Viking Sun stops in Featured

The 930-guest Viking Sun is in New Zealand waters this week as part of her 245-day Ultimate World Cruise which is attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the ‘longest continuous passenger cruise’.

Auckland travel agents had the opportunity to inspect the ship yesterday, as it docked in the city overnight and heads out to Tauranga today. Viking Sun has also visited Bay of Islands and has scheduled stops at Napier, Wellington, Akaroa and Dunedin, plus a day of scenic sailing through Fiordland. The voyage spans six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports, completing a full circumnavigation of the globe. In total 56 people – 12 from Australia, four from the UK and 40 from the USA and Canada – have signed on for the full 245 days.

Others have joined two extensive segments of the cruise, at 127 and 119 days respectively, disembarking in Los Angeles after covering half the itinerary, where a new group of passengers joined the ship for the second leg. Michelle Black, Viking Cruises managing director, Australia & New Zealand, sees New Zealand as an important part of the world cruise. ‘Since launching our very first ocean ship in 2015, demand to sail to New Zealand has grown from strength to strength. This summer one third of Viking’s fleet of six ocean ships will visit Kiwi waters, demonstrating both the importance of this region to Viking, and the popularity of this country to Viking’s discerning guests.’