The & # 39; longest cruise in the world & # 39; departs from London on Sunday and embarks on an epic journey of 245 days across six continents, 51 countries, 111 ports and 55,700 nautical miles.
The eight-month cruise will be conducted by the 930-guest Viking Sun liner with tickets for the trip, called the Ultimate World Cruise, from as much as £ 66,900 per person.
The hope is that when the ship returns to London in May 2020, the Guinness World Record is set for the & # 39; longest continuous passenger cruise & # 39 ;.
The & # 39; longest cruise in the world & # 39; departs from London on Sunday on an epic journey of 245 days. It will be operated by the Viking Sun cruise ship, pictured
A map with the route that the Viking Sun will travel during its 245-day journey. It will visit 51 countries and 111 ports
Viking promises that the ship that will depart from Greenwich will sail completely around the world & # 39; by guests to some of the world's most legendary cities, iconic sights and distant destinations & # 39; to bring.
Guests start the first leg of their cruise with calls to some of the coastal destinations in the UK and Ireland, including Dover, Dublin, Liverpool, Holyhead, Belfast and Edinburgh.
This allows guests to explore Scandinavia, the Caribbean and destinations throughout South America before visiting the remote tropical islands of the South Pacific.
Viking Sun continues his journey along the coast of Australia and through Asia before returning to the Mediterranean and Europe.
Stunning locations that guests will visit en route are the vast Great Barrier Reef, the lush Amazon rainforest, the famous pyramids in Egypt, the majestic Norwegian fjords, the architectural wonder of Machu Picchu and the ancient wonder of Angkor Wat.
On the ship itself, guests have access to two swimming pools, a fitness center, two cinemas, a theater and LivNordic spa, where the brave can try the traditional Nordic bathing ritual and snow cave, as well as eight dining options.
To keep meals exciting and varied for the full 245-day itinerary, Viking says guests are treated to a different menu each day with & # 39; delicious, destination-inspired dishes at the heart of the 680,000 strange meals that will be consumed & # 39 ;.
There will also be a historian and guest lecturers on board who shed & # 39; light on the history, art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more of each destination & # 39; as well as live musical performances featuring different genres, time periods or cultural highlights cover the region.
The Owner & # 39; s Suite passenger cabin – the most expensive suite aboard the Viking Sun. Prices for participating in the cruise start from £ 66,900 per person
If a cruise of 245 days is too long for some passengers, they also have the choice to sail on one of the two shorter segments.
First, there is the 127 World Treasures journey from London to Los Angeles, which starts at the weekend. Remaining cabins start from £ 41,390 per person.
Or guests can choose to participate in the 119-day World Wonders cruise, departing from Los Angeles to London on January 4, 2020, with prices starting at £ 32,990.
Included in the price of the trip is an excursion in each port of call, unlimited WiFi on board, all tips and service costs and a business class flight.
Torstein Hagen, president of Viking, said: For more than 20 years we have been committed to connecting travelers with culturally immersive experiences that enable them to explore the world comfortably.
The hope is that when the ship returns to London in May 2020, the Guinness World Record is set for the & # 39; longest continuous passenger cruise & # 39 ;. Pictured is one of the lounges aboard Viking Sun.
High life on the high seas: on the ship itself, guests have access to two swimming pools, a fitness center, two cinemas, a theater and the LivNordic spa
& # 39; Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive travel schedule available in the industry, almost double our previous cruise routes. I am happy that we can offer our guests such a unique experience. & # 39;
Wendy Atkin-Smith, director of Viking UK, added: & # 39; We broke our own Guinness World Record in 2014 when we christened 16 new river ships in one day. We only launched ocean cruises in 2015, so it is remarkable to try the world record for the longest continuous passenger cruise four years later.
& # 39; Everyone at Viking UK is very proud and excited that the cruise departs from Greenwich. We cannot wait to hear all the stories of our guests when they return. & # 39;
Neil Foster, EMEA APAC vice president of creative consulting firm at Guinness World Records, said: & We are very excited to partner with Viking Cruises on what promises to be one of the most exciting commercial cruise routes launched to date .
& # 39; It is not an easy task to get a Guinness World Records title and we wish the Viking Sun passengers and crew every success with their attempt. Our jury members look forward to the return of the Viking Sun and hope that they will crown the trip as the longest uninterrupted cruise ever. & # 39;
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VIKING ULTIMATE WORLD CRUISE
Greenwich: London at Your Door – Mooring in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, allowing guests easy access to the iconic sights of the royal capital, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Peak of Brazilian culture – One of the 23 nights on this route takes place in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro, where guests can witness the life-size statue of Christ the Redeemer or relax on the scenic beaches Copacabana and Ipanema of this coastal metropolis.
Ushuaia, Argentina: & # 39; End of the World & # 39; – Usually the & # 39; end of the world & # 39; called, guests visit Ushuaia, a town on a steep hill on the southernmost tip of South America, and explore the lush landscape by excursions to the nearby lakes Escondido and Fagnano or the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which was first 10,000 years ago was inhabited by people.
Viking Sun sails close to Rio de Janeiro, one of the contacts on the cruise, during an earlier sailing trip. Here guests can visit the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, as well as the statue of Christ the Redeemer
Hobart, Tasmania: An Island of History and Wilderness – Hobart, the capital of the island state of Tasmania in Australia, offers guests the chance to learn more about the history of Aboriginals and the unique nature reserve, including Mt. Wellington, where the city is located.
Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam: Vibrant Saigon – This eclectic city, with a mix of modern skyscrapers, French colonial buildings and ornate palaces, offers a variety of experiences for guests, including the Cu Chi tunnels, the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace.
Mumbai, India: The Front Door to India – The bustling city of Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. At the port, guests at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum can meet the iconic activist Gandhi and visit the hanging gardens, one of the prized parks in the busy metropolis.
Luxor, Egypt: temples and tombs – The site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor is close with historical monuments for guests to explore, including the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens, who are the tombs of the pharaohs and their to house women.
. [TagsToTranslate] Dailymail