Viking begins cruising from Hamilton, Bermuda, as it welcomed passengers from the U.S for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. It had been 15 months since the cruise lines had stopped operations. The Viking, Orion will begin a series of eight roundtrip cruises from Hamilton.
Viking begins cruising from Hamilton, Bermuda and these set of cruises are a part of Viking’s “Welcome Back” collection which will cater only to vaccinated guests. “Today is an extraordinary milestone as the world continues to reopen for international travel. On behalf of the entire Viking family, we are delighted to welcome our loyal American guests back on board,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “We applaud the government of Bermuda for its collaboration and support as we have restarted our operations. Bermuda has been a favorite destination among our guests since our ocean ships began calling there in 2017, and we look forward to introducing even more Viking guests to the island’s history, culture and phenomenal natural beauty.”
The cruise lines had already resumed their journeys from the 22nd of May in England, this is now being followed for the U.S. and later this month Viking will launch its cruises around Iceland and the Mediterranean regions as well. In the month of July, it will also resume it European river cruises and will sail France and Portugal.
As a part of the cruise line’s health and safety program, in view of the ongoing pandemic, there will be a full-scale laboratory on every ship along with a strong network of shoreside labs in Europe. All those onboard will have to frequently undergo PCR tests. Another development is the installment of an air purification technology on all of the Viking ships. Along with all of this, there will be additional health checks, sanitization measures in place, and all physical distancing rules will have to be followed.