Viking Cancels Cruises By means of 2020
In an open letter to Viking Cruises company, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen introduced that the cruise line can be suspending sailings by way of the tip of the 12 months, at which period he hoped “worldwide journey will probably be simpler.”
“On March 11, once we grew to become the primary cruise line to quickly droop operations initially of the COVID-19 pandemic, I might not have imagined that in August we might nonetheless not be crusing and that I might be scripting this letter to you,” writes Hagen.
“Simply final week, on August 5, we celebrated our 23rd anniversary,” he famous. “Viking is a really totally different firm in the present day from once we began in 1997 with 4 river ships. However one factor has not modified within the final twenty years. Since Viking’s very first day, our dedication to the security and welfare of all these onboard our vessels and to our mission—to ship experiences that concentrate on the vacation spot, permitting you to discover the world in consolation—has by no means wavered. I’ve mentioned earlier than that we are going to solely sail once more when it’s secure to take action. We’re a personal, closely-held firm, which suggests we wouldn’t have to hurry the choice to return to service.”
“It’s in that spirit that we’re extending our short-term suspension of operations by way of December 31, 2020—at which period we imagine the world will probably be in a greater place, and worldwide journey will probably be simpler,” Hagen mentioned.
Company whose voyages are impacted obtain a 125 p.c Future Cruise Voucher. This voucher has “unique and enhanced phrases,” together with the flexibility to switch it to different individuals. If the voucher expires with out getting used, it may be refunded for the worth equal to the unique quantity paid to Viking.
Moreover, any vouchers vacationers could have utilized to the reserving have mechanically been reinstated, are legitimate for 24 months and can be found on your speedy use.
Vacationers who use their voucher and rebook a cruise—with Viking or their Journey Advisor—by August 31, 2020, benefit from Viking’s Threat-Free Assure.
“Within the meantime, I want you good well being—and I invite you to hitch us on Viking.TV, the place we host each day livestream video periods with a few of the world’s most fascinating individuals. In the intervening time, Viking.TV is a means for us to proceed exploring the world in consolation—from house.
Thanks on your loyalty and help,” Hagen concluded. “We eagerly await the day we will as soon as once more welcome you onboard.”