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Viking Cruises 2024-2025 repositioning cruises show Viking Ocean ships with one-way itineraries (Spring and Fall ship relocation deals) relating to the following categories:

  • Viking Transatlantic cruises – from Florida/Puerto Rico/Argentina to Europe, and Europe-USA (Florida)-Caribbean (Puerto Rico)-South America (Argentina)
  • Viking Suez Canal cruises

Viking Cruises Repositioning

The list features cheap ship travel deals to the Caribbean, South America, Alaska, Mediterranean, and Baltic Sea. Also at great rates could be booked discount cheap travel deals with cruise and stay packages, especially in early Spring and late Fall each year. The last group of discounts offers the perfect option for budget-minded travellers to enjoy low-priced hotel packages in addition to their cheap Viking cruise deals during these off-season times.

Viking Cruises relocation deals are seasonally offered discount specials on Spring and Fall voyages with departures on one-way itineraries.

Viking Repositioning Cruise Deals Prices

Our list of Viking repositioning cruise ships with one-way relocation voyages features also suggestive prices Per Person (in USD, double occupancy rates). These are the cheapest Viking rates on Inside cabins (per person, prices are subject to change). Our information sources are the line’s official website  and the Viking ships itineraries at

Generally, prices on Viking Cruises repositioning specials start at about $150 pp per day (Interior room), but they also can plummet to about $80. Rates include port charges, but not the airfare.

Repositioning Cruises 2024-2025 Viking Ocean ships relocation

Follows the complete list of Viking cruise ships’ one-way relocation itineraries with ports of call (dates of arrival and departure) and prices PP.

Viking Jupiter – Transatlantic

  • 2024 March 17 – 21-day Transatlantic from Buenos Aires to Barcelona, visiting Montevideo (19), Rio De Janeiro (22), Recife (25), Dakar (30), Casablanca (Apr 3), Malaga (4) – from $5500 pp.
  • 2024 October 18 – 21-day Transatlantic from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, visiting Malaga (21), Casablanca (22), Mindelo (26), Recife (31), Rio De Janeiro (Nov 3), Montevideo (6) – prices from $5500 pp.
  • 2025 March 24 – 21-day Transatlantic from Buenos Aires to Barcelona, visiting Montevideo (26), Rio De Janeiro (29), Recife (Apr 1), Mindelo (6), Casablanca (10), Malaga (11) – from $5500 pp.

Viking Mars – Europe, Suez Canal, Australia, Asia, Transatlantic

  • 2024 March 2 – 14-day Transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, visiting Philipsburg (5), Funchal (12) – from $3300 pp.
  • 2024 May 11 – 14-day from Barcelona to Bergen, visiting Cartagena (13), Malaga (14), Porto (16), Falmouth (18), Portsmouth (19), Le Havre (Paris, 20), Zeebrugge (Bruges, 21), Amsterdam (22) – prices from $6000 pp.
  • 2024 May 25 – 14-day from Bergen to Reykjavik, visiting Geiranger (27), Narvik (29), Gravdal (30), Tromso (31), Honningsvag (Jun 1), Longyearbyen (3&4), Isafjord (7) – from $7000 pp.
  • 2024 June 8 – 14-day Transatlantic from Reykjavik to New York City, visiting Heimaey (9), Djupivogur (10), Seydisfjordur (11), Akureyri (12), Isafjord (13), Nanortalik (15), Qaqortoq (16), L’Anse Aux Meadows (18), Halifax (20) – from $7300 pp.
  • 2024 September 24 – 12-day from New York City to Montreal, visiting Boston (26&27), Halifax (29), Gaspe (Oct 1), Saguenay (3), Quebec City (4) – prices from $6500 pp.
  • 2024 October 6 – 14-day from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, visiting Quebec City (8), Saguenay (9), Charlottetown (11), Saint John (14), Bar Harbor (15), Portland (16), Newport (17) – prices from $6300 pp.
  • 2025 March 27 – 13-day Transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, visiting Philipsburg (30), Funchal (Apr 6) – from $3300 pp.
  • 2025 August 20 – 14-day Transatlantic from Reykjavik to New York City, visiting Heimaey (21), Djupivogur (22), Seydisfjordur (23), Akureyri (24), Isafjord (25), Nanortalik (27), Qaqortoq (28), L’Anse Aux Meadows (30), Halifax (Sep 1) – from $7500 pp.

Viking Neptune – Panama Canal, World Cruise, Transatlantic

  • 2024 January 9 – 120-day World Cruise from Los Angeles to London, visiting Santa Barbara (10), Honolulu (Oahu, 16), Nawiliwili (Kauai, 17), Bora Bora (23), Moorea (24), Papeete (25), Bay of Islands (31), Auckland (Feb 1&2), Tauranga (4), Napier (5), Wellington (6), Fjordland National Park (8), Hobart (11), Phillip Island (12), Melbourne (13), Eden (15), Sydney (16&17), Brisbane (19), Hamilton Island (21), Cairns (22), Thursday Island (24), Komodo Island (28), Bali (Feb 29, March 1&2), Semarang (4), Ho Chi Minh City (8, 9&10), Ko Samui (12), Singapore (14&15), Phuket (17), Yangon (19, 20&21), Colombo (25&26), Cochin (28), Mormugao (Goa, 30), Mumbai (Mar 31, Apr 1&2), Salalah (5), Aqaba (10), Safaga (11), Suez Canal (13), Haifa (14&15), Rhodes (17), Kusadasi (Ephesus, 18), Istanbul (19&20), Piraeus (Athens, 22), Messina (24), Naples (25), Civitavecchia (Rome, 26), Monaco (27), Barcelona (29), Cartagena (30), Lisbon, Portugal (May 2), Le Havre (Paris, 5), Dover (6) – prices from $55000 pp.
  • 2024 September 12 – 14-day Transatlantic from Bergen to Montreal, visiting Lerwick (14), Thorshavn (15), Reykjavik (17), Nanortalik (19), Qaqortoq (20), L’Anse Aux Meadows (22), Saguenay (24), Quebec City (25) – from $8300 pp.
  • 2024 September 26 – 14-day Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, visiting Quebec City (28), Saguenay (29), Charlottetown (Oct 1), Saint John (4), Bar Harbor (5), Portland (6), Newport (7) – prices from $6500 pp.
  • 2024 October 10 – 17-day Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, visiting Cozumel (12), Cartagena (15), Colon (16), Panama Canal (17), Puerto Caldera (19), Corinto (20), Cabo San Lucas (24) – prices from $6000 pp.

Viking Orion – Transpacific, Alaska, Australia, Asia

  • 2024 February 27 – 16-day from Sydney to Bali, visiting Newcastle (28), Brisbane (Mar 1), Hamilton Island (3), Townsville (4), Cairns (5), Thursday Island (7), Darwin (9&10), Komodo Island (12), Lombok (13) – from $7000 pp.
  • 2024 March 14 – 12-day from Bali to Laem Chabang (Bangkok), visiting Surabaya (16), Semarang (17), Jakarta (18&19), Singapore (21), Klang (Kuala Lumpur, 22) – prices from $5500 pp.
  • 2024 March 26 – 14-day from Laem Chabang (Bangkok) to Hong Kong, visiting Sihanoukville (28&29), Ho Chi Minh City (Mar 31, Apr 1&2), Da Nang (4), Halong Bay (5&6) – from $6000 pp.
  • 2024 April 9 – 14-day from Hong Kong to Tokyo, visiting Keelung (12), Nagasaki (14), Kagoshima (15), Beppu (16), Hiroshima (17&18), Kobe (19), Shimizu (20&21) – N/A.
  • 2024 April 23 – 22-day from Tokyo to Vancouver, visiting Otaru (26&27), Petropavlovsk (30), Dutch Harbor (May 5), Kodiak (7), Seward (8), Valdez (9), Icy Strait Point (11), Sitka (12), Ketchikan (13) from $9000 pp.
  • 2024 September 11 – 22-day from Vancouver to Tokyo, visiting Ketchikan (13), Sitka (14), Glacier Bay (15), Valdez (17), Seward (18), Kodiak (19), Dutch Harbor (21), Otaru (29&30) – prices from $9000 pp.
  • 2024 October 4 – 14-day from Tokyo to Hong Kong, visiting Shimizu (6&7), Kobe/Osaka (8), Hiroshima (9&10), Beppu (11), Kagoshima (12), Nagasaki (13), Keelung (15) – from $7500 pp.
  • 2024 October 18 – 14-day from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang (Bangkok), visiting Halong Bay (21&22), Da Nang (23), Ho Chi Minh City (25,26&27), Sihanoukville (29) – from $6000 pp.
  • 2024 November 1 – 12-day from Laem Chabang (Bangkok) to Bali, visiting Klang (Kuala Lumpur, 5), Singapore (6), Jakarta (8&9), Semarang (10), Surabaya (11) – from $5500 pp.
  • 2024 November 13 – 16-day from Bali to Sydney, visiting Lombok (14), Komodo Island (15), Darwin (17&18), Thursday Island (20), Cairns (22), Townsville (23), Hamilton Island (24), Brisbane (26), Newcastle (28) – prices from $7300 pp.
  • 2025 March 21- 16-day from Sydney to Bali, visiting Newcastle (22), Brisbane (24), Hamilton Island (26), Townsville (27), Cairns (28), Thursday Island (30), Darwin (Apr 1&2), Komodo Island (4), Lombok (5) – from $7000 pp.
  • 2025 April 6 – 12-day from Bali to Laem Chabang (Bangkok), visiting Surabaya (8), Semarang (9), Jakarta (10&11), Singapore (13), Klang (Kuala Lumpur, 14) – prices from $5000 pp.
  • 2025 April 18 – 14-day from Laem Chabang (Bangkok) to Hong Kong, visiting Sihanoukville (20&21), Ho Chi Minh City (23,24&25), Da Nang (27), Halong Bay (28&29) – from $6000 pp.
  • 2025 May 2 – 14-day from Hong Kong to Tokyo, visiting Keelung (5), Nagasaki (7), Kagoshima (8), Beppu (9), Hiroshima (10&11), Kobe/Osaka (12), Shimizu (13&14) – from $7500 pp.
  • 2025 May 16 – 22-day from Tokyo to Vancouver, visiting Otaru (19&20), Dutch Harbor (28), Kodiak (30), Seward (31), Valdez (Jun 1), Glacier Bay (3), Sitka (4), Ketchikan (5) – prices from $9000 pp.

Viking Saturn – Transatlantic (Iceland-Mediterranean)

  • 2024 April 3 – 14-day from Barcelona to Bergen, visiting Cartagena (5), Malaga (6), Porto (8), Falmouth (10), Portsmouth (11), Le Havre (Paris, 12), Zeebrugge (Bruges, 13), Amsterdam (14) – from $5500 pp.
  • 2024 August 31 – 14-day from Bergen to Barcelona, visiting Amsterdam (Sept 3), Zeebrugge (Bruges, 4), Le Havre (Paris, 5), Portsmouth (6), Falmouth (7), Porto (9), Malaga (11), Cartagena (12) – from $6500 pp.
  • 2025 May 19 – 14-day from Barcelona to Bergen, visiting Cartagena (21), Malaga (22), Porto (24), Falmouth (26), Portsmouth (27), Le Havre (Paris, 28), Zeebrugge (Bruges, 29), Amsterdam (30) – from $6000 pp.
  • 2025 September 18 – 14-day from Bergen to London, visiting Lerwick (20), Invergordon (21), Edinburgh (22), Kirkwall (23), Ullapool (24), Belfast (25), Liverpool (26), Holyhead (27), Dublin (28), Dover (30) – 7500 pp.

Viking Sea – Transatlantic, Panama Canal

  • 2024 March 27 – 12-day Transatlantic from San Juan to Barcelona, visiting Philipsburg (28), Funchal (Apr 4), Valencia (7) – from $3000 pp; 25-day to Venice plus Marseille (10), Monaco (11), Livorno (Florence/Pisa, 12), Civitavecchia (Rome, 13), Naples (14), Corfu (16), Dubrovnik (17), Split (18) – from $8500 pp.
  • 2024 October 16 – 14-day Transatlantic from Barcelona to San Juan, visiting Valencia (17), Cadiz (19), Casablanca (20), Funchal (22), Philipsburg (29) – prices from $3300 pp.
  • 2025 March 31 – 17-day Panama Canal from San Juan to Los Angeles, visiting Willemstad (Apr 3), Cartagena (5), Colon (6), Panama Canal (7), Puerto Caldera (9), Corinto (10), Cabo San Lucas (14) – from $6300 pp.
  • 2025 May 3 – 8-day from Los Angeles to Vancouver, visiting San Diego (4), Santa Barbara (5), San Francisco (7), Astoria (9), Victoria (10) – from $3600 pp.

Viking Sky – Transatlantic, Panama Canal, World Cruise

  • 2024 January 6 – 120-day World Cruise from Los Angeles to London, visiting Santa Barbara (7), Honolulu (Oahu, 13), Nawiliwili (Kauai, 14), Bora Bora (20), Moorea (21), Papeete (22), Bay of Islands (28), Auckland (29, 30&31), Tauranga (Feb 1), Napier (2), Wellington (3), Fjordland National Park (5), Hobart (8), Phillip Island (9), Melbourne (10), Eden (12), Sydney (13&14), Brisbane (16), Hamilton Island (18), Cairns (19), Thursday Island (21), Komodo Island (25), Bali (26, 27&28), Semarang (Mar 1), Ho Chi Minh City (5, 6&7), Ko Samui (9), Singapore (11&12), Phuket (14), Yangon (16, 17&18), Colombo (22&23), Cochin (25), Mormugao (Goa, 27), Mumbai (28, 29&30), Salalah (Apr 2), Aqaba (7), Safaga (8), Suez Canal (10), Haifa (11&12), Rhodes (14), Kusadasi (Ephesus, 15), Istanbul (16&17), Piraeus (Athens, 19), Messina (21), Naples (22), Civitavecchia (Rome, 23), Monaco (24), Barcelona (26), Cartagena (27), Lisbon (29), Le Havre (Paris, May 2), Dover (3) – from $55000 pp.
  • 2024 May 6 – 14-day from London to Bergen, visiting Dover (8), Dublin (10), Holyhead (11), Liverpool (12), Belfast (13), Ullapool (14), Kirkwall (15), Edinburgh (16), Invergordon (17), Lerwick (18) – from $7300 pp.
  • 2024 September 9 – 14-day from Bergen to Barcelona, visiting Amsterdam (12), Zeebrugge (Bruges, 13), Le Havre (Paris, 14), Portsmouth (15), Falmouth (16), Porto (18), Malaga (20), Cartagena (21) – prices from $6500 pp.
  • 2024 December 5 – 14-day Transatlantic from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, visiting Funchal (9), Philipsburg (16) – from $2800 pp.
  • 2024 December 19 – 17-day Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, visiting Cozumel (21), Cartagena (24), Colon (25), Panama Canal (26), Puerto Caldera (28), Corinto (29), Cabo San Lucas (Jan 2) – from $6000 pp.
  • 2024 December 19 – 137-day Viking World Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to London, visiting Cozumel (21), Cartagena (24), Colon (25), Panama Canal (26), Puerto Caldera (28), Corinto (29), Cabo San Lucas (Jan 2), Los Angeles (5), Santa Barbara (6), Honolulu (Oahu, 12), Nawiliwili (Kauai, 13), Bora Bora (19), Moorea (20), Papeete (21), Bay of Islands (27), Auckland (28,29$30), Tauranga (31), Napier (Feb 1), Wellington (2), Fjordland National Park (4), Hobart (7), Phillip Island (8), Melbourne (9), Eden (11), Sydney (12&13), Brisbane (15), Hamilton Island (17), Cairns (18), Thursday Island (20), Komodo Island (24), Bali (25,26&27), Semarang (Mar 1), Ho Chi Minh City (5,6&7), Ko Samui (9), Singapore (11&12), Phuket (14), Yangon (16,17&18), Colombo (22&23), Cochin (25), Mormugao (Goa, 27), Mumbai (28,29&30), Jeddah (Apr 5), Aqaba (7), Safaga (8), Suez Canal (10), Haifa (11&12), Rhodes (14), Kusadasi (Ephesus, 15), Istanbul (16&17), Piraeus (Athens, 19), Messina (21), Naples (22), Civitavecchia (Rome, 23), Monaco (24), Barcelona (26), Cartagena (27), Lisbon (29), Le Havre (Paris, May 2), Dover (3) – from $60000 pp; 179-day to New York plus Dover (7), Dublin (9), Holyhead (10), Liverpool (11), Belfast (12), Ullapool (13), Kirkwall (14), Edinburgh (15), Invergordon (16), Lerwick (17), Bergen (18,19&20), Geiranger (21), Narvik (23), Gravdal (24), Tromso (25), Honningsvag (26), Longyearbyen (28&29), Isafjord (Jun 1), Reykjavik (2), Heimaey (3), Djupivogur (4), Seydisfjordur (5), Akureyri (6), Isafjord (7), Nanortalik (9), Qaqortoq (10), L’Anse Aux Meadows (12), Halifax (14) – from $80000 pp.

Viking Star – Transatlantic

  • 2024 March 18 – 14-day Transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, visiting Philipsburg (21), Funchal (28) – from $3500 pp.
  • 2024 May 13 – 14-day from Barcelona to Bergen, visiting Cartagena (15), Malaga (16), Porto (18), Falmouth (20), Portsmouth (21), Le Havre (Paris, 22), Zeebrugge (Bruges, 23), Amsterdam (24) – from $6000 pp.
  • 2024 May 27 – 14-day from Bergen to Reykjavik, visiting Geiranger (29), Narvik (31), Gravdal (Jun 1), Tromso (2), Honningsvag (3), Longyearbyen (5&6), Isafjord (9) – from $7000 pp.
  • 2024 September 16 – 14-day from Reykjavik to Barcelona, visiting Liverpool (20), Dublin (21), La Coruna (23), Porto (24), Lisbon (25), Malaga (27), Valencia (29) – from $6500 pp.

Viking Venus – Europe, Mediterranean, Suez Canal

  • 2024 September 2 – 14-day from London to Bergen, visiting Dover (4), Dublin (6), Holyhead (7), Liverpool (8), Belfast (9), Ullapool (10), Kirkwall (11), Edinburgh (12), Invergordon (13), Lerwick (14) – prices from $7500 pp.
  • 2024 September 16 – 14-day from Bergen to Barcelona, visiting Amsterdam (19), Zeebrugge (Bruges, 20), Le Havre (Paris, 21), Portsmouth (22), Falmouth (23), Porto (25), Malaga (27), Cartagena (28) – from $6000 pp.
  • 2024 September 30 – 7-day from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome), visiting Sete (Oct 2), Marseille (3), Monaco (4), Livorno (Florence/Pisa, 5&6) – from $3800 pp.
  • 2024 October 7 – 7-day from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Venice, visiting Naples (8), Messina (9), Crotone (10), Bari (11), Sibenik (12) – from $3800 pp.
  • 2024 October 14 – 7-day from Venice to Piraeus (Athens), visiting Split (16), Dubrovnik (17), Kotor (18), Corfu (19), Katakolon (Olympia, 20) – prices from $3800 pp.
  • 2024 October 21 – 20-day Suez Canal from Piraeus (Athens) to Mumbai, visiting Haifa (23&24), Port Said (25), Suez Canal (26), Safaga (27), Sharm El Sheikh (28), Aqaba (29), Jeddah (31), Salalah, Oman (Nov 4), Muscat (6) – from $9500 pp.
  • 2024 November 10 – 15-day from Mumbai to Laem Chabang (Bangkok), visiting Mormugao (Goa, 12), Colombo (14&15), Penang (19), Klang (Kuala Lumpur, 20), Singapore (21), Ko Samui (23) – from $5500 pp.
  • 2024 November 25 – 12-day from Laem Chabang (Bangkok) to Bali, visiting Klang (Kuala Lumpur, 29), Singapore (30), Jakarta (Dec 2&3), Semarang (4), Surabaya (5) – prices from $5000 pp.
  • 2024 December 7 – 16-day from Bali to Sydney, visiting Lombok (8), Komodo Island (9), Darwin (11&12), Thursday Island (14), Cairns (16), Townsville (17), Hamilton Island (18), Brisbane (20), Newcastle (22) – from $7000 pp.

Enjoy your cheapest Viking Ocean Cruises repositioning deals, and happy and safe voyages with the Viking Ocean line!

Cruise Lines

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  • Marella (Thomson UK)
  • NCL Norwegian
  • P&O (Australia, UK)
  • Royal Caribbean

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  • Vancouver BC
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  • Transatlantic cruises
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Repositioning cruises: Save money and enjoy ship time with these unusual itineraries

Kristine Hansen

Looking for a cruise where you can truly kick back and take advantage of onboard amenities without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of a different port of call every day? Consider a repositioning cruise.

Repositioning cruises are the name for one-way sailings that bring the ship to a new home port or a different part of the world to kick-start a new cruise season. Because these sailings often cross oceans, you'll likely experience ports in more than one cruise region — and have ample sea days to take advantage of the spa, dining and entertainment options on board.

All the major cruise lines offer the occasional repositioning cruises, typically on ships that usually sail in destinations with shorter seasons, such as Alaska or the Mediterranean . Here, we answer all your questions about repositioning cruises.

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What is a repositioning cruise?

Cruise ships chase warm and sunny climates, so they often move, or "reposition," from one part of the world to another when chilly weather sets in. Cruise lines don't want to sail a ghost ship, carrying only crew and no passengers, across the ocean because it's wasting an opportunity to earn money. They have figured out that by discounting rates they can fill the cabins on these oddball itineraries.

Repositioning cruises are never round-trip sailings. Your origin and destination cities -- or, in cruise-speak, embarkation and disembarkation ports -- will not be the same. You might sail out of Florida and arrive in Barcelona, Spain, or Southampton, England, allowing you to explore two continents on one vacation. Or, you might simply sail from Boston to Florida or from San Diego to Vancouver, British Columbia.

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While repositioning cruises are known for having a greater-than-average number of days spent at sea, it's not as if you never get off the ship. On a transatlantic sailing, port stops could be in Spain's Canary Islands or Portugal's Azores Islands. A repositioning cruise from southern California to Vancouver, before the Alaska cruise season might sail up the Pacific Coast and visit cities like San Francisco and Astoria, Oregon.

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Another aspect that makes a repositioning cruise different than a typical sailing is that many of these itineraries are longer than a week. (This is by design: It takes longer to sail from Florida to Europe than it does to and from the Caribbean.) Still, there is a lot of flexibility just as with booking any cruise: The shortest you'll find is four or five days (for example, southern California to Vancouver) and the longest around 28 nights (yes, almost an entire month, usually between continents).

Where and when do repositioning cruises take place?

The good news is you can book a repositioning cruise nearly six months out of the year, spanning mid-spring and mid-fall months, which are the cruise lines' shoulder seasons.

Because repositioning cruises are not all tied to the same destination, this only widens your options in terms of geography. To envision where these will sail and when, you need to know a destination's cruise season.

Take Europe as an example. The majority of Mediterranean and Baltic sailings take place in the spring through the early fall. The Europe-based ships flee the region during the winter, spending November through March in the warm Caribbean. Therefore, a ship will need to travel from the Caribbean to Europe in spring and return to the Caribbean by fall. Look for transatlantic repositioning cruises during those changeover months.

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Some ships stay in the Caribbean year-round and only reposition when the cruise line chooses to move them to a different home port. However, ships sailing short seasons in Alaska, South America, Canada/New England and Europe will always be repositioning at least twice a year.

Due to increased cruise itineraries in the Middle East and Asia over the last decade, you may also find a repositioning cruise departing or returning to either of those regions. For example, MSC Cruises offers cruises from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Genoa, Italy in April prior to sailing European itineraries in the spring and summer. Just be prepared to be away from home for a long time. The aforementioned sailing is 21 days — it's a long trek through the Suez Canal, connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, by way of Egypt.

What's it like on a repositioning cruise?

On many repositioning cruises, you will not get off the ship as often as you might on a typical sailing because there are no ports in the middle of the ocean you're crossing. These itineraries often feature a string of sea days, so be prepared to spend more time and money on board.

Some people love port-intensive cruises, so they can quickly check off a list of countries and only unpack once. But if the allure of sailing, to you, means leisurely, lazy days then a trans-oceanic repositioning cruise might be your ticket to utopia. This huge stretch of time is a great opportunity to crack open books you've been meaning to read, launch into a knitting project or finally have time for daily workouts.

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Programming such as comedy nights, fitness classes, boutique shopping, art auctions, wine tastings and evening shows are as much a part of a repositioning cruise as any other sailing, only you may be able to take in a whole lot more than you normally might. Some cruise lines organize themed sailings or invite guest lecturers on board for extra sea-day activities.

You also might want to consider springing for a cruise line's all-inclusive beverage package on a repositioning cruise. You'll get better value than usual from the price because you'll be ordering most of your drinks on board due to fewer port stops.

Another worthwhile splurge is a balcony cabin . You'll get easy access to fresh air without the top deck crowds and can enjoy the romance of gazing out at the seemingly endless ocean. Just be sure to pack a sweater or sweatshirt, because shoulder seasons in these climates are not necessarily sunbathing weather.

How to score repositioning cruise deals

More often than not, a repositioning cruise is a good deal because it costs much less per night than a typical sailing. This is because the one-way, sea day-heavy itineraries are less desirable to the majority of cruisers and they take place during slower travel seasons.

Take, for example, Celebrity Beyond, one of Celebrity Cruises' newest ships, launching in April 2022. Its 12-night sailing to Italy, Turkey and Greece during high season (May 15, 2023) starts at $2,999. Compare that to its 12-night Spain, France and Canary Islands transatlantic repositioning cruise (October 12, 2022), which starts at $1,299 – a whopping $1,700 less.

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Travelers who live near the embarkation or debarkation ports can save even more by only having to buy a one-way plane ticket rather than a full round trip.

Repositioning cruises can be tricky to find on booking sites. They may be referred to as repositioning cruises or transatlantic or transpacific cruises. When ships reposition between ports in the U.S. and Canada, the one-off, one-way itineraries might not be labeled anything special beyond Caribbean or Pacific Coast cruises.

Not all of the cruise line or online travel agency booking pages have an option to check a box and search for repositioning cruises. If you can't find what you're looking for, do an online search for the term and the cruise line you wish to sail. Even better, call a travel agent or the cruise line's booking staff directly and they can help you find the repositioning cruise that's best for you.

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Viking Repositioning Cruises: Charting a Course to Exquisite Destinations

  • October 26th, 2023

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Looking for a unique adventure on the high seas? Look no further than Viking Repositioning Cruises . With their carefully curated itineraries and luxurious onboard amenities, these cruises offer an unforgettable experience. Discover new destinations as you sail from one port to another, immersing yourself in different cultures along the way. From relaxing spa treatments to exciting onboard activities, Viking Repositioning Cruises have something for everyone. So why wait? Set sail on a journey of a lifetime and create memories that will last forever.

Why Choose Viking Repositioning Cruises

Why Choose Viking Repositioning Cruises? There are several reasons why you should consider booking a Viking Repositioning Cruise. First and foremost, let’s talk about the cruise benefits. Viking Repositioning Cruises offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Unlike traditional cruises, repositioning cruises take place when ships need to relocate from one region to another. This means you get to explore multiple destinations in one trip. Imagine waking up in a different port every day, with new adventures awaiting you.

One of the main advantages of Viking Repositioning Cruises is the cost comparison. These cruises often offer significant savings compared to regular itineraries. Since they are one-way trips, they tend to be longer and have fewer ports of call, making them more affordable. In addition, repositioning cruises attract fewer crowds, so you can enjoy a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere onboard.

Another reason to choose Viking Repositioning Cruises is the opportunity to enjoy the ship’s amenities and activities. From luxurious spas to world-class restaurants and entertainment options, there is something for everyone. You can indulge in fine dining, unwind in the sauna, or catch a Broadway-style show – all while sailing to your next destination.

Furthermore, Viking Repositioning Cruises allow you to discover hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Since these cruises often include lesser-known ports, you can explore destinations that are not typically visited by mainstream cruise lines . This gives you the chance to experience authentic cultures, local cuisine, and breathtaking sights that you might otherwise miss.

Destinations and Itineraries

When planning your Viking Repositioning Cruise, you’ll have a variety of destinations and itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re looking to explore popular ports or uncover hidden gems, Viking offers a range of options that cater to every traveler’s preferences. Here are four enticing possibilities to consider:

  • The Mediterranean : Embark on a voyage through history as you visit iconic cities like Rome, Athens, and Barcelona. Indulge in the vibrant culture, sample delicious cuisine, and marvel at ancient ruins along the way. From the bustling markets of Istanbul to the serene beaches of Santorini, this itinerary promises a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.
  • The Baltic Sea : Immerse yourself in the splendor of Northern Europe as you navigate the pristine waters of the Baltic Sea. Explore picturesque cities like St. Petersburg, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Discover the rich history and architectural wonders of these captivating destinations, all while enjoying the breathtaking landscapes that surround them.
  • The Caribbean : Escape to paradise on a Caribbean repositioning cruise. Bask in the sun-kissed beaches of St. Lucia, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Cayman Islands, or explore the vibrant streets of Havana. With its tropical climate, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty, the Caribbean promises an unforgettable vacation experience.
  • The South Pacific : Embark on a journey to the remote islands of the South Pacific. Discover hidden gems like Fiji, Bora Bora, and Tahiti. Immerse yourself in the laid-back island lifestyle, soak in the turquoise waters, and witness stunning sunsets over pristine beaches. This itinerary offers a truly tropical escape that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

No matter which destination you choose, Viking Repositioning Cruises will take you on an unforgettable journey filled with enriching experiences and breathtaking sights. Whether you’re drawn to popular ports or seeking hidden gems, these itineraries offer the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation. So, start planning your next adventure and get ready to set sail with Viking.

Onboard Amenities and Activities

As you step on board a Viking Repositioning Cruise, you’ll be greeted with an array of luxurious amenities and exciting activities to enhance your journey. From the moment you embark on the ship, you’ll find a wide range of entertainment options to keep you entertained throughout your voyage. Whether you’re in the mood for a live performance, a movie under the stars, or a relaxing evening at the piano bar, there’s something for everyone.

When it comes to dining experiences, Viking Repositioning Cruises take pride in offering a variety of culinary delights . From fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a range of cuisines prepared by world-class chefs. Whether you’re in the mood for a gourmet steak, fresh seafood, or a vegetarian feast, the onboard dining options are sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

In addition to the entertainment and dining options, Viking Repositioning Cruises also offer a wide range of activities to keep you engaged and entertained throughout your journey. You can take a dip in the pool, relax in the spa, or participate in a variety of onboard activities such as cooking classes, wine tastings, and art workshops. For those looking to stay active, there are also fitness facilities and sports courts available.

As you sail from one destination to another on a Viking Repositioning Cruise, you can rest assured that there will never be a dull moment. With an abundance of entertainment options and dining experiences, you’ll have everything you need to make your journey unforgettable. So sit back, relax, and let the onboard amenities and activities take your Viking Repositioning Cruise to the next level.

Tips for a Memorable Viking Repositioning Cruise

To ensure a memorable Viking Repositioning Cruise, remember to pack versatile clothing options that can accommodate varying weather conditions. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your cruise packing and choose the best time for your journey:

  • Layering is key : Pack lightweight, breathable clothes that can be easily layered to adjust to different temperatures. This way, you can stay comfortable whether you’re exploring a sunny port or enjoying the cool sea breeze.
  • Don’t forget your rain gear : While Viking Repositioning Cruises are known for their pleasant weather, it’s always a good idea to come prepared for unexpected showers. Bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella to stay dry and continue enjoying your exploration.
  • Comfortable walking shoes : With so many exciting destinations to explore, comfortable shoes are a must. Opt for sturdy, supportive footwear that can handle long walks and uneven terrain.
  • Swimwear and sunscreen : If your itinerary includes destinations with beautiful beaches or onboard pools, be sure to pack your swimwear and sunscreen. You’ll have the opportunity to relax and soak up the sun while enjoying the luxurious amenities of your Viking ship.

When it comes to choosing the best time for your Viking Repositioning Cruise, consider the seasons and weather patterns of the regions you’ll be visiting. The shoulder seasons, such as spring and fall, often offer milder temperatures and fewer crowds, allowing for a more intimate and relaxed experience. However, if you prefer warmer weather and longer days, the summer months might be the ideal time for your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do viking repositioning cruises typically last.

Repositioning cruises typically last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the cruise itinerary. These cruises are a great way to explore different destinations while enjoying the comforts of a cruise ship. Viking offers various pricing options to suit different budgets and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a short getaway or a longer adventure, Viking repositioning cruises provide a unique and enjoyable experience on the open seas.

Are There Any Age Restrictions for Passengers on Viking Repositioning Cruises?

When it comes to age restrictions on Viking Repositioning Cruises, it’s important to note that the cruise line has strict policies in place. While the minimum age to sail is usually 18, some itineraries may require passengers to be at least 21 years old. Additionally, when it comes to alcohol, passengers must be of legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages on board. These policies ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all passengers.

What Is the Dress Code for Viking Repositioning Cruises?

When it comes to the dress code for Viking Repositioning Cruises, you’ll find a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Picture yourself dressing up in stylish attire, but without the need for formal wear. During the day, you can opt for comfortable and casual clothing as you enjoy the various entertainment options available on board. As evening falls, you can elevate your look with smart-casual outfits, perfect for the elegant dining experiences and live performances.

Can I Bring My Own Alcohol on Board a Viking Repositioning Cruise?

Sure, let’s talk about the alcohol policy on Viking repositioning cruises. Can you bring your own alcohol on board? Well, it depends on the cruise line’s policy. Some cruise lines allow you to bring a limited amount of alcohol on board, usually in your carry-on luggage. However, others have restrictions or do not permit you to bring your own alcohol. It’s always a good idea to check with the cruise line before packing any alcohol to avoid any surprises or disappointment during your trip.

Are There Any Medical Facilities Available on Viking Repositioning Cruises?

If you’re wondering about the availability of medical facilities on Viking Repositioning Cruises, rest assured that they prioritize the safety and well-being of their passengers. They have highly trained medical staff on board who are ready to assist in case of any emergencies. From basic first aid to more advanced medical services, they have you covered. So you can enjoy your cruise knowing that you’re in good hands if any medical situations arise.

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These 7 Transoceanic Cruises Revive the Splendor of the Oceanliner Era

By Jessica Puckett

These 7 Transoceanic Cruises Revive the Splendor of the Oceanliner Era

Transoceanic voyages may be among the most romanticized cruise itineraries . With their vast scope and leisurely pace, gliding across gaping seas, these epic sailings evoke the adventure and glamor of the “Golden Era of cruising" when star-studded transatlantic crossings were the epitome of luxury travel in the early 1900s.

Once a means of trade and migration, the first Atlantic crossings are believed to have taken at least two months to complete. As ocean liners became more sophisticated, the journey was shortened to about two weeks, and later, just five days. Today, there are a wide array of pleasure cruises that cross both the Atlantic and Pacific, offering access to bucket-list ports around the globe.

Many of the most affordable transoceanic cruises are known as repositioning cruises : one-time itineraries offered when a line needs to relocate their ship, often due to seasonal changes. This means the ship's departure port will be different than the arrival port, as opposed to the typical round-trip sailing.

These epic journeys are ideal for travelers looking to leave behind the stresses of everyday life on land. Expect plenty of time to luxuriate on the ship —transoceanic voyages usually include at least several back-to-back sea days as they cross wide expanses of sea. The unhurried time on board means enjoying relaxing spa days, lounging at the pool, and indulging in traditions like afternoon tea.

If an escape to sea is calling your name, these are seven of the best transpacific and transatlantic cruises happening in 2024 and 2025, including new itineraries and ships launching this year. While some itineraries focus on the ocean crossing itself and offer fewer ports of call, we've rounded up voyages that place an additional emphasis on sightseeing and destination experiences along the way.

London to New York with Seabourn

London to New York is probably the most well-known transoceanic voyage. But luxury small ship line Seabourn has given this classic Atlantic crossing route an update by incorporating stops in over a dozen must-see coastal cities along the way. The 24-day summer sojourn departs Greenwich outside of London on July 14 and calls upon 17 ports in England, Ireland , Wales , Scotland , Iceland , Greenland , and Canada . See natural wonders like Icelandic fjords and the dramatic peaks and crystal waters of the Prince Christian Sound before arriving across the pond in New York on August 7. The itinerary also includes eight sea days, during which guests can enjoy onboard amenities like spa treatments and whirlpools. Plus, Seabourn’s fares are all-inclusive, and even cover luxuries like caviar, which guests can order anytime to their suite.

Hong Kong to Vancouver with Viking

Traverse the Pacific and tour some of the most interesting ports in Asia on this 37-day journey with Viking. Passengers depart Hong Kong in September 2024 on an epic voyage through 20 ports in Taiwan, Japan , Alaska , and Canada . The ports offer immersive activities like exploring temples and shrines in Kyoto and bear watching on Alaska’s Kodiak Island. But it’s the sea days that could prove to be the most scenic. The itinerary takes travelers through some of the most breathtaking stretches of the Pacific, including Japan’s Tsugaru Straits, as well as the glacier-laden Yakutat Bay and Glacier Bay in Alaska before navigating the Inside Passage. Onboard, you’ll also enjoy free access to the ship’s Nordic spa and complimentary 24-hour room service.

Miami to Barcelona with Virgin Voyages

One thing Virgin Voyages is known for is its epic repositioning cruises. And this one, which spans 14 nights and ferries passengers from Florida to Spain , is no exception. Nine sea days in a row ensure you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the party atmosphere on board the all-adult Scarlet Lady . With an array of bars, nightclubs, and immersive entertainment—and more peaceful areas like the spa—there’s no shortage of ways to while away the days on the Atlantic. (All food is included in the cruise fare, but alcoholic drinks packages are extra.) When the crossing is finished, it’s on to port visits, including picturesque seaside villages Madeira, Portugal; Malaga, Spain ; and Valencia, Spain , before docking in Barcelona .

Alaska to Tokyo with Silversea

Experience some of the dreamiest natural beauty on both sides of the Pacific with Silversea’s Alaska-to-Japan route . Depart Seward, Alaska, and visit six ports in 13 days before docking in Tokyo . Travelers can hike and spot bald eagles in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and soak in a traditional onsen hot spring spa near the Iozan Volcano in Japan’s Eastern Hokkaido region . Along the way, passengers can count on seven days at sea to unwind and lounge about the ship, Silver Muse . Enjoy the ship’s pool, whirlpools, casino, and eight restaurants on board. All food and beverage is included in the cruise fare, plus personal butler service for each suite.

Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro with Regent Seven Seas

Voyage from Africa to South America on this luxe 14-night journey across the southern Atlantic. After departing Cape Town, South Africa in early January 2025, you'll explore Namibia with stops in Luderitz and an overnight in Walvis Bay, known for the colorful flamingos that wade in a lagoon sheltered by undulating sand dunes. The itinerary also offers a rare chance to visit St. Helena, a remote island where Napoleon spent his final years of exile and a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site , before arriving in Rio de Janeiro . Eight sea days mean you can soak up Regent’s all-inclusive activities, like cooking classes, intricate theatrical shows, and unlimited drinks (including fine wines, spirits, and a complimentary in-suite minibar).

Hamburg, Germany, to New York with Cunard

A transatlantic crossing with Cunard is on every super-cruiser’s bucket list. The line has been operating its storied Atlantic traverses since 1840. In early 2025, cruisers will get the chance to sail across the ocean in Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne , which is scheduled to debut in May 2024. The ship’s first crossing will span 11 nights, departing from Hamburg, Germany , and arriving in New York. The ship will make a stop in Southampton, England, before spending seven days at sea. On this voyage, the ship is the foremost destination, featuring a modern new design and the famous onboard traditions Cunard is known best for—from decadent tea service in the afternoon to black-tie galas come evening. Few transatlantic cruises can top this one.

‘Ultimate Mediterranean’ journey round-trip from New York on Holland America

If it’s a grand tour you’re after, look no further than Holland America’s 45-day “​​Ultimate Mediterranean & Atlantic Passage” voyage . This journey sails roundtrip out of New York in October 2025 and calls upon 19 ports across nine countries. Expect to see ancient wonders of the world , natural majesty, and bustling modern metropolises. The itinerary circles the entirety of the Mediterranean, visiting destinations across North Africa, coastal Europe, and islands like the Azores and Malta . Spend your 24 days at sea participating in wine tastings, playing pickleball on the onboard court, passing a glitzy evening in the casino, or enjoying shows in the ship’s theater. By the time you arrive back in New York, you could cross the likes of the Egyptian Pyramids , the Colosseum , and the Blue Mosque off your bucket list.

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Every spring, cruise lines follow the sunshine and move a number of their ships from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. If you’re a guest, there’s big bang for buck here.

Tim Johnson

C rossing an ocean, on the water, is still a big deal—even when you do it on a cushy cruise liner. Day after day, just surrounded by liquid horizons on every side. Steaming between continents, like explorers did way back when they navigated the seven seas in creaky wooden vessels moved by the power of the wind.

In Puerto Rico, I board the Viking Sea , a beautiful, upscale, and relatively small and intimate ship (by today’s mega-cruise standards). After one stop in tropical St. Maarten, we cast lines for a whole new world. Which is actually, technically, the Old World. Soon after we leave the island’s sugary beaches and swaying palms behind, the captain comes on the loudspeaker to give our coordinates, expected weather, and next port of call.

It’ll be more than a week until we make landfall again. In Spain. Sitting there on my balcony, the ship skimming happily along a flat, calm Caribbean Sea—a whiskey drink in hand—it sounds like he’s talking about a trip to the dark side of the moon. And to be honest, I’m just so glad that we have such a gloriously long time to get there.

This is my 57th cruise, and it is a particular type of voyage beloved by veteran cruisers—a repositioning. Every spring, cruise lines follow the sunshine and move a number of their ships from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. In the fall, they move them back. If you’re a guest, there’s big bang for buck here. Because you’ll visit far fewer ports along the way, and the length of the trip tends to be long (usually a couple weeks, and all of it in the low season), cabins on a repositioning are almost always available for just a small fraction of the price of a regular cruise.

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For someone looking to just relax and enjoy, it’s a really a great deal. Think: all the amenities and services of a five-star hotel. Just, you know, one that happens to be floating in the middle of the ocean. You get the pleasures of twice-daily housekeeping. All the steak you can eat in multiple restaurants. Big pours of pinot at lunch. Long afternoons at the pool. Afternoon tea in the bright, elegant Wintergarden. Shows in the evening, often performed by artists who graced the stages of Broadway and London’s West End.

All of the above is true on my Viking voyage . And they also bring in a number of guest speakers and performers to keep us entertained. One, a classically trained Italian concert pianist with wild, curly locks named Julian Gargiulo (or, “The Pianist with the Hair”) managed to bring together Beethoven and Bach with an actually-funny stand-up act. Another, named Mick Dawson, once rowed across the entirety of the Pacific Ocean (with a partner), an epic trip that nobody else has yet replicated.

In that specially built rowboat, it took them more than six months, from coast to coast. He’s also rowed across the Atlantic. And between his time as a (British) Royal Marine and a professional sailor, he’s crossed the world’s oceans as many as 150 times. So I sit down with him one day and ask him whether those trips bear any similarities with this present voyage? To my surprise, he doesn’t laugh.

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Viking ship atrium.

In fact, he nods, confirming the notion. “You simply have so much time,” he says, a thoughtful look on his face. “There are no distractions, no rush. You can sit and stare at the ocean, that’s a rare luxury. There’s just something primeval about it.”

He adds two tips. One, go ahead and try new things. (The daily schedule on the ship includes everything from morning origami lessons to afternoon line dancing, plus wine tastings and workshops.) Second, he advises me to get to know my fellow cruisers. “Everyone has their own interesting story to tell,” he says.

So, I do. Dawson also mentions that life on board a vessel during long voyages—yes, even on a row boat—invariably settles into a routine. Albeit, one that you’d never keep or maybe even imagine on shore.

The ship prints and distributes its own small newsletter, and every evening, The Viking Daily is waiting in my turned-down cabin. For me, it becomes required reading. Before bed, I settle onto the crisp white sheets and plan out tomorrow.

One of my first activities: a tour of the stairwells. Yes, seriously. On Viking’s ocean vessels , a replication of many panels from the famous Bayeux Tapestry runs all the way down from Deck Nine, and the earnest on-board historian leads our group of about 20 through a meticulous interpretation of the scenes, retelling the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Everyone nods earnestly as we make our way down the stairs, from landing to landing.

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Bayeaux Tapestry Replica.

My daily staple becomes team trivia, every day at noon. I’m a fierce competitor when it comes to trivia. And I have an extensive mental archive of entirely useless knowledge, especially regarding history and geography. That, combined with the team’s wide-ranging expertise from science to pop culture, helps keep us up near the top. (Note: It breaks my heart, and will haunt me for a long time, that we never actually get an outright win.)

Afternoons bring lectures, as well as fun, silly activities. One day, I pair up with a fellow guest and we compete in a mid-afternoon scavenger hunt that involves singing in the elevator, selfies with the captain, and finding a two-dollar bill. (Note: She was the defending champion from a previous cruise, and I quickly see that she’s the Michael Jordan of scavenger hunts. We end up winning, by a wide points margin.)

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And then, late in the afternoon—shower, change, and reset for the evening. Which includes intimate acoustic performances in the Explorer’s Lounge, a two-floor space enclosed in glass at the bow of the ship, which frames the perpetual blue before us. Grand production shows in the Star Theatre, where a four-person song-and-dance team showcases the songbook of everyone from ABBA to Dolly Parton and the Beatles. Then, usually, a nightcap at Torshavn, the on-board nightclub, where a live band plays favorites and plenty of people (not me) get up and dance.

Some days, I go up on the top deck and just stare out at the waves. Others, I don’t even go outside. The hours slip away. Time becomes elastic.

On a trans-Atlantic crossing, the jet lag is metered out. Normally, switching continents brings with it a necessary shock to the system. You get on a plane, fly across hours, and land, but your body hasn’t yet caught up. So you lie awake at night, or your eyes flutter open, involuntarily, at a ridiculously early hour.

Here, the crew announces the time changes. In the middle of the Atlantic, actual time zones matter little, because there’s no human life outside the ship. It’s a self-contained society, steaming across the ocean. The Viking Daily notes the time change, and you simply spring ahead, on six different nights. (People are constantly consulting each other: “are we an hour ahead again tonight?”).

We finally arrive at Cadiz, in the southern reaches of Spain. I hop out of bed, expecting a grand entrance to the harbor, perhaps white sails all around bathed in morning light. A fitting continental arrival after eight full days at sea.

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Aquavit terrace and infinity pool.

Nope. I throw open the balcony door to find a wall of fog obscuring everything a few feet beyond the edge of my railing. But that’s OK. Once we dock, a big day awaits—I’ve booked a culinary tour that involves a wine tasting and a master class with a renowned local chef.

It’s the kind of thing foodies dream about. But, you know what? I already miss my shipboard routine. And I’d trade it all, for just one more day of noontime team trivia. (And maybe—yes—a win, for once.)

When you go...

In Puerto Rico, Condado Ocean Club provides a small, intimate, boutique-cool accommodations, right on the crashing waves of the beach. Everyone gathers at the infinity pool, where you can grab a cabana and lunch and just enjoy the sun.

In Barcelona, you have options. If you’re looking for privacy and tons of space, the CasaGrand Luxury Suites offer massive apartments, with up to five bedrooms and more than 2,000 feet of room. Plus, a rooftop pool.

For more of a scene, Hotel Arts (part of Ritz-Carlton) stands 44 stories, right next to the Med. Big penthouse suites offer sweeping views, plus there’s a top-floor spa, gallery with pieces from emerging artists, and a brand-new speakeasy.

Transatlantic repositioning cruises are offered in the spring and fall. My voyage was 14 days on the Viking Sea , a ship that offers everything from a main pool with indoor/outdoor retractable roof to a full Nordic spa complete with hot and cold pools, sauna, and an actual snow grotto.

Restaurants range from a multiple course tasting menu at Chef’s Table to a buffet with crab legs and steak-on-demand, plus 24-hour room service. A tip: if you really want to feel like an explorer, hang out on the quiet, comfortable second floor of the Explorer’s Lounge. It has maps and books and replicated artifacts from famous voyages.

Tim Johnson

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Aggressive Repositioning Itinerary Highlights Viking Commitment To Travelers

Posted on September 30, 2016 June 22, 2017 Author Chris Owen

Repositioning cruises happen when ships end a sailing season in one part of the world and move to a different location to begin again.  Also referred to as a trans atlantic sailing when positioning to or from Europe and North America, these itineraries usually have a port or two, just to make them interesting.  Still, there are always a number of days at sea, such is the nature of these sailings.  When  it came time for  Viking Ocean Cruises to send new Viking Star to North America for the first time, an aggressive repositioning itinerary planned to trace the steps of ancient Vikings.   Interestingly, the actual experience was a whole lot more like what might have happened to the Vikings of yesteryear, like it or not.

Viking Star is a stunningly beautiful piece of hardware, made whole by a nicely-sourced and attentive crew.  They know what to do and when to do it, regardless of what passengers or nature might throw their way.  With all the latest technology on board the new 930-passenger ship, the officers and crew of Viking Star were as prepared as they could be to make the aggressive repositioning itinerary happen.  Still, rough seas and high winds early in the voyage caused a rocking and rolling night or two.  How rough were the seas?  The Captain required passengers to stay in their staterooms at one point, in an abundance of caution for their personal safety.  An interesting takeaway from that experience: Nice that all staterooms have balconies, allowing all passengers a front row seat as the ship made her way to calmer seas.

At another port of call, it would take multiple attempts to get Viking Star in position to launch tender service back and forth from shore.  On another line?  This port might have been skipped.  Vikings, though, are an adventurous bunch that value time at destinations highly.  Not so highly as to pose a safety risk.  Like other cruise lines, safety is always the top priority.  Still, Viking Cruises values time at destinations more than other lines and will exhaust all possible options to make that happen for as many passengers as possible.

If any or all of this sounds a bit familiar to regular readers, it is.  We experienced traveling with Viking when weather related events cause modification to thoughtful itineraries before.  On a Viking River Cruise themed The Elegant Elbe, we never sailed one inch when river levels were too low for that to happen.  No fault of the cruise line, you would think it was when the Viking team of destination experts sprung into action.  That trip ended up being one of our best travel experiences ever.

Frankly, I was surprised to see a letter in my stateroom aboard Viking Star addressing the issue of modifications that had to be made along the way.  To me, these things are just a part of travel, not to be feared but embraced.  Still, Viking notified all passengers on our sold out sailing of their concern for our experience and a promise to contact us after sailing to discuss the matter.   I think that’s really impressive, highlighting Viking’s commitment to the traveler experience.

As Viking Star heads to the Caribbean, a part of the world where weather-related events can alter itineraries, this is good information to know.  It’s rare to see a Caribbean-sailing cruise line address weather related events with such a commitment.  If some big failure of service happens, that’s another situation altogether.  An itinerary modification because of weather related events?  Not so much.   We’re looking forward to the arrival of Viking Star in the familiar Caribbean, a place I believe we’re going to see Viking Star shine brightly.

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Viking Octantis Cruise Review

Find out what it's like sailing on Viking's newest expedition cruise ship in our signature day-by-day Viking Octantis Cruise Review.

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Disclaimer: We were guests of Viking on this sailing; however, as always, all opinions in this Viking Octantis Cruise Review are our own.

Ship Overview

We recently shared our first impressions of Viking Expedition Cruises with you. Now, we are back from the ship’s Caribbean Connections itinerary and want to share our full experience with you in our signature day-by-day Viking Octantis Cruise Review.

Viking, known for both its river cruises and ocean cruises, has now entered the expedition cruise market. This luxury line’s first endeavor, Viking Octantis , is a 30K gross ton vessel accommodating up to 378 passengers. This polar class 6 vessel offers 6 decks of signature Viking experiences.

Deck 5 is home to several popular public areas. There is the Living Room, a quiet space to read a book, play a game, or listen to classical music. There is also the Explorers’ Lounge. Offering fantastic forward-facing views, live music, and cocktails, this 2-story venue is a great space to hangout day or night. Of course, you will also find Viking’s signature Aquavit Terrace and the World Café at the aft of this deck.

Find Out if Viking Expeditions is Right For You With Our Video Review

There are also several unique amenities on Viking Octantis. First, there is the Aula. This multi-purpose theater, located on deck 2, is home to lectures, movies, entertainment, and a unique design. With a 270 degree wall of glass that looks out over the stern, this venue transforms into an indoor viewing area as well. If you’d prefer to admire the views from outdoors, the Finse Terrace is located just beyond the Aula. This space offers great wake views, comfy seating, and even “fire pits”.

The best kept secret on this new expedition ship is the Hide. Located all the way forward on Deck 1, this swanky venue has speakeasy vibes. It serves a limited menu of aperitifs, alongside some exploration stories from your expedition team.

Further, guests should not miss the activities from the Hangar. Whether it is kayaking, a cruise in one of the special operations boats, or submarine dives, this is one of the most sophisticated sports platforms at sea.

Additionally, Viking Octantis has two sit-down restaurants. The Restaurant is the main dining room with a rotating menu. Reservations are required at this venue, and they fill up quickly. Across the hall on deck 1, there is the Italian alternative restaurant, Manfredi’s. This is one of our favorite specialty restaurants at sea.

For this Viking Octantis cruise review, we sailed on a repositioning cruise from Barbados to New York with several stops in the Caribbean. Though, this expedition vessel cruises remote regions of the world like Antarctica, South America, and the Great Lakes.

With the line’s signature service, top notch facilities, and understated elegance, you can’t go wrong with any itinerary on Viking Octantis.

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Day 1 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

It’s going to be a long day.

Atypical for us, we had an early morning direct flight from Boston to Bridgetown, Barbados on the day of the cruise.

We almost exclusively fly the day before a cruise to ensure we are rested and ready for embarkation day. However, given the COVID protocols and flight schedule, it made more sense for us to travel the day of the cruise. At least, that is what I thought.

As expected though, we encountered a flight delay and a re-route, which meant we arrived in Barbados about two hours later than scheduled.

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Further, Barbados apparently does not accept COVID test results from Walgreens. So, we needed to complete an additional test at the airport.

Once we were through customs, and re-tested, it was quick and easy to board the Viking shuttle to the cruise terminal. A porter collected our luggage, and we didn’t see it again until it arrived in our suite a few hours later.

After an approximately 30 minute drive from the airport, we finally arrived at the cruise terminal. The check-in process was smooth but still involved a number of Viking health protocols. These included a temperature check, receiving a contact tracing device, and undergoing ANOTHER antigen test. 

Boarding the ship after 4 pm, we were escorted up to Deck 5 for the in-person muster drill in The Living Room. We finally stepped foot into our Nordic Junior Suite for the first time around 4:30 pm! Much later than we anticipated.

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Once in our room, we had to complete the 4th COVID test of the trip, a saliva-based PCR test. This test is still a daily occurrence on Viking ships. Until these results were received, guests were asked to wear face masks when in public.

Given the time, our typical embarkation day routine was mostly shot.

Since Viking Octantis is only 30k gross tons, we still had some time to do a cursory ship tour. Since others were in the same travel situation as we were, many of the public venues were still not very busy.

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So, we spent a good hour or more touring some of the public venues. The ship’s layout is easy to navigate and closely resembles the line’s ocean ships on a smaller scale.

In this unofficial ship tour, we checked out some of the new and innovative areas first. Among the features not found on other ships in the Viking fleet are the transformational Aula theater and the Finse Terrace, an other lounge space complete with “fire pits”.

While there are many new features on Viking expedition ships, past guests will notice several familiar favorites, like the Living Room and the Explorers’ Lounge. There is also the LIV Nordic Spa on Deck 2 with a hydrotherapy pool and several experiences like a sauna, steam room, and snow room.

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An Early Night, Even for Us

With travel fatigue setting in, we returned to our room by 6:30 PM. Thankfully, our luggage had arrived. Do we unpack, or do we eat? Given our early departure and delays, it has been close to 12 hours since we had eaten anything.

Instead of unpacking and changing up for dinner in the Restaurant, we opted to grab some food in the World Café tonight.

This cruise ship buffet is larger than its counterpart on the line’s ocean ships. In fact, this venue can seat almost all of the ship’s passengers at one time. Needless to say, there were plenty of tables.

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Honestly, we usually tend to avoid the buffet on cruises. However, the World Café does offer more upscale selections. The Grill serves up made to order steaks and chops, including surf and turf with grilled lobster tail. There is a sushi station and seafood raw bar with crab legs and shrimp cocktail as well.

Other custom stations include freshly baked breads, pizza, a dessert selection, a salad station, and a warm entrée section.

After dinner, we fought off the food coma to unpack and get organized for the week ahead.

With all of the day’s events, we both needed a shower and some sleep. With limited nightlife onboard this expedition vessel, we did not feel bad going to bed before 10 PM.

Day 2 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

Already at our first port of call.

Even though our first day was hectic, I made sure to get up early to capture more of the ship. With the alarm set for 5:30 AM, I was able to get to all of the venues we missed the day before.

This cruise itinerary was port intense. During our Viking Octantis cruise review, we were visiting 5 ports of call in a row, then 3 sea days on our way to New York.

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Our first stop was St. Lucia. Given we hadn’t been to this island since 2008, we made sure to book a shore excursion. Pre-cruise, we reserved one of Viking’s included tours, Scenes of Soufriere.

Advertised as a 3.5-hour tour with three stops, it felt like the perfect re-introduction to this port of call.

Our tour’s meeting time was 8 AM.

So, I returned to the room with some coffees and small bites from the World Café after my video tour. Changing up and packing our bags, we were down to the meeting point with a few minutes to spare.

Not long after 8 AM, our group was called to the tender platform. Most of our ports did require tendering, so booking a tour through the cruise line made even more sense.

Not Exactly a Nature Walk

Ashore with the rest of the guests, we were directed to the assigned Bus 3 and our guide Lira. She, and our driver Thunder, would be our escorts for what turned out to be more like a 5-hour expedition.

Unlike most cruise lines which dock in Castries, Viking Octantis was tendered right outside of Soufriere.

The day’s adventure began with a scenic drive and the climb towards our first stop, the Tet Paul Nature Trail, for a “nature walk”.

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While it was a trail with natural steps, it was more rigorous than anyone expected. With a few of our fellow passengers bailing during the ascent, the walk took twice as long as the estimated 45 minutes.

While the views of the Pitons and the surrounding communities were spectacular, the more strenuous, and longer than expected, hike had our tour quite a bit behind schedule already.

Still, we continued to the two other attractions. First, we visited the world’s only “drive-in volcano”, Sulfur Springs. Honestly, the 30-minute tour here was just the right amount of time to learn about this natural landmark.

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Next, it was on to the 18th century plantation, Morne Coubaril Estate. This portion of the tour felt a bit rushed, but we did still see the property’s main sights on this historical tour.

Already way past the expected return time, we opted to take a tender back to the ship upon being dropped off by our bus.

Seeing the Rest of the Ship

Luckily, there was a tender at the dock when our bus returned to the coastline.

Back onboard by about 1:30 PM, it was on to the Living Room for some midday caffeine then lunch.

Overall, I found the lunch selections in the World Café to be pretty average when compared to other cruise lines.

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With the gorgeous weather, we walked around the ship for a few hours taking in the views, with photos and videos along the way.

Today was the first time we discovered the Hide. This appropriately named bar, located all the way forward on deck 1, became one of our favorite nighttime spots.

Reservations Required

Finishing up around 4 pm, we decided to head back to the room to do some work and prepare for the evening.

We had made dinner reservations pre-cruise for one night in Manfredi’s. Once onboard, the wife made a second reservation for us and a few friends later in the cruise.

Honestly, the thought never crossed our minds about needing reservations for the main dining room. The Restaurant on ocean and river ships is open seating.

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However, when I noticed the daily program indicated both sit-down restaurants required reservations, I headed to Guest Services.

Here, we learned that reservations were in fact needed and there were no dining reservations available for the week. Now, this was not going to fly with the wife.

Showering and getting ready for the evening, we headed to the “office hour” hosted by the PR team at Viking. This “information session” essentially turned into a happy hour most evenings.

Eating Rather Late

We gently mentioned the dining issue to the PR team, and they suggested we just head down later to see if we could be seated.

After more conversation, and a few rounds of cocktails, a few of us tried to grab a table around 8 pm. Thankfully, they did accommodate us.

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For a starter, we both tried the ravioli, which was quite good. For an entrée, the wife did the beer marinated chicken, and I tried the braised pork belly entrée. Both were rather average as were the dessert selections. Our first go at the main dining room on Viking Octantis was not all that impressive.

Service was friendly but a bit slow. Still, Daryl and Alberto, our waitstaff team, made sure to take good care of us during this marathon meal.

Done by 10 PM, we decided to call it an early night yet again.

Day 3 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

Taking it easy in st. kitts.

Our second port of call on this Viking Octantis cruise review was St. Kitts. This is another island that we hadn’t visited in a while. Given that this was another tender port of call, we decided to stick with the Viking offerings for shore excursions.

One of the unique options offered was a special operations boat tour. Not knowing exactly what this entailed at the time, we booked a mid-morning time slot.

Like the days before, we were up relatively early. This was also a work day for me.

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Returning from my typical morning routine with coffee in hand, we decided to grab breakfast at Mamsen’s, the signature Scandinavian deli. We did have to wait for the venue to open at 8:30 AM, but it was well worth it.

Unlike its counterpart on Viking ocean ships, this version is more of a self-serve venue. Still, it did offer the signature waffles that we were both craving.

With breakfast done quickly, we we did some work until it was time for our 10 AM tour.

Let’s Go Team

Our meeting spot for the excursion was the Aula lobby. Here, we met Dr. Brandi for the first time. As part of the science team onboard this vessel, she checked us all in for the tour.

After a quick lifejacket tutorial, we headed down to the Hangar on Deck A. This high-tech sports deck is one of the most advanced spaces on any ship. The Hangar is home to two special operations boats, dozens of zodiacs, plenty of kayaks, and two submarines.

It wouldn’t be long until we learned that these military grade boats offered amazing maneuverability and plenty of speed.

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Boarding this 12-person vessel from the comforts of the Hangar, we set off on an hour long joy ride along the St. Kitts coastline. This exhilarating ride was accompanied by some narrative about the natural landscape and animal life of the area.

Honestly, we were here for the ride! Believe us, this experience did not disappoint. It was part adventure ride, part ecological investigation. We can only imagine what this type of excursion is like in a remote region like Antarctica or the Artic.

Once our tour returned, the team let us stick around for a while to watch the next group launch.

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Once we returned from this thrilling adventure, we settled into the Living Room for a few hours to do some work.

Getting a bit hungry, we then headed to the World Café for lunch. This time around, I decided to try one of the grilled options. While not as impressive as the dinner selections at the Grill, it was still a made-to-order burger.

The Expeditions Continue on Viking Octantis

After lunch, we strolled the ship to enjoy some of the unique outdoor spaces. While doing so, we learned from the PR team that we would be able to get on one of the submarine dives planned for tomorrow.

There was no debate here; the chance to explore the depths of the Caribbean Sea was too good to pass up. This did mean that we would need to cancel our planned catamaran excursion though. It also meant that we probably weren’t going to make it ashore for the second day in a row.

This new information changed up our plans as we now had to be available at 6:30 PM for a submarine safety briefing.

Donned in our evening attire, we made our way to the Aula for the destination talk with Danny, the Expedition Guide. It was a bit underwhelming when it came to showcasing St. Barths however.

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The talk was done in about 35 minutes, giving us some time to kill before our safety briefing. What better way to learn about safety precautions than with a cocktail from the Viking Bar?

With some scare tactic, we learned all about the hazards and restrictions of the dive. There was also a thorough Q&A session and the most dreaded part of the evening, the weigh-in.

Now that the Princess was a bit nervous, we were officially signed up for a submarine dive in St. Barths, weather permitting.

There is Nowhere to Hide

Following the informative session, we hopped up to Deck 4 for the PR “office hour” at the Explorers’ Lounge. We chatted with the Explorers’ Lounge Duo in the background until it was time to head to dinner.

Tonight’s dinner was yet again at 8 PM. We were sat at the same table as the night before. Again, Daryl and Alberto were our waitstaff. The food this time around was better. The service too was quicker.

For a starter, I did the tiger prawns. This larger than expected chilled shrimp was fresh and crisp. For an entrée, I did the Norwegian salmon grilled. I also swapped the sides for rice and brussel sprouts. The salmon had a slight zest and was very flavorful.

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The dessert was a sweet treat as well, even if it was not exactly what we expected.

Done in under 90 minutes tonight, we were determined to check out the Hide.

We were surprised to find out this secluded spot was the ship’s liveliest night spot. This swanky lounge offers up a variety of aperitifs in a sophisticated setting. The design aesthetic transports you to an 18th century British gentleman’s club, only it is located in the underbelly of a luxury cruise ship. Part steam punk, party royalty.

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Finding some friends here, we spent about 90 minutes sipping cocktails and laughing. In fact, we “closed” down the bar around 10:45 PM.

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Day 4 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

We all live in a yellow submarine.

Today’s port of call was St. Barths. Not many cruise ships stop at this French island. So, we originally had plans to do a catamaran sail in the morning and then explore independently.

When the opportunity arose to explore the depths of the Caribbean, we couldn’t say no. We were assigned the 12:25 PM time slot for the submarine dive.

Unlike the previous days, we slept in a little later this morning. I grabbed some coffee and a few small bites from the World Café.

Now, the wife was starting to get a bit anxious. To board the submarine, cruisers must take a zodiac ride out to the dive spot a few miles from the ship. They must then transfer from the zodiac onto the 6-passenger submarine with present sea conditions. Given she can’t swim, her fear was getting the best of her.

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With a few work meetings, the morning flew by. Around 12:15 PM, we grabbed our gear and headed down to the meeting point at Deck A embarkation.

The Last Dive of the Day

Arriving a few minutes early, we saw the other members of the PR group assigned to the 11:55 AM slot still waiting to depart. So, it appeared they were running at least 30 minutes behind schedule.

Meeting our “guide”, we donned the necessary gear and went over the plan for the day. About 15 minutes later, we scanned off the ship and headed to the Hangar, where we waited once again. This gave us plenty of time to checkout all of the toys in the Hangar prior to the dive.

Finally boarding the zodiac and getting out to the dive site, it was an eye-opening experience. Admittedly, we did not see much marine life. But, being able to descend about 80 feet below the surface to just feet above the sea floor was a surreal experience.

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All said and done, the transfer into the sub was not as bad as the Princess expected, and she was glad she did it.

During our cruise, several of the dives were cancelled due to sea conditions. In fact, we ended up being the last dive of the day and ultimately of the entire cruise! So, we count ourselves lucky to have had the chance to complete a submarine dive.

Given all the intricacies, this excursion took much longer than advertised. We returned to the ship well over 3 hours after our scheduled departure time.

A Science Lab at Sea

Upon resurfacing, we were both ready for something to eat.

It was about 3:30 PM, so it was the perfect time to grab a snack from Mamsen’s. This venue offers open-faced sandwiches, scones, and other pastries in the afternoons.

I grabbed a roast beef sandwich and a few sweet treats.

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With our devices in hand, we stayed in the adjacent Living Room with some coffee doing work alongside the live classical duo.

The duo ended around 5:30 PM. This was our queue to leave.

For tonight, our media group had a reserved session in the Science Lab.

Dr. Brandi and a scientist from NOAA did a great job presenting some of the interesting onboard equipment and research supported by Viking. As a “ship of opportunity”, this expedition ship is in the unique position to collect longitudinal data regarding the conditions of the ocean surrounding Antarctica.

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This presentation and hands-on lab focused on training cruisers to identify microplastics. The session was informational and fun. It is nice to see Viking investing in this important research with the onboard facilities and staff to support this work.

Another Early Night on Viking Octantis

The session went until about 8 PM. Thus, we just headed to the World Café for dinner afterwards.

The wife was in luck tonight, as one of the specialties was an Asian stir fry with chicken. In fact, it looked so good that I decided to get some as well.

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With a couple of drinks and conversation, we were closing in on 9 PM. You know you have overstayed your welcome when the crew let you know the buffet is closing.

Even though we didn’t physically do much today, we both felt tired. So, we called it an early night yet again.

We would have plenty of time for more drinks and laughs later in the cruise as we had three sea days in a row.

I was not completely ready to call it a night yet. So, I stayed up until about 10:30 PM trying to catch up on some work.

Day 5 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

Raise the red flag.

Our second to last stop on this Viking Octantis cruise review was Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Larger cruise ships tend to dock in Tortola; then, cruisers can catch a ferry over to this smaller, more secluded island.

Back in 2019, we anchored in Virgin Gorda with Windstar Cruises. Thus, it was nice to be back again at this beautiful, less busy stop.

Our shore excursion meeting time was 8:15 am. The excursion included an island tour and a stop at the Baths.

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Like the previous days, I was up around 6 AM to grab coffee and a few breakfast pastries.

Prior to our tour, we got a push notification that there was no swimming in Virgin Gorda due to the current red flag status. Still, we planned on exploring the caves which required bathing suits. So, we were surprised to see that not many individuals showed up to the tour meeting spot in the appropriate attire.

We overheard others saying the Expedition Central team told them that the Baths were closed. If that were the case, this was going to be a short tour!

Simon Says Don’t Worry

Following the tender ride to shore, we were directed to the safari bus loading area. Here, we met our driver, Simon. For the next 4 hours, Simon would cart us around the island.

During our travels, Simon reassured us, excessively, not to worry. Still, he was a friendly guide and was happy to answer any questions along the way.

For the first two hours or so of the tour, we viewed the northeast section of the island with some scenic stops along the way.

Finding the Baths

Winding back down from the tallest point on the island, we drove back through Spanish Town on our way to the Baths.

Finally, we arrived at the Baths by 10:45 AM and were given 90 minutes to explore the area on our own.

Oddly enough, we were directed to head to the beach first, not the caves.

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In fact, when I asked, we were told that we could not go down to the Baths first as they wanted one-way traffic.

Winding our way down the dirt path, we essentially worked our way backwards through the caves. We were able to climb our way back to the normal starting point. Although, I believe the main reason they pointed our group towards Devil’s Bay Beach instead was that the walk through the caves would have been difficult for some members of our tour group.

We always enjoy spending time at the Baths, but 90 minutes is really not enough time to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Right on time, the safari bus was loaded for the quick return ride to the marina. Thanking Simon for a job well done, we hopped on the tender awaiting our tour’s arrival and were back onboard Viking Octantis by 1 PM.

An Uneventful Afternoon

Back onboard, all guests were required to get a COVID antigen test for our last stop in Puerto Rico.

So, we returned to the room for a costume change and to fill out the form. There was literally no line when arrived around 1:30 PM for the test.

With that requirement quickly completed, it was off to the World Café for some lunch. By now, the selections were getting a bit redundant.

The wife went with some pizza, and I had a chicken salad sandwich.

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After lunch, we grabbed some afternoon lattes from Denny in the Living Room and went back to the room to work for the next few hours.

Tonight, we had dinner at Manfredi’s at 7:30 PM. Ready early, we stopped at the Viking Bar on Deck 1 for a pre-dinner drink. Like the other bars on the ship, this venue serves a standard menu.

Alternative Dining Done Right

When compared to the Italian restaurant on Viking ocean ships, the menu here is slightly smaller. So, they did not offer the wife’s favorite dish, the chicken parmigiana. However, the other hallmarks of the restaurant did not disappoint.

The freshly made bread, including the addictive garlic knots, were delivered quickly to our table. Also, the signature homemade pasta was delicious.

Manfredi’s was not very busy; yet, the service still took a while.

Standout items from tonight included the crispy fried calamari with a smooth and tangy aioli dipping sauce. The wife’s creamy and rich burrata salad was also a hit.

For entrees, you can’t go wrong with the Bistecca Fiorentina. This juicy and flavorful steak was cooked medium rare and was one of the best steaks I have had on a ship.

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The wife ordered the night’s pasta special, spaghetti carbonara, which she raved about.  

Finally, for dessert, you can’t go wrong with tiramisu and a shot of limoncello.

Overall, this version of the restaurant was an admirable addition to the fleet.

After dinner, we were stuffed. So, we just returned to the room to do some work before calling it a night.

Day 6 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

The final stop of the cruise.

Our last port of call on this Viking Octantis cruise review was Puerto Rico. Originally, we had booked a morning hiking excursion in El Yunque. However, I had a bunch of work meetings today, so we decided to cancel and stay on the ship. It would also be great to get some stuff done with our 5G internet while in port.

Up around 7 AM, we had arrived in San Juan. I was on an 8 AM meeting while the Princess worked on the blog.

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Around 8:15 AM, an announcement was made that guests had to go ashore to clear immigration. We just ignored this first shipboard announcement as we planned to stay on the vessel all day. Ten minutes later, there was yet another warning that we needed to get off the ship.

Unprepared, I had to hop off my call, and we had to change out of our pajamas to race off the ship with passports in hand. Thinking we could just clear immigration and get right back on the ship, we did not take anything else with us.

Unfortunately, we ended up being stuck in the terminal building for over a half-hour waiting for the rest of the passengers to check-in. Clearly, we were not the only ones who didn’t get the memo.

A Bright Day Ahead

In and out of meetings most of the morning, we did manage to grab some lunch, and I called it quits by about 2:15 PM just in time for the “sail away party” on the Finse Terrace.

With some rock and roll music playing in the background and waiters serving up complimentary sea breeze cocktails, we watched Carnival Magic and Oasis of the Seas pull away.

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Viking Octantis did not begin her crawl out until around 3:30 PM, and it was after 4 PM that we cleared the Fort.

During the afternoon, we were informed that the Chairman and EVP of marketing had boarded the ship for the return leg back to NY. So, there would a welcome reception at 6:15 PM this evening.

Given it was the holiday weekend, my work week was officially over. So, we could relax and enjoy the three sea days ahead.

Hanging With the Late Night Crowd

Changing into more appropriate attire, we mingled with other media folks at the welcome reception before Mr. Hagen gave a short speech.

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Staying about 45 minutes, we exited to make our 7 PM reservation at the Restaurant.

Interestingly, tonight’s menu had both a filet and spiny lobster. So, it was almost like a contemporary cruise ship’s formal night menu. Although, my lobster was much better on Viking Octantis than the larger cruise ships.

For starters, I did the crab cake. This was a unique presentation, with an avocado base. It was filled with crab and delicious.

Overall, this was my favorite meal in the Restaurant all week.

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Even though the waitstaff were accommodating and very personable, dinner did take over 90 minutes again tonight.

After dinner, we headed up to the Explorers’ Lounge to enjoy some of the live music. A few rounds of cocktails later, we exited at 10:30 PM when the music ended for the evening.

Day 7 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

Our first sea day.

On most cruises, this would be the final day of our trip. With this unique repositioning itinerary, we had two more “bonus” days on the ship before we arrived in New York on this Viking Octantis cruise review.

It was still warm and sunny, as we were still in the lesser Antilles. Though, it was only a matter of time before the weather would get colder.

On the wife’s insistence, we were going to have a “real” breakfast this morning at the World Café.

I am not a huge breakfast fan, so I was fine with some eggs and bacon. The Princess was happy with her custom omelet and hash browns.

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Following breakfast, we found two oversized chairs in the Living Room looking out over the ship. While we attempted to organize our photos and videos from the trip, we didn’t end up getting much accomplished as we ended up running into several folks ready to strike up a conversation.

Around 11 AM, we decided to find some space on the Deck 6 sundeck to enjoy the weather. While this sounded like a good idea, it ended up being too windy. Instead, we found aft-facing seats outside the Aquavit Terrace.

It was in the upper 70s, sunny, and the perfect sea day.

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Later in the afternoon, the wife decided it was time to do some shopping. As part of the trip, Viking gave us some OBC, so she wanted to spend it.

The small Nordic shop on Deck 3 has some hallmark Viking items. From sweaters, to jackets and logo caps, the gnomes are what caught her eye. Don’t ask me why, but we are now the proud owners of not one but two gnomes.

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

By now, it was approaching 5 PM, so there was no better time for a rum punch.

With drink in hand, we watched the wake views from Deck 5 for another hour or so.

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Tonight, we couldn’t get dinner reservations in the Restaurant. Originally, we planned on getting room service, but after our lazy day, we decided against it.

Later in the evening, the entertainment staff was hosting a version of the Liars Club in the Aula. This was the first “show” of the cruise, so we didn’t want to miss it.

Calling It an Early Night

Unnecessarily changed up for a casual dinner, we were to the buffet for 6:45 PM. By now, we were getting a bit tired of the same selections here.

The highlight of the meal was the custom-made ice cream at the coldstone, with plenty of oreo pieces and chocolate sauce. Now this is a nice touch.

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We were out of dinner in time for a drink at the Explorers’ Lounge along with some easy listening from the resident pianist.

We then made our way to the theater around 8:20 PM. There were plenty of seats available still. I guess Viking cruisers were not fans of this classic game show.

Hosted by the entertainment manager Scott, the show included Sandy from the expedition staff and the two members of the Explorers’ Lounge duo.

The three performers did an admirable job with their lies, with Sandy being the most outrageous and over the top of the bunch.

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The show was over at 9:15 PM. Thus, it was an IPA for the road and a stroll up to our room to end the evening.

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Day 8 – Viking Octantis Cruise Review

Breakfast in bed.

Among the many inclusions in the Viking cruise fare is 24 hour room service. So, we could not let this benefit go to waste. While we had thought about getting dinner delivered the previous evening, we opted to do breakfast today instead.

For once, I decided to sleep in on this trip. Unfortunately, this meant I missed the weather balloon launch that was announced the night before.

We scheduled room service for 8 AM, and the food arrived promptly.

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Breakfast was delivered fresh and warm. With our Nordic balcony as the backdrop, it was a relaxing way to begin this Saturday morning.

Finishing up breakfast, we opted to stay in the suite getting our photos and videos organized, since that didn’t happen yesterday.

The morning blended into the afternoon. By 1 PM, it was time to take a break. The afternoon sun was shining bright, and we needed some fresh air.

It Is a Caribbean Cruise

Surprisingly, it was warmer outside than we expected. In fact, it was warmer and less windy than the day before.  So, it was the perfect opportunity to grab a chair on the outdoor decks for some rays. Plus, a frozen cocktail. After all, this was a Caribbean cruise!

With a pina colada and banana daiquiri in hand, we were able to soak up some sun and the wake views. I was tempted to grab my bathing suit and take a dip in the pool, but that felt like too much work!

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Back to the room before 3 PM, we did some filming in the cabin for our review video before changing up for dinner.

Tonight, we had reservations at Manfredi’s at 8 PM. Although, we learned that there was a show this evening at 8:30. So, we were hoping we could be seated earlier.

Changed up and ready, we made our way to the Aula around 5:15 PM for the Captain’s Farewell. This final send off included a glass of champagne and a homage to all of the different teams on the ship.

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Dinner and a Show for the First Time

The Captain’s speech was done around 5:45 PM. Even though the restaurant didn’t officially open until 6 PM, we figured we would inquire about eating earlier.

To our surprise, the host said he could seat us (the two of us along with two media friends) right now if we wanted. Everyone nodded, and we were among some of the first diners at the restaurant. Good thing, as dinner was close to two hours.

Being our second visit to this venue, I opted for all new selections. First, I went with the antipasti plate. This massive starter included a selection of cheeses, meats, and grilled vegetables.

Due to peer pressure, I was forced to also get a pasta course. If you are going to do a fourth course, why not go for the lobster with homemade pasta in a rich tomato sauce. I was told this was a half order, but I feel like she was just kidding with me.

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For my main entrée, I did the Veal Milanese. This massive, breaded cutlet came with a light arugula salad. After already devouring the first two courses, I could only knock out about half of this impressive serving.

After all, there was still dessert.

Finally done by 8 pm, we had just enough time to make a quick pit stop at our room before heading to the Aula.

This unexpected musical production featured Elmer, one of the entertainment managers. With songs from Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and Andrea Bocelli, the 40ish minute show was entertaining. Elmer had a strong voice with a very regal and polished stage presence.

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With the show over before 9:15 PM, we tried to go to the Hide. Apparently, the word was out now about this tucked away bar on Deck 1 as it was standing room only. So, our group of four headed up to the Explorers’ Lounge for some music and a night cap instead.

We had one more sea day for this Viking Octantis cruise review. Not to mention, tomorrow was also Easter.

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Time for second breakfast.

Like any final day of the cruise, we had an assortment of things we wanted to accomplish.

Up at 7 AM, I got a few remaining videos and photos along with our morning coffees. When I walked into the World Café, the chefs were baking up fresh almond croissants. Now, there was no way I was going to pass up these flaky and buttery morning pastries even if I knew the wife planned on breakfast at Mamsen’s.

It is perfectly fine to eat two breakfasts, right? After all, we were going to skip lunch.

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The sweet and delightful waffles at Mamsen’s are certainly the highlight of this casual eatery.

Following breakfast, we relaxed in the Living Room until about 1 PM. The night before, the PR team had informed us that the Chairman, Mr. Hagen, would be doing a press conference at 1:30 PM in the Aula. So, there was no way we were going to miss this update.

The session started a bit late and went for over an hour, including some future plans for the company.

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A Rather Uneventful Night

After the business update, we stopped for some caffeine and snacks to take back to our room.

It was now time to begin the dreaded task of packing. Our Blue 3 Luggage tags indicated our bags had to be out of the room by 10 PM.

With two bags essentially packed, we changed up for our last night on the ship. Around 6 PM, we headed to the final “office hour” in the Explorers’ Lounge for some cocktails and goodbyes.

While we did have reservations at the Restaurant tonight for 7:30 PM, we decided to skip it after reviewing the menu. Given it was Easter, there were a couple lamb dishes on the menu that the Princess wouldn’t eat. However, the World Café actually had turkey on the menu this evening.

While the wife went with the turkey of course, I made one final stop at the Grill for a lobster tail and some slices of the butcher’s cut of the day which happened to be a tomahawk. This was actually the perfect meal to end our cruise.

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Since we didn’t make it into the Hide last night, we were determined to get in tonight. Thankfully, it was much less busy. So, we were able to grab a drink and listen to the expedition stories from Sandy, one of the expedition team members.

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These tales involved some of the mishaps of his younger days when he and his friends thought it was a good idea to buy a sailboat with no prior sailing experience.

With not much else going on this evening, we called it a night after this talk. I wanted to be up early tomorrow morning anyway to catch the sail into NYC, which was scheduled for around 5:45 AM.

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Let’s hear it for New York!

This repositioning cruise started in Barbados but was ending in New York as the ship was ultimately on its way to the Great Lakes for the summer season.

Like many on the ship, we were up early to witness this gorgeous sail into Manhattan. The alarm went off around 5:30 AM, and I jetted out in my gym clothes. Not exactly the appropriate attire for this cold and windy morning.

As the sun slowly began to rise, we made our way under the Verazzano Bridge, past the Statue of Liberty, and towards Pier 88.

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Back to the room around 6:45 AM, I grabbed some coffees and water. We had a long day ahead of us, but neither of us were hungry.

Unfortunately, Viking would not book any return flights home before 2 PM, so we were stuck on a 3:55 PM flight from JFK to Boston. With that, they automatically placed us on a Manhattan highlights tour with an airport transfer. So much for getting work done now. In hindsight, we should have just arranged alternate transportation to the airport where I would have been able to work.

Finished packing up, we left our room by the designated time of 8 AM. Unlike most cruises, we did not do self-check out. Instead, we had to meet in the Restaurant to wait for our Blue 3 luggage tag to be called.

Finally, around 8:45 AM, our group was called to disembark. The entire process took less than 10 minutes.

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Since we had already cleared immigration in Puerto Rico, we were able to just grab our luggage and head right to the bus for the 4 hour tour.

Home, For Now

Arriving at Terminal 5 around 1:30 PM, this was much closer to our departure time than we normally arrive. Even though the airport was extremely busy, somehow, we were able to complete check-in, drop bags off, and go through security in about an hour.

By this point, our flight had been delayed 30 minutes. So, we grabbed some much needed coffee and snacks at Starbucks before our short 40 minute flight back home.

Surprisingly, we actually have some time to catch up on life, as our next trip isn’t for two weeks. This time, we will be testing out American Queen Voyages’ new expedition vessel, Ocean Victory. It will be interesting to see how these two expedition vessels compare.

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Thank you for this review. I will be cruising the Great Lakes on the Octantis in a few days. Your review gives me some good tips for our coming adventure.

Thanks. Yours is the first review of the new ship. We’ve got a great lakes trip planned for later this summer and have never cruised before (always sailed ourselves). Can you give us some idea what the expectations are for dress in the dining rooms? I anticipate that it will be hot on land during our cruise and shorts and madras shirts will be appropriate. But for dinner?

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The 9 best new cruise ships launching in 2024

T his year will be a big one for new cruise ships, with three major vessels on the way that promise to break new ground in cruising.

The most notable of the three, Icon of the Seas , is the first of a new series of megaships from Royal Caribbean that will be larger than any cruise vessels ever built. It'll be loaded with all sorts of gee-whiz attractions, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

Icon of the Seas is just one of two major new Royal Caribbean cruise ships arriving in 2024. Also on the way is Utopia of the Seas , the sixth and final vessel in the line's hugely successful Oasis Class of ships.

The year will also bring the first new ship in more than a decade from storied cruise line Cunard (Queen Anne) and the first of a new class of ship from cruise giant Princess Cruises (Sun Princess).

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The new ships from Cunard and Princess Cruises will both feature notable updated designs for the brands, with an expanded lineup of restaurants, bars and entertainment areas.

All three vessels — Icon of the Seas, Queen Anne and Sun Princess — are the three new cruise ships for 2024 that have us the most excited here at TPG. But they're far from being the only major new cruise vessels arriving during the next 12 months.

To whet your appetite for cruising in the year ahead, take a look at our list of nine new cruise ships arriving in 2024.

Carnival Jubilee

Maiden voyage: Dec. 23, 2023

This newest ship for cruise giant Carnival technically arrived at the end of 2023, but its maiden voyage on Dec. 23 was so close to the start of 2024 that we're calling it a new vessel for 2024.

The 15-deck-high ship is a sister to the line's recently unveiled Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration , which have made waves in the past two years for their huge size and what might be the most unusual attraction ever on a cruise vessel: a deck-top roller coaster .

Like Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee measures 183,521 tons, putting it in a tie with the former ship for the position of biggest vessel ever to sail for Carnival (at 181,808 tons, sister ship Mardi Gras is slightly smaller). Carnival Celebration and Mardi Gras, notably, are a whopping 35% bigger than the next-biggest Carnival ships currently afloat, and they are bigger than all but a dozen other cruise vessels in the world.

Like Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee has a roller coaster on its top deck. Dubbed Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster, it's similar to the roller coasters on its sister vessels, with an 800-foot-long track and vehicles that reach speeds of 40 mph — give or take.

Also, like its sisters, Carnival Jubilee was designed to hold up to 6,630 passengers. That's just a tad below the 7,600 passengers that will be able to fit aboard Royal Caribbean's soon-to-debut Icon of the Seas — the new world's largest cruise ship (more on that vessel below).

Related: The ultimate guide to Carnival Cruise Line

In addition to a roller coaster, Carnival Jubilee has a giant water park on its top deck. Like its sister, its interiors are filled with a far broader array of suites than you'd find on earlier Carnival ships. But the vessel isn't a carbon copy of the previous vessels. New features include two ocean-themed zones with new bar and dining options — including an underwater-themed bar adorned with octopus arms that will serve drinks.

The development of ships on the scale of Carnival Jubilee and its sisters has been a big deal for Carnival. Until recently, the line had resisted the trend among major brands to build even bigger vessels that offer a supersized megaresort-at-sea experience.

Carnival's last new vessel before the arrival of Mardi Gras in 2021, Carnival Panorama, didn't even crack the top 40 list of biggest ships when it debuted in 2019.

Carnival Jubilee is sailing seven-night voyages to the Western Caribbean out of Galveston. Fares start at $669 per person, not including taxes and fees.

Icon of the Seas

Maiden voyage: Jan. 27

Call it the new grande dame of the megaship world. At 250,800 tons, Icon of the Seas will be the biggest cruise ship ever built, and it'll be chock-full of more amusements, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues than any cruise vessel ever.

In other words, if you're a megaship fan, this is your new go-to ship — assuming you don't mind vacationing with a lot of other people.

In size, Icon of the Seas will be about 6% bigger than the biggest of the Oasis Class ships, the one-year-old Wonder of the Seas. But it'll be able to hold about 7% more people — 7,600 passengers as compared to Wonder of the Seas' total capacity of 7,084 passengers. That's a new all-time record for a passenger ship.

The bigger passenger capacity is in part due to the ship's greater focus on family travelers. Icon of the Seas is being built with more cabins offering extra bunks to accommodate families with children. It'll also have more amenities geared to families, including a new-for-the-line outdoor "neighborhood" called Surfside dedicated to families with young children.

Related: Icon of the Seas will cater to families

Surfside notably will feature splash areas for babies and kids, pools and lounge spaces for parents, family-friendly eateries and shops, and a bar with "mommy and me" matching mocktails for kids and cocktails for grownups.

Icon of the Seas will also feature the largest water park ever built on a cruise ship, with a record six waterslides. No other vessel comes close when it comes to water attractions on a cruise ship.

Other notable new attractions will include the AquaDome — a massive, glass dome-covered area at the front of the ship. A true engineering marvel (the 363-ton glass dome had to be built separately next to the ship and winched into place), the AquaDome will be home to the AquaTheater — a venue found in a different location on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships that hosts acrobatic and diving shows in a high-tech stage/pool.

The AquaTheater will be the marquee attraction within the AquaDome, which will also offer dining and drinking venues, as well as cozy seating areas for daytime and evening hangouts. One such spot, the Overlook, is an elevated lounge featuring special nooks (Overlook Pods) and wraparound windows providing fantastic ocean views and easy viewing of the aqua shows.

In addition, Icon of the Seas will have a record-for-a-ship seven pools, four of which will be at a main pool area called Chill Island. The latter area will be home to the line's first swim-up bar on a ship, Swim and Tonic.

Related: The ultimate Icon of the Seas guide: Pricing, itineraries, and what's on board

Ten new food outlets on the ship will include Surfside Eatery, a family-friendly buffet in the Surfside neighborhood, and Empire Supper Club, an upscale venue designed to evoke the atmosphere of New York City in the 1930s. The latter will serve an extravagant eight-course meal (think: caviar and wagyu), with each dish paired with a cocktail created by celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.

Among lodging options, Icon of the Seas will boast 14 new cabin and suite types plus 14 categories of rooms that already exist on earlier Royal Caribbean ships. That's a whopping 28 types of accommodation in all.

Many of these cabin categories are family-friendly rooms that sleep four guests; some can accommodate six or eight guests. In total, 313 cabins and suites are listed specifically as family-focused accommodations, though many regular room types can sleep more than two people.

Note that Icon of the Seas is just the first of three sister ships Royal Caribbean has on order for delivery by 2026, all of similar dimensions. Together, they will make up what is known as the Icon Class.

Icon of the Seas will operate seven-night voyages to the Caribbean out of Miami. Fares start at $1,577 per person, not including taxes and fees.

Sun Princess

Like Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises is going bigger with its next new ship — a lot bigger.

Under development for more than six years and the first of an all-new series of vessels for the line, the 4,000-passenger Sun Princess is about 21% bigger than the biggest ships currently in the Princess fleet. And yet, while it's 21% bigger, it's designed to hold just 17% more passengers.

In other words, its space-to-passenger ratio will be greater, making the ship feel roomier — if only modestly.

Sun Princess will also be the first Princess ship with suites that come with exclusive access to a private restaurant, lounge and sun deck — a sign Princess is finally getting serious about pampering its best customers.

In addition, Sun Princess will boast an innovative new type of "cabana cabin" along the ship's extra-wide 10th deck, which will come with access to a private deck area (sort of a riff on the Havana-class cabins found on a handful of Carnival Cruise Line ships). Plus, the top deck of the ship is getting some unusual-for-Princess sizzle with the addition of a glass-dome-topped pool area that will transform into a nightspot after the sun goes down.

Related: A sneak peek inside Sun Princess under construction

Other notable differences between Sun Princess and earlier Princess ships include the lack of a buffet restaurant on its main pool deck. Don't worry, buffet lovers: There will still be a buffet-like venue on the ship. It will be eight decks below the pool deck, closer to the ship's central piazza and just off the ship's outside promenade.

The ship's main theater, to be called the Princess Arena, will also have a new look. Its new-for-Princess in-the-round shape can be converted into a more traditional proscenium-type theater or a keyhole-type theater to allow for different types of productions.

The ship's three-deck-high piazza, called the Sun Princess Piazza, is getting an upgrade, too, with a new circular shape, a stage that pops up from the center of the floor for performances and a giant, three-deck-high moveable LED screen that will play a role in evening productions in the space.

Among other standout venues, Sun Princess will feature a secret hideaway for magical performances designed in partnership with the Magic Castle performance venue in Los Angeles. Kids should love the new-for-Princess fun zone called Park19, featuring a ropes course and what's being billed as the first roll glider at sea, an electric ride that goes up to 11 mph.

Sun Princess initially will sail in Europe through the fall before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for voyages to the Caribbean. Fares start at $467 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a five-night Caribbean sailing.

Maiden voyage: May 10

It's been a long time coming, but storied cruise line Cunard is finally launching a new ship. Built to an all-new design for the 183-year-old brand, the 3,000-passenger Queen Anne will be Cunard's first new vessel in 14 years — an unusually long period for any line to go without a new ship.

Queen Anne, notably, will embrace the latest trends of travel and cruising in a way that Cunard ships haven't done before, including a new focus on choice in dining and entertainment, wellness and onboard celebrations.

The ship will offer 15 different places to grab a bite, more than double the number on the line's other ships. The options will include Aji Wa, a new restaurant concept for Cunard that will serve Japanese cuisine influenced by the seasons of the year. Also new for Cunard will be Aranya, an Indian eatery; Sir Samuel's, a high-end steakhouse; and Tramonto, which will serve Mediterranean dishes.

Wellness-focused areas will include a new-for-the-line, glass-enclosed Wellness Studio at the top of the ship that will offer classes in yoga, pilates, Zumba and line dancing during the day and ballroom dancing classes at sunset.

A new juice bar and a cafe near the main pool will serve healthy dishes, and the ship's spa is being built as a temple to wellness. It'll offer a sprawling thermal pool complex that includes eight heated loungers, four experiential showers, a reflexology footpath with textured stones flowing with hot water, a cold room (a first for Cunard), a large steam room, a Himalayan salt sauna and a traditional sauna. A relaxation room and wellness suite will round out the offerings.

Related: A sneak peek inside Queen Anne under construction

On the celebrations front, Queen Anne will have a lounge specifically designed for weddings that spills into an indoor reception room and, just beyond, a new-for-the-line private rooftop terrace space for wedding and vow renewal receptions.

Other notable features of the ship will include an expanded Commodore Club observation lounge and a main pool area (The Pavilion) topped with a retractable glass roof designed to be as much a showpiece as a functional structure.

Not everything about Queen Anne will be different from previous Cunard ships. A lot will be familiar. As is always the case for Cunard vessels, Queen Anne will have a soaring Grand Lobby with a cascading staircase where you can take selfies in your formal night splendor. That staple of all Cunard ships, the ballroom known as the Queens Room, is also making a comeback.

Queen Anne initially will sail in Europe before setting off on an around-the-world cruise in January 2025. Fares start at $449 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a quick two-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany, to Southampton, England. Seven-night sailings in Europe start at $849 per person, not including taxes and fees.

Maiden voyage: June 27

The newest ship for the luxury line Silversea Cruises is a sister to the brand's recently unveiled Silver Nova — a groundbreaking vessel that has been turning heads since it debuted in August.

Like Silver Nova, Silver Ray will be bigger than Silversea's previous ships and feature an unusual, asymmetrical design for its public decks that reorients its key features toward the sides of the ship instead of the center. Whether you're floating in the ship's main pool or dining at its open-air Marquee restaurant, you'll be looking out at the sea (or whatever destination the ship is visiting) like you've never been able to before.

Silver Ray's pool area, in particular, will be striking, as is the pool area on Silver Nova. The long and narrow pool won't be in the middle of the deck but offset to its starboard side, and it'll be oriented to face outward to the sea. Nearly all the lounge chairs around the pool will face in the same direction toward the sea, too.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Silversea ship

As we wrote about in our recent first look at Silver Nova , part of what makes this new outward-facing orientation for these ships so magical is that they don't have any structures rising from the starboard sides of their pool decks. Passengers floating in the pools on these ships or lounging on nearby lounge chairs get an unobstructed view of the sea off the starboard side.

Silver Ray's asymmetrical design will also be evident at two food and beverage venues at the top of the vessel — both new-for-Silversea concepts that first debuted in August on Silver Nova.

The first, Marquee, will be an alfresco dining venue that is also off-center, with an orientation that offers commanding views of the sea from the ship's port side. It'll be home to The Grill, Silversea's signature outdoor "hot rocks" dining venue, and also double as the ship's Spaccanapoli pizza outlet. The second venue, The Dusk Bar, will be an open-air sky bar at the back of the vessel that, like Marquee, is positioned on the port side of the ship.

Additional dining venues on board will include versions of Silversea's main signature restaurant La Terrazza, French eatery La Dame, seafood eatery Atlantide and sushi outlet Kaiseki.

In addition to asymmetry in many areas, one thing that will be particularly noticeable about Silver Ray is its spaciousness — something it will share with Silver Nova. At 54,700 tons, the two ships are about 34% bigger than Silversea's last three new vessels — Silver Muse, Silver Moon and Silver Dawn — but they are designed to hold only about 22% more passengers. That gives them significantly more space per passenger.

With every berth filled, Silver Ray will sail with 728 passengers — the same as Silver Nova and just 132 more than the three earlier Silversea vessels.

The extra space on the two vessels has allowed Silversea to expand its lineup of cabin categories, with more large suites. As is always the case with Silversea ships, every cabin on the ship will be a suite. But Silver Ray and Silver Nova offer new premium aft suites, including a massive 1,324-square-foot complex called the Otium Suite.

Even the smallest cabins on Silver Ray will measure at least 357 square feet, which is unusually large for a cruise ship cabin.

Silver Ray will initially sail in Europe before repositioning to North America in December 2024 for winter sailings to South America and the Caribbean. Fares start at $4,600 per person, including transfers, for a nine-night South America sailing out of Panama City.

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Maiden voyage: July 22

Royal Caribbean's second new ship of the year will be a giant, too, though not quite as big as Icon of the Seas. The sixth and final vessel in the line's groundbreaking Oasis Class of ships , Utopia of the Seas is expected to carry up to around 6,700 passengers and measure around 237,000 tons, which would place it just behind Icon of the Seas as the world's second-biggest cruise ship.

Like the five earlier Oasis Class ships (the newest of which, Wonder of the Seas , is the current size leader in the cruise world), Utopia of the Seas will be loaded with lots of family-focused attractions , including multiple main pool areas, a kiddie splash zone, surfing simulators, a miniature golf course, a basketball court and even a zip line. And that's just on its top deck.

Inside the vessel, you'll find more lounges, bars, restaurants and shops than you can imagine, plus a huge casino, spas and theaters with Broadway-style shows.

As with earlier Royal Caribbean ships, it'll even have an indoor ice-skating rink.

In design and features, Utopia of the Seas will be nearly identical to Royal Caribbean's last new Oasis Class ship, Wonder of the Seas, which debuted in 2022. Like that vessel, it'll have a dedicated suite area with a private lounge, restaurant and sun deck — something not found on the four earlier Oasis Class ships.

Utopia of the Seas will be based in Port Canaveral, Florida, for short three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas. Fares start at $431 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a three-night sailing.

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The world's newest cruise line, three-month-old Explora Journeys, is doubling in size in 2024 with the addition of Explora 2.

Designed for 922 passengers, the high-end vessel will be an almost identical sister to Explora 1, the line's first ship, which debuted in August. It will similarly target the luxury market.

Like Explora 1, the new ship will offer oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be "homes at sea," and it'll be packed with upscale amenities. They will include 10 distinct culinary experiences, 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, outdoor deck areas with private cabanas, wellness facilities and entertainment.

A creation of the deep-pocketed MSC Group, which already owns MSC Cruises, Explora Journeys plans to launch at least six of the superluxurious vessels by 2028, with the first four being roughly the same size and the last two being even bigger .

In just a few years, that'll give Explora Journeys a bigger capacity than such well-known luxury cruise operators as Seabourn and the recently relaunched Crystal .

Explora Journeys is competing in the same upscale cruise space as Seabourn and Crystal, as well as luxury lines like Viking, Silversea and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It's run completely separately from its sister brand, MSC Cruises, which caters to a mass-market audience.

Explora 2 will initially sail in the Mediterranean before repositioning to North America for the winter. Fares start at $4,275 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a seven-night Caribbean sailing.

Viking Vela

Maiden voyage: Dec. 19

Fast-growing Viking will continue its expansion into ocean cruising in 2024 with its 11th new seagoing vessel since 2015.

Like Viking's first 10 ocean ships (one of which has been transferred to a joint venture with a Chinese company), Vela will be a relatively small, elegant vessel designed to appeal to an older crowd looking to explore the world in style and comfort.

Slightly bigger than its sister ships, Viking Vela will hold 998 passengers at double occupancy — 68 more than its siblings. But it'll still be less than a third the size of the giant ships operated by such well-known cruise brands as Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Like Viking's other ocean ships, it'll sail itineraries that feature more time in ports than is common at many other lines. Like the earlier Viking ships, it'll also be adults-only, with no passengers under the age of 18 allowed.

While slightly bigger than earlier Viking ocean ships, Viking Vela's interior will have an almost identical look. Like Viking's 10 earlier ocean vessels, Vela will boast modern, Scandinavian-influenced decor that's soothing and upscale. Onboard activities will revolve around enrichment programs and classy entertainment, and there will be elegant meals in multiple restaurants. Cabins will be relatively spacious, with the smallest of five cabin categories having 270 square feet of space. Every cabin will have a balcony.

As is typical for Viking, the fare will include a shore excursion at every port that Vela visits. Also included will be Wi-Fi, and wine and beer with lunch and dinner — all part of Viking's "no-nickel-and-diming" philosophy.

Disney Treasure

Maiden voyage: Dec. 21

Disney Cruise Line is shifting into growth mode again with the unveiling of Disney Treasure , its second new ship in two years (after a 10-year period where Disney didn't unveil a single vessel). Due at the end of 2024, it's coming out in relatively quick succession to Disney Wish, a similarly designed ship that arrived in 2022.

Like Disney Wish, Disney Treasure is part of Disney's new Triton Class of vessels, and it'll share many of the same features and layout as its older sister. But it will be far from an exact copy. Disney has announced quite a few major changes for Disney Treasure, including the addition of an all-new Mexican restaurant called Plaza de Coco that is themed around the events of the "Coco" movie. It replaces the "Frozen-" themed eatery on Disney Wish.

Also, a new Haunted Mansion-themed bar will replace the "Star Wars-" themed Hyperspace Lounge on Disney Wish.

Other new venues include Jumbeaux's Sweets, an ice cream parlor and candy shop inspired by Jumbeaux's Cafe in the movie "Zootopia," and Skipper Society, a new bar inspired by Disney's Jungle Cruise ride and its wisecracking skippers. At the latter, which will be where The Bayou is on Disney Wish, passengers will find a menu of themed cocktails and light snacks, such as waffles.

Yet another new drinks venue is Periscope Pub, inspired by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (and Disney's 1954 movie version of the book and theme park attraction). It will replace Wish's Keg & Compass as Disney Treasure's sports bar. The bar is designed to look like the Nautilus submarine from the story, complete with a giant periscope, porthole windows and a ceiling designed to look like you're underwater.

Disney is also launching a new Broadway-style musical on Disney Treasure, "Disney The Tale of Moana." The show will feature popular songs and characters from the animated movie and marks the first time Disney has brought the story of Moana to the stage.

The ship's two other main shows, "Beauty and the Beast" and "Disney Seas the Adventure," are repeats from earlier Disney ships.

Like Disney Wish, Disney Treasure's big top-deck attraction will be AquaMouse, a water ride that swirls around the top of the vessel.

The ship will hold 2,500 passengers at double occupancy (two passengers per cabin) and up to 4,000 passengers with every berth filled.

Disney Treasure will sail seven-night voyages to the Caribbean and the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral. Fares start at $1,862 per person, not including taxes and fees.

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In addition to the above, newcomers for 2024 include several small oceangoing cruise vessels from such small-ship cruise operators as The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and American Cruise Lines , as well as small river ships from river lines AmaWaterways , Avalon Waterways and Viking .

Among the most notable of these smaller vessels is the 60-passenger AmaMagdalena, which is being billed as the first major river ship designed to sail on the Magdalena River in Colombia. Avalon's new entry for 2024, the 102-passenger Avalon Alegria, will be that line's first vessel on the Douro River in Portugal.

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By Canadian Sunset , January 29, 2018 in Viking Ocean

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My husband and I are thinking of taking a repositioning cruise next year between the US and Europe. We were wondering how the smaller ships stood up to the North Atlantic, and also wondered what kinds of activities were offered on the numerous sea days?

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There has only been one US to Barcelona TA last year. This year there will be two, Viking Sky March 4 and Viking Sea March 27 both leave from San Juan PR and cross farther south in the Atlantic.

I am on the March 27 sailing and will post a live thread while on board. We will have six sea days in a row! Looking forward to them.

I did see some reviews from last year if you want to scroll through the Viking Ocean ship reviews. You can access these on this forum page on the right hand side.

Also there are reviews of the In the Wake of the Vikings which is from Europe to Canada. These sailed the North Atlantic and stop in Greenland and Iceland on the way to North America.


Mike and I are on the March 4, Ill post a short review. I have to add, we did round the Horn twice. The first experience was calm. Calm as glass. The second time the wind was 68knots, with 22' - 28' seas. As for small ship? Good Q. We'll find out . Cannot wait. Go for it if you find that cruise inviting .

I look forward to reading your posts.

We have no plans until 2019 because I have health issues to deal with first, but love Viking and want to try this. We’ve not visited Spain and thought this would be a good way to have the experience.

We did "Wake of the Vikings" last fall on the Sea. Opposite direction from what you asked but maybe this will be helpful. Between Iceland and Greenland we had some rough weather -- not bad enough to confine passengers to cabins as on the trip the year before, but we were rocking and rolling. The ship handled it beautifully. We missed the first port in Iceland because it was too rough to tender in. When we got to Newfoundland, the weather picked up in the afternoon and it was rough enough for the tenders to have trouble. But the crew was wonderful and extremely competent getting folks from tender to ship, even some with significant mobility issues. I say all that to say you can have confidence in the Captain and crew. In fact, we've just booked another North Sea trip for 2019 -- Iceland's Majestic Landscapes -- Reykjavik to Bergen.

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At only 930 passengers, Viking Sea has an intimate atmosphere and access to ports that are out of reach for bigger vessels. Expand your knowledge in the carefully curated library, relax with a cup of tea in the airy Wintergarden, or escape to a Nordic sanctuary of wellness in The Spa. Just a brief walk across the ship will bring you to its enrichment lectures, art, and restaurants that allow you to taste the regional flavors. When you’re ready to retire, head to your stateroom, which is fully loaded with a large flat-screen TV, mini-bar, Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, and even luxury robes. Viking Sea is dedicated to adults and therefore does not carry guests under the age of 18.

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Expedition voyages — here’s how Viking does it

Want to explore in the US? That’s doable. Expedition ships offer routes in Alaska and — shown here — the Great Lakes. This Viking ship is built to handle the narrow Welland Canal.

More evidence that expedition trips are growing in popularity: industry leader Viking ( ) jumped into the market in 2022 with sister ships Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris. Each accommodates 378 guests in 189 staterooms. After their first full year of voyages, the line was voted #1 for expeditions by both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. They currently sail in Antarctica and the Great Lakes, and will begin voyages in the Arctic in 2025.

But wait . . . the Great Lakes? Yep. Although it’s closer to home, “this region has been historically underserved and remains under-explored by travelers,” says Richard Marnell, Viking’s executive vice president of marketing. Viking’s expedition ships were designed to travel there. “Not only is the region the world’s largest liquid, freshwater system, but this iconic system of lakes also provides access to some of North America’s greatest cities,” he notes, as well as small towns and historic communities. A 15-day itinerary includes all five Great Lakes (and costs about $14,000 ).


We ate microwave popcorn on our Galapagos cruise. That was several years ago. These days, expedition ships offer comfortable restaurants and bars, with good food and drink and views. This is Aquavit on the Viking Octantis.

What else is different about these trips, compared to Viking’s traditional ocean and river cruises? Both of the expedition ships offer equipment for exploration, including a fleet of kayaks and Zodiacs, plus two Special Operations Boats and two submarines(!). Guests can also participate with an onboard team of scientists to, say, collect phytoplankton samples or lake surface microplastics, and witness the team launching weather balloons. (These ships are official NOAA/US National Weather Service balloon stations.)

It’s not all “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” There are some cushy elements too. The World Café features an open kitchen with a bakery, grill, seafood, and sushi. (There’s also a fine dining restaurant, an Italian restaurant, and an eatery serving Scandinavian-inspired fare.) For lounging-with-a-view, the Finse Terrace offers outdoor seating alongside lava rock “firepits.” Indoors, the Explorers’ Lounge offers floor-to-ceiling windows and adult beverages. And, after a day of hiking and paddling, there’s nothing like hitting the Nordic Spa, with an indoor heated pool and wood-sided hot tub. (Antarctic Explorer expeditions start at $11,995 .)

“Our guests are curious travelers who are interested in exploring more of the world in comfort,” Marnell says. Sushi and submarines? Not a bad pairing.

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