Start in Los Angeles and end in London! With the ocean cruise tour 2020 Viking World Wonders, you have a 119 day tour package taking you through Los Angeles, USA and 54 other destinations. 2020 Viking World Wonders includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around Los AngelesArrive in Los Angeles today, scenically set below the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and near the Pacific Ocean. Settle in to your stateroom and take time to explore your ship and enjoy a meal on the al fresco Aquavit Terrace.Start point Embark, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spend seven days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual caf? fare at the World Caf?, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.
In and around TaiohaeKnown as Mystic Island, Nuku Hiva is famous for its eight picturesque harbors, deep-cut bays, remote sand beaches and towering waterfalls. You can take a self-guided tour of Taiohae, the island?s capital, or discover beautiful viewpoints of the island?s coast, bays and valleys in a 4x4.
As you cruise today, you may enjoy learning about the Vikings? rich history and inspiring legacy at our special onboard exhibit. Browse replicas of tools and clothing from the Viking Age.
In and around PapeeteTahiti is the largest of the islands of French Polynesia and Papeete is its principal city. It breathes the same easygoing atmosphere as the rest of the archipelago, an earthly paradise with its turquoise waters, tranquil beaches and stunning underwater world. The island?s French and Polynesian cultures can be seen in the town?s covered market, whose colorful displays are a delight for the senses. Admire the Catholic cathedral and the grand colonial design of the Papeete Town Hall, or Mairie de Papeete.
Enjoy a second day to explore Tahiti, originally settled by Polynesians between 300 and 800 AD. The blending of Polynesian, European and Chinese cultures is reflected in the island?s cuisine. Sample some of Polynesia?s traditional fare as you enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Or, set sail on a catamaran for a tour of Tahiti?s western coast and snorkeling.
Arrive in Vaitape on the island of Bora Bora today, whose landscape is dominated by an extinct volcano in the shape of two moss-green peaks surrounded by an aquamarine lagoon. Bora Bora is the quintessential Polynesian paradise, as is exhibited by its lovely beaches and clear blue seas, through its cuisine or during its crimson sunsets. Embark by open air bus on a scenic tour of the natural and historic sites, including Faanui Bay and Bora Bora?s biggest Polynesian temple. Or, explore the waters off Bora Bora and swim among colorful tropical fish, stingrays and sharks.
As you sail the South Pacific Ocean today, relax in the Explorers? Lounge and enjoy the spectacular vistas from the ship. As you cruise, mingle with newfound friends in The Living Room, and attend a port talk about your upcoming destinations.
In and around RarotongaCall today on Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands. You can experience M?ori culture and history during a visit to a local village, or set out into the South Pacific in a glass-bottomed boat to explore marine life in the many lagoons that surround the islands. You can also venture off the beaten path in a 4x4 to find scenic vistas of the island?s lush rainforest and rugged terrain.
Start your day with a walk around our quarter-mile Promenade Deck. Or join one of our yoga classes and find your inner calm. Tonight, enjoy an elegant meal in The Restaurant.
As you cross the International Date Line today, you will cruise into the future, effectively skipping a day. Crossing this meridian is a time-honored travel milestone long marked by ceremony. You can raise a glass to the event, whether you are celebrating in the Explorers? Lounge or on the Aquavit Terrace.
In and around TongatapuArrive today in Nuku?alofa, the capital of Tonga. You can explore this relaxed town on a guided walking tour that includes views of the Royal Palace and the Royal Tombs. Or, head out on the clear waters off Tonga to seek out the many humpback whales that travel from Antarctica to breed and bear their young here.
During a day at sea, peruse the replicas of Viking artifacts at our onboard Viking Heritage exhibit. Attend an enrichment lecture or visit The Library to learn more about your upcoming or past destinations. Find your inner calm with yoga on the Sports Deck. Tonight, toast to your sailing over an elegant meal at our main dining venue, The Restaurant.
In and around SuvaArrive today in Suva, located on a hilly peninsula between two bays. Your included tour will take you to see the sights of Fiji?s capital, including the US Embassy, Great Council of Chiefs and the colonial-style President?s Palace. Or, go underwater to discover the beautiful coral reefs that surround Fiji during a memorable snorkeling experience.
Perhaps renew your body and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while we are at sea. Indulge in a soothing massage, facial or body treatment.
Today, call into Waitangi, located in the far north of New Zealand?s North Island. Its name means weeping waters in M?ori and it was here, at this stunning seaside location, that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6, 1840. Captain William Hobson and 52 M?ori chiefs signed the treaty, an act that was considered the founding of New Zealand as a nation. Today, it is celebrated annually with a public holiday and spirited bicultural ceremony on the grounds of Treaty House.
In and around AucklandArrive in Auckland today, the cultural capital of New Zealand?s North Island. Cross the harbor bridge to enjoy sweeping views from Bastion Point and pass through Parnell Village, lined with upscale shops and caf?s. See the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum, and if you wish, visit the region?s wine country this afternoon to sample some of its world-acclaimed vintages.
Enjoy a second day in Auckland, known as the City of Sails and set between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two America?s Cup challenges, and its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. You may choose to glide through the waters of Auckland Harbor and the Hauraki Gulf in an America?s Cup yacht. Or, head out to beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for an up-close encounter with whales and dolphins.
Sail into the turquoise waters of the Bay of Plenty to visit the port of Tauranga, watched over by the dramatic Mt. Maunganui, an extinct volcano that helped shape this spectacular region of white-sand beaches and azure waters. Discover the highlights of one of New Zealand?s main centers for business and culture. Or, you can explore the thermal region of Rotorua, sacred to the M?ori for its bubbling mudpots, spewing geysers, silica terraces and fumaroles.
Cruise into Hawke?s Bay today, New Zealand?s second largest wine-growing region. Disembark to explore Napier?s art deco architecture, built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake. Its eclectic mix of Main Street design and art deco flair combine to create a city unlike any other in the world. Take it all in during a city tour, or venture farther afield to sample some of the region?s beloved wines at its vineyards or to seek out some of the bay area?s abundant birdlife, including the iconic gannet on nearby Cape Kidnappers.
Visit Wellington today, hailed by many as the coolest little capital in the world, brimming with cultural institutions such as the Museum of New Zealand and the National Art Gallery. The political capital of New Zealand enjoys a splendid setting among mountains and the sea. Enjoy a tour of its main sites, including the summit of Mt. Victoria, the Wellington Cathedral and the New Zealand Parliament?s four buildings?including Parliament House, a dramatic neoclassical wonder, and the Executive Wing, known as the Beehive for its shape. You will also see the renowned Wellington Botanic Garden, home to the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Perhaps join our Privileged Access visit to the Museum of New Zealand, or join a city tour fashioned for fans of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Explore the English-flavored city of Christchurch, spread at the feet of the Southern Alps on New Zealand?s South Island. Today it is a stunning blend of British charm and natural beauty, with so many green parks that it has been nicknamed the Garden City. See firsthand how the city is creatively preserving its iconic heritage. Visit the Container Mall, a series of stores set up in giant shipping containers, and the Cardboard Cathedral, welcoming worshippers until the Christchurch Cathedral is repaired. You will also visit the lush Christchurch Botanic Gardens, one of the world?s most important of its kind. If you wish, explore the International Antarctic Center, where you can experience life in the continent?s harsh climate and meet some resident penguins.
In and around DunedinCall on scenic Port Chalmers today, whose harbor is faced by the hills of the Otago Peninsula. You will visit the region?s cultural capital of Dunedin, founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers who gave it the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Nestled among rolling green hills that drop sharply into the sea, it is one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the world and home to a wealth of Edwardian and Victorian buildings, including the stunning Dunedin Railway Station. You might alternately join an excursion to view one of the world?s most accessible albatross rookeries, where you can observe these magnificent birds in their rich natural habitat.
Spend your day cruising through the tranquility of the Doubtful Sound. The deepest and second-longest of the South Island fjords was originally named Doubtful Harbor by explorer Captain James Cook, then later renamed by whalers and sealers. The fjord?s imposing peaks rise up to more than 5,000 feet, transitioning from verdant forest to rugged rock along the way. The area?s mixture of both freshwater and saltwater makes it home to a diverse ecosystem, including one of the southernmost pods of bottlenose dolphins. Keep watch for fur seals and penguins sunning themselves near the entrance to the fjord.
Cruise the the Tasman Sea. Just as many refer to an Atlantic journey as hopping the Pond, Kiwis and Aussies refer to this voyage as crossing the Ditch. Your two days at sea provide the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in the Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure or shave.
In and around Hobart, Ho Chi Minh CityExplore the fabled island of Tasmania, Australia?s smallest state, named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, it is a charming city with a mild climate and a picturesque natural setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its historic neighborhoods and traditional pubs are best explored on foot. You might wish to tour the former penal colony of Port Arthur, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an open-air museum chronicling the relocation of convicts here by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Sail across the Bass Strait today. Named after its discoverer George Bass, the shallow stretch of water separates Tasmania from the Australian continent. Enjoy the Sun Deck or scan the horizon from the Explorers? Lounge for one of the 60 islands that dot the strait. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or take in a recent movie in one of our three theaters?two indoor and one under the stars on the Main Pool Deck.
In and around MelbourneDiscover Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria. During its heyday, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world. Today, you can uncover the cultural and historic treasures of, by some accounts, the most livable city in the world during a tour of its highlights. View the city?s stately Victorian-era buildings and visit Fitzroy Gardens, where Cook?s Cottage graces the landscape. Constructed in England by the parents of famed explorer Captain Cook, it was deconstructed brick by brick and reassembled here to celebrate the centenary of the city?s founding. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australia?s iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo and wallaby.
Cruise the waters off the Australian coast of Gippsland today. This area was once plied by boats piloted by Aboriginal Australians hunting for seals. Today, it is one of the continent?s most scenic regions of stunning beaches, old-growth forest and fertile farms. During your relaxing day at sea, you can learn more about Australia during informative lectures, attend a port talk to familiarize yourself with upcoming destinations and enjoy the many amenities on board. Relax in The Spa, browse the onboard art throughout the ship, or settle in the Living Room with a book from your ship?s Library.
In and around SydneyArrive in Sydney, the capital of Australian New South Wales celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor, the world?s largest. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the blue Pacific, Sydney is blessed with a natural setting few cities in the world can rival. Explore the charming crooked streets of Sydney?s historic district of The Rocks, where some houses date back to the early days of European settlement. Or, raise a glass in one of Sydney?s oldest pubs.
Enjoy a second day in Sydney. You may pull back the curtain and enjoy an insider?s view of Australia?s world-class opera house. Or, join a professional photographer for a walking tour in the harbor area and an opportunity to snap fantastic images of vivid street art, historic houses and more. Alternately, you might choose to explore the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains.
Trace Australia?s renowned Gold Coast, lined with resorts and picturesque beaches. As you cruise today, mingle with newfound friends in The Living Room, browse the Scandinavian-inspired artwork throughout your ship and attend a talk about your upcoming ports.
Call on the capital of Queensland, Australia, today, situated on the Brisbane River and spread over hills rising from Moreton Bay. This picturesque city is known for its Queenslander architecture, a distinct style characterized by terraces and raised living spaces. A panoramic tour introduces you to its main sights, with ample opportunity to step out and take photos. See the historic Parliament House and Brisbane City Hall. Pass the botanical gardens and famed Wheel of Brisbane. And view the Cathedral of St. Stephen.
Continue following the east coast of Australia today, often called the Sunshine Coast. Linger on the Sun Deck or on your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the world?s most beautiful waters. Perhaps take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck. This evening, enjoy the jazz strains of live music at Torshavn.
In and around Whitsunday IslandsStumbled upon in 1770 by Captain James Cook 49 days after Easter (Whitsunday), the Whitsunday archipelago emerges from the Coral Sea amid the Great Barrier Reef. The seafaring Ngaro people called this paradise home until 1870 and hunted these waters in bark canoes. Nature?s brushstrokes are astonishing here: pure-white sands meet cerulean waters, swirling together at sandbars to merge into a palette of turquoise, cream and emerald-green hills. Witness these islands and Airlie Beach firsthand; glassy, invigorating and impossibly blue, the waters provide the ideal oasis for relaxation and idling away a few hours on the beach.
In and around CairnsCall on Cairns today, built on the shoulders of gold prospectors. Today, it is a major sugarcane and fishing port, and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Take in the major sights of Cairns on a city tour, featuring a stop at its historic Royal Australian Navy base, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Palm Cove, a quaint, beach-loving community. Or perhaps board a catamaran for an exciting sail to the magnificent reef, the largest continuous system of its kind on Earth, or join an excursion to the lush Daintree Rainforest.
Sail the waters of the Coral Sea today, home to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. With crystal clear waters lapping at atolls and a vast diversity of marine life, this pristine body of water is a paradise for divers and pure pleasure to cruise.
Explore Thursday Island today, just off the northernmost tip of Australia?s Cape York Peninsula in the Torres Strait. This picturesque island is home to a thriving artistic community. It once hosted an international pearl-diving industry, with divers coming from Japan, Malaysia and India. You will have time to explore on your own today, and perhaps discover the history of the island?s defense during a visit to Green Hill Fort.
Sail the shallow tropical waters of the Arafura Sea. Millennia ago, the floor of these waters formed a land bridge linking Australia and New Guinea, making migration easy between the two land masses. As you cruise today, enjoy coffee or a drink in the Explorers? Lounge or stroll the wraparound Promenade Deck.
In and around DarwinArrive today in Darwin, Australia, the cultural hub of what is known as the Top End of the continent for its northernmost location. A panoramic city tour reveals the highlights of the largest city in the thinly populated Northern Territory state. You will pass Christ Church Cathedral, the seven-gabled Government House and the Old Admiralty House. A stop at the East Point lookout reveals the coastal beauty of the Top End. If you would like, you can set out along the Adelaide River to view the area?s famed jumping crocodiles.
As you sail the Timor Sea today, you might enjoy some yoga on the Sports Deck and indulge in a soak in the Thermal Pool of The Spa. It is thought that the early inhabitants of Australia island hopped to the continent across these shallow waters. In more modern days, in the late 1980s, skilled sportsmen and -women raced 1,000 miles by junkung, or outrigger canoe, across the Timor from Bali, Indonesia to Darwin, Australia.
In and around KomodoAnchor among the stunning vistas of Indonesia?s Komodo Island. You will go ashore to visit Komodo National Park and the Tamarind Woods, a magnificent menagerie of wildlife including the legendary Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. These patient hunters can grow up to ten feet long and weigh as much as 275 pounds. You might also see the island?s Timor deer, wild horses and boars and giant fruit bats. If you wish, don a snorkel and mask and explore the vibrant underwater world at Pink Beach, so called for the rose-hued coral washed ashore and crushed to a fine powder by crashing waves.
In and around BenoaExplore the colorful markets and rich culture of arts, crafts and traditional dance in the island of Bali. You will tour its bustling provincial capital of Denpasar. Take in the colors, flavors and fragrances of the local market; and explore the Bali Museum and the sublime temple of Jagatnatha.
Sail the Java Sea today in waters that were traversed by merchant ships from the Dutch East India Company throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. As you cruise, you will have a chance to sample some cuisine of the islands such as rijsttafel, a rice dish adopted by the Dutch and still enjoyed throughout The Netherlands.
In and around SemarangCall in Semarang today on the island of Java. Stop for photos of the Great Mosque of Central Java and visit the Sam Po Kong temple, a historic Chinese Muslim temple. Alternately, venture to Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may walk in the footsteps of the devout, tracing the clockwise path along its round base and climbing to its apex, where sweeping views of four volcanoes reward you.
Spend the day relaxing on board as you cruise the Java Sea. Evidence points to the sea bottom being above water before water levels rose following the last ice age. This shallow body of water was also the sight of a disastrous naval battle during World War II, when Allied Forces were defeated by the Japanese on Feb. 27, 1942.
Sail into the South China Sea today, waters that were navigated for thousands of years by dynastic emperors and the barbarians that opposed them. Nanhai, or the South Sea, is one of the Four Seas of Chinese literature. In that literary tradition, it serves as mere metaphor. But the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead is very real.
Gain insight into the lives of indigenous Malaysian tribes during a visit to the colorful Mari Mari Cultural Village. Enjoy swimming or snorkeling among 12,000 acres of protected coral reefs and other marine life during an island getaway off the coast of Sabah. Or, experience a walk through Kinabalu Park?s montane oak and chestnut rainforest in the shadow of majestic Mt. Kinabalu.
Named for the stunning Mt. Kinabalu that rises to jagged heights, Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah. Today?s modern city was built after Jesselton, as Kota Kinabalu was once known, was destroyed during World War II. Enjoy your time exploring this historic destination, the gateway to remarkably preserved indigenous cultures on Borneo, before setting sail tomorrow for the Philippines.
Continue to sail the South China Sea today, once called the Sea of Cham after the maritime kingdom of Champa that ruled Southeast Asia before the 16th century. Today these waters are the second-most used sea lane in the world. As you sail, relax in the Explorers? Lounge and enjoy the spectacular vistas from the ship.
In and around ManilaCall on the bustling metropolis of Manila today. See the highlights of this former Spanish colonial city during a wide-ranging panoramic tour, including the old downtown and Old Intramuros, which was home to the elite during the colonial era. You can embark a wooden canoe for an exhilarating river ride to Pagsanjan Falls.
Spend your second day in Manila absorbing its storied history. You can visit Corregidor Island, where General Douglas MacArthur commanded US forces in the Pacific during the early days of World War II. Or, explore the city?s finest art, archaeology and natural history museums?all located in the vicinity of Rizal Park, named for national hero Dr. Jos? Rizal, whose writings ultimately led to Philippine independence.
Spend a relaxing day on board as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, China, in The Library or at an enrichment lecture. Enjoy a Norwegian-inspired lunch at Mamsen?s gourmet deli. This evening, savor wine pairings with your dinner at The Chef?s Table.
In and around XiamenBuilt on islands at the mouth of the Jiulong River, Xiamen boasts picturesque colonial architecture. The venerable Xiamen University, with perhaps the most beautiful campus in China, actually has its own beach. On a panoramic tour of the city, you will see the university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk and the majestic Nanputuo Temple complex, perched on a hillside overlooking the city and central to the city?s Fujian community. If you wish, you can immerse yourself in local culture during a bike ride, a tai chi class and a tea ceremony.
Arrive in cosmopolitan Hong Kong today and admire the forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. Because we are berthed overnight here, you may explore this cultural capital on your own this evening.
A British Crown Colony until 1997, Hong Kong is today a special administrative region of China. See where Hong Kong?s deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis.
Spend your final morning in Hong Kong with a visit to a local institution. Witness the sights, sounds and aromas of a wet market?an outdoor market made up of various stands selling meat, seafood and fresh produce. After your tour, enjoy a dim sum and tea breakfast.
Cruise the South China Sea today. Tucked among mainland China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the South China Sea is one of the world?s most important waterways. One-third of commercial shipping passes through these waters. It is a tradition that stretches back untold centuries, to when dynastic emperors and the barbarians who opposed them sailed their ships here. Later, 16th-century Portuguese traders called it Mar da China, the China Sea. In Chinese literature, Nanhai, or the South Sea, is one of the storied four seas. Still today, the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead are noteworthy.
Call on Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Explore a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures here, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho, Vietnam?s beloved noodle soup. Browse the enlightening exhibits at the National History Museum, where galleries chronicle the nation?s past. Or, view the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and Chinatown, and meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.
With two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as Vietnam?s rice bowl, it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.
Beyond the French-flavored caf?s and croissants, the empire left a more lasting impression with its masterworks of 19th-century colonial architecture. Worth taking in are the Notre Dame Cathedral, built with materials imported from France; the Central Post Office, a masterpiece of Gothic, Renaissance and French styles; and the city?s opera house, built in the same year as the Petit Palais in Paris. Explore a pair of notable hotels that exude the spirit of France: the Hotel Continental, satellite bureau for some American media during the Vietnam War, and the French Riviera-style Hotel Majestic.
Enter the Gulf of Thailand, the former Gulf of Siam. Long an important waterway for traders and merchants, it has helped shape the economies of Southeast Asia and the Malay Peninsula for centuries. As you cruise, you might enjoy the views from your stateroom?s veranda or from the Infinity Pool. This evening, attend a port talk about your upcoming destinations and enjoy a star-filled night sky.
Call on Cambodia?s coastal town of Sihanoukville, surrounded by stunning sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here, New Khmer architecture overlooks the comings and goings of modern tuk-tuks, carriages drawn by motorcycles. Visit Wat Krom with its colorful murals and Buddha sculptures, stroll Independence Beach, and explore a local market and fishing village. Or, enjoy a day of kayaking in Cambodia?s Ream National Park, a beautiful nature preserve that is a bird watcher?s paradise.
In and around BangkokExperience the cultural splendor of Old Siam, beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Take your time to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Thailand during a typical lunch. Then take in the other sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia?s most colorful and cosmopolitan cities on a panoramic tour that includes a stop for an exterior view of the Wat Arun and Wat Benchamabophit temples. Admire the city?s many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.
Explore more of Thailand?s cultural and political capital, Bangkok. Sample the famous Thai cuisine for lunch and take in the city?s canals, bustling with traditional longboats. If you wish, visit the Dusit Palace complex and the Jim Thompson House, former home of the city?s renowned silk merchant.
Explore the Thai island of Koh Samui, a paradise of sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Thailand?s second-largest island after Phuket, this self-sufficient community had no roadways until the early 1970s. Today, it is a favored spot for sun-loving beachcombers from Thailand and beyond. Visit the island?s revered temples and witness some of the scampering monkeys that have been trained to harvest coconuts from the treetops.
As you cruise the Gulf of Thailand today, perhaps you will indulge in a morning cup of coffee on your veranda, while keeping watch for marine life, or unwind on the couch with your favorite book. Later, meet new friends for stories and drinks in the Wintergarden.
In and around SingaporeArrive in Singapore today. This city-state is spread across 63 islands at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and was established in 1819 for the British East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom Singapore?s famed hotel is named. Today, it is a diverse city of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown.
Take in the beautiful cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur, the lively capital of Malaysia. From your berth in Port Klang, you will journey to KL, as the locals call it, for a panoramic city tour with many photo opportunities. You will pass the National Museum, the huge bronze National Monument, and the National Mosque of Malaysia. Stop in scenic Merdeka Square (Independence Square), the most photographed spot in the city, and view the impressive Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad docked rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk.
Visit Malaysia?s Penang Island and its capital of George Town. The island is an incredibly diverse mix of cultural influences from all across Asia, the result of centuries of trade and immigration, complemented by generations of colonialism under the British East India Company. Recognized for its eclectic blend of architecture and culture, George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire some of its stately neoclassical buildings, colorful Hindu temples, elegant minarets and cheerfully painted row houses.
Cruise through the Strait of Malacca today. This narrow passage between Malaysia and Indonesia was long a major trade route for the earliest traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory and sandalwood. As you cross its historic waters, you might attend a lecture to learn about your upcoming ports. This evening, sample some regional cuisine at the World Caf? or at The Restaurant.
Sail the history-rich waters of the Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world. Ancient Hindu calls it Mahodadhi, meaning great water receptacle. The bay is fed by the waters of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Irrawaddy Rivers. Devout Hindus consider its waters sacred and each day perform an aarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. Attend an enlightening talk about Southeast Asia and enjoy an evening of light music in one of our elegant venues.
In and around ColomboArrive in Colombo for an overnight stay, giving you time to experience its capital and its famed lush countryside in depth. The island was first colonized by the Portuguese, who took control of the cinnamon trade. The Dutch followed, then the English ruled it as Ceylon until it became independent in 1972. Visit the British fort and Old Parliament Building, the affluent Cinnamon Gardens district, the Colombo National Museum?with its more than 4,000 palm leaf manuscripts?and the city?s largest temple, Gangaramaya.
Enjoy a full day in Colombo to venture beyond the city into the Sri Lankan countryside, or explore Colombo by tuk-tuk, the iconic tricycle taxis. You might also visit Pinnawala, where orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and cared for. Or tour Kandy, the royal city in the hills. Its lush environment and the graceful architecture make it the loveliest city in the entire country.
Cruise into the Laccadive Sea today, passing by the Gulf of Mannar as you cruise toward India. The area is one of the richest marine environments in the world, harboring 3,600 species of flora and fauna. Pearl-diving is a rich tradition in these waters, and it is still practiced today.
Explore the rich cultural tapestry and grand history of Cochin. This town bordering the Laccadive Sea has been a major port since 1341, when a flood created its harbor. Take a scenic guided tour around this former spice capital and see landmarks such as the fascinating Mattancherry Palace, originally built by the Portuguese as a gift to the king in 1555. Or, discover the ancient doorway to India in Paravur, a trading port on the Arabian Sea where Greeks, Romans, Jews, Chinese and Arab traders sought treasure and glory.
The Arabian Sea has been known variously as the Persian Sea and Erythraean Sea. Spices, metals, precious stones and wine have all made this crossing throughout history. Take this relaxing day at sea to unwind in The Spa?s Sauna and Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Infinity Pool.
Arrive in the state of Goa this morning, one of the richest in India. Until 1961, this was the colony of Portuguese India, which had existed for more than four centuries. Its influence remains in the city?s grand colonial architecture, some of the most impressive in all of India. See the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panaji, where mass is still conducted in English, Portuguese and the local Konkani dialect. In Old Goa, admire the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the S? Cathedral and numerous Portuguese-style colonial houses.
Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today. Constructed across seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. The city?s Portuguese and British influences come to light as you view the Library of the Asiatic Society, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park and Dhobi Ghat, where locals still do laundry. You will also visit the National Gandhi Museum, housed in a mansion known as Mani Bhavan that the Indian hero used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934, and see major monuments built during the British era.
Follow in the wake of traders, seafarers and adventurers who crossed the Arabian Sea over millennia. The first vessels traced the coastline some 5,000 years ago. In the days of the ancient Greeks, the Indian city of Bharuch to the north of Mumbai was already an established sea port. As you sail, relax by the Main Pool or enjoy the sea breeze from your stateroom veranda.
Call on the Arabian Peninsula today for a fascinating visit to Muscat, capital of Oman. Enjoy a city tour among its whitewashed buildings, featuring a photo stop at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, able to accommodate 20,000 worshippers, and explore the low-lying structures of the Old Town, huddled around a small bay. Visit the private House of al Zubair museum with its remarkably preserved items of Omani heritage, and take in local life in the city?s traditional souk. This sleepy historic enclave serves as the home of the ruling sultan.
Enjoy a leisurely day as your ship makes its way along the Arabian Coast. Share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.
Ancient Egyptians sailed the waters of the Red Sea as long ago as 2500 BC. More famously, Moses is said to have parted its waters. And it was a favored route among ancient Romans as they traded with India. History and legend are rich here, and you can learn more about them during an enrichment lecture about the Middle East. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers? Lounge or perhaps an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi?s trattoria-style restaurant.
In and around AqabaCall on Aqaba, Jordan?s only coastal city, set amid bleached-out desert hills. History here stretches back centuries, but it is best known as the site where, in 1917, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) led troops in the Battle of Aqaba. Stop to explore Mamluk Fort?won by the Arabs from the Turks during a 1916 camel charge?the opulent house of Sharif Hussein bin Ali and the lively waterfront. You might also journey to the region?s must-see archaeological treasure of Petra, an astonishing city of red sandstone carved from the earth millennia ago.
In and around LuxorCall on Safaga today, an ancient Red Sea port that has been in use since the 3rd century. It is also the gateway to the magnificent temples of ancient Thebes?today?s city of Luxor. Traverse the desert sands to the shores of the Nile River, where you will visit the spectacular Temple of Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands. Walk through its monumental peristyles and examine the hieroglyphics illustrating how ancient Egyptians lived.
Transit the Suez Canal today, a travel milestone. This engineering marvel, opened in 1869, connected the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, changing the region?s geographic and commercial landscape forever. The sea-level, one-way waterway requires ships to travel in convoys; two lakes, Ballah Bypass and Great Bitter Lake, allow north- and southbound ships to pass each other.
In and around AlexandriaCall today on Alexandria, the city of Alexander the Great. Uncover the mysteries of this ancient city with tours of the National Museum and the Library of Alexandria?built on the site where scholars believe the Bibliotheca Alexandrina once stood. Or, travel to the desert to see the colossal statue of Ramses II and walk in the shadow of one of the Great Pyramids before viewing the legendary Sphinx.
Spend the day on board reflecting on your journey during a day of cruising the Mediterranean. You might attend an illuminating lecture on board. This evening, unwind with a pre-dinner cocktail in the Explorers? Lounge; for dinner, try some wine and food pairings at the Chef?s Table.
In and around VallettaExplore captivating Malta today, an island with a rich history. Countless civilizations have laid claim to these shores, leaving behind architectural and artistic treasures that span the ages. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a remarkable repository of culture and history?from the Magisterial Palace of the Grand Master and auberges built to house the knights of the Order of St. John to the baroque architecture of its main town of Valletta. See its highlights during an island drive. Or, choose to explore its charming fishing villages or its former capital of Mdina. You will have plenty of time to explore, as we are docked here overnight.
Spend another day exploring charming Valletta. With an area of just one-third of a square mile, green space is at a premium here, which is why the city?s gardens are so treasured. Created in 1661 upon the St. Peter & Paul Bastion, the Upper Barrakka Gardens are perched at the highest point of the city walls. Knights of Italy once escaped the demands of court in this splendid and shady haven. Its terraces offer sweeping views of the Grand Harbor and medieval warrens below. The centerpiece is a pair of arched walls surrounding a tranquil stone courtyard. Among the garden?s palm-lined lanes is a memorial to Winston Churchill.
In and around CagliariRich in history, Sardinia has been visited by Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals and Moors. Its main port, Cagliari, is set on the Golfo degli Angeli, or Gulf of Angels, and lies adjacent to seaside lagoons that harbor a wide array of birdlife. Explore Cagliari?s old Castello District, from the 12th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Castello to the Roman Amphitheater, Porta Cristina, the Citadel of Museums, the Tower of St. Pancras and the Elephant Tower.
In the old quarter of the dazzling whitewashed city of Algiers, shoppers can make wonderful discoveries among the stalls of the Casbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city?s historic center features a variety of landmarks. Take a walk in the Jardin d?Essai du Hamma, a 19th-century public garden, or explore the silver-domed Basilica of Notre Dame d?Afrique.
In and around MurciaUncover the rich history of Cartagena today, brimming with remarkable architecture spanning the ages?from the days of Rome to art nouveau. Outside the city, marvel at the beauty of the sanctuary of the Virgin of Fuensanta, Murcia?s patron saint, and the baroque- and Gothic-style cathedral. Alternately, explore Cartagena?s impressive Roman Theater and Roman Forum.
Today you can experience firsthand the stuff of Andalusian dreams. Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, M?laga is the gateway to Andalusia, the seductive province of rolling hills and endless olive groves. An included tour features the 11th-century Alcazaba Palace, residence of Arabian caliphs, the ancient Moorish Gibralfaro Castle, the Renaissance Cathedral and Picasso?s birthplace. Or, choose to explore the mighty Alhambra palace in Granada, one of Spain?s most treasured sites.
Sail through the famed Strait of Gibraltar today into the Alboran Sea, the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean. According to legend, the Rock of Gibraltar, an enormous geological wonder is one of the Pillars of Hercules?the other being Monte Hacho, a low mountain in Ceuta, a Spanish province in North Africa. As you cruise, perhaps soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the gently falling snow of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers? Lounge and an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi?s Italian Restaurant.
After breakfast, take a city tour of Porto, a charming riverside community whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire its graceful bridges, baroque cathedrals and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings nestled together on narrow cobbled streets. Visit a typical port wine-making facility, then return to your ship for lunch. You may want to explore Porto on your own, or take an optional excursion to Guimar?es, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sail from northern Portugal today. Unwind in The Spa, where you can enjoy the Snow Grotto and Sauna, or by taking a dip in the Infinity Pool. Try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or take in a recent movie in one of our three theaters?two indoor and one under the stars at the Main Pool.
Cruise the English Channel, passing the South Coast of England. Pass the iconic White Cliffs of Dover as you head toward London and into one of the world?s busiest shipping lanes, the Dover Straits. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers? Lounge or perhaps an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi?s trattoria-style restaurant.
In and around DoverCall today on the city of Dover, its importance as a port dating back to the Bronze Age. You can journey to the medieval city of Canterbury, made famous through Geoffrey Chaucer?s Canterbury Tales, to visit the shrine of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Or, immerse yourself in natural beauty at Sissinghurst Castle and Garden, an Elizabethan-era mansion which showcases a classic English country garden.
In and around London, GreenwichSail along the Thames and marvel at the infamous Cutty Sark as as you pull into the final port of your Viking World Cruise. You can visit the Chelsea Physic Garden and learn about its medicinal plants, or gain insight to life during wartime during a tour of the Imperial War Museum and Churchill?s War Rooms.
Disembark your ship this morning as your journey comes to a close. Or, continue your exploration with a post-cruise extension in London.End point Disembark, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom