From the point where Deptford Creek in southeast London meets the Thames, a September cruise ship starts sailing on a record 33-week voyage.
Passengers on board The Viking Sun has paid upwards of £ 66,990 for a journey that begins and ends in Greenwich. She returns April 30, 2020 – although guests have the opportunity to be on board for May Day.
The world's longest continuous cruise will take up to 930 travelers to 53 countries in each continent except Antarctica.
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The circumvention study begins unequivocally with a journey as far as Dover, followed by Dublin and Liverpool. But later in September the Viking Sun will visit Thorshavn in the Faroe Islands and two ports in Greenland.
As she is much smaller than many cruise ships, she will be able to sail upwards to many destinations offshore for larger vessels – including Montreal in Canada and Manaus in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
Instead of sailing through the Panama Canal, the Viking Sun will round the Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America. Christmas Day is spent aboard while sailing between Costa Rica and Guatemala, followed by New Year's Eve in California.
After two days in Los Angeles, the longest voyage to sea will begin: more than a week sailing across the Pacific to Atuona in French Polynesia.
After New Zealand, Australia and Bali, Viking Sun will visit Vietnam and Cambodia before a fairly traditional journey back through India (Chennai, Cochin and Mumbai), Oman, Jordan, the Suez Canal through Egypt, Malta, Sardinia and Malaga, before a final stop in Porto and another conversation in Dover.
The Italian-built ship has eight restaurants and two swimming pools.
Her sister ship, Viking Sky experienced severe problems in a storm off the coast of Norway in March 2019. Unable to make progress or steering, the ship was hit by extreme waves, with passengers' belongings thrown around their cabin. Many passengers were evacuated by helicopter before tugs rescued the ship.