Posting about Viking's announcement this week that they'll be entering the Great Lakes, I realized I hadn't yet shared the walkthrough of the Sky I enjoyed some time ago.
It's an older video, I'm not looking much like I'm having as much fun as I should be! Hope you enjoy the sneak peak, it's a beautiful ship with an incredible number of inclusions with your cruise fare - from ship wide wifi to excursions, every cabin has a veranda, and the bedding is universal throughout. That means everyone from the entry level through top tier suites has the same great sleep!
Watch this space! Only the tiniest hint of what's to come was announced this week, with more to come over the coming weeks and months. For years, Viking River Cruises was the world's most popular river cruise company, with their signature longships and in-house staffing - they started with itineraries in Russian waters and quickly became a staple throughout Europe. Viking announced their foray into ocean cruising in 2013 and their inaugural season with the Viking Star in 2015 led to a sweep of awards. Their 6 sister ships hold so many industry awards at this time it's ridiculous. I had the pleasure of inspecting the Viking Sky in 2017 , the ships are beautifully appointed, like visiting a relative's home in Norway while floating across the seas. Incredible. This week, Viking finally announced their long-awaited foray into the waters of North America's interior, starting with the Great Lakes. I don't yet have official imagery to share, but the expedition vessels look amazing! Expect only a few hundred cabins, meaning a smaller ship to fit into smaller ports of call and a more intimate experience on board. Details about destinations and itineraries are yet to emerge, but the ships will be part of their expedition fleet and set to debut in January of 2022 with the Viking Octanis . Expect another vessel that August, with Great Lakes itineraries scheduled to include Detroit, Duluth, Milwaukee, Sault Ste Marie, Thundery Bay, and... Toronto!
A number of clients and cruise fans have been asking about the MSC Meraviglia these last few weeks, including several from Canada - I can't help but wonder if it is because of the on board Cirque du Soleil performance curated especially for MSC while Canada's famous acrobatic export doesn't actually have a home for domestic fans to enjoy in Quebec! Here's a sort of walk through from MSC Cruises of the Meraviglia, Cirque features at about the 4:56 mark.