Viking Cruises has decided to extend its pause on operations through September 30, 2020, due to on-going travel restrictions.
Viking’s Suspension on Cruises is Extended
Viking Cruises has announced an extension of its pause on cruise operations through September 30, 2020. The reason for the extended period is due to continued travel restrictions around the world. Even though some countries are easing up there still remains some complications for both passengers and crew to travel to ships, as well as for ships arranging safe ports of call.
The further extension impacts ocean and river cruises and follows some other major cruise operators that have also paused sailings through much of September and beyond.
Guests will be compensated as Viking is offering a 125% Future Cruise Credit for the cancelled sailings. The added value will help impacted guests to choose a longer or more enhanced cruise in the future once operations get back sailing again. The credit can easily be transferred as well to provide peace of mind.
Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen recorded a video with a message on the latest update, you can watch it here.
The Future Cruise Credit voucher will have to be used for rebooking by July 31, 2020, and for further flexibility, the booking can be changed up to 24 hours before the departure date. A full refund of the cruise fare can also be requested.
During this time the Viking vessels will be on hold and the cruise line is in the final stages of implementing additional health measures to make sure guests and crew remain safe when cruises resume. Viking Cruises will be sharing further details on the new protocols very soon and we know they will include new social distancing rules and further training for crew for preparation.
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