and bridge cultures on an enriching trans-Atlantic voyage. Embark in colonial San Juan and call on the Dutch side of St. Martin, ringed by white-sand beaches. Then, head into the Atlantic for a six-day crossing, savoring your elegant ship’s cultural offerings. The Portuguese island of Madeira welcomes you on the other side, followed by explorations of French-inflected Casablanca, and the Spanish cities of Cádiz and Valencia. You’ll disembark in lively Barcelona. Be sure to check out the available dates and prices for this cruise.
FROM $2,999 | 15 DAYS | 7 GUIDED TOURS | 6 COUNTRIES
The Unique Viking Caribbean Cruise Experience
On Viking Star, we experienced a new, small ship that turned out to be a great value. The Viking version of a Caribbean cruise will have a higher price point than most ships sailing in the Caribbean, but there is a reason for that. Look what we get:
- All-veranda staterooms, each with outdoor seating so you can see more during your journey. There are no bad views in this house.
- Great accommodations with a modern, Scandinavian-style design that is open and airy, with thoughtful practicality and understated elegance
- Staterooms of equal or greater square footage than comparable competitors’ staterooms
- King-size beds that really are.
- Extra spacious showers, like triple a big ship shower size
- Great dining experiences with 11 dining venues. All we tried were enjoyable, did not take forever and made you want to come back again.
- Specialty restaurants without any extra charge but you’d gladly pay one; they’re just that good.
- More alfresco dining than any other ocean cruise vessel. Main dining room windows open when the weather is nice.
- All onboard meals custom-created with fresh local ingredients and choices of regional specialties as well as always available American classics
Also impressive and a good fit for the Caribbean; Viking service, enrichment, destinations and value. We covered all of those topics and a few more in a recent TravelPulse article as well as our website and other interesting sources:
- Viking Star: Examining What Really Matters
- Viking Star Dining Options
- Flight Change No Big Deal For Vikings
- Your Travel Agent And Viking Cruises
- Viking Star Included Tours: Promise vs Reality
- A Day In Dubrovnik With Viking Cruises
- Viking Star: Paint Your Masterpiece
- Viking Star Brings The Future: Now
- Viking Star: The Thought Behind The Ship
- A Day In Athens Helps Define Viking Star Passengers
- Little Things That Make Viking Star A Big Hit (this post)
See our Flickr Photo Albums–
- Travel Day To Viking Star
- Air Dolomiti- A lovely little airline we experienced thanks to the Lufthansa strike.
- Venice, Italy- Where we met the Viking Transfer Army
- Viking Star Ship Shots- Photos from around the new Viking Star
- Pula Croatia– Our first time visiting but surely not our last
- Viking Star On Instagram- Our experience, one Instagram a day
- Viking Star Staff– Photos of the crew, collected throughout our voyage
- Viking Star Culinary- Menu items we tried as we sailed
- Viking Star Sunrise and Sunset- Marvelous events that bookended each day
- Dubrovnik, Croatia- What we did, saw and consumed
- Dubrovnik Sunset- Probably the prettiest sunset we have ever seen
- Kotor Montenegro with Viking Cruises– our day and then some
- Viking Star Tea Time- like no other tea time anywhere
- Viking Star At Sea- what we saw and did on our one day at sea
- Viking Star Chef’s Table- a gastronomic journey through time
Facebook Photo Albums-
- Dubrovnik Sunset– perhaps the most beautiful we have ever seen
- Favorite Images From Our Viking Star Cruise– just those and nothing more