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Viking Cruises’ Health & Safety Program

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While in Bermuda the Viking Orion docks at King’s Wharf, shown here, as well as in the capital,Hamilton.

We’ve been longing to travel, to return to compelling destinations, try new culinary experiences, and to expand our horizons. We’ve been yearning for a trip that includes rejuvenating experiences and the opportunity to relax. But, as concerns about the pandemic persist, we needed to feel comfortable that the highest standards of precautions were in place to keep us safe.

Safety first

Then we heard about a cruise line’s exceptional efforts to make travel safer than ever. 

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Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Viking Cruises, which consistently heads Travel & Leisure’s Top Cruise Lines list, has also set the travel safety standard for the rest by consulting with an international team of scientific and medical advisors. The Viking Health and Safety program combines the best research with a most comprehensive programs for COVID-19 prevention and mitigation.

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Explorers’ Lounge, Viking Orion

Their health and safety protocols, procedures and equipment are in place, based on epidemiological modeling and the recommendations of industry experts and top medical diagnostic companies. Dr. Raquel Bono, retired vice-admiral of the U. S. Naval Medical Corps and former director of pandemic health management for the state of Washington, developed the protocols and now serves as Viking Cruises’ Chief Health Officer.

The onboard experience

As one might expect, both passengers and crew are required to be fully vaccinated and to have taken a PCR test within 72 hours of embarkation. Viking Cruises’ COVID testing goes well beyond this. 

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Test tubes, masks, health surveys, and sanitizers are provided in each stateroom.

In lieu of the usual lifeboat drill aboard ocean ships, each party is escorted upon embarkation to the designated muster station for individualized instruction conducted by a staff member. The rest of the required drill is viewed on the in-room television.

penthouse veranda stateroom, Viking Orion
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penthouse veranda stateroom, Viking Orion

Masks and hand sanitizer are provided in the stateroom. Sanitizing wipes are available throughout the ships. Seating in public areas is spaced or marked to maintain social distancing.

Restaurants have more space between dining tables and there are outdoor dining options. There is an abundance of public space. Seating is designed for social distancing and passenger count is kept at 50% capacity.

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A variety of socially distanced indoor and outdoor dining options are available in the World Cafe.

The latest technology

Kiosks with face-recognition tablet cameras are in place to check passengers’ temperatures daily. Passengers are also provided with contact tracing discs for an extra layer of security. Medical services have been enhanced. Land programs meet or exceed local guidelines.

Furthermore, their state-of-the-art air purification technology kills 99.9% of pathogens, including COVID. Electrostatic filters and an advanced ventilation system that utilizes disinfection lights have been installed on all Viking ships There is is no shared air between staterooms and every stateroom on Viking Cruises’ ocean ships has a balcony for fresh air.

In addition, the thoroughly researched surface disinfection program makes the onboard experience one of the safest anywhere. Staff has received special training in sanitation. Surfaces are disinfected after each use.

And there’s more. Two UVC robots roam the public spaces of the ocean ships while passengers sleep, sanitizing surfaces. 

view from Scaur Park, Bermuda
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view from Scaur Park, Bermuda

A return to travel

With enhancements like these, confidence in traveling is back. If you make the right choices it is now possible to relax, live the life you love, and to explore the world in comfort once again. We can regain the sense of calm and well-being that has eluded us for too long. What could be better than that?

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Bermuda sunset from the Viking Orion

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