Viking Sun ship docks in London for start of world’s longest cruise of 245 days with 100,000 bottles of champers – The Sun

Viking Sun ship docks in London for start of world’s longest cruise of 245 days with 100,000 bottles of champers – The Sun

August 31, 2019

THE world's longest cruise is about to set sail from London with 100,000 bottles of champers on board for the ultimate round-the-world trip in 245 days.

The Viking Sun ship is docked on the River Thames in Greenwich and will embark on its voyage spanning six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports this weekend.

Over eight months, the voyage from London will aim to set a Guinness world record for the longest continuous passenger cruise.

With stops including the southern-most tip of South America to the vibrant Indian city of Mumbai, it is sure to tick off plenty of bucket-list adventures.

But circumnavigating the globe on board the 930-guest cruise liner does not come cheap – with prices starting from as much as £66,900.

Those wanting the most luxurious experience will need to fork out more than £194,000 for the best suites.

Viking Cruises bills the journey as the "Ultimate World Cruise".

Chairman Torstein Hagen said: "(It) is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry, nearly double the length of our previous world cruise itineraries."

After setting off from Greenwich, the cruise will head to Scandinavia, the Caribbean and South America before calling on the remote tropical islands of the South Pacific.

It will then continue its journey along the coast of Australia and through Asia, before returning to the Mediterranean and Europe and arriving back in London in May 2020.

Guests will stay overnight in 23 cities including Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Luxor in Egypt.

A total of 54 people – including four from the UK – have reportedly signed up for the full 245 days.

The others will be on board for half the itinerary, with a changeover of passengers in Los Angeles.

The cruise promises to offer guests the ultimate in luxury on-board entertainment.

Multiple pools and spas are dotted throughout the ship, with an on-board movie theatre.

The ship's floor plan includes spacious open-plan lounge areas and eight on-board restaurants.

For those staying in the Owner’s Suite, guests can enjoy an expansive six-person dining room, a private veranda, kitchen, living room and extensive wine collection with large master bathroom.

And for those with even more cash to spend, superyachts are a popular choice for the rich and famous. 

superyacht that is for hire to the mega rich.

The world's richest stars are often spotted lounging in top-deck Jacuzzis and jumping into crystal clear waters from multi-million pound boats.

The Flying Fox is equipped with almost every luxury imaginable but you'll need a reported £2.5million to hire it for the week.

The Viking Sun 'Ultimate World Cruise'

Length: 745ft

Width: 94.5ft

Crew: 480

Capacity: 930 guests

Speed: 20 knots

Route: London – Scandinavia – The Caribbean – South America – Islands of the South Pacific – Australia – Asia – The Mediterranean – Europe – London

Price: Starting from £66,900 and up to £194,000

Restaurants: 8

Cruise length: 245 days

Destinations: 6 continents, 51 countries and 111 ports

Features: An on-board infinity pool, spa with thermal suite and snow grotto, yoga and cookery classes, theatre, bars, restaurants.

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