Viking will expand its presence in the Mediterranean this summer, adding a third ship to sail roundtrip voyages from the Maltese capital city of Valletta—a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Offered as part of Viking’s “Welcome Back” collection, Viking Star will now join sister ships Viking Venus and Viking Sea and will sail a new 11-day itinerary, “Malta & the Western Mediterranean.”
With the addition of this new voyage, vaccinated guests now have three new options for experiencing the Mediterranean between July and early October 2021. Guests on the “Malta & the Western Mediterranean” itinerary will overnight in Valletta and then sail to Sicily and Spain, calling in Messina, Naples (Pompeii), Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Genoa and Barcelona, before returning to Valletta. Those on the “Malta & Adriatic Jewels” itinerary will overnight in Valletta and then sail to Montenegro and Croatia, calling in Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Šibenik, before returning to the Maltese archipelago, with a stop on Gozo Island and finally back to Valletta. And guests on the “Malta & Greek Isles Discovery” itinerary will also overnight in Valletta and then sail to Greece, calling in Kalamata, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes and Souda Bay, before returning to Valletta.
The news follows Viking’s recent announcements of initial “Welcome Back” ocean voyages in England, Iceland, Bermuda, which began in May—as well as the restart of European river operations beginning in July 2021. Viking also recently named its newest ocean ship, Viking Venus, which is currently sailing in England with guests.
Good to know: Utilizing a full-scale lab installed on every Viking ocean ship, all guests and crew will receive daily quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests. Additional health checks, sanitization and physical distancing measures will provide further protection for Viking guests and crew at all points of the journey.