7th Ship, Istanbul Return on Tap for Viking in 2021

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Viking has announced plans for a seventh ship to join its oceangoing fleet in 2021: the Viking Venus. The cruise line made the announcement as part of the release of its 2021 itineraries. 

Like its sibling vessels, the new Viking Venus will have a capacity of 930 guests, and it will spend its inaugural season sailing itineraries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, including British Isles Explorer, In Search of the Northern Lights, Viking Homelands and Into the Midnight Sun.

That year will also see Viking expand its offerings in the Mediterranean with five new itineraries that include stops in Istanbul, marking the cruise line’s return to the city. The new eight-day Ancient Mediterranean Treasures will sail between Athens and Istanbul, with overnight stays in both cities. Guests looking for an extended experience in the region can choose a longer versions of the itinerary, including the 15-day Ancient Adriatic Treasures, which sails between Venice and Istanbul; the 15-day Ancient Mediterranean Antiquities, which sails between Rome and Istanbul; the 22-day Iconic Mediterranean Treasures, which sails between Barcelona and Istanbul; or the 29-day Mediterranean’s Iconic Shores, which also sails between Barcelona and Istanbul and includes stops in Montenegro and Croatia.

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The new itineraries will operate onboard the Viking Sky starting in April 2021. Highlights include beginning with an overnight stay in Istanbul, explorations of the ancient sites of Troy, Ephesus, Rhodes and Heraklion, and a concluding overnight stay in Athens. 

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