In the same week that Viking Ocean’s recently delivered ‘Viking Neptune’ arrived at Dover on her maiden call, a new three-year schedule was announced with the cruise company.
This involves 60 port calls by Viking’s cruise ships at Dover.
Starting from now and continuing through 2025, this agreement will become the largest number of sailings that Dover has agreed with Viking Ocean.
Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover, said: “We were delighted to welcome the wonderful ‘Viking Neptune’ to Dover for the first time, only four months since it became Viking’s newest ship. We have a fantastic relationship with Viking and I’m excited to take it to the next level in the coming years.
“At the doorstep of the Garden of England and with exciting plans for future expansion of the cruise terminals, Dover provides world class travel to hundreds of thousands of cruise passengers every year.
“We are thrilled that Viking’s customers will get to experience this, and Kent’s inspiring culture, history and charm now and beyond,” she said.
Wendy Atkin-Smith, Viking UK’s Managing Director, added: “With its interesting history and superb location, Dover is a very popular port of call for our guests from all around the world who enjoy exploring every corner of Kent.
“Based on high levels of demand, we have opened up bookings for most of our itineraries, including British Isles Explorer, through until the end of 2025, so we’re looking forward to calling in to Dover on our small ocean ships, which can accommodate 930 guests, over the next few years,” she said.
The 60 ports scheduled to 2025 will include several Viking Ocean ships, including ‘Viking Venus’, ‘Viking Neptune’, ‘Viking Jupiter’, ‘Viking Mars’, ‘Viking Saturn’ and ‘Viking Sky’ all berth at Dover, with three inaugural calls.
‘Viking Neptune’ was named at Los Angeles in January, 2023. She also called at London’s Greenwich cruise terminal while in the UK.